W Dubai – The Palm, set to open in 2018, has revealed its management team, to be led by general manager Anne Scott.
Seen in the picture above are: [front row, L-R] director of marketing Rosemarie Domdom and director of talent Nicola Bean; [second row, L-R] director of spa Deborah Micouris, executive assistant manager – rooms Sergio Fernandez; general manager Anne Scott; director of finance Santhosh Nair; executive chef Daniel Nuss, and director of sales Natalie Litowtschik; [third row, L-R] director of style Kenny Yen, executive assistant manager – B+F Brendan McCormack, chief engineer Gregory Sta Maria, and director of revenue Wira Slingerland.
Leading the team, Scott joined W Dubai – The Palm after eight years in Asia Pacific, where she held the role of general manager at the St. Regis Kuala Lumpur Hotel & Residences, St. Regis Sanya Yalong Bay, The Andaman, a Luxury Collection Resort and Le Meridien Chiang Rai Resort.
She was the first female that held general manager posts across three luxury brands of the former Starwood Hotels & Resorts and brings with her 25 years of hospitality experience. her efforts in Asia earned her the designation of “Asia’s Leading Woman in Hospitality” 2011 from the Women in Leadership Forum, as well as Starwood President’s Award 2012 for “Outstanding Team” on the launch of a coral nursery.
Prior to her time in Asia, she held the role of hotel manager of The Park Tower, Knightsbridge, London – a member of The Luxury Collection.
“As the first foray for Marriott International on Palm Jumeirah and the first W Escape (Resort) in the UAE, I am proud to be the fearless leader of this luxury rebel brand. The team’s international and eclectic backgrounds, coupled with their passionate lifestyles is electric. I have no doubt that this winning combination will be key to bringing the W brand to life,” said Scott in a statement.
Owned by Al Sharq Investments, the property will house 350 sea-facing guest rooms and suites on the west crescent of Palm Jumeriah.
Its six restaurants and bars include: Wet Deck; Torno Subito by Massimo Bottura – his first venue outside Italy; Akira Back – the Korean culinary master; SoBe – a rooftop bar with a South Beach vibe and 360-degree views; Liv – offering Mediterranean cuisine; and W Lounge – for curated cocktails pre/post dinner.
The first Away Spa in the Middle East at the property will offer 11 treatment rooms, steam room, sauna and hammam.