sbe has announced the appointment of Spencer Hayato Wadama as general manager of SLS Dubai, set to open in the second quarter of 2021.
This news comes on the heels of Accor’s recent announcement regarding its planned venture with Ennismore, which will see the creation of one of the world’s largest and fastest growing lifestyle and entertainment operators, set to include SLS Hotels & Residences. Accor’s introduction of the SLS brand to Dubai follows the hospitality company’s global expansion of its luxury and premium lifestyle portfolio as part of a recent acquisition of sbe’s hotel brands.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Spencer to the sbe family, joining a roster of incredible General Managers across our portfolio,” says Chadi Farhat, Chief Operating Officer at sbe. “Spencer’s enthusiasm, energy, charisma and regional experience will set SLS Dubai up for success. As a team, we have no doubt that Spencer will carry out a phenomenal job and develop a fantastic local team, making SLS Dubai a global destination for locals and global travellers alike”.
“It’s an honour to join the sbe family and to be leading the SLS Dubai team as we embark on this highly anticipated opening in Dubai. The quality of the service, top-of-the-line facilities, amenities and the skilled team are striving to deliver on the SLS brand promise,” stated Spencer Hayato Wadama, General Manager of SLS Dubai. “I’m looking forward to exhibiting my skills and working hard to achieve even higher levels of hospitality, promising and delivering our guests upscale, memorable experiences that only SLS Dubai can offer”.
With 30 years of experience in managing luxury hotels, along with extensive know-how and skills in a variety of fields in regard to luxury properties around the world, Wadama will lead SLS Dubai with his strategic planning and commitment to delivering luxury experiences. Wadama has held senior management positions for over a span of 12 years and has worked across three continents: North America, Asia and the Middle East.
He will oversee the day-to-day operations, including management of the hotel’s executive team and hotel employees, as well as the roll-out of the hotel’s launch that is well underway. Wadama and the team at SLS Dubai will carry out a new vision for the future of the stories Burj Khalifa district property.
Prior to his current position, Wadama served as General Manager at Jumeirah Living Marina Gate, as well as Jumeirah Al Naseem where he directed the operating, sales and marketing efforts for the properties within a competitive and expanding market and collaboratively dealt with staff members to achieve common goals and objectives. He also served as General Manager at the Armani Hotel in Dubai, where he gained expertise in hospitality operations, sales, staff development, making him a valuable asset within the hospitality management industry.
SLS Dubai Hotel & Residences comprises 254 hotel rooms, 321 hotel apartments and is one of the tallest hotels in the region. It features sbe signature culinary concepts Fi’lia, an authentic Italian restaurant, and Carna, a contemporary steakhouse. S Bar, sbe’s mixology lounge is located in the lobby, as well as signature rooftop nightlife venue, Privilege. EllaMia is a sophisticated café that brings its dedicated Los Angeles-based coffee culture to Dubai and at 12 Chairs Caviar Bar, caviar takes centre stage, reserved for only 12 guests, to experience and indulge.
SLS Dubai will mark the opening of the seventh SLS hotel, with seventeen additional destinations across North America, South America, and Asia within the next five years, including SLS Cancun which is now open, and SLS Puerto Madero opening in 2021.
The property will be part of the ALL Accor Live Limitless Loyalty programme, where guests will be able to earn and redeem points when staying at the hotel.