Velaa Private Island announced Michal Smejc as the new general manager of the resort. As the younger brother of Velaa Private Island's owner, Jiri Smecj, Michal has been a firsthand witness to the development and growth of the resort from its beginning. From May 1 forward, Michal Smejc will assume the position of general manager at Velaa, and will be responsible for overall resort operation and strategic leadership of the onsite and international team.
Smejc studied economics in Pilsen, graduating in 2006. Since then he has enjoyed success within the financial industry, moving from a role as financial analyst at PPF (privately owned international financial group) to asset management at Generali, to Home Credit, an international non-bank financial institution where he has served for the past six years. Due to his experience in sales and marketing gained at Home Credit, Smejc will also oversee PR & marketing strategies at Velaa Private Island. Smejc's main focus will be on enhancing the Velaa experience and bringing its services and facilities to the ultimate level, maintaining guest satisfaction and implementing new marketing strategies. Smejc will also be responsible for reaching and achieving overall capital and operational budget goals.
Nestled within a constellation of islands in the Maldives, Velaa Private Island comprises 47 private villas, houses and residences. While 18 of the 47 are built over water, the Romantic Pool Residence can only be reached by boat. Other amenities include an onsite spa, restaurant on the sand, numerous swimming pools and a selection of excursions.