Mike started his hospitality career as a restaurant manager at The Edward Hotel on Durban's famous Golden Mile. His high service standards and excellent customer service was soon noted and Mike was offered a position with Sun International at their flagship Wild Coast Sun Resort where he enjoyed honing his skills before joining the world famous Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town as the Assistant Banqueting Manager.
Mike continued his stellar rise finding himself as part of the Hilton Durban’s opening team before taking over the reins as the Banqueting Manager at the Sandton Hilton where he was responsible for many National & International Congresses.
Mike joined the Emperors Palace opening Team in 1999 where he took on the challenging position of Banqueting & Conventions Manager at this giant resort – a position that he thoroughly enjoyed and remembers fondly.
From Emperors Palace, Mike joined the Indaba Group as Assistant General Manager of the brand new Indaba Hotel acquisition (then Karos) and was instrumental in the success of the 4-star Indaba Hotel & Conference Centre.
Mike left the Indaba Hotel & Conference centre in 2009 to take-up the position of General Manager of the Ranch Hotel & Conservancy Polokwane followed by General Manager of the 5-star Valley Lodge & Spa in the Magaliesburg.
In 2012, when the decision was made to incorporate the Mangwanani Spa into the Indaba Group Brand, the company turned to Mike Oliver to open the new spa and launch the Mowana Brand – another of Mike’s many successes with the Mowana brand growing from strength to strength against formidable competition.
Mike now joins the Indaba Lodge Richards Bay Opening Team where he will take on the challenging position of General Manager, overseeing the launch of the Indaba Lodge brand into KZN and ensuring excellent standards and customer service.
Mike is married to Lee and has a 18 year old son, Matthew and a 3-year old daughter Danni. In his spare time, Mike is an avid fisherman and looks forward to “getting to know the locals” on the water.
Mike looks forward to welcoming you to the Indaba Lodge Richards Bay soon