New GMs for new hotels and resorts in Indonesia and ChinaAlila Hotels and Resorts has appointed new General Managers for four new hotels, as the group continues its growth throughout Indonesia and into China. Alila Anji, due to open in Q3 2015, will be Alila’s first property in China, it will be followed by Alila Solo, Indonesia. The collection’s fifth property on Bali, the Alila Seminyak is scheduled for September this year, with Alila SCDB, the third Alila property in Jakarta, opening in early 2016.
Michael Brooks has been appointed as General Manager at Alila Anji, Zhejiang, China. Born and brought up in colonial Africa, Michael is truly a global citizen having lived in 11 countries. He is a professional hotelier with over 40 years’ experience in the industry. He qualified from Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne, Switzerland and went on to work in Europe, Africa, Australia and China in hotel operations. He was a management consultant for 14 years before returning to hotel operations in 2001, as General Manager of Palazzo Versace, the first fashion-branded hotel in the world on the Gold Coast, Australia. In 2004, he moved to The World as General Manager, a private floating community of 169 islands in Dubai. Michael will now be tasked with opening Alila’s first property in China, the Alila Anji. The resort is located in a place of outstanding natural beauty, the location of the film Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon it’s surrounded by bamboo groves and tea plantations.
Eleanore Astier-Petin, joins the pre-opening team at Alila Solo in Central Java as General Manager. Alila’s first property in Central Java is an urban resort and city retreat located at the gateway to Solo. Born in France and educated in the USA, Eleanore has worked all over the world through Tahiti, France, China and the Caribbean. Over the last 10 years, Eleanore has worked with both large and boutique luxury hotels and resorts, including the renowned Hermitage Hotel Jakarta and the St Regis Bora Bora. She will now oversee the operations and management of Alila Solo, the city' first deluxe hotel, with 257 rooms and suites and a wealth of facilities, including an outdoor terrace bar with 360-degree views and fine dining restaurant.
Pierre Lang, the newly appointed General Manager of Alila Seminyak, Bali, brings with him, a wealth of over 15 years' experience in the hospitality industry. A German national, Pierre previously worked for established international brands including Armani Hotels & Resorts, Grand Hyatt in Dubai and Berlin, and Park Hyatt in the Maldives. He has extensive experience opening five star hotels, having spearheaded several pre-opening teams during his career. Pierre will soon be opening Alila Seminyak, in September 2015, making it the fifth Bali property in the group’s portfolio.
David Baldwin has been announced as Alila SCBD Jakarta’s General Manager, the hotel will be the groups’ third property in Jakarta. A career in the hotel industry is not a surprising development for someone who has called both San Francisco and New York City home. Among the world’s leading tourism centres, these cities of classic hotels and restaurants first inspired, and later cemented his choice to become a hotelier. David Baldwin joins Alila Hotels & Resorts with 10 years of Asian experience, first gained with Mandarin Oriental in the Philippines, and followed by time with Accor Hotels in China and Thailand. A native San Franciscan, David began working in restaurants and hotels as a young teen, then pursued this early attraction by enrolling at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), where the Las Vegas Strip provided a “working lab” to compliment the classroom teachings. Prior to graduating, he also completed summer studies at the prestigious Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne. His career foundation was built in the United States with leading companies such as Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts and Ian Schrager Hotels, in the major markets of San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles and Miami Beach.