Stephen Carter, one of the most respected names in European hotel management, has been appointed General Manager of St Andrews Bay, the new £50 million golf resort, hotel, spa and conference centre, being built in Fife, Scotland.
Stephen (52), who has been involved in the hotel industry for almost 30 years, will join St Andrews Bay on November 8th 2000 from Cliveden where he was Operations Director. He also simultaneously held the position of General Manager at the company’s flagship property, the Five Red Star Cliveden House and Club. Previously Stephen was General Manager of Edinburgh’s Caledonian Hotel and Operations Director in Scotland of Queens Moat Houses Ltd where he oversaw the management of the company’s five Scottish hotels including the Moat House in Glasgow.
St Andrews Bay, which will open its doors at the beginning of June 2001, is one of the biggest and most ambitious leisure and tourism projects currently being undertaken in Scotland. The 520 acre development is situated on a cliff top site overlooking the historic town of St Andrews and will feature a 209 bedroom hotel, two championship golf courses, European spa and state of the art conference facilities.
St Andrews Bay is owned by Dr Don and Mrs Nancy Panoz, US entrepreneurs who have a reputation for providing luxury leisure and business resorts across the world under their Ch®teau à‰lan brand.
Henk Evers, President of Ridgewood Hotels who operate St Andrews Bay and all other Ch®teau à‰lan resorts said, “St Andrews Bay will be a very special hotel in a marvellous location and therefore I am delighted to bring on board someone of Stephen Carter’s experience, professionalism and reputation.
“When Don and Nancy Panoz first saw the St Andrews Bay site they knew instantly that it was the perfect location to bring our hotel and golf plans to life. It is already proving to be an excellent decision as forward booking for conferences and leisure visits are exceptional. Stephen will now add value to what has been achieved to date and help ensure that Scotland has another business and tourism success story.”
Stephen Carter said, “St Andrews Bay is one of the most important hotel projects to be built in Scotland during the past decade. It will bring a significant boost to the economy of both Fife and Scotland creating over 200 hotel jobs in the process.
“The hotel will offer the highest standards of service and will feature 77 double rooms, 115 Kings, 16 Kings with Suites and one Presidential Suite. All rooms will feature en suite bathrooms, satellite TV, direct dial telephone and an additional line for internet connection with US and European compatible outlets.
“When you link that in with superb restaurant and leisure facilities including two Championship golf courses, one designed by European Ryder Cup Captain Sam Torrance, and 15,000 square feet of conference facilities you have a hotel that will add greatly to Fife’s international appeal and help consolidate St Andrews’s position as the home of golf.”