SA: Tiago Sarmento has been named general manager of Mount Nelson, a Belmond Hotel, in Cape Town, South Africa.
Sarmento brings nearly 20 years of hospitality experience to the role. He first joined Belmond in 2016 as general manager of Hotel das Cataratas where he led the hotel to a five star ranking by Forbes Travel Guide within a year. Following this, he moved on to lead the $121 million renovation and opening of Cap Juluca on Anguilla.
Prior to joining Belmond, Sarmento worked at several hotels and resorts including The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort in Puerto Rico and the former W Vieques.
Commenting on his appointment, Sarmento said: “Cape Town has long been captivating visitors with its incredible positive energy, its beautiful light and its enchanting natural setting. Ever since the legendary Mount Nelson opened over 120 years ago, it has played an integral role in the fabric of the city of Cape Town. I am so excited to join the team of this iconic hotel and to welcome travellers who, as the world starts to reopen, have a renewed desire to explore the world, smiling again.”
Robert Koren, senior vice president for Europe, Middle East & Africa at Belmond, said: “Tiago is a natural leader whose infectious enthusiasm and passion for hospitality inspire those he works with. His ability to translate the brand’s strategy into service elements, with a unique local touch, has led to the success of Cap Juluca. The excellent work he has done has earned him recognition as ‘The Belmond Brand Ambassador’ in 2019. We are delighted to have him join the iconic Mount Nelson, where his leadership skills will bring the hotel into a new and exciting chapter.”
Mount Nelson hotel first opened in 1899 by Sir Donald Currie, owner of the Union-Castle Shipping Line. To mark the end of the first world war in 1918, the hotel was painted pink to celebrate a new era of peace, hope and joy. Ever since, the hotel has become iconic for its facade.