Rose Hall, Jamaica – April 6, 2015 – Half Moon, A RockResort is known for its timeless elegance, distinct character and quintessential Jamaican hospitality, which have been at the heart of the 400-acre beach-front resort throughout its 60-year history. And, while industry veteran Sandro Fabris brings more than two decades of management experience for luxury hotels around the world to his new role as general manager, he asserts that Jamaican traditions are what will continue to set Half Moon apart as a luxury destination.
“Hospitality is foundational to Jamaican culture, so delivering authentic, high quality service to our guests at Half Moon is easy,” said Fabris. “Our guests come on holiday to discover the local traditions, culture and gastronomy; and they come to Half Moon not for formality, but for a carefree and relaxing experience where the local-based staff are passionate, excited and eager to share the beauty of their country with Half Moon’s guests.”
A global hospitality pro, Fabris started his career with CIGA Hotels at the Hotel Excelsior in Venice-Lido, has been hotel manager at the Hotel Cipriani in Venice, and served as general manager for the prestigious Reid’s in Madeira, a popular year-round resort island known for its local wine, flora and artisans. As regional managing director of Africa for Orient Express Hotels, he was in charge of the Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town, the Westcliff Hotel in Johannesburg and three safari camps in Botswana. He speaks Italian, English, French, Portuguese and Spanish.
“Sandro has demonstrated strong leadership and performance throughout his career in a number of countries and cultures,” said James O’Donnell, senior vice president and COO, Vail Resorts Hospitality & Real Estate. “His philosophy on service, culture and leadership are well aligned with our vision for Half Moon so we are pleased to appoint him as general manager.”
Guy Steuart III, Chairman of Half Moon Bay, Ltd., echoed O’Donnell’s sentiments in welcoming Sandro to Half Moon. “For more than 60 years Half Moon has offered guests an authentically Jamaican retreat where our service standards and product offerings reflect the best in both Jamaica and the Caribbean,” he said. “We are truly honored to have Sandro join our team and believe his experience will continue to enhance Half Moon’s appeal amongst our loyal and new guests alike."
Fabris is expected to begin his time at Half Moon in mid-April.
About Half Moon, A RockResort
Half Moon, A RockResort is a 400-acre luxury resort located on Jamaica’s North Coast. The 61-year-old resort features two miles of private, white-sand beach with 197 spacious rooms and suites. Additionally, the AAA Four-Diamond resort offers 31 expansive four-, five-, six- and seven-bedroom villas all with private pools and personal staff of butler, cook and housekeeper. In addition to spacious accommodations, Half Moon, A RockResort also offers guests a wide variety of amenities and activities including the multi-award winning Fern Tree Spa, a Robert Trent Jones Sr.-designed 18-hole golf course, Half Moon Golf Academy, Spinning® studio, 13 lit tennis courts, equestrian centre, fitness centre, 54 swimming pools, a teen activity centre, the colourful Anancy Children’s Village, water sports, dolphin lagoon and more.
RockResorts, a wholly owned subsidiary of Vail Resorts, owns and operates luxury resorts that offer casually elegant accommodations, lavish RockResorts Spas, renowned golf courses, award-winning dining and a variety of exciting outdoor adventures. The RockResorts collection includes The Arrabelle at Vail Square and The Lodge at Vail in Vail, Colo.; The Osprey at Beaver Creek and The Pines Lodge in Beaver Creek, Colo.; One Ski Hill Place in Breckenridge, Colo.; Constellation Residences at Northstar in Lake Tahoe; and Half Moon in Rose Hall, Jamaica.
About Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN)
Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading mountain resort operator in the United States. The Company's subsidiaries operate the mountain resorts of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; Park City and Canyons in Utah; Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan; and the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The Company's subsidiary, RockResorts, a luxury resort hotel company, manages casually elegant properties. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning, development and construction subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. Vail Resorts is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MTN). The Vail Resorts company website is www.vailresorts.com and consumer website is www.snow.com.
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