Even though UNNA is a new name, the principal investors behind the brand have been operating highly successful enterprises in Barbados for over 40 years. In fact the dynamic Barbadian companies that form the group collectively rank as the leading private sector employer in the country today, with over 3,500 employees. Having conceptualized and created the island’s first marina, Port St. Charles, as far back as 1997, the […]
By Keith Miller
November 14, 2014
Even though UNNA is a new name, the principal investors behind the brand have been operating highly successful enterprises in Barbados for over 40 years. In fact the dynamic Barbadian companies that form the group collectively rank as the leading private sector employer in the country today, with over 3,500 employees.
Having conceptualized and created the island’s first marina, Port St. Charles, as far back as 1997, the group has since firmly established itself as a highly respected developer and constructor of luxury residential and commercial real estate. As an extension of that ongoing success, UNNA has now been founded as a management company to run the operations of its own world-class resorts and hospitality amenities. Pronounced ‘oo-na’, this very distinct and uniquely Barbadian brand reflects both the international notion of ‘one’, as well as the Bajan vernacular wunna, meaning ‘all of us’. As such, UNNA embraces individuality within a group – just like a family.
With an unswerving commitment to meeting their clients’ foremost needs and preferences, UNNA has chosen to locate each of its luxurious resorts and ultra-luxury residential communities on the scenic northwestern coast. With beautiful beaches, an inherent culture of welcoming visitors and steeped in history, this area of the island still possesses a rare, genuine charm. Saint Peter’s Bay, comprising 57 three and four bedroom beachfront homes, is the first, fully completed resort operating under the 5-star luxury UNNA brand.
Next to be launched, in late December 2013, is the exclusive 16-acre, Port Ferdinand luxury marina resort. This is the first defined UNNA development, specifically planned and built with all the group’s ethos and values in mind. Featuring 120 berths with 83 luxury homes, Port Ferdinand is a wonderful, all-encompassing development that is rich in amenities. As such, the resort is laden with opportunities for multi-generational enjoyment of life and is absolutely ideal for families to holiday together.
Also currently on stream, and located just north of Saint Peter’s Bay, the ultra-high net worth residence, Palazzate, is poised to acquire its own special place in the world due to its unique size, superlative standards and unparalleled level of service.
In each case, potential owners are not just purchasing a prestigious west coast home, they are also investing in a luxurious but laid back lifestyle, a warm and sincere welcome and a golden opportunity to enjoy many memorable occasions for generations to come.
The knowledgeable and amiable UNNA members of staff instinctively provide a high level of attention to detail and provide their guests with a level of personalised service above and beyond the generally accepted benchmarks. It is these Barbadians, from gardeners to managers, who make the UNNA resorts so special. As a result, residents feel a close connection to their community and a tangible sense of belonging. It is very significant that when owners come here to relax on vacation they are looked after by real local people who genuinely enjoy being hospitable. Guests highly value that element of being personally made to feel at home, especially as in this day and age it is sometimes lacking in their own home countries.
By putting together all these elements of top quality and value in home ownership, offering similar privacy and security as a private club but with the service and amenities of a 5-star hotel, and all underscored with a particular emphasis on individual wellbeing, UNNA is deservedly earning a unique status in Barbados. UNNA is the authentic Barbadian brand that delivers ‘Luxury with Soul’.
Keith Miller was born in Liverpool, England, but has been a permanent resident of Barbados since 1978 and proudly claims to be a Bajan by invitation and adoption. Educated at the Liverpool Blue Coat School; the John Moores University; the Sorbonne, University of Paris, France; and the University of Valencia, Spain, his first venture into commercial life was in a management capacity with the retail giants, Marks and Spencer. Having decided that he needed to broaden his horizons with a more demanding and exciting challenge, Keith relocated to Barbados by accepting a position as a teacher and housemaster at Mapps College, St. Philip, where he remained for 14 years, including the last 6 as Headmaster.
In 1983, Keith and his wife Sally established Miller Publishing Company and launched the Ins & Outs of Barbados tourist guide. Today Miller Publishing publishes the Ins & Outs of Barbados, the Ins & Outs of Trinidad & Tobago, the Ins & Outs of St. Vincent & The Grenadines, Barbados in a Nutshell, Visit Barbados and a wide range of high quality coffee-table books. Over the course of the years, Keith and Sally have been jointly awarded with The Ernst & Young Entrepreneurs of the Year for Tourism in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean; the Minister of Tourism's Special Award for Contribution to the Development of Tourism in Barbados and the Barbados Hotel & Tourism Association's Lifetime Achievement Award. In addition to Miller Publishing and the Caribbean Business Publications projects of Business Barbados, BusinessBarbados.com, the Business Barbados E-Book and Business Trinidad & Tobago, Keith has also worked with a Canadian film production company to produce Barbados Style, a very high quality HD TV Film which promoted Barbados to a global audience. Keith also works as a professional writer and he has been shortlisted for the British Sports Book of the Year New Writer Award, for his title Steven Gerrard, Michael Owen and Me, which is based on the Academy System in Premier League Football in the UK. In between working, Keith enjoys travelling, keeping fit, good food and wine, playing golf, following all sports, relaxing at the beach and mentoring young people and would-be entrepreneurs. For over 10 years he was a Member and Chairman of the Board of St. Gabriel's School; he is a Founder Member of the Barbados Entrepreneurship Foundation, and he is the Project Leader of the $20 Challenge, an entrepreneurship competition for secondary school students.