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Velaa Private Island Appoints New General Manager

 Velaa Private Island, one of the most exclusive private island resorts in the world, is pleased to announce 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, Wayne 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, Wayne 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. 

Born and bred in Australia, Wayne joins the Velaa Private Island executive team today, where he’ll establish his new base in the Maldives. Wayne’s hobbies include swimming, tennis and golf, so it won’t take long to feel at home on Velaa Private Island. Dedication, purpose and innovation are values he follows both in his professional and personal life.

“It is 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 am confident we’ll continue to pave the way for a new era of luxury travel at Velaa,” comments Wayne Milgate.

With its name derived from the generations of sea turtles that flock there to nest and hatch, Velaa Private Island captures the hearts of all who visit the tropical constellation of islands that form Noonu Atoll in the Maldives. An intimate and contemporary haven, 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. Of all the luxuries that the island has to offer, its privacy is its greatest asset, making it the perfect choice for those looking for complete solitude.

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