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Ask the expert: Ausy Waseem, Resort Manager at Siyam World in the Maldives, on submersibles, superchefs – and snow-filled holidays…

 How is Siyam World unique?

Ausy Waseem, Resort Manager at Siyam World in Maldives

‘We’re the largest collection of Maldivian-owned and managed hotels, and our five resorts focus on creating remarkable memories for guests. We also want to create ‘firsts’ for the Maldives. That includes the Indian Ocean’s largest floating waterpark, the Siyam World Horse Ranch, a Seabreacher submersible and also being the first resort to have more than 200 water villas with a pool and slide! Siyam World is also home to The Beach House Collection, which is an exclusive enclave of one- to six-bedroom residences.’

Any other claims to fame?

‘We also have an international-standard football pitch, three tennis courts with three different surfaces, and badminton and volleyball courts.’

What’s next for Siyam World?

‘Next month we celebrate our first birthday with a very special programme of events for guests. If you haven’t booked some sunshine before winter hits, then we’ve got exclusive offers at sunsiyam.com. Top secret, but we’ll also have plenty of celebrity performers. The UK’s Michelin-starred superchef Tom Brown is also joining our Resident Chef series, so you’ll enjoy great food with us!’

Grand Water Pavilion with slide, Siyam World

Grand Water Pavilion with slide, Siyam World

What are the top three destinations on your personal bucket list?

‘They are Naples, Santorini and Bora Bora in French Polynesia. Naples has inspired me since I was a child, while Santorini has captured my heart because of the pictures I’ve seen on social media. Bora Bora is on my list as I want to see how different it is from my native Maldives.’

What do you never travel without?

‘My wife. She is my partner in everything I do. I’m not fussy about what I pack as long as she is at my side.’

Ausy trying out the watersport facilities

Ausy trying out the watersport facilities

Where was your favourite holiday?

‘It was Canada. As a Maldivian, I’m used to warm weather and tropical beauty so wanted to experience something different. Heading to New Brunswick in winter 2018 gave us freezing temperatures and lots of snow. We stayed with my wife’s family and loved it.’

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