Luxury Hotels

Laguna Beach – Virgin – Marriott

Anne-Marie Houston, above, is a near-unique hotelier – only ‘near’ in that she is an identical twin and her sister, Caroline-Jane Houston, is a similarly accomplished professional, waiting to open Dorchester Collection’s forthcoming spectacular property in Dubai. Anne-Marie Houston, by contrast, has spent the last four years brilliantly running, and being asset manager for, Montage Laguna Beach. Girlahead loves this cliff-top resort, looking down to the sandy beach and the Pacific: for maximum privacy, choose a ground floor end suite, say 125 which, like all 248 rooms, faces the ocean.

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Sadly for the so-friendly, so-professional Montage group, which includes the Pendry brand, it is losing another Irish player.  It was announced this week that Montage’s SVP of operations James Bermingham has been magnetically attracted by Richard Branson to be CEO of Virgin Hotels.

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Marriott’s new CEO Tony Capuano is to be applauded, says Girlahead. Within the first week of being appointed he issued a strong US-centric statement: ‘Racism and bigotry cannot be tolerated. We’re better than this as a nation – or at least we should be. It is our differences that make us a beautiful mosaic as a country. Without a doubt, our destinies are intertwined and together we must solve this. Marriott International stands against racism. We believe that all people deserve to be treated with dignity and respected for their humanity and the distinct qualities that make them unique.’

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Let us finish, today, with some words from his colleague, Chris Gabaldon, who heads Luxury Brands for Marriott: