Hotel Online
News for the Hospitality Executive



Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino in St. Maarten
Names Iwan Pennings as Executive Chef

St. Maarten, Netherlands Antilles (November 9, 2009) Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino in St. Maarten welcomes Iwan Pennings as executive chef.  

Chef Pennings brings along the expertise of 15 years in the European and Caribbean culinary industries.  He joins Sonesta Maho from celebrity hotspot Cotton House Resort on the glamorous island of Mustique, where he created fare for the islands social elite and the global jet set. His new position at Sonesta Maho will include the creation of innovative menus for guest and event dining, as well as leading his culinary team to new levels of excellence.

Its an honor to join the most notable resort on the island of St. Maarten, which itself has a reputation as the culinary capital of the Caribbean, says Chef Pennings. I welcome the chance to lead a strong team to collectively combine inventive flavors and exceptional quality for the ultimate guest dining experience at Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino.

From 2002-2008, he worked with World ResidenSea,, a residential club association aboard a 644-foot private luxury yacht, where he earned the position of chef de cuisine.  

A Dutch native, Chef Pennings attended culinary school in the Netherlands, earning an advanced chefs degree. He further honed his skills in prominent Amsterdam restaurants, including NH Barbizon Palace, Restaurant de Giesser Wildeman and Restaurant Vermeer. 

Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino celebrates Caribbean and international cuisine with three restaurants.  At the Ocean Terrace Restaurant, guests enjoy bountiful dining options from fun, market-style food stations and a laid-back ambiance. The beachside Palms Grill Restaurant & Bar is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner and features menu choices ranging from grilled favorites, sandwiches and freshly prepared main courses. For a more refined atmosphere, The Point Restaurant overlooks the Caribbean Sea and offers gourmet creations with a Caribbean flair.

About Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino
The Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino in Dutch St. Maarten is a "destination within a destination, offering exciting nightlife and a variety of accommodations and first-rate amenities. The 10-acre, 537-room beachfront property is located on the island's southwest shore and features a casino; two outdoor pools and beach; three restaurants; a promenade of 40 boutiques and restaurants; four tennis courts; the world-class Good Life Spa, fitness center and over 16,000 square feet of meeting space. Visit for more information or call 1-800-223-0757.


Michelle Dumaine
Andria Mitsakos Public Relations
Ph: 617.721.4014


Also See: Westin St. Maarten Dawn Beach Resort and Spa Appoints John Bakker as the Executive Chef / March 2009

To search Hotel Online data base of News and Trends Go to Hotel.OnlineSearch
Home | Welcome| Hospitality News | Classifieds| One-on-One |
Viewpoint Forum | Industry Resources | Press Releases
Please contact Hotel.Onlinewith your comments and suggestions.