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Senior Appointments Announced For Malamala Beach Club

February 23, 2017 Appointments / Movers & Shakers No Comments Email Email

South Sea Cruises Ltd (SSC) has announced two key appointments to lead the opening team for Malamala Beach Club – Fiji’s first island beach club, set to open mid-2017 – with renowned chef Lance Seeto and Operations expert Rob Maivusaroko joining the team.

“To attract such high calibre talent is testament to the positive impression Malamala Beach Club is already creating within the market and we are extremely pleased to have both Lance and Rob on board,” said South Sea Cruises Ltd CEO Brad Rutherford.

Rob Maivusaroko

Renowned culinary expert Lance Seeto joins as Executive Chef, focusing on delivering a unique gourmet offering for Malamala Beach Club guests.  He will also oversee food and beverage offerings across  the iconic Blue Lagoon Cruise experience and the family-friendly South Sea Island.

As an Executive Chef for a number of award winning island resorts, Lance Seeto is also the only culinary professional to be awarded Fiji’s top tourism culinary award two years in a row.

Born of Chinese heritage on the Melanesian islands of Papua New Guinea, Lance has swapped his fast paced Australian upbringing for the gentleness and clarity of a living ancient civilisation, who have embraced him as one of their own as evidenced by his dual citizenship. His deep understanding of Fiji’s history, produce and cooking techniques has evolved into a unique style of cuisine that includes Polynesian, Melanesian, Indian and Chinese influence.

“I am excited to bring Fiji’s unique cultural gastronomy and produce to the menu at Malamala Beach Club and create memorable gourmet experiences for guests across the South Sea Cruises portfolio,” says Seeto

Lance Seeto

Rob Maivusaroko joins as the Pre & Post Opening Consultant responsible for delivering a premium customer experience in all aspects of Malamala Beach Club offerings, ensuring systems are in place to provide a seamless process for groups and individuals visiting the island.  Robin has most recently worked with Yatule Beach Resort, Fiji and previously had an extensive career with Starwood Hotels & Resorts both in Fiji and China.

“Malamala Beach Club will provide a much needed high-end venue to Fiji’s tourism landscape and I look forward to working with the team to deliver an exceptional product,’” says Maivusaroko.

Rob will commence immediately and Lance in early March, located in the South Sea Cruises’ Port Denarau office.

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The multi award winning ‘South Sea Cruises’ Group is Fiji’s leading maritime operator, providing a range of day cruises to explore Fiji’s iconic islands and an inter-island resort connection (ferry) service for the Mamanuca and Yasawa group of islands.  Also part of the South Sea Cruises portfolio is Fiji’s premier small ship cruising experience, Blue Lagoon Cruises, offering three, four and seven night cruises; Awesome Adventures Fiji, catering to backpackers and independent travellers; Yasawa Islands Holidays, specialising in couples and family holiday experiences in the Yasawa Islands; and Vinaka Fiji, a voluntourism experience focused on building sustainable communities, education and marine conservation.  The Group is set to open Malamala Beach Club in mid-2017 – Fiji’s first island beach club experience.

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