Marriott International Inc., has appointed Andrew Henning as general manager of the St. Regis Dubai, Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club, ahead of the property’s opening this year.
In his new role Henning will oversee operations at the 151-key resort, which is the first polo and equestrian-inspired St. Regis hotel globally.
Prior to joining the St. Regis Dubai resort, Henning held the position of general manager at the 206-room Hotel Bristol, a Luxury Collection Hotel in Warsaw, Poland since 2013.
Originally from Northern Ireland, Henning has worked with Starwood since December 2003 when he started as director of food and beverage at the Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa in Edinburgh.
Within seven months he was promoted to executive manager, overseeing the hotel’s operational departments.
Following his time in Edinburgh, Henning moved to London as EAM of The Park Lane Hotel with responsibility for all hotel operations for two years. In 2008 he took on his first general manager role in Albania at the Sheraton Tirana, before moving to the Westin Dublin where he served as general manager from 2009 until 2013.
Henning said: “Following the long-standing association with polo it is an honour to lead the team at the world’s first St. Regis Polo Resort. This is an exciting project with a great team behind it, and we are confident that it will significantly contribute to Dubai’s dynamic hospitality landscape. I look forward to the adventure ahead with a wonderful team.”
The resort’s 161 keys will feature 96 guestrooms, 30 suites and 25 villas. Recreation facilities will include Dubai’s second Iridium Spa with six treatment suites complemented with steam and sauna facilities.
In addition there are two tennis courts, a large outdoor swimming pool with a swim-up bar and hot tubs overlooking the polo fields
The Al Habtoor Polo Club and Academy will offer a full programme for both adults and children designed to improve skills in show jumping, dressage and polo, with tailored tuition from experienced professionals.