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Best job in the world? A Maldives luxury resort is hiring someone to run its bookshop

21st Aug 2018
Written by: Dave Owen

Do you love relaxing on a paradise beach with a good book? Now imagine getting paid to do exactly that.
A five-star luxury eco resort in the Maldives is looking for somebody to run its new pop-up bookshop, and it could be you.
Philip Blackwell, who used to run the bookshop chain Blackwell’s, is looking for somebody with “a passion for books, the ability to engage guests of all ages… someone on the ground who is creative and inspiring and can maybe get people to share the pleasure of reading.”
The pay for the role at the Soneva Fushi resort is “derisory, but the fringe benefits unparalleled,” said Blackwell.
The cheapest villa at the resort, which boasts numerous beaches, is a one-bed affair costing $2,000 a night. The most expensive is the $26,000 nine-bedroom private reserve.

As well as selling books to the A-list celebrities and wealthy guests that frequent the resort, the successful applicant will be expected to write “an entertaining and lively blog that captures the exhausting life of a desert island bookseller.”
The bookshop will stock a variety of books, some that reflect the local environment of the Maldives as well as titles likely to pique the interest of the wealthy visitors. Blackwell describes the whole idea as a “gap year project.”
Backpacker jobs don’t get much better than this.

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