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Emmanuel Gardinier Named General Manager
of Little Palm Island Resort & Spa


LITTLE TORCH KEY, FL (May 16, 2005) – Noble House Hotels & Resorts has appointed Emmanuel Gardinier as general manager of Little Palm Island Resort & Spa, widely recognized as one of the most luxurious and expensive private island resorts in the United States.

Gardinier brings with him more than 20 years of expertise with international luxury properties and destinations.  Prior to joining Little Palm Island Resort & Spa, Gardinier served as general manager of Boyer les Crayeres in Reims, France.  Under his direction, the hotel received numerous prestigious travel awards, including Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Service and World’s Best Hotel Europe; Condé Nast Traveler’s Gold List World and World’s Best Hotel Europe; and Zagat’s World’s Best Hotel Europe and World’s Best Hotel Dining.

“We are delighted to have Emmanuel join our team,” said Marc Pujalet, president of Noble House Hotels & Resorts.  “We are confident his remarkable knowledge of, and vast experience at, other famed luxury resorts will further enhance the Little Palm Island Resort & Spa experience,” added Pujalet.

Gardinier also served as operations manager of Eden Rock in St. Barthelemy in the French West Indies and general manager of Queen’s Gardens Resorts in Saba in the Dutch West Indies.  While at these resorts, Gardinier helped the properties attain Relais & Chateaux standards. Gardinier also held positions at many Swiss hotels including Hotel Continental, Hotel Rivesrolle and Hotel Beau-Rivage Palace.  Additionally, Gardinier is an expert in hotel and restaurant software solutions.

Gardinier, who is fluent in English and French, and has conversational ability in Spanish and German, holds a French Economic and Social Baccalaureate as well as a diploma from the Hotel Management School of Lausanne, Switzerland. 

Little Palm Island Resort & Spa is an intimate and romantic tropical hideaway.  The resort’s 30 thatched-roof bungalows are discreetly nestled throughout the island and offer private sundecks and ocean views.  This secluded hideaway, nestled amid hundreds of Jamaican coconut palm trees, provides the ideal location for guests to completely detach themselves from everyday life.  The resort offers an Indonesian-inspired SpaTerre, a private marina and acclaimed dining.  Little Palm Island provides guests with complete privacy and luxury.

Little Palm Island has regularly been named to the Condé Nast Traveler ‘Gold List’, the Condé Nast Traveler ‘Reader’s Choice, as well as the Travel+Leisure top 500 Greatest Hotels.

In addition to being recognized by Andrew Harper’s Hideaway, Little Palm Island was recently recognized as a Four-Star resort in the Mobil Travel Guide’s 2005 American’s Best Hotel and Resort Spas.  The resort has also been recognized in the Zagat “Top 50 Small Hotels in the US” and “Top Hotel in Florida” and is a member of Virtuoso and American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts. 

Located three miles off-shore in the Lower Florida Keys, Little Palm Island is only accessible by boat or seaplane.  

Noble House Hotels & Resorts is a privately held hotel management and development company based in Seattle, Washington.  The company owns and manages 12 boutique hotels and resorts located in seven states and spanning the four coastal corners of the U.S.  Founded in 1980, the Noble House collection includes such renowned properties as The Adolphus in Dallas, Texas; Little Palm Island Resort & Spa in the Florida Keys and The Edgewater in Seattle, Washington.  

Brad Packer
Noble House Hotels & Resorts
(305) 860-4385
Also See: Marc Pujalet Appointed President and Chief Marketing Officer for Noble House Hotels and Resorts / April 2004
Al Petrone Appointed Noble House Hotels & Resorts Chief Marketing Officer / January 2005

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