One&Only Resorts, part of Kerzner International Limited, offers its heartfelt sympathies and concern to all those affected by the earthquake and tsunami. Recognising the tragic loss of life, injury and devastation, One&Only Resorts is donating US$100,000 to the Maldivian Disaster Relief Fund to help the local community with rebuilding efforts.
All guests and staff at One&Only Kanuhura, Maldives have been accounted for with no casualties. At the group’s other resort in the Maldives, One&Only Reethi Rah, which is currently under development, everyone has also been thankfully accounted for with no casualties.
Paul Jones, One&Only Resorts’ Chief Operating Officer, flew immediately to the Maldives following the tragedy to offer additional support to the local resort teams.
One&Only Kanuhura has remained operational for guests who elected to stay and is receiving guests from 1 January 2005. However, 20 Water Villas/Suites have been removed from service until further notice due to damage. Assessment of damage is underway at One&Only Reethi Rah, which has been due to open in March 2005. Any possible change to the opening date will be communicated.
Commenting on the tragedy, J.T. Kuhlman, One&Only Resorts’ President, said: ‘At this time of great shock and sadness, Mauro Governato, General Manager of One&Only Kanuhura, and all of us at One&Only Resorts offer our condolences to those affected in southern Asia and east Africa. I would like to thank and commend the people of the Maldives for pulling together during this challenging time and our staff for their outstanding efforts to ensure the safety and comfort of our guests.’