STEM® Announces a new General Manager and Sales and Marketing Director
Belize Ocean Club is being reimagined by a global hospitality management company, STEM®. Lead by CEO Robert van Eerde, protégé of André Balazs, the leader behind the opening of Bono’s Clarence Hotel in Dublin, a consultant for Soho House group and hotels from Miami to Abu Dhabi and China. Specializing in stand-alone “true boutique hotels,” STEM® brings decades of international experience and heightened the quality of service to the destination.
“I’m so excited to be in Belize and proud to have assembled such a star team,” says Robert Van Eerde. “I can’t wait to show guests the experience we’ll be offering.”
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Among the experts on the team are Alistair MacLean, recently appointed as Regional Director of Belize Ocean Club, and Juan Palmada, who will serve as Vice President for Sales, Marketing and Development in the Americas. Maclean brings a strong international background, having led Sixty Hotels in New York City, Le Yaca in Saint Tropez, Serrano Beach in Saint Barth’s and most recently Antsanitia Hotel and resort in Madagascar. MacLean began his career working with the Savoy Group of Hotels and Restaurants in London, went on to become Director of Operations of Andre Balazs Properties, which included the roles of General Manager/Partner at Sunset Beach Hotel on Shelter Island, New York, and General Manager of The Raleigh Hotel in Miami Beach. He also served as Managing Director at The NoMad Hotel in NY and Regional General Manager of Chelsea Hotels.
He will be working alongside Juan Palmada, who has extensive experience in hotel operations and global marketing. Palmada began his career leading world-renowned hotels and resorts, such as the Beau Rivage Palace in Geneva, Hotel Condes, Havana and NH in Barcelona, Victoria Hotels & Resorts in Puerto Plata, and the Kimberly hotel in New York City. He also notably founded Epoque hotels, a collection of 300 style-driven boutique hotels located in 101 destinations around the world
Set on the beautiful Maya Beach, Belize Ocean Club is just a short journey away from the quaint village of Placencia and all the activities Belize has to offer. Perfectly situated for access to both jungle and ocean adventures, the resort also offers breathtaking views of the Maya Mountains, lagoon and Caribbean.
As the first new initiatives for the property, STEM® announces two new restaurant concepts and curated experiences for guests. FYAH, local dialect for fire, will be the new main beachside restaurant, serving cuisine rooted in Belizean traditions. All food will be prepared and cooked on an open-flame grill in front of guests. Visitors will lounge under the Palapa in a chic beach bohemian setting, where dining will be offered three times a week.
With the largest living barrier reef off its shores, STEM® is putting a focus on diving experiences, including the creation of an on-site dive certification program. The management team is also creating unique new excursions for adventure travelers – both at sea and in the nearby jungles and Mayan ruins of Belize.
STEM® Hotels is an international “TRUE” boutique hotel management company with offices all over the world. Founded in 2011 by Robert Van Eerde to support and guide the small independent hotel market through effective management. Clients include Hotel Astor, Red Wall Garden Hotel, Time Tunnel Designer Hotel, Sofu Hotel, The Emperor, Savoy hotel Miami Beach, Adria Hotel London, SOHO Beach House Miami, Pelican Hotel Miami, Manor House Nevis and El Ganzo, Cabo San Jose, Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels Qatar.
Source: Power Collective