RICCARDO GIACOMETTI APPOINTED AS HOTEL MANAGER OF THE ST. REGIS LANGKAWI
Swiss national Giacometti brings extensive European experience with Starwood Hotels & Resorts
Langkawi, Malaysia: November 2015 - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Southeast Asia is pleased to announce the appointment of Riccardo Giacometti as Hotel Manager of The St. Regis Langkawi.
A Swiss national, Giacometti will oversee all management functions and hotel operations at this new property. He brings a wealth of hospitality industry experience to the position and joins after completing a successful three-year tenure at Le Méridien, Dom Hotel Cologne in Germany, one of Europe’s oldest grand hotels.
In this challenging leadership role, he was responsible for all day-to-day operational functions. "I am honoured to be part of the pre-opening team for The St. Regis Langkawi and I look forward to leading the team on a new journey, bringing St Regis’ signature luxury amenities and flawless service to this exciting new destination. I am confident we have a talented group of associates in place to ensure the St. Regis becomes the market leading luxury destination resort in Langkawi,” commented Riccardo Giacometti.
Since joining the Starwood Hotels & Resorts family as a Food and Beverage Management Trainee in 2000, Giacometti has gained a wealth of valuable hospitality management experience and key skills. This includes F&B Manager at Sheraton Frankfurt Hotel & Tower, where he was responsible for a 198-strong F&B team, cost and revenue management and executing F&B sales and marketing strategy.
Giacometti also spent four years at the helm of two Luxury Collection properties, the Hotel Bristol and Hotel Imperial in Vienna, initially joining as Executive Assistant Manager before being promoted to Complex Hotel Manager. In the latter role, he was instrumental in achieving improved RevPar performance consistently and successfully restructuring F&B operations at Hotel Bristol.
Giacometti attended Cornell University where he studied revenue management and received his International Hotel Management Diploma from the Swiss Hotel Management School, SHL in Luzern. Fluent in German, English, Italian and French, he has gained a broad range of key management skills through ongoing trainings during his career at Starwood Hotels & Resorts, which includes certification in leadership and interpersonal management skills.
Enclosed in a tranquil and idyllic cove, this seductive retreat is the pinnacle of elegance on the Andaman Sea. Featuring luxury all-suite accommodation including over-water villas, The St. Regis Langkawi exudes St Regis’ rich heritage of elegant style and bespoke high-end service standards. Resort amenities include the largest swimmable lagoon in Langkawi, the Athletic Club, a swimming pool, Iridium signature spa treatments and a choice of fine dining venues including the over-water Kayuputi restaurant. The St. Regis Langkawi is ideally situated and is only 20-minutes’ drive from the Langkawi International Airport and within easy reach of the commercial hub of Kuah Town.
About St. Regis Hotels & Resorts
Combining classic sophistication with a modern sensibility, St. Regis is committed to delivering exceptional experiences at over 30 luxury hotels and resorts in the best addresses around the world. Since the opening of the first St. Regis Hotel in New York City over a century ago by John Jacob Astor IV, the brand has remained committed to an uncompromising level of bespoke and anticipatory service for all of its guests, delivered flawlessly by signature St. Regis Butler Service. From Bal Harbour to Bangkok, Saadiyat Island to Shenzhen, the St. Regis brand caters to a new generation of luxury travelers and continues to thoughtfully build its portfolio in the most sought after destinations at the heart of today’s grand tour. Plans for the brand to expand its legacy include much-anticipated St. Regis Hotels & Resorts in Asia, where St. Regis has announced plans to open hotels in Changsha, Chengdu, Haikou, Kuala Lumpur, Lijiang, Macao, Quingshui Bay, Sanya Haitang Bay and Zhuhai. Additionally in Europe and the Middle East, St. Regis will continue to expand in Amman, Dubai and Istanbul. For more information on St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, please visit www.stregis.com, for the privilege of residential ownership, please visit www.stregis.com/residences, and to learn how the brand celebrates the art of play visit www.stregis.com/familytraditions. Connect with St. Regis on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, and YouTube.
About Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with 1,112 properties in nearly 100 countries and 154,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis®, The Luxury Collection®, W®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Sheraton®, Four Points® by Sheraton, Aloft®, and ElementSM. The Company boasts one of the industry’s leading loyalty programs, Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG), allowing members to earn and redeem points for room stays, room upgrades and flights, with no blackout dates. Starwood also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., a premier provider of world-class vacation experiences through villa-style resorts and privileged access to Starwood brands