Founded in 2012 by Chairman Michael Flynn, The Small Maldives Island Co. (TSMIC) is “the soul” of the two exemplary new island resorts it manages. With Mark Hehir joining TSMIC in 2015 as CEO and Curator their vision was turned into reality with the launch of Amilla Fushi (opened 21st of December 2014) and Finolhu (opened June 17th 2016).
With over 30 years experience in Maldivian tourism, TSMIC has looked beyond tired norms and attention-seeking fads to put what guests really want at the heart of everything, a fresh approach to Maldives hospitality.
Coastline Investments, with 40-years experience in Maldivian tourism, chose to partner with The Small Maldives Island Co. as their island custodians. With a strong philosophy focused on making small details great, they offer the easy, comfortable and natural style that’s quintessentially Maldivian.
“We wanted people to experience the real Maldivian soul that international brands sometimes struggle to deliver,” says Flynn, which is why the team handpicks its locations to create authentic and bespoke experiences for every guest.
Michael C. Flynn
Michael is a seasoned hotel and travel industry professional and has held senior corporate positions with several iconic global hospitality companies. He has worked for over 20 years in the Asia Pacific region, being responsible for strong brands like Accor and Hilton, notably as Senior Vice President Marketing and Sales for Accor Asia Pacific and Vice President Sales and Marketing for Hilton International. He also held the position of Senior Vice President and Managing Director for RCI Asia Pacific.
Michael has been involved in strategic advisory work in the Maldives and is co-founder and Chairman of The Small Maldives Island Co, which was established in 2012. The company’s main focus is on resort management in the Maldives for Coastline Hotels and Resorts.
Curator and CEO
Born and raised in Australia, Mark Hehir comes with over 30 years’ experience in the hospitality industry in his home country as well as in Europe, Asia and the Indian Ocean. Hehir joins The Small Maldives Island Co. after four successful years at the One & Only Reethi Rah, Maldives where he held the position of General Manager, implementing various effective and innovative philosophies.
Mark was also part of the opening team at Huvafen Fushi by Per Aquum as well as Maldives Hilton Rangali (now Conrad Maldives), after working for various Anantara properties in Asia. Mark firmly believes that one should always be ready to get their hands dirty to do the job. He inspires his staff not only with words but with action and believes that with hard work and determination anyone can achieve.