Singapore, 7 March 2023 – This March, in line with the International Women’s Day 2023 theme #EmbraceEquity, The Lux Collective is proud to spotlight its powerhouse of women’s strength at the resorts worldwide. Equal opportunities are not enough as people start from different places. Recently presented with the established Great Place to Work accreditation, the Group firmly believes and delivers equitable action to bring true inclusion and belonging by nurturing talents to women leaders, across different departments and levels.
Here, the culture of women empowerment is about instilling the sense of pride to help them shine, while bringing greater personal progress in life. The Group celebrates its women of resilience who grow through the ranks, discover and establish themselves, and journey passionately with the Group through good and tough times.
❖ Shining Housekeeping Heroines
The Housekeeping and Public Area teams keep the resorts’ beautiful surroundings in a pristine condition with high level of room cleanliness for guests’ comfort. At LUX* Tea Horse Road Benzilan in Yunnan, China, Tibetan lady Lhamo - Housekeeping Manager has been with the Group since the hotel’s opening in 2016 and completed cross-exposure hospitality programme in Mauritius in 2019. She shared,“The company has helped to transform me from a normal villager with limited knowledge to a confident professional manager, promoting my hometown to international visitors.”
As a single mother with two children and at home for 10 years as a housewife, Sanam Khedoo - Housekeeping Supervisor of LUX* Belle Mare in Mauritius joined in 2015 as a valet. Fully supported by the resort, Sanam said, “The resort team is like my family and I feel at home, safe and cared for. Also, it is here that I find my identity and to provide for my kids.”
Promoted from attendant, Vicky Chen - Public Area Supervisor of LUX* Chongzuo in Guangxi, China who joined during pre-opening in 2020 said, “I am proud to be the only specialist with the specific skillset in marble flooring care and operating advanced polishing machines in the luxury resort.”
With Tamassa Bel Ombre in Mauritius for 16 dedicated years, Dilshad Rossaye grew through the ranks from Floor Supervisor to Executive Housekeeper, now leading a team of 80 people. She enthused, “I am grateful for the chance to evolve in my career. As such, I strongly support gender equality and create positive atmosphere to keep my team highly motivated.”
❖ Innovative F&B and Culinary Experts
Ashveena Jootun - F&B Supervisor of LUX* Grand Gaube said,“Being the first woman in supervisory position in the hotel’s F&B team, I hope to be a role model to our women team members who aspire a leadership role. A 7-year pioneer F&B team member of award-winning Beach Rogue and INTI (Mauritius #1 Peruvian restaurant), her eye for detail and empathy have led to positive changes and team bonding."
At The Good Kitchen restaurant of SALT of Palmar in Mauritius, Nitisha Thathiah was promoted to Chef de Partie overseeing the breakfast service and team. From a pastry trainee to a chef and an expert in kefir and kombucha making, she has curated many flavourful Mauritian and vegan dishes using sustainably-sourced local ingredients in the last 7 years. Linking personal growth to baking, she quipped, “I believe that determined women are meant to rise.”
❖ Restorative Wellbeing Professionals
With the Group for 16 years, Jennifer Radegonde - Spa Supervisor now at the newest flagship LUX* Grand Baie in Mauritius started as a Spa Receptionist. Her commitment coupled with strong communications skills enable her to excel and recommend the best treatments based on bodily needs. To her, "Women’s intuitive and collaborative qualities complement that of men to create a well-rounded workforce, which ultimately benefit the company.“
At LUX* South Ari Atoll in the Maldives, Prima Ni Komang Novie Primayanthi was promoted to Spa Head Therapist in 2022. Having completed a series of LUX* leadership development and spa programmes since 2015, Prima said, “Through LUX* ME Spa, I have progressed personally and professionally. It is my privilege to impart confidence and the art of touch to many female therapists under my care.”
❖ Stars With Passion from the Heart
Viewing her work as a great adventure, Justine Desire-Armoogum - Concierge of LUX* Le Morne in Mauritius was promoted twice in 5 years, given her great performance. She shared, “I cherish my career advancement. Concierge is previously a male-dominated position. I would like other women to discover this beautiful job and my message to women is - we should have our place in the society as we have the capability to do it.”
At LUX* St. Gilles in Reunion Island, Priscillia Corre - Assistant Head of Reception has grown with the Group for 11 years. “I am proud of my personal development as I have never worked in a hotel before this. It is a real joy to listen to and delight our guests and team members. My tip to life: Welcome, advise, follow-up and support.”
Newly promoted Resident Manager of LUX* Grand Baie - Rooma Caulee spans two decades of experience in luxury hospitality at some most prestigious international hotel brands. With her outstanding performance as Sales & Marketing Manager since 2022, she will now lead strategic planning and structure operations to ensure smooth and profitable running of the award-winning flagship resort. “Given my deep passion for people and training, this senior leadership position opens new doors leading to professional fulfilment. It optimises my expertise and connectedness as a woman leader to inspire my team with a difference,” said Rooma.
All these outstanding women leaders demonstrate their pursuit of personal development, while deliver exceptional guest experiences. At The Lux Collective, the Group celebrates its talented women pool, providing the space and opportunities for growth, while uplifting the local communities where it operates.