Belmond has announced the appointment of Thomas Moons as the General Manager of La Residencia, A Belmond Hotel, Mallorca. Thomas Moons, who has previously served as General Manager of Miraflores Park since 2018, began his new role in January 2021.
Moons brings over 15 years of international hospitality experience to the role. Prior to working with Belmond, he worked at renowned hotels in Belgium, The Netherlands and Dubai. In 2012, Moons joined Belmond as Rooms Division Manager at Governor’s Residence, a jewel of Yangon situated in its leafy Embassy District, before moving to take up his role as Resident Manager at La Residence d’Angkor, Cambodia in 2014.
Moons then progressed to General Manager at La Residence Phou Vao, Laos in 2015, followed by Hotel Manager at Miraflores Park, Peru in 2016, where he progressed to become General Manager in 2018. At Miraflores Park, he demonstrated his ability to elevate his team’s commitment, service and culture. Testament to his leadership, the hotel received recognition as South America’s Most Romantic Resort, Peru’s Leading Hotel Suite and Peru’s Leading Business Hotel, in 2020 by World Travel Awards.
Robert Koren, Senior Vice President, Europe, Middle East & Africa said of Moons’ appointment: ‘We are delighted to welcome Thomas to the EMEA division. Thomas’ career path at Belmond is another testament to our company’s commitment to foster and retain talent.
His global experience, innate understanding of Belmond’s strategic vision and strong leadership qualities will be vital for the team at La Residencia as we look ahead to 2021.’
‘Thomas assumes the General Manager role from Ulisses Marreiros, after eight years of excellent work as a deeply cherished member of the team and Deia community. Ulisses will begin his new role at another Belmond property and we wish him well on his new adventure,’ Koren further commented.
Moons takes the reins at La Residencia, Mallorca, a hotel with art at its core. Beyond its in- house gallery, the hotel offers 800 original works by local artists displayed across its rooms. Guests can also visit the studio of Alan Hydes, its resident painter, where they can receive an art class.
Additionally, the hotel has a strong gastronomic tradition in line with its sophisticated Balearic environment. La Residencia offers Mediterranean cuisine and wine from its burgeoning local scene under the steady hand of Chef Guillermo Mendez, who has been with the hotel for almost three decades,
Moons said: ‘It is my great pleasure to lead the team at La Residencia. I’m also proud to continue my work with Belmond, a brand renowned for providing guests with incomparable, genuine travel experiences. Together with my team, I look forward to welcoming guests back to the storied history of La Residencia when the hotel opens for the spring season, and taking the hotel and the brand to new heights.’