Shelley Point Hotel on the Cape West Coast appoints new GM

March 26, 2010 by: admin

Three Cities Group has announced the appointment of Desmond O’Connor as new GM of Shelley Point Hotel, Country Club and Spa on the Cape West Coast.

The hotel is one of the properties recently acquired by Three Cities and, with 20 years experience as an hotelier, Desmond brings significant experience & panache to Shelley Point, set on a private peninsula 90 minutes from Cape Town.

Along with nearby white beaches and clear azure water, a links style golf course and luxury spa, Shelley Point Hotel, Country Club & Spa a premier destination on the West Coast.

O’Connor served his three year management apprenticeship with the Karos Group followed by stints at the Indaba Hotel and Conference Centre and the Theatre on Track conference centre in Johannesburg after which he took on the demanding role of banqueting manager at Spier near Stellenbosch for two years.

His next position was that of assistant executive manager at Hôtel Le Vendôme, Sea Point, for two years followed by a move to the Table Bay Hotel, in the V & A Waterfront, where he was F & B manager and deputy GM for five years before accepting a position as the first GM at the Cape Royal Luxury Hotel and Residence (also a five-star establishment).

After a two year period here he opted for a more tranquil lifestyle in the country as GM at Shelley Point Hotel, Spa and Country Club.

“Shelley Point is a particularly exciting challenge because it is, as yet, “undiscovered” and little known to the majority of Capetonians, upcountry travellers and international tourists. Nevertheless, it has the facilities and service standards to satisfy the most demanding of clients.

“We are already the premier Cape West Coast hospitality destination and my job will be to see that a far wider market becomes aware of this. It’s an exciting challenge in a spectacular environment.”

Desmond O’connor

With 44 elegantly decorated en-suite rooms, the traveller may choose from a Studio Suite, Mezzanine suite with loft bedroom and Garden Suite – all emphasizing privacy, space and comfort.

Along with a sun-splashed swimming pool and adjacent club lounge, the hotel also boasts a large, luxurious wellness spa, boutique, hair salon, pro golf shop, a hi-tech gym, tennis courts and fully fledged Kids Club (allowing the guest to take time out on the golf course or in the spa).

The exclusive 4 star Shelley Point Hotel, Country Club & Spa was also designed to host private conferences from 25 to 80 delegates, with its own lounge, meeting rooms, private garden & bar and state of the art presentation facilities.

A second phase is currently underway at Shelley Point Hotel, Country Club & Spa with the construction of a new accommodation block which Desmond says will be “elegant in a Ralph Lauren-style of décor” and opens mid-May.


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