For this week’s Small Business Spotlight, we talked to Esther of TRHM, a guest house in the Maldives that offers an immersive way to experience the culture of Himandhoo island.
Can you tell us a little about your business?
We run a little guest house on a beautiful island in the Maldives, called The Reef House Maldives. Together with some help from the locals, we planned to create a business that will bring great changes to the Himandhoo island. Unlike some luxury resorts, we are hoping to give our guests the best way to understand, to feel, and to explore the true culture of Maldivians lifestyle; and that itself made us unique.
What inspired you to start this business?
I visited Maldives last year March 2015, and it’s love at first sight. But what inspired me the most, are the people, the environment of the island, and also the culture. The sincerity, the generosity and their hospitality are the best i have ever experienced, and therefore inspired me to run this little project. I hope i can bring more people to see the Maldives; and experienced it the way i did, and most of all without the need of splashing too much cash.
What was the most exciting experience you’ve had at work?
The most exciting experience at work! Let me think…. I think it would be fair to say, its my Dubai work trip for an Endurance Horse Race. Certainly an experience of a lifetime.
Do you have any advice for someone looking to start an organization like this?
If anyone would like to venture their way into tourism, my first piece of advise is to have an open heart to suggestions. Always listen to different kind of ideas and opinions, and also keep the passion alive. Look for different ideas that can be done, and most of all LOVE your guests….
What’s your favorite part of the job?
I get to know new people every day and made connections! also turning my passion for travelling into a career is the best thing ever.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Reading and watching movies. I have a wide collection =)
What is your favorite book and movie?
Favourite book, The Hypnotist by Lars Kepler and favourite movie The Shawshank Redemption.
Do you have any favorite quotes?
“Every risk is worth taking, as long as its for a good cause, and contributes to a good life”
—Sir Richard Branson
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?
North Pole, to witness the aurora borealis. I read in an article some time ago, due to the climate change happening to the world, these magical lights might disappear one day, sooner than we thought. So, i would love to see it, before it is too late.
What’s your idea of a perfect day?
A beautiful dive with my manta ray, followed by a lazy day at the beach and dinner by the sunset beach…
Visit TRHM’s website at www.thereefhousemaldives.com