Dietmar joins Anantara from his position as General Manager of the Sheraton Pattaya Resort, Thailand, where he was responsible for the overall management of its 156 rooms and villas Hotel.

Dietmar, who is a German national, has a strong background in hotel openings having worked as part of the launch team and General Manager at two, five star, Le Méridien hotels in the Seychelles.

Set on Kihavah Huravalhi in Baa Atoll, one of the most exclusive of all the Maldivian islands, Anantara Kihavah Villas is just 35 minutes by seaplane from Male International Airport. The 78 luxurious overwater and beach suites will all have private pools, wooden sundecks with spacious seating and lounging areas, outdoor showers and over-sized bathtubs big enough for two. The interiors will be contemporary with local, Indian and Moroccan accents with colour schemes that take their inspiration from the surrounding coral reefs; Anantara Kihavah will also boast the largest swimming pool in the Maldives. The hotel is slated to open in late September.

Dillip Rajakarier, Chief Operating Officer of Minor Hotel Group, the owners of Anantara, commented: "We are extremely pleased that Dietmar has joined the Anantara team. With over twenty years experience in hotel management and his experience in pre opening resorts will be a great asset to us as we move towards our fourth resort opening in the Maldives. Dietmar will be instrumental in cementing Anantara's position as one of the top emerging players on the worldwide hotel stage."

Dietmar is a graduate of the Senior Management program from INSEAD in Paris, France.