Santiago Rodriguez-Bustelo appointed as General Manager of Barceló Whale Lagoon Maldives
Barceló Hotel Group, a renowned global hospitality company, has announced the appointment of Santiago Rodriguez-Bustelo as the General Manager of their latest venture, the stunning Barceló Whale Lagoon Maldives. The new 5-star resort is located in the breathtaking South Ari Atoll, marking the company’s first entry into the Maldives hospitality market.
With an impressive career spanning over 20 years in the hotel industry, Santiago brings a wealth of expertise and experience to his new role. He has successfully led operations in various prestigious properties across the Asia-Pacific region, making him the ideal candidate to spearhead Barceló Hotel Group’s expansion into this tropical paradise.
Prior to joining Barceló Hotel Group, Santiago served as the General Manager of Nova Maldives from July 2021 to November 2022. During his tenure, he played a pivotal role in enhancing the guest experience and elevating the resort’s reputation. Before that, he held the position of Resort Manager at Fihalhohi Island Resort from November 2019 to August 2020, where he demonstrated exceptional leadership and a deep understanding of the unique demands of the Maldivian hospitality market.
As General Manager of Barceló Whale Lagoon Maldives, Santiago will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the resort’s operations, ensuring the highest standards of service and guest satisfaction. His extensive knowledge of the Maldives, combined with his strategic vision and dedication to excellence, will play a crucial role in positioning the property as a premier destination for discerning travellers.
Barceló Hotel Group’s entry into the Maldives market with Barceló Whale Lagoon Maldives is just the beginning of their expansion plans. The company has already set its sights on opening another hotel in the capital city of Malé, scheduled to welcome guests early next year. This strategic move reflects Barceló Hotel Group’s commitment to providing exceptional hospitality experiences in coveted destinations around the world.
Barceló Whale Lagoon Maldives is a 5-star resort that offers supreme tranquility, luxury, and comfort in the stunning setting of the Maldives Islands. With turquoise waters, white sand, and coral bottoms, it is a romantic paradise perfect for exotic getaways and honeymoons. The resort provides unique experiences such as whale shark and manta ray watching, as well as a wide range of water sports for adventure seekers. The hotel features 100 rooms, including beach villas, water villas, and suites with swimming pools, offering guests direct access to pristine waters. With three restaurants, a snack bar, and three bars, guests can indulge in authentic culinary experiences throughout their stay.