WASHINGTON, Conn. (November 8, 2019) – Mayflower Inn & Spa, Auberge Resorts Collection, the exquisite country estate hotel in the idyllic town of Washington, Conn., today announced the appointment of Israël Benyaïr as General Manager. A seasoned hotelier with a career honed at luxury hotels around the world, Benyaïr brings decades of hospitality leadership and expertise to his new role. On the heels of the appointment of Mayflower Dining Room Executive Chef Lacey Lou Franklin, Benyaïr joins the storied hotel as it embarks on an exciting new chapter under new leadership. Benyaïr will play a key role in leading the property through its upcoming renovation in 2020.
“We are so pleased that Israël Benyaïr has joined our Mayflower Inn & Spa family,” said Craig Reid, Chief Executive Officer, Auberge Resorts Collection. “His passion and commitment to excellence will be vital as we elevate the guest experience and introduce some exciting changes at the hotel.”
“I am honored to join the Mayflower Inn & Spa team,” said Benyaïr. “The property is one of the most distinguished luxury hideaways in Northeast America and I look forward to enhancing experiences for guests while getting to know our neighbors in the Washington community.”
Benyaïr brings a wealth of leadership experience honed at esteemed luxury hotels in the U.S. and Europe to his new role at Mayflower Inn & Spa. Most recently, he served as Hotel Manager at the Forbes Five Star Mandarin Oriental, New York, where he was responsible for a team of 550 employees. Prior to that, Benyaïr served as the Hotel Manager at the Mandarin Oriental, Geneva, for three years, where he was responsible for the property’s entire operation. His earlier career includes 10 years in leadership roles with Hotel Beau-Rivage Geneva, Swiss Deluxe in Switzerland and Mandarin Oriental hotels in Boston and Washington D.C.
Benyaïr earned a bachelor’s degree from International Hotel Management School in Lyon, France. During his free time, he enjoys cooking and spending time with his wife and 10-year-old son.
Steeped in the Connecticut countryside’s rich history and distinguished charm, Mayflower Inn & Spa, Auberge Resorts Collection is a 30-room estate hotel that features an award-winning spa and two signature dining destinations, 58 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens and woodlands in Washington, Conn. Only a two-hour drive from New York City, the Mayflower defines New England elegance and is renowned as one of northeast America’s most distinguished luxury hideaways. For more information or reservations, please visit https://aubergeresorts.com/mayflower/ or call 866-217-0869.