Sonesta Announces General Manager in Hurghada

(Hurghada) Renato Moretto will be general manager for the newly-branded Sonesta Pharaoh Beach Resort, continuing an impressive career spanning more than 30 years.  The resort is due to change management on January 1, 2008.  Renato had most recently served Sonesta as general manager of St. Maarten’s landmark resort - Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort & Casino from its opening in 2005. 

An executive chef by trade, Renato’s passion for the hospitality industry has paved a successful path since the mid 70’s, when he started as an apprentice chef, working his way up to Sous Chef at The Grand Hotel in Birmingham, England. He continued moving up the ladder when he became the pre-opening Executive Chef and later the Director of Food & Beverage at the Cliff Bay Resort Hotel in Madeira, Portugal, where he earned various awards for outstanding cuisine and service. He then moved on to the Jebel Ali Hotel & Golf Resort in Dubai, UAE and the 1,000-room Holiday Inn Lido in Beijing, China, both in the capacity as Director of Food & Beverage. 

In 1999, he had his first position with Sonesta as the Hotel Manager at the Sonesta Beach Resort & Sonesta Club in Sharm-El-Sheikh, Egypt.  While in this role, he spearheaded the growth of food and beverage outlets and oversaw a 128-room expansion to the resort. 

Previous to his next role with Sonesta, Renato returned back to the U.K. in 2001, joining the NEC Group in Birmingham, which included the National Exhibition Centre, the NEC Arena and the International Conference Centre. As Group Operations Catering Manager, he increased income by 6% and managed a £28 million ($50 million) turnover generating £4 million ($7.5) net operating profit.

The Sonesta Pharaoh Beach Resort Hurghada is a 360-room 5-star property offering panoramic views of the Red Sea and the surrounding desert. The resort features its own dive center and is located on Hurghada Beach, just 15 km from Hurghada International Airport, 18 km from downtown Hurghada, 270 km from Luxor and 500 km from Cairo. There are 360 unique guest rooms and suites including 76 one-bedroom bungalows and 24-two bedroom bungalows. The resort offers Sonesta's Just Us Kids program, private beach, one outdoor swimming pool, a children's pool, and one indoor heated pool with jacuzzi, fitness center, two floodlit tennis courts, mini hockey, golf and a soccer pitch. There are three restaurants, a cafe, pool and beach bars and a nightclub at the resort.

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