Avani Hotels & Resorts ended the year with four appointments as General Manager in Thailand

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The new general managers join Avani Hotels in Bangkok, Hua Hin, Phuket and the upcoming resort in Khao Lak.

Bangkok, Thailand – Avani Hotels & Resorts announced new executive appointments at its Thailand properties. The new general managers join Avani Hotels in Bangkok, Hua Hin, Phuket and the upcoming resort in Khao Lak.

Naowarat Arunkong returns to Anantara Hua Hin Resort and Avani + Hua Hin Resort as Cluster General Manager

Naowarat Arunkong - Cluster General Manager at Avani + Hua Hin Resort and Anantara Hua Hin ResortNaowarat Arunkong joined Minor Hotels in 1999 and received her first position as General Manager at Anantara Hua Hin Resort in 2011. Arunkong moved to Bangkok in 2013 to take on the position of General Manager at Anantara Sathorn Bangkok Hotel and Oaks Bangkok Sathorn. In 2016, with the opening of Avani’s first property in Khon Kaen, she was appointed Cluster General Manager, running the Anantara Sathorn Bangkok Hotel, Oaks Bangkok Sathorn and the Avani Khon Kaen Hotel & Convention Center. Most recently she was Cluster General Manager for the Avani Khon Kaen Hotel & Convention Center and oversaw the opening of Avani Sukhumvit Bangkok.

Sandra Watermann Appointment as Cluster General Manager at Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas and Avani + Mai Khao Phuket Suites & Villas

Sandra Watermann - Cluster General Manager at Anantara Mai Khao and Avani + Mai KhaoSandra Watermann brings over 25 years of hospitality experience and a proven track record of successful pre-openings to her new role. She started in the industry in her home country Germany and has since worked in the US, UK, Maldives and Southeast Asia. Before joining Minor Hotels, Sandra was the hotel manager of the pre-opening of Rosewood Phuket and prior to that, the hotel manager of the pre-opening of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Samui. Between 2008 and 2015, she worked at Amanpuri Hotel Phuket, initially as Food and Beverage Director, then Executive Assistant Manager and Hotel Manager, before taking on the position of General Manager at Amankila Bali Indonesia. In her new cluster role, Sandra will manage two luxury properties on the Thai island of Phuket.

Chidchanok Pasinpong is the new General Manager at Avani Sukhumvit Bangkok Hotel

Chidchanok Pasinpong - General Manager at Avani Sukhumvit Bangkok HotelWith nearly two decades of hospitality experience in Thailand, Chidchanok Pasinpong began her food and beverage career at Banyan Tree Bangkok in 2004. She stayed with the company until 2011, during which time she held various leadership positions in the food and beverage sector, including an assistant to AVP Food & Beverage for Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts. In 2011 she moved to SO / Bangkok as Food & Beverage Manager and was promoted to Food & Beverage Director in 2013. Before joining Minor Hotels, she was General Manager at SO / Sofitel Hua Hin. Chidchanok is a Thai citizen and has a Bachelor of Arts from Chulalongkorn University in Thailand and a Masters from Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne in Switzerland.

Darren Darwin Appointment as General Manager of the upcoming Avani + Khao Lak Resort

Darren Darwin - General Manager at Avani + Khao Lak is scheduled to open in early 2022 A UK citizen, Darren Darwin, joins the Avani + Khao Lak Resort as the oceanfront property prepares for its scheduled opening in 2022. Darren has over 30 years of experience in the luxury hospitality industry and has been no stranger to joining Minor Hotels in 2014 following the opening of the Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort in Oman as General Manager, recognized as one of the best luxury resorts in the world . He then moved to Sri Lanka to oversee Anantara and Avani Kalutara as Cluster General Managers. Darren holds an MBA from the Glion Institute of Higher Education in Switzerland and degrees in Executive Leadership, Hotel Real Estate Investments and Asset Management from Cornell University in the USA.


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