Q&As

10 Questions: Srikant Peri, Banyan Tree Maldives Vabbinfaru

In our General Manager series, we catch up with heads of hotels for personal stories and insider perspective. This week, we get to know Srikant Peri, of Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru in the Maldives.

Q Best hotel room at the property:
A

Spa Sanctuary Pool Villa.

Q The hotel’s most interesting detail, service or historical tidbit:
A

Our house reef, which is one of the best in the Maldives with an excellent variety of corals and marine life. Also, our CSR and Marine Lab activities, including coral planting, turtle conservation and rescue program, and our very own stingray colony.

Our house reef, which is one of the best in the Maldives with an excellent variety of corals and marine life.
Q Favorite drink at the nearest bar:
A

The signature cocktail at our Naiboli Bar—sweet and sour vodka midori, fresh honey melon and blue curacao.

Q Favorite dish at the nearest restaurant:
A

Maldivian fish curry, the signature dish in our Ilaafathi Restaurant. Two of the ingredients are tuna from the Indian Ocean and fresh coconut, spiced up with green chilies—delicious!

Q The neighborhood shop or boutique you love:
A

The Banyan Tree Gallery, which has memorabilia from the Maldivian Islands, Banyan Tree Spa lotions, scrubs and scents as well as the basics for the daily needs.

Q Best touristy activity or outing to do in your city:
A

A sunset cruise with our very own catamaran, Kahaan’bu. A superb experience of its own.

Q Best non-touristy activity or outing to do in your city:
A

Snorkeling and diving in our house reef.

Q Outside the hotel lobby, what’s your hobby?
A

Football and cricket.

Q Your last holiday destination:
A

The Quincy Hotel in Singapore, perfect location to explore the hustle and bustle of this vibrant city, as well as for shopping along Orchard Road.

Q Your next holiday destination, planned or wished:
A

Banyan Tree Mayakoba in Mexico, a fantastic place with private villas, close to nature and with all amenities of a high-class resort, and excellent dining experiences.