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Jonathan Wise Appointed President and General Manager, Nicole Wise Named
General Manager and VP Development, Taunovo Bay Resort, Fiji

PACIFIC HARBOUR, FIJI, September 15, 2008. Taunovo Bay Resort, the South Pacific’s newest 5-star luxury resort today announced that seasoned hospitality executives, Jonathan & Nicole Wise will join the company as President and General Manager & VP Development respectively. Based in Pacific Harbour, Fiji, the Wises will join CEO, Mitchel Hagerman and COO Tony Alfaro at one of the largest privately held luxury resort developments in the South Pacific.

Taunovo Bay Resort & Spa
Coral Coast, Fiji
Prior to joining Taunovo Bay, both Jonathan and Nicole held senior management and development roles at Antares Real Estate Partners in Stamford, CT as SVP, Hospitality Development and SVP Lifestyle Development. 

Jonathan Wise literally “grew up” in the world of elite luxury hotels at his family’s own property, The Inn at Manitou, a famed Relais & Chateaux property located outside Toronto, Canada. From there he went on to hold senior management and development positions at such renowned properties as The White Barn Inn, Kennebunkport, ME, The Mark and The Iroquois, both in New York City and The Delamar in Greenwich, CT. 

Nicole’s path followed a more academic approach graduating from the Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne where, as part of her degree, held positions at such esteemed European properties as Badrutt’s Palace, The Beau Rivage and The Ritz in Paris. Upon retuning to the US, she joined the Ritz-Carleton Hotel in New York and soon after was recruited by legendary hotelier Raymond N. Bickson to The Mark Hotel in 1990, where she would remain for almost 11 years in various senior management positions, achieving the level of Director of Revenue Management during the transition from Rafael Hotels to Mandarin- Oriental.

During their extensive careers, the Wises served as Co-General Managers of Villa del Sol (now known as The Tides, Zihuatanejo) an extensive, 70-room luxury beach resort on one of Mexico’s most picturesque and tranquil beaches.

“We are delighted to welcome Jonathan and Nicole to the Taunovo Bay family as this key point in our resort development” said Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Mitchel Hagerman. “As one of the industry’s most respected and accomplished management couples, the Wises bring a wealth of experience and their unique brand of “hands-on” luxury management. Working together, “Team Wise” has such a universally respected reputation and complimentary skill set that we would be hard pressed to find 3 separate hospitality executives to match their quality and experience. Their arrival signals a significant milestone for our staff, guests and ownership group” 

About Taunovo Bay
A master-planned resort development of 1,000 acres of free-hold land with its own private airport, hotel sites, villas, marina, estates and lots, Taunovo Bay represents a truly unparalleled collection of the finest luxury services and amenities anywhere in the South Pacific. A limited number of absolute beachfront and fully furnished private villas have been released in the initial offering.

About Taunovo Bay Resort & Spa
First opened in January 2008, Taunovo Bay Resort & Spa is a boutique five star villa resort that has set the new benchmark for luxury and privacy for the South Pacific. Luxurious, 5,000sq/ft beachfront Villas have been designed with Fijian and Balinese architecture, by the renowned firm of Grounds Kent with lush tropical landscaping, exotic interiors, enhanced privacy, and refined luxury. Located in ‘The Adventure Capital of Fiji”, resort guests experience Taunovo Bay’s own private island, world class diving and game fishing in Beqa Lagoon, an 18-hole Robert Trent Jones Jr. golf course, river rafting, secret waterfalls, zip lining, sailing, surfing at Frigates Passage, shopping, and more.


Taunovo Bay Resort
Coral Coast, Fiji
+679 345 0611 tel.

Also See: Coral Coast Properties Developing a 75 room Luxury Resort in Viti Levu, Fiji; To Be Managed by Rosewood / April 2002
Antares Investment Planning a 115 room Hotel in Stamford, Connecticut / February 2008


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