A Swiss national, Martin grew up in a hospitality family and spent his teenage years working in his parents’ restaurant. Having graduated from the Higher Hotel Management School in Switzerland, he went on to gain valuable experience at the Luxury Resort Ermitage Golf & Spa in Schoenried, Switzerland. Martin always had a passion for travel however, and he made the decision to move to Asia in 1996. Following his first role as F&B Manager with Novotel in Bangkok, he enjoyed his first taste of life in Hua Hin in 1998 when he was appointed Executive Assistant Manager of the Anantara resort.
Since this time, Martin’s career has grown from strength to strength. Returning to Bangkok in 2000, he was appointed Director of Food & Beverage at Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers, which marked the start of a 23-year spell with Starwood Hotels and Marriott International in four countries: Thailand, Vietnam, India and Malaysia.
Martin’s first posting as General Manager was at Sheraton Grand Bangalore at Brigade Gateway in 2010, the first managed Sheraton in India. During this role, he won several awards including “General Manager of Year India” by Hotelier India. In late 2013, he moved back to Bangkok to open Asia’s first Le Méridien golf resort, Le Méridien Suvarnabhumi Golf Resort & Spa, where he achieved a #1 ranking on Tripadvisor and was recognized with the multiple awards, including the Divisional Brand Ambassador award for Le Méridien in Asia Pacific. He was also elected to the GM Advisory Board for Le Méridien worldwide.
Martin now returns to Thailand as GM of Hua Hin Marriott Resort & Spa.
“We are delighted to welcome Martin as General Manager of Hua Hin Marriott Resort & Spa. A highly accomplished and award-winning hotelier who has spent almost three decades in the hotel sector, including 12 years in Thailand and over two decades with Marriott International’s portfolio of brands, Martin is the perfect person to lead this popular beachfront resort. We look forward to embarking on an exciting new era of hospitality and creating exceptional guest experiences in Hua Hin,” said Jakob Helgen, Area Vice President, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia & Myanmar, Marriott International.
Martin is joined in Hua Hin by his wife, who is also a hotelier, and two sons. When he is not working, guests might find Martin exercising on the beach, playing football or jogging along the shore.
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