Martein van Wagenberg is Managing Director of Le Guanahani, the five-star resort in St. Barth in the French West Indies. He is responsible for all resort operations at the seaside property.
Guided by the philosophy that “a hotel’s reputation for providing an exceptional guest experience starts with the employees,” Van Wagenberg draws on more than a quarter century of experience in hospitality, with particular expertise in the Caribbean. He arrived at Le Guanahani following nine years at Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, managing Rosewood Little Dix Bay in Virgin Gorda, BVI, and Las Ventanas al Paraiso in Los Cabos, BCS Mexico. Under his direction, Little Dix Bay was named the #1 Caribbean Destination by Harper’s Hideaway Report and Las Ventanas al Paraiso earned the AAA Five-Diamond Award for 12 consecutive years. Van Wagenberg oversaw multi-million-dollar enhancements, expansions, and renovations at both resorts, increasing occupancy and guest satisfaction while carrying out the Rosewood philosophy and vision. Previously, he was at Grace Bay Club in Providenciales, Turks & Caicos, where he developed the young property into an internationally recognized five-star resort. During his tenure there he oversaw the integration of residential and hotel facilities.
That focus on renewal followed van Wagenberg to Le Guanahani: The first year of his leadership saw the Signature Suites completely renovated and enhanced by an expert team led by award-winning architect David Schwarz of David M. Schwarz Architects, and interior designer, Luis Pons of Luis Pons Design Lab. The remaining cottages were all refurbished and upgraded to enhance the Caribbean style and Creole influence at the core of the hotel’s character and history.
Van Wagenberg was educated at the Hotel Management School in Maastricht, Netherlands as well as the premier U.S. hotelier program at Cornell University. His impressive educational background, ability to speak six languages, and extensive hospitality experience make him an invaluable asset to Le Guanahani.
Throughout his residency in the Caribbean, van Wagenberg has taken an active role in community and industry organizations. He has been a member of the Caribbean Hotel Association and the Turks & Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association since 1995, and in 2004, he served as Director of the Turks and Caicos Association. He also served as a member of the BVI Hotel Association as well as a Board Member, where he took an active role in the Strategic Airlift Committee for the BVI.
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