News for the Hospitality Executive
|NEWPORT COAST, Southern California,
July 24, 2007 - Ralph Grippo is taking the reins of both The Irvine Company's
resort division and the extraordinary destination resort the company is
creating overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Southern California's Newport
Grippo, 43, formerly a senior executive at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company who has managed luxury resorts from California to China, has been named president of The Irvine Company Resort Properties and managing director of The Resort at Pelican Hill.
The Resort at Pelican Hill is a masterpiece in the making, blending the principles of Italy's most renowned Renaissance architect, Andrea Palladio, with California comfort and style. The resort will open in two phases: Pelican Hill Golf Club, with 36 holes of Tom Fazio designed golf and signature Pelican Grill restaurant, in fall 2007; all other components from the bungalow and villa accommodations to the function space and spa in fall 2008.
"Detail by detail, The Resort at Pelican Hill will set a new standard for style, comfort and beauty," said Clarence Barker, executive vice president at The Irvine Company. "Ralph is the right person to help us deliver on that promise. He has operated some of the finest hotels in the world with great skill, creativity and passion. He understands the singular vision we have for this destination resort, and what will be involved in making it a reality."
Grippo has worked in the luxury resort industry
for more than two decades, the past 17 years with The Ritz Carlton Hotel
Company. Most recently, he was Ritz-Carlton's vice president and
area general manager for China responsible not only for seven luxury hotels
with approximately 2,600 rooms but also serving as general manager of the
company's China flagship, The Portman Ritz-Carlton in Shanghai.
The resort will include: 204 bungalow rooms
and suites; 128 villas; a dramatic, circular pool with an amphitheater
of terraced decks inspired by Rome's Coliseum; world-class dining
options from exquisitely prepared Italian cuisine to upscale California
fare; a 20,000-sq-ft. spa offering therapies and treatments from
around the world; function space including a facility with a separate
arrival area; a golf club with two 18-hole courses; and a stunning
Italian-style wedding chapel.
The Irvine Company Resort Properties owns and manages the finest resort and leisure destinations on the Newport Coast and in the City of Irvine. In addition to The Resort at Pelican Hill, the portfolio includes The Island Hotel Newport Beach, the city's landmark property and only AAA Five Diamond hotel; Hyatt Regency Irvine, the city's only Four Diamond hotel; Oak Creek Golf Club in Irvine, featuring a challenging, Tom Fazio-designed public golf course; and several of the finest marinas in Newport Harbor and Northern California.
|Also See:||Swiss Hotelier Hans Maissen Turns Career to Golf Course Hospitality / August 2004|
|The Irvine Company Making Progress on the The Resort at Pelican Hill on Newport Coast. The First Component, Pelican Hill Golf Club, Will Re-Open in Fall 2007 / July 2007|