Originally hailing from the Netherlands, Mr Kroese is a seasoned hotelier with over 18 years’ experience in the hospitality industry. He joins Belmond on 14 December 2015 from Château St. Gerlach, a Camille Oostwegel ChâteauHotels & Restaurants property he has managed since March 2011. Prior to this, Kroese oversaw the pre-opening of Sankara Nairobi in Kenya and held roles at leading luxury hotel brands including InterContinental and Mandarin Oriental.
“I am thrilled to be joining Belmond’s unique collection of hotels, trains and river cruises,” says Jan-Paul Kroese. “I look forward to developing Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons’ position as a world-renowned luxury travel experience and maintaining this iconic hotel-restaurant’s reputation for offering outstanding service and Michelin Star cuisine.”
Created by celebrated chef Raymond Blanc OBE, Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons offers one of Britain's finest gastronomic experiences. Situated in the picturesque Oxfordshire village of Great Milton, the 15th-century manor house is also one of the country's most intimate and original hotels, featuring 32 individually designed guest rooms and suites and the acclaimed Raymond Blanc Cookery School.
Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons received two Michelin stars in 1984, the first year of its opening and has held them ever since, recently retaining both stars for the 32nd consecutive year in 2016. It was recently named ‘Best UK Hotel’ for the third year in a row at the prestigious Times and Sunday Times Travel Awards 2015; and recognised as one of the ‘Top 20 Hotels in the UK’ at the Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Travel Awards 2015.