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Maurizio Romani  Appointed General Manager at the
Aquapura Douro Valley Resort in Northern Portugal

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May 30 2008:  Maurizio Romani has joined aquapura douro valley, the new luxury destination hotel in Portugal’s Douro Valley as General Manager.
 
With a career spanning 20 years in the hospitality sector, Maurizio brings with him a wealth of experience to the brand.  Prior to taking up his new role at aquapura douro valley Maurizio was General Manager of Hotel L’Andana, Castiglione della Pescaia, Tuscany also in a Leading Small Luxury Hotel of the World for three years.  He has previously worked for Forte Hotels (Grosvenor House Hotel, London), Sheraton (Hotel Danieli, Venice) and Le Meridien (Forte Village Resort, Sardinia). 
 
Maurizio will manage all operational efforts with a focus on further enhancing aquapura douro valley’s reputation as the best hotel in Portugal, as voted Expresso Newspaper (Portugal’s leading weekly). Maurizio replaces Lionel Alvarez who recently transferred 
to Las Ventanas al Paraiso, Mexico, a Rosewood Resort.    
 
Commenting on the appointment Miguel Simoes de Almeida, Managing Director of aquapura said:  “Maurizio’s vast experience in the hospitality sector and in particular his intricate knowledge of the luxury sector will ensure that aquapura douro valley continues to be the destination of choice for guests seeking a unique lifestyle experience.  Under his guidance we are confident that aquapura douro valley will continue to cement its position as Portugal’s leading hotel.” 
 
aquapura is continuously growing and strengthening its global portfolio and currently has luxury hotels with villas and spas under development in Ilhéus and Fortaleza, Brazil, Alentejo, Portugal, Prague, the Czech Republic, Budapest, Hungary, Italy, Macedonia and Panamá.
 
aquapura douro valley is in the Douro Valley in northern Portugal. The resort lies between the river and the vineyards, in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Douro Region which has been producing wine for nearly two thousand years.  The hotel incorporates a striking 19th Century Manor House, which was formerly home to the Vale Abraão farm. The Lisbon based architect, Luís Rebelo de Andrade, has combined the period property with a contemporary extension. 
 
The luxury hotel development has three separate elements:
 
•  hotel – 50 rooms including eight suites and one presidential suite 
•  spa – 2,200 m² 
•  villas – 21 residences
 
In addition there is an 800 sqm business centre with five meeting rooms. quapura douro valley is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World.
 

Aquapura Douro Valley
Quinta de Vale Abraao, 5100 Lamego. 
Douro Valley. Portugal
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The aquapura brand is dedicated to creating properties that include the three elements of hotel, private residences and world class spa in a highly exclusive location.  At all aquapura hotel villas & spa the architecture, decoration and services; aimed at the tourist, resident and visitor market, are combined with the highest possible levels of service.
 
Locations for aquapura hotel villas & spa are selected because they are in areas of supreme natural beauty such as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  The presence of water is fundamental to aquapura and each resort will either be integrated with, or close to, a natural water source, be it river, lake or sea.  Close proximity to an average-sized historic urban centre with already existing infrastructure and good access to international airports is also core to the location of aquapura hotels villas & spa as is an ability to foster the area’s local history and culture. For further information on aquapura please visit www.aquapurahotels.com or www.aquapuravillas.com.
 
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Contact:

Hannah Wilmington
T: 020 7631 1000
 www.aquapurahotels.com

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Also See: The Béltico Group and Interstate Hotels & Resorts Opens Praia D’El Rey Marriott Golf & Beach Resort in Portugal / December 2003
15th Century Convent in Evora, Portugal Undergoing Conversion; the 59 room Hotel Convento do Espinheiro Will Join The Luxury Collection, by Starwood / July 2004
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