Industry Update
Press Release20 February 2006

Mandarin Oriental Announces New General Manager For Luxury Hideaway In Riviera Maya, Mexico

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Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group

Hong Kong, Wolfgang Hültner, CEO, The Americas, Mandarin Oriental Management (USA) Inc., has announced the appointment of Patrick-Denis Finet as General Manager of Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya, Mexico effective immediately. The luxury resort is scheduled to open in Fall 2006.


Finet was formerly General Manager of Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi, Chiang Mai, where he directed the successful opening of the Group’s first hideaway resort in late 2003. Finet brings more than 29 years of experience in luxury hotel and resort management to his new position, having held a number of senior management positions in Europe, the Indian Ocean and the Caribbean. Before joining Mandarin Oriental, Finet was General Manager of the Khalifa Group and prior to that, was general manager of Le Prince Maurice Hotel in Mauritius for five years.

“With his significant resort management experience, Patrick Finet is ideally suited to spearhead the launch of Mandarin Oriental’s first property in Latin America,” says Hültner.

About Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya, Mexico | Due to open in Fall 2006, Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya, Mexico will be a luxurious hideaway set along 36 acres of lush, tropical jungle that meets the white, sandy beaches of the unspoiled Yucatan coastline. A naturalist’s paradise, this exclusive 128-villa resort and spa will include protected mangrove reserves, crystal-clear water from naturally formed lagoons, highlighted by a spectacular cenote, a deep, freshwater lake, sacred to the ancient Mayan. The 25,000 square foot Spa will set new standards of holistic well-being offering rejuvenating experiences that soothe, heal, restore and revitalize. Innovative restaurants and bars, with alfresco dining options, will feature eclectic, contemporary cuisine. Guests will also have access to two 18-hole championship golf courses, located within a five mile radius of the resort.

Located just 42 kilometers south of Cancun and a 30 minute drive from Cancun International Airport, Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya, Mexico will set a new standard of luxury in Latin America and around the world.

About Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group | Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group is the award-winning owner and operator of some of the world’s most prestigious hotels and resorts, currently operating 22 luxury hotels with a further eight under development in Prague, Hainan Island, China and Riviera Maya, Mexico (2006), Boston (2007), Grand Cayman and Chicago (2008), Macau and Las Vegas (2009). In total, Mandarin Oriental now operates, or has under development, approximately 8,500 rooms in 17 countries with 14 hotels in Asia, 12 in the Americas and four in Europe.