News for the Hospitality Executive
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands - (August 7, 2012) - Westin Casuarina Resort & Spa on Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands has appointed Morty Valldejuli as General Manager/Area Managing Director. A visionary leader with close to 25 years experience at highly rated hotel and resort properties in the Gulf States, Valldejuli is responsible for all operations at the award-winning address located along famed Seven Mile Beach.
"Morty brings a strong background in the most significant aspects of hospitality as well as the talent and confidence to oversee and guide the hotel as we complete our multi-million dollar renovation in 2012," said Jim Dina, Partner and Chief Operating Officer at Pyramid Resort Group, which oversees management of Westin Casuarina Resort & Spa, Grand Cayman. "We're excited to have him overseeing the award-winning guest experience on the beachfront in Grand Cayman."
"I'm delighted to join the finest hotel on Seven Mile Beach in Grand Cayman for my first assignment outside the U.S.," said Valldejuli. "The Cayman Islands are rich in culture and beauty, and I'm looking forward to working with our dedicated staff to elevate the guest experience at Westin Casuarina Resort & Spa."
Valldejuli arrived at his new role on the shores of Grand Cayman following two years as Area Managing Director and General Manager for Pyramid Hotel Group properties in the Greater New Orleans Area. Among his assignments were Maison Dupuy Hotel and Marriott Hotel Lakeway. During his tenure, Marriott Hotel Lakeway was honored with an AAA Four Diamond Award in 2011, while Maison Dupuy Hotel was voted "2011 Best Boutique Hotel in New Orleans" by National Geographic Traveler, and won "Best 2011 Urban Escape in New Orleans" from Fodor's Choice Golf Award.
Previously, Valldejuli held the dual role of Chief Operating Officer and General Manager of River Ranch Hospitality, a division of River Ranch Development in Lafayette, Louisiana. Prior to that, he was Area General Manager of New Orleans Fine Hotels Corp., an independent, privately owned hotel group that managed and owned 12 boutique hotels.
Other assignments for Valldejuli over the past quarter century included Hotel Manager of The Alden Hotel in Houston, Texas; Executive Assistant Manager of Le Méridien Hotels and Resorts in New Orleans; and Deputy Managing Director of Le Pavillon Hotel in New Orleans - all AAA Four Diamond addresses. Valldejuli got his start in hospitality at Hyatt Regency and Sheraton, New Orleans in 1988.
Born in New Jersey and raised between San Juan, Puerto Rico and Los Angeles, CA, Valldejuli pursued undergraduate studies in Marketing and Economics at the University of Sacred Heart in San Juan. He has been a resident of New Orleans, LA for the last 24 years with his wife, Anastasia, daughter, Kathryn, and son, Aleksander. Valldejuli will be relocating to Grand Cayman.
About Westin Casuarina Resort & Spa
Stretching across eight acres along Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman Island, the 343-room Westin Casuarina Resort & Spa is the ideal spot to unwind. With the surf's gentle rhythm and whispering palm trees to set the mood, this inspiring resort features every vacation and corporate meeting amenity. Most guest rooms offer breathtaking ocean-views. The grounds are home to the island's largest fresh water swimming pool, the full-service Hibiscus Spa, an engaging kids' club, exhilarating water sports, and more than 9,000-square-feet of indoor and 60,000 square feet of outdoor event space for memorable weddings and corporate incentive programs. Shopping and local attractions are steps away. For dining, select the intimate Casa Havana, a AAA Four Diamond restaurant, celebrated for its contemporary island cuisine with Cuban, South American and Caribbean influences; Ferdinand's Caribbean Café for traditional and inventive Caribbean dishes; Tortugas for lighter fare poolside; Cafe Soleil with tempting coffees, ice cream and snacks; and 24-hour in-room dining. The hotel will complete its multi-million dollar renovation by the end of 2012. www.westingrandcayman.com
About Pyramid Resort Group
Pyramid Resort Group is a division of Pyramid Hotel Group, the Boston-based hotel management, asset management and project management firm that is the 2nd largest hotel management company in the U.S. Established in June 2011, Pyramid Resort Group is a smart business evolution to enable the company to more aggressively target the resort business segment to help resort owners achieve greater profitability and value. The resort team is led by Richard A. Holtzman, Senior Vice President, who brings more than 30 years in the resort industry and accolades such as "Resort Executive of the Year" to this role. Pyramid Resort Group is actively seeking management and asset management contracts in the U.S. and Caribbean and has the potential to co-invest in situations that it deems appropriate.
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