Wanted: Maldives resort on desert island seeks barefoot bookseller | Maldives


White sand, blue sky… and lots of books. Applications have been opened for what might just be the best job in the world: running a bookstore on a luxury desert island in the Maldives.

The passionate book lovers – who are also adventurous, outgoing, creative and don’t mind going barefoot all day – are wanted for the one-year deal, which starts in October and involves relocating to live on the remote island of Kunfunadhoo in India. Ocean.

The bookstore takes place barefoot, as no shoes are allowed on the island. Reading a newspaper, even a newspaper as captivating as the Observerwould also be frowned upon.

“The philosophy of the island is: no shoes, no news. They encourage customers to reconnect with the ground,” said Alex McQueen, spokesperson for Ultimate Library, which operates the bookstore with the Soneva Fushi Resort and offers bespoke library collections for hotels, resorts and private residences around the world.

Georgie Polhill with a delighted audience. Photo: Barefoot bookseller

Resort guests – usually wealthy individuals – are encouraged to disconnect from the digital world and allow their “barefoot butlers” to attend to their needs.

McQueen said the island bookseller should be self-reliant, happy to introduce themselves to guests and provide personalized book recommendations. The successful candidate will be solely responsible for the day-to-day management of the bookstore, including accounting and inventory management. “The candidate will be there alone, so he pretty much handles everything himself.”

For this reason, he is ideally looking for someone with bookstore or publishing experience.

Single accommodation on the island is provided free of charge and all meals are free. There’s also a gym, access to a spa, and water sports like diving, and the staff has their own private beach.

The basic salary is $750 per month (around £620), but it is expected that the bookseller could earn additional ‘service fees’ on top of that, for example, by offering workshops or courses related to delivers to guests.

Georgie Polhill, 27, who recently completed a six-month contract as a bookseller on the island, said one of the biggest challenges she faced as a ‘turbocharged Londoner’ was getting used to to the slow and relaxed pace of life on the island. “If you tried too hard to fight it off and pestered everyone to get things done, you would absolutely burst a blood vessel.

“I came back a very different person. I learned an entirely new culture. I made friends that I will have for life.

She had previously worked for a bookseller in London but will begin a new career in theater on Monday.

That meant adapting to wearing shoes again – something she said “felt really weird” at first. “I wasn’t used to wearing anything around my toes and heels.”


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