Malahini Kuda Bandos has announced the appointment of their new Commercial Director, effective 1 March 2022. Sonika Adlakha will be responsible for generating top-line revenue for the property by securing new accounts, maintaining existing ones and executing sales strategies in the resort’s transition to upscale the brand.
She will be reporting to Mr. Easa Mohamed, General Manager, Malahini Kuda Bandos with a dotted line to Ms. Zeeshan Shihab, Executive Director of Malahini Holdings Private Limited. Sonika brings over two decades of hospitality experience and has previously worked with Outrigger Konotta (Maldives), Sun Siyam Resorts (Maldives and Sri Lanka), Al-Nahda Resorts and Spa and Dunes by Al-Nahda (Oman), Las Vegas Sands Corporation (Singapore and Macau), Shangri-la Hotel & Resorts (India) and InterContinental Group (India). With three major international pre- openings under her belt, she previously managed operations in Front Office and Housekeeping as well.
Hailing from the capital of India, Delhi, Sonika graduated in Hospitality Management from M.S.Ramaiah University in Bangalore, before doing her Master’s in Business Administration from Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies in Pune, India. Sonika joins from Outrigger Konotta Maldives, where she held the role of Director of Sales and Marketing.
Talking about her new role as the Commercial Director, Easa Mohamed said, “I am delighted to welcome Sonika to the team. She will oversee growth initiatives and innovative campaigns, expand the resort’s clientele, amplify international sales efforts and lead multi-faceted marketing and PR initiatives. I’m confident that the brand and our keenly anticipated upgrade of the resort will benefit from her wealth of knowledge and commercial acumen.”
Sharing her excitement, Sonika said, “It’s a privilege to be a part of Malahini Kuda Bandos, and to lead the team during its transition — there are a lot of exciting changes in-store.Our culinary trail explores new flavours with two upcoming restaurants — Italian and BBQ Grill Hut. We will also be adding 22 Sunrise Beach Pool Villas in Phase 1, and 9 Sunset Beach Pool Suites in Phase II. That’s not all, the refreshed aqua look-and-feel of the villas will surely mesmerize our guest’s seeking tranquility and luxury. Going ahead, wellness will play a key role for the brand and some of the permanent in-house features will include Aerial Yoga and personal care. The future is limitless!” When not indulging in work, Sonika loves exploring marine life, as a certified diver and her fitness routine and a sustainable lifestyle.