Viceroy Santa Monica is pleased to announce the appointment of two new colleagues: Nijad Fares as Hotel Manager, and Jakub Skyvara as Director of Restaurants and Banquets.

As Hotel Manager, Nijad Fares’ extensive background in hospitality sets him up for success in managing all operational aspects at the boutique property, including sales, marketing, food and beverage and future growth efforts. Prior to this appointment, Fares held the position of Director of Food and Beverage at Clift Hotel San Francisco, where he was overseeing the culinary team to help develop all seasonal menus, and ensuring the quality of guest experiences. Before his time in San Francisco, Fares held the role of Director of Restaurants and Bars at The St. Regis Monarch Beach and The Westin San Diego; Restaurant Manager at The Westin Maui; and Food & Beverage Supervisor at The Sheraton San Diego.

Jakub Skyvara, Director of Restaurants and Banquets, takes on the role of managing and overseeing the hotel’s Food & Beverage operation. Skyvara comes to Viceroy Santa Monica from the Four Seasons Hotel Rancho Encantado where he was responsible for the entire Food & Beverage operation. Prior to moving back to U.S., Jakub Skyvara spent over two years at the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong where he led the team of Michelin Star restaurants including Mandarin Grill & Bar, The Krug Room and The Chinnery to new heights of service and product innovation. No stranger to Los Angeles, Skyvara spent over four years at the Beverly Wilshire before moving to Hong Kong. His passions include all things food & beverage with a real emphasis on excellence in service delivery. Skyvara attended Charles University in the Czech Republic where he studied Tourism and Sport management.

“Our team is thrilled to welcome Nijad and Jakub into the Viceroy family. Their impressive backgrounds paired with their passion for the hospitality industry will be instrumental in the continued success and momentum of the property,” said Todd Yamaoka, General Manager at Viceroy Santa Monica.