Bernard de Villele appointed as new Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain general manager

De Villele's career began in the hospitality industry more than 35 years ago after graduating from Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne in Switzerland

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Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain has appointed Bernard de Villèle as the new general manager. A Ritz-Carlton veteran, de Villèle joins the hotel from St. Regis Mexico City.

De Villèle’s career began in the hospitality industry more than 35 years ago after graduating from École Hôtelière de Lausanne in Switzerland with a degree in Hotel Management. His first role was as an F&B Manager at the Hilton Strasbourg.

Since then, his career has crossed multiple continents with tenures in properties and senior management and executive roles for St. Regis, Four Seasons, Hilton, InterContinental (IHG), Orient Express Hotels, Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, Savoy Group and Taj Hotels.

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He also served as Lebanon area general manager for Habtoor Hospitality; leading the opening of The Lanesborough in Hyde Park, London; managing major renovations at the Belmond La Samanna with Belmond Ltd. (formally Orient-Express Hotels); and serving as the vice president of business development & operations in Europe where he helped to establish Taj 51 Buckingham Gate.

In 2010, de Villèle joined The St. Regis brand and led the opening of The St. Regis Mauritius Resort, as general manager. In January 2014, he became the general manager of The St. Regis Mexico City. 

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