GHM has appointed Walter Hess as general manager of The
Chedi Club Jimbaran Bali.
Hess will draw on more than two decades
of experience at a constellation of five-star hotels on four
continents to shepherd the debut of the 34-villa property at
A 44-year-old Swiss native with a prominent
career in destinations as diverse as the Caribbean, Canada and
Costa Rica, Hess arrives in Bali off his most recent post as
resident manager at the highly acclaimed Nam Hai in Hoi An,
He received his hospitality training in
Hotel and Restaurant Management from the prestigious École Hôtelière de Lausanne, and spent five years honing his skills in
the food and beverage arena at hotels in Geneva and Bern before
relocating to Malaysia to work at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in the
state of Johor.
Between 1997 and 2009, Hess caught
his stride in key positions in the rooms divisions of a string of
five-star Four Seasons hotels, where he climbed the ranks from
front desk supervisor to director of rooms. After a two-year stint
as Executive Assistant Manager of the One & Only Reethi Rah in the
Maldives, Hess joined Singapore-based hotel group GHM in 2012.
“Anytime we can promote from within, we do,” said GHM
President Hans R. Jenni. “Walter Hess knows GHM, knows the GHM
guest, and with his experience, he will be a good fit for this
destination. At Jimbaran, our guests-to-come will immediately realise the benefits of a seasoned GHM manager at the helm.”
Encompassing 34 butler-serviced pool villas nestled
within a 22,000-square-metre estate - the work of noted architect Robert Nation and Indonesian interior decorator Jaya Ibrahim -
The Chedi Club Jimbaran will be GHM’s third hotel to open within
the span of a year, following the debut of The Chedi Sakala in
November 2013 and The Chedi Andermatt in December 2013.
Hess is fluent in German, French and English, and
conversant in Spanish and basic Japanese.
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