BANGKOK—Avani Seychelles Barbarons Resort & Spa has appointed industry veteran Thomas Barguil general manager.
With almost 20 years of experience in high-end hotels and resorts, the new GM previously headed a task force in Sri Lanka, looking after the coastal escape of Avani Kalutara Resort and the contemporary-designed Avani Bentota Resort & Spa. Prior to that he was GM of Anantara Hua Hin Resort & Spa in Thailand, part of the Minor Hotel Group, parent company of Avani Hotels & Resorts.
He started his career in hospitality at the InterContinental in Cannes, France, working in both F&B and rooms. He then specialized in F&B and worked in hotels from Europe to Africa and from Southeast Asia to the South Pacific, with time spent working in France, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Morocco, Thailand and New Caledonia, as well as a few years spent in the Indian Ocean in Mauritius, the Maldives and Sri Lanka. Prior to joining Minor Hotel Group in 2013, Barguil was GM at The Residence Maldives during the property’s pre-opening and opening period.
Avani Seychelles Barbarons Resort & Spa opened in February and offers 124 guestrooms and suites with garden or ocean views, two restaurants, a pool, a shisha bar and private dining, as well as AVANISPA and a kids club.