Velaa Private Island has announced the appointment of Wayne Milgate as its new general manager to oversee daily operations and manage all aspects of the guest experience.
Having started his career as an assistant manager at five-star Gold Coast International Hotel, Australia, Milgate has acquired a wealth of experience, with his career spanning two decades in luxury hotels and resorts around the world.
Prior to joining Velaa Private Island, he served as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Iniala Hotels and Resorts as well as General Manager at Iniala Beach House for six years, in which time he developed an emerging brand into a successful boutique hospitality group and launched new hotels, resorts and restaurants across Asia and Europe. He also brings a wealth of luxury private island experience having served as General Manager to North Island, Seychelles in 2013 before a six-year tenure at Vomo Island, Fiji.
“It’s an honour to join the esteemed team at Velaa Private Island, world renowned for its refined island offering and exclusivity. Velaa’s distinctive features and unparalleled positioning provided a unique opportunity to adapt and reinvigorate the guest experience in order to successfully navigate a challenging year. I’m confident we’ll continue to pave the way for a new era of luxury travel at Velaa,” says Milgate.
An intimate and contemporary haven, and a 45-minute seaplane journey from Malé or 6 minutes from Maafaru International Airport for arrivals by private jet, Velaa Private Island features 47 luxurious villas.
The resort comprises 47 private villas, houses and exclusive residences. While 18 of the 47 are built over water, the Romantic Pool Residence can only be reached by boat, allowing even more privacy and exclusivity.