Rodrigo Buanafina

Gili Lankanfushi Maldives, the pioneer of sustainable barefoot luxury in the Maldives, is delighted to announce the appointment of Rodrigo Buanafina as Resort Manager, effective 1st May. An internal promotion from his previous position as Director of Food & Beverage at the five-star eco-resort, Buanafina brings 10 years of luxury hospitality experience to his new role.

As Resort Manager, Buanafina will oversee day-to-day operations of the 45-villa resort, including this summer's Overwater Bar renovation plans.

A Brazilian native, Buanafina joined the Gili Lankanfushi team as F&B Manager in 2018 and was quickly promoted to Director of F&B. During his five years in F&B leadership, he oversaw a near 100-strong team and implemented a number of unique gourmet offerings and experiences. Ranging from a new blind-dining experience and Brazilian Churrascaria theme night to a 'Destination Drinking' bartender battle, his innovations are credited with elevating the island's dining offering to one of the most well-reputed in the Maldives.

Prior to his time at Gili, Buanafina held various F&B management roles across other Indian Ocean resorts. Previous experience includes two years as Assistant Director of F&B Pine Cliffs, a Luxury Collection Resort in Portugal and the largest in Europe - accommodating up to 3,100 guests.

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