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Archipelago Hotels and Resorts appoints new General Manager for The Datai Langkawi

Thursday, August 04, 2011
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Anthony, a graduate of the Stamford College, KL, Malaysia with a Higher National Diploma with First Class Honors in Hotel & Catering Management, started his career in the hospitality industry at grass root level. He progressively and steadily rose up the ranks with a major international hotel group in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand and Australia, with a most recent assignment as General Manager in the Philippines.

A veteran of over 22 years in the hospitality industry, Anthony is a well-respected hotelier and speaks five languages.

Archipelago Hotels and Resorts has also appointed Pat Phanekham as Hotel Manager of The Club Saujana Resort (a member of LHW), Kuala Lumpur.

An Australian citizen born in Laos, Pat is a seasoned hotelier with extensive hospitality experience in the luxury market and spanning several countries. He has served as General Manager of the Stamford Plaza Hotel in Brisbane, as well as several other General Manager positions in the Australia, China and Indonesia.

Pat also has a distinguished academic career, and holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of Hong Kong, a Business and Accountancy Diploma at Institute of Technology in South Australia, and is a Certified Hotel Administrator (CHA).

Franz A. Zeller, Managing Director for Archipelago Hotels and Resorts commented on the appointments, “It is with great pleasure that our company entrusts the management of such a highly acclaimed international resort as The Datai Langkawi to Anthony, a passionate hotelier who always puts guests and associates first. We are particularly delighted to have enticed Anthony to return to his roots in Malaysia to manage this iconic resort. Likewise, Pat’s depth of knowledge, personal and professional style is an asset to our company as he manages The Club Saujana Resort. Together with Anthony and Pat, we look forward to enhancing our guests’ experiences even further”, Zeller added.

For reservations at The Datai Langkawi contact reservationsdatailangkawi@thedatai.com.my or phone (+60 4) 959 2500

For reservations at The Club Saujana Resort contact info@thesaujana.com or phone (+60 3) 7843 1234

To contact Archipelago Hotels and Resorts email info@shr.my or telephone (+60 3) 7622 6600

About Archipelago Hotels and Resorts

Archipelago Hotels and Resorts create memories and deliver the fine art of hospitality for guests who appreciate experiences that are out of the ordinary and special. Embracing the true spirit of Asian culture and traditions, Archipelago Hotels and Resorts consistently combine passion and integrity, subtlety and luxury, creating a guest experience that fosters fond and everlasting memories. The company’s luxury portfolio includes The Datai Langkawi (a member of LHW), The Club Saujana Resort (a member of LHW) and The Carcosa Seri Negara. www.shr.my

About The Datai Langkawi

The Datai Langkawi (a member of LHW) is an iconic resort with an international following and one of the world’s most stunning hideaways. Situated in the northwest tip of Langkawi Island in Malaysia, surrounded by an ancient tropical rainforest, a white sand beach and overlooking the azure waters of the Andaman Sea, The Datai has put Langkawi on the map for discerning travelers. The Datai Langkawi’s 54 well-appointed deluxe rooms, 40 villas, and 14 suites, all offer scenic views of nature and jungle, and a range of dining options for indoor or alfresco meals. Two swimming pools an award-winning spa nestled under the rainforest canopy, and the nearby 18-hole championship Datai Bay Golf Course provide for leisure pursuits. www.thedatai.com.my

About The Club Saujana Resort

The Club Saujana Resort (a member of LHW) is the ultimate urban retreat, nestled amidst 160 acres of lush tropical gardens and fringed by the two 18-hole championship golf courses of Saujana Golf and Country Club, yet just a 35 minutes drive from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and 5 minutes from Subang Airport. Featuring 105 spacious guest rooms designed in a contemporary Asian style plus a spectacular outdoor pool and The Spa and Med Beauty, the boutique resort was named on the Condé Nast Traveler HOT LIST 2009 as one of the best hotels in the world. www.theclubatthesaujana.com

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