New International Team at Cove 55

There is a new international team at Cove 55, as the luxury boutique hotel welcomes three new members to its leadership line-up.

New management team – James McManaman, Rowena Michelle Tweedie and Vijay Verma Naidu

Cove 55 has appointed James McManaman as its new General Manager. James’ hospitality career includes nearly four decades of management experience within luxury resorts and private clubs in Asia, South Africa, and his home the USA. Mr. McManaman had the following to say about his new appointment:” ‘I believe that working at a boutique hotel gives the team an opportunity to really get to know the guests, and visa versa. Cove 55 is exactly this type of place, where guests come to relax, and the management can anticipate their individual needs. I have assembled a committed team of managers with unique experience from Malaysia and some of the finest destination resorts in Southeast Asia, and am delighted to have the opportunity to work hard to achieve even higher levels of hospitality, delivering our guests the kind of unique experience that only Cove 55 can offer’.

Rowena Michelle Tweedie has been engaged to run the Rooms Division side of things at Cove 55. Born and raised in Kuching, Sarawak she recently returned to the area. This is her 10th year in the hospitality industry, working with some of the best ultra-luxury international companies in the world, such as W Singapore – Starwood, Cheval Blanc Randheli Maldives by LVMH, GHM Luxury Hotels & Resort, Maldives and One&Only Desaru Coast, Malaysia, before now joining the excellent team at Cove 55.

Also joining the team is Food & Beverage Manager Vijay Verma Naidu. With over 13 years of experience in F&B, Vijay was present at the pre-opening of Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, where he spent 6 years working at the signature restaurant & bar. His passion for wine and mixology saw him lead the beverage program at the Hyatt and left the group in 2018 as the Bar Manager. Before moving to Cove55, Vijay opened the first beach club in Malaysia ‘Ember’ by Michelin-starred Chef Andrew Walsh. Aside from that, Vijay was directly involved in setting up six F&B outlets which include the signature bar showcasing bespoke Asian Rum selection at the One & Only Desaru Coast.