Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort in Tobago has named industry veteran Bernard Sarme as its new general manager. Sarme brings 40 years of hospitality and hotel management experience to the resort.
"We are excited to announce that Bernard Sarme is joining the Magdalena Grand family," said John Murphy, principal, efm Hospitality Solutions, operator of Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort. "Bernard's extensive resume is second to none and we're confident that the Magdalena Grand will thrive under his leadership," Murphy continued.
Sarme's hospitality and hotel management career has brought him around the world, with a distinct focus on the Caribbean market. Most recently, Sarme was the project director and consultant of La Licorne D'Or, a new boutique hotel located in Grand Case, French St. Martin. He has also worked as the general manager at the following hotels and resorts: Cap Juluca, Anguilla; Bora Bora Lagoon Resort Hotel, Bora Bora, French Polynesia; and Sonesta Beach Resort, Sharm El Sheik, Egypt.
Additionally, Sarme has served as managing director at La Samanna, St. Martin; The Caravanserai Beach Resort, St. Maarten; Divi Little Bay Beach Resort, St. Maarten; and Grand Pavillon Hotel & Conference Center, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands. Sarme also held positions at resorts, hotels and restaurants in the Bahamas, Bermuda, Jackson, MS and Houston, TX.
Sarme has been an active member of several professional industry associations and won Hotelier of the Year in the Cayman Islands in 1987.
"Sarme's success in the hospitality industry stems from a vast range of experience and hard work," said Murphy. "The skills and experience Sarme brings to the Magdalena Grand will prove invaluable in the future," he added.
New Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort
Magdalena Grand has taken over the management of the 18-hole Tobago Plantations Golf Course and has completely refurbished the course. The golf course, which officially opened on Dec. 1, 2013, is a Par-72, 18-hole course that has been woven into the landscape of Tobago Plantations Estate, a gated community of luxury villas, condos and bungalows.
The refurbishment project upgraded the course to Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) standards. In addition to enhancements on the course, the resort purchased new golf carts, pro shop merchandise and food and beverage equipment.
Golfers can practice their short game on the pitching and putting greens while enhancing their swing at the driving range. The club house, situated between the first and tenth tees, features a pro shop, club room lounge, shoes and club rental, changing rooms, classrooms and golf bag storage. The club house restaurant - Fairways Bar & Grill - offers a comprehensive food and beverage menu.
Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort features 178 rooms with 22 one or two-bedroom suite combinations. The spacious suites offer a private balcony, hot tub and parlor containing a pull-out sofa-bed. The resort's two-bedroom suites have a king-size and two double beds while the resort's one-bedroom suites include the option of either one king-size or two double beds.
All of the resort's rooms feature spacious marble bathrooms with shower and tub; deluxe toiletries, bathrobes and slippers; pure cotton linens; central air conditioning; ceiling fan; iron and ironing board; salon hair dryer; mini refrigerator; coffee/tea maker; safe; high-definition flat screen IP televisions; complimentary wireless Internet access; and IP telephones.
Magdalena Grand features three swimming pools including an adults-only pool; Tobago Reef Masters Dive Center with its own training pool; daily guest activities program, day and nighttime tennis; bicycles, room service, concierge service, a business center, 24-hour fitness center, beauty and spa treatments at the Equilibrium Face & Body Clinic Ltd., tour desk that can arrange off-property excursions, convenience store, gift shop and secured parking.
Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort is a 15-minute drive from A.N.R. Robinson International Airport in Tobago and is situated on the Tobago Plantations Estate, a gated community of luxury villas, condos and bungalows.