Vakkaru Maldives appoints Patrick Duff as Resort Manager
Vakkaru Maldives welcomes seasoned hospitality veteran Patrick Duff as the new Resort Manager.
With an illustrious career spanning nearly four decades and experience in some of the world’s most prestigious luxury hotel brands, Patrick’s appointment marks a new chapter in the resort’s quest to deliver unparalleled service and experiences to its guests.
A highly respected hospitality professional, Duff’s international track record includes roles in 14 different countries with well- known brands such as the Starwood Luxury Collection, Fairmont, Four Seasons, Ritz Carlton, Shangri-La, Sukhothai Bangkok, and One & Only, among others.
Most recently, he served as Director of Operations (Task Force Re-brand) for Accor Resorts and Hotels in Phuket, Thailand. His prior roles include serving as Resident Manager (Consulting Task Force) at Shangri- La Yanuca Island, Fiji, as Resort Manager at Iniala Beach House in Thailand, as Director of Food & Beverage (EAM) at One & Only Reethi Rah in Maldives and as Director of Food & Beverage at W Taipei.
In his new role at Vakkaru Maldives, Duff will oversee the overall operations and work closely with all departments, including Rooms, Food & Beverage, Spa, and Recreation. His leadership and comprehensive understanding of luxury hospitality operations are set to elevate the guest experiences at Vakkaru Maldives.
“We are absolutely delighted to have Patrick Duff join our team,” said Iain McCormack, General Manager, Vakkaru Maldives. “His exceptional experience, vision, and passion for hospitality will undoubtedly bring a fresh perspective to our resort. We look forward to witnessing his positive impact on our operations and guest experiences.”
Located in Baa Atoll, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve renowned for its spectacular sea life, Vakkaru Maldives is a timeless sanctuary recently named the Indian Ocean’s Leading Resort in the World Travel Awards.
An awe-inspiring 30- minute seaplane ride from Velana International Airport takes you to this secluded reef island, shaded by coconut palms and blessed with calming ocean views and powder-soft white-sand beaches. Here 113 beautifully appointed Overwater and Beach Villas are elegantly designed to respect their surroundings, while exceptional dining experiences and amenities await in six restaurants, two bars and a wine cellar.
Among industry-leading offerings is overwater Merana Spa, complete with an Ayurveda practice and a regular host to residencies by the world’s most inspiring wellness practitioners. Children and teens are generously catered for in the Parrotfish Club and Coconut Club respectively, while guests of all ages can play against world-famous pros through a best- in-class coaching partnership with Tipsarevic Luxury Tennis or play each other on the newly opened padel tennis court. Splash offers a host of thrilling water sports, ocean excursions, private luxury yacht as well as coral adoption programme. Threading all these services and facilities together is our unique hospitality concept, Vakkare, that places a sincere, proactive commitment to putting care at the core of all we do.