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The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain welcomes new GM

Bernard de Villèle
The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain welcomes Bernard de Villèle as its new General Manager. De Villèle brings with him almost four decades of experience in luxury hospitality and will oversee all operations of the luxury 5-star resort, including expanding the guest experience and ensuring excellence is elevated and maintained throughout.

De Villèle joins The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain from St. Regis Mexico City, where he helped cement the hotel as a landmark destination in Latin America. As a visionary, he led the team to success, winning many top honours including: Robb Report’s “Top 100 Hotels of the World” in 2015; TRAVVY Awards “Best Latin American City Hotel”; TripAdvisor “Traveler’s Choice Awards, No.1 Hotel in Mexico”; and Food & Travel “Reader’s Choice Awards 2015 & 2016”.  

De Villèle’s stellar career began after graduating from the world-renowned École Hôtelièrede Lausanne in Switzerland. He has since worked across multiple continents at award winning properties including Senior Management and Executive Roles at Orient Express Hotels, Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, Savoy Group, St. Regis, IHG and Four Seasons.  

His passion and talent for the industry earned him recognition from the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences when he was awarded as one of the finest hoteliers worldwide. De Villèle is looking forward to bringing his wealth of experience to the team at The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain.  

“I am excited to join the team at The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain. They are some of the finest service staff I have met. As I begin my role with The Ritz-Carlton brand, I look forward to continuing our journey to world-class excellence within the region. Our resort is truly the pearl of the Kingdom, and I want to ensure its continued legacy for years to come, from expanding our dining to enhancing our resort features, guest experiences and more,” says de Villèle.  

An exquisite city resort with remarkable views of the turquoise waters of the Arabian Gulf, offering an exotic while secluded ambiance with a selection of luxurious private villas and a private island sat adjacent to the property’s lushly manicured gardens and natural, palm-shaded landscape. The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain is also home to a divine culinary journey offering a range of cuisines from across the globe.

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