The latest addition to Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas portfolio is Anantara World Islands Resort, located just four kilometres from the Dubai coastline. It is the first luxury resort on the renowned manmade development and offers 70 rooms, suites and villas for guests’ seeking a tropical island experience.
Anantara World Islands Resort announces Giacomo Puntel as the Resort Manager who will be leading the experienced team. Mr. Puntel departs his role as Director of Food and Beverage at Anantara The Palm Resort Dubai, where he has been for six years, to assume his new managerial position.
The ambitious Italian spent several years in London, working as part of the restaurant management team at The Connaught Hotel and representing Gordon Ramsey Holdings for 5 years. During Mr. Puntel’s time at the Connaught Hotel, the restaurant was ranked as 27thin the world for the quality of its operations.
Dubai lured Mr. Puntel to its shores in late 2006 when he joined Grosvenor House Hotel as Assistant Manager of Food and Beverage. Since then, he has developed efficient strategies for several leading Dubai hotels in the food and beverage departments.
In recent years, Mr. Puntel’s outstanding success has garnered him recognition beyond his peers. In 2019, he received the award for Leading Food and Beverage Director of the year from the Hotel & Catering NEWS Middle East awards, while this year, he took home the Hospitality Heavyweight of the Year 2021 from the Leaders in Hospitality Awards.
Having achieved several new academic qualifications through Cornell University, Mr. Puntel is delighted to move into the role of Resort Manager for the exciting new property on World Islands. “It’s been a pleasure working with the team at Anantara The Palm Dubai, and I can’t wait to see what we can achieve at the brand new Anantara World Islands Resort. Combining the heartfelt hospitality that Anantara is known for, especially in the Middle East, with this unique island location off the coast of Dubai, allows guests to truly experience extraordinary. I look forward to welcoming guests to this wonderful resort and making their journeys memorable.”
With almost 25 years’ experience in the hospitality industry and a track record of achieving profitability in a competitive environment, Mr. Puntel promises to keep the elevated standards that Anantara is known for in place at the new resort.