Velaa Private Island Welcomes New General Manager

Velaa Private Island welcomes Michal Smejc as the new General Manager. Having witnessed the development and growth of the resort from the beginning, Smejc’s objective is to ensure that Velaa continues to be positioned as one of the top five hotels of the world.

Michal will now be responsible for the overall resort operation and strategic leadership of the onsite and international team. Due to his extensive experience in sales and marketing gained during his time at Home Credit, Michal will also oversee PR & marketing strategies.

“My goal is to ensure that Velaa maintains its place as one of the top five island resorts in the world. And the countless accolades that Velaa secured over the past year prove this potential,” explains Smejc about his ambitions.

Smejc studied Economics in Pilsen, graduating in 2006. Since then he has enjoyed much success within the financial industry, moving from a role as Financial Analyst at PPF (privately owned international financial group) and Asset Management at Generali to Home Credit, an international non-bank financial institution where he worked for the past six years. During that time, Smejc travelled frequently throughout Asia, expanding the Home Credit business to India and Indonesia, as well as working as Head of Product, Marketing and Business Development at Home Credit Philippines.

From the very beginning, Michal witnessed the property evolve from a construction site into one of the top tropical private islands in the world. His passion for the culinary, knowledge of luxury travel, and his love for nature, diving and Southeast Asian culture, were key factors in the decision to choose Michel for the General Manager role when it became available earlier this spring. 

“It was love at first sight,” says Michal Smejc, “and ever since my first visit, I entertained the idea of becoming part of this extraordinary project. The resort symbolises passion and love for the Maldives and offers the very best and most authentic from the region, combined with ultimate privacy and countless possibilities for active and passive recreation. As a ‘foodie’, I particularly enjoy the variety of menus in each outlet and the unparalleled gourmet experience our talented team offers under the leadership of our star Chef Gaushan (de Silva).”

Michal’s main focus will be on enhancing the Velaa experience and bringing its services and facilities to the ultimate level, maintaining its highly-rated guest satisfaction and implementing new marketing strategies. Michal will also be responsible for reaching and achieving overall capital and operational budget goals.




About Velaa Private Island

Nestled within the constellation of islands that form the Noonu Atoll in the Maldives, Velaa Private Island takes exclusivity to the next level with facilities and service that go beyond traditional resorts. Designed by award-winning Czech architect Petr Kolar as “an elegant fusion of Maldivian culture with contemporary luxury, intimate with Maldivian nuances”.

Velaa Private Island is the realisation of a dream to create a ‘beyond luxury’ exclusive boutique hideaway in the Maldives. Velaa means “Turtle Island” in the local language – named after generations of sea turtles that flock there to nest and hatch. From a broader “bird’s eye view” which greets arrivals by seaplane, the island’s exclusive over-water villas are also constructed to resemble the head of a turtle, with the island forming the body. The resort comprises 47 private villas, houses and residences and four four-bedroom residences, while 18 are built over water.


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