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GSTAAD, Switzerland, November 9, 2018 – The Alpina Gstaad has appointed Tim Weiland as its new General Manager.  An experienced hotelier with more than 20 years of luxury hospitality expertise, Mr. Weiland will join the award-winning luxury hotel on November 1.  He succeeds Eric Favre who has retired after serving as managing director of The Alpina Gstaad since October 2013.

Mr. Weiland has spent ten years in general manager positions with the renowned Aman Resorts and is well positioned to manage one of the most successful five-star resorts in the Swiss Alps.  His luxury hotel experience gained in eight countries including China, France, India, Morocco, the Maldives and Switzerland will be invaluable background in serving the discerning guests of The Alpina Gstaad.

“We are pleased that Mr. Weiland will join The Alpina Gstaad,” announced Nachson Mimran, the hotel’s Chairman and Creative Director.  “Besides his years in luxury hospitality, Tim brings experience in sustainability and charitable initiatives.  And he knows how essential showcasing the culture of a destination is.  These will be pivotal as we celebrate our seventh winter season.”

Most recently, Mr. Weiland was General Manager of Aman Le Mélézin in Courchevel in France.  In his four years there, the hotel underwent an expansion and refurbishment bringing the property to a new level of style and comfort.

Prior to Courchevel, Mr. Weiland spent almost two years at the Aman Summer Palace in Beijing and before that, was General Manager at Amanbagh in Rajasthan, India from 2010 to 2012.

Early in his career, Mr. Weiland worked in various food and beverage positions at five-star properties including the Robinson Alpenrose Zürs in Austria, the Hostal de La Gavina and the Hyatt Regency La Manga in Spain and the Disneyland Hotel in Paris.  He was appointed Area Food & Beverage Manager for three Banyan Tree properties in the Maldives which featured an on-property marine biology laboratory as well as twelve different revenue centers on different islands with a 100-person staff.  This led to his first position with Aman, Assistant Manager of Amanjena in Marrakech in 2008. 

Mr. Weiland attended prep school in Nairobi and high school in Cape Town.  He graduated from the Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne earning a Bachelor of Science in International Hospitality Management with a specialization in Resort Development, Sports & Leisure Management.

A German national, he speaks English, French, German and Spanish.  He is married with two children and enjoys skiing and photography and is passionate about wine.

For more information about The Alpina Gstaad, please email info@thealpinagstaad.ch, call 011-41-33-888-9888 or visit The Alpina Gstaad.

About The Alpina Gstaad

The Alpina Gstaad is set on five acres in Oberbort, the exclusive hilltop area of the village, which is in Saanenland in the heart of the Bernese Alps. Part of a CHF300 million luxury development which includes private chalets and apartments, The Alpina Gstaad is a contemporary interpretation of traditional Swiss architecture incorporating local materials and authentic Alpine style. The luxury hotel has three restaurants: Restaurant Sommet, a Michelin-starred restaurant serving contemporary cuisine; MEGU, a Michelin-starred Japanese restaurant and a traditional Swiss stübli. In October 2018, Gaul&Millau awarded Sommet 18 points again. There is a bar and lounge, wine-tasting room, private cinema, cigar lounge, a ballroom, several boardrooms and a stunning contemporary art collection.  The 56 spacious rooms and suites – all with balconies – range from 333 square feet to 4,305 square feet. 

The Alpina Gstaad is a member of Virtuoso and is part of the Legend Collection of Preferred Hotels and Resorts.  In July 2018, The Alpina Gstaad was voted one of the "World's Top 100 Hotels" by the readers of Travel + Leisure.  The hotel had received the same recognition in July 2016.  In January 2016, the hotel was named to Conde Nast Traveler's Gold List.  The Alpina Gstaad was voted to Conde Nast Traveler's "Hot List," Travel + Leisure's "It List" and The Robb Report's "Best of the Best" for 2013.  In November 2018 and 2017, Switzerland's most prestigious newspaper, Neue Zürcher Zeitung named The Alpina Gstaad the country's top hotel. In July 2017, BILANZ, the Swiss business magazine listed the hotel as the country's top resort. Schweizer SonntagsZeitung (the Swiss Sunday Newspaper) named The Alpina Gstaad one of the “Top Ten” best holiday hotels in Switzerland and Handelszeitung (a Swiss German newspaper) anointed it, "Best hotel in the Ski-Spa" category. Gault Millau Swiss named The Alpina Gstaad “Hotel of the Year 2013.”  The hotel was a finalist in Virtuoso's "Best of the Best" awards for excellence in design, and in November 2013 won European Design Hotel of the Year from the European Hotel Design Awards. 

Contact: Meredith Pillon

meredith@meredithpillon.com / 212-289-1627

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