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 Caneel Bay on St. John, USVI Appoints Seán Carney as Director of
Food & Beverage and Nikolay Hotze as Resident Manager
St. John, USVI - March 2007 - Caneel Bay, A Rosewood Resort on St. John, USVI is pleased to announce the appointment of Seán Carney as Director of Food & Beverage and Nikolay Hotze as its new Resident Manager. 

With a broad F&B background earned at hotels and resorts from Hawaii to New York, Sean Carney will be responsible for all food and beverage operations at Caneel Bay, including four distinct restaurants, The Wine Room, in-room dining and special events. 

"Caneel Bay seeks out top talent for all of its operations, and Seán brings wide-ranging experience to our resort's culinary focus," said Rik Blyth, Managing Director of Caneel Bay. "We are excited to welcome Seán to the Rosewood family, as well as to the Caribbean, and we look forward to incorporating his fresh ideas into our F&B operations." 

Carney joins Caneel Bay following 13 years in the hospitality industry. Most recently, Carney spent three years as Assistant Director of Food & Beverage at Hilton Short Hills in northern New Jersey. His extensive experience in the field also includes serving as Maitre D' at the Nikolais Roof restaurant as well as Beverage Manager at the Hilton and Towers in Atlanta; Room Service Manager at Ritz Carlton Buckhead in Atlanta; Assistant Beverage Manager and Restaurant Manager at Hilton Waikoloa Village in Hawaii; and Restaurant Manager of The Terrace Restaurant at Rye Town Hilton in Rye, New York.

Born in Ireland, Carney earned a Higher National Diploma from Northern Ireland Hotel and Catering College and a Bachelor of Arts with honors in International Hospitality Management from Queen Margaret College, Edinburgh in Scotland.

Trained in Europe, the United Kingdom and the United States - including Acqualina, A Rosewood Resort in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida - Nikolay Hotze will be responsible for all day-to-day operations and overseeing the staff at the renowned Caribbean retreat.

"Rosewood has a long tradition of developing talent, and Nikolay is a superb example of successful leadership promoted from within," said Rik Blyth, Managing Director of Caneel Bay. "With his admirable tenure at Acqualina, Nicolay will prove a key player in the resort's future."

Hotze is no stranger to the renowned reputation of Rosewood, having spent the past year-and-a-half as Hotel Manager of Acqualina in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida. Hotze had been selected by Acqualina's owners during the property's planning and construction phase to assemble a top-flight management team, oversee 270 employees and arranging service contracts with third-party vendors. 

Prior to joining the Rosewood family, Hotze held food and beverage management positions at several Miami-based properties, including Loews Hotel, Tides Hotel, Marlin Hotel and the Doral Golf Resort & Spa. Hotze began his career in the hospitality industry in London with the Savoy Hotel Group. 

A native of Germany, Hotze earned a degree in Hotel Administration from German Abitur in Kiel, Germany in 1994.

Caneel Bay, A Rosewood Resort has been an alluring escape for loyal guests since its founding 50 years ago by Laurance Rockefeller.  Set on 170 acres in Virgin Islands National Park on the island of St. John, the resort's pristine natural surroundings and low-key luxury are its coveted signatures. One hundred and sixty-six charming guest rooms blend seamlessly into the landscape in close proximity to any of seven white-sand beaches that frame the resort. Four distinct restaurants and a private Wine Room offer an array of dining experiences and cuisine that honors the destination.  Other amenities include The Self Centre, which is dedicated to nurturing the mind, body and spirit in addition to a fitness center, 11 tennis courts and Turtle Town, a dedicated facility just for kids.  For additional information, please visit

Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Rosewood Hotels & Resorts manages properties worldwide including The Mansion on Turtle Creek and Hotel Crescent Court in Dallas, The Carlyle in New York, CordeValle in San Martin, California, Inn of the Anasazi in Santa Fe, Las Ventanas al Paraíso in Los Cabos, Mexico, Hotel Seiyo Ginza in Tokyo, Japan, and a triumvirate of world-class Caribbean properties - Little Dix Bay on Virgin Gorda, Caneel Bay on St. John and Jumby Bay on Antigua. For more information on Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, please call 888.ROSEWOOD, or visit


Emily Santos
Telephone: 212.255.6541

Also See: Rik Blyth Named Managing Director of Caneel Bay, St John, USVI / July 2004

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