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Alila Kothaifaru Maldives announces two leadership appointments for the new resort

headshot of Alexandre Glauser and Kiran Sonawane

9 May 2022, Male, Republic of Maldives – Alexandre Glauser and Kiran Sonawane have joined Alila Kothaifaru Maldives as the resort’s General Manager and Director of Sales and Marketing.


As the General Manager of Alila Kothaifaru Maldives, Alexandre Glauser oversees the highly anticipated official debut of the 80-villa luxury resort. Swiss national Alexandre brings a wealth of expertise in hotel openings and operations in various markets, with his career taking him to Egypt and across Asia-Pacific, including destinations such as the Maldives, Vietnam, Sri Lanka and Thailand. Prior to joining Hyatt Hotels & Resorts to take on this role, Alexandre gained experience with luxury hospitality brands ONYX Hospitality Group and Centara Hotels & Resorts.


“We are honored to welcome guests to one of the world’s most blissful destinations and we look forward to sharing with them the awe-inspiring nature that surrounds us,” said Alexandre Glauser, general manager, Alila Kothaifaru Maldives. “Here at our all-pool-villa sanctuary, guests can unwind in peaceful seclusion with charming views while our gracious hosts deliver personalized experiences leading to unique moments and treasured memories.”


Joining as Director of Sales and Marketing at Alila Kothaifaru Maldives, Kiran Sonawane brings over two decades of experience in the hospitality industry. Kiran has honed his career with various prestigious brands in India, Australia, Sri Lanka, the Middle East and the Maldives, including Taj Hotels and Resorts, Baros, Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts, and ONYX Hospitality Group before joining Alila Kothaifaru Maldives as one of its first pre-opening team members.


About Alila Kothaifaru Maldives

Surrounded by a stunning house reef in the scenic Raa Atoll, Alila Kothaifaru Maldives offers serenity and discovery in an awe-inspiring destination embraced by nature’s wonders. Enjoy easy access to the famous Hanifaru Bay UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. This protected marine sanctuary is the largest feeding and breeding hotspot in the world for manta rays and whale sharks, which at times congregate here in their hundreds. Alila Kothaifaru Maldives is also close to Vaadhoo Island, one of the best spots to witness the spectacular “Sea of Stars” phenomenon, an extraordinary sight to behold.


Designed for serene relaxation in harmony with nature, each of the resort’s 44 beachfront villas and 36 overwater villas comes with a private pool. Featuring contemporary interiors in a palette of soothing colours with natural textures, these spacious hideaways are carefully positioned to provide privacy and comfort in understated, sophisticated style.


For more information about the opening of the resort visit