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Six Senses Con Dao welcomes new GM

Released at: 07:51, 03/11/2019

Six Senses Con Dao welcomes new GM

Photo: Six Senses Con Dao

Mr. Dominic Scoles to take up role at IHG resort.

by Le Diem

Six Senses Con Dao has announced the appointment of a veteran of the hospitality industry, Mr. Dominic Scoles, as the new General Manager of the resort.

After graduating from Arizona State University with a degree in economics, Mr. Scoles decided to pursue his passion and turned it into his lifetime career. Having opened his first hotel at the age of 24 as director of nightlife for W Hotels, he has since been part of five hotel openings. He simultaneously took up the role of director of food and beverages and headed up luxury properties in four countries around the globe, including in the US, Mexico, the Turks & Caicos, the Maldives, and now Vietnam, with respected brands such as COMO, St Regis, and W Hotels. Mr. Scoles prides himself on being a part of the team in two hotels winning the Forbes Travel Guide 5 Stars Award - St Regis Bal Habour in Florida and St Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort in the Maldives - and the wonderful opportunity he had to handle some of the most outstanding events in his career, like the NBA All Stars, Miami Music Conference, BPM Festival Mexico, and ESPY Awards, as well as the Oscars. With more than ten years of experience working in the luxury hospitality sector, Mr. Scoles will bring a wealth of knowledge and extensive passion to his new journey at Six Senses Con Dao.

His intriguing background saw him born and raised in Missouri by his parents Patrick and Victoria. He was inspired by summers spent with his grandparents, who taught him about hospitality from a very early age - from filling the fridge with his favorite foods, planning activities every day with “back up” weather options, and ensuring every meal was made from scratch. They also taught him patience through hours of trout fishing, the value of being firm but fair, and the importance of being organized and always taking the time to put things back in their place. Mr. Scoles’ personal priorities are exercising the body and mind through meditation, family, travel, the arts, and professional growth, all of which he believes align him naturally with the hospitality industry and with Six Senses.

“I believe in a mindful approach to hospitality,” he said. “I feel that the best way to learn and grow through travel is to first ‘seek to understand and then to be understood’. I believe that to be a positive hospitality professional one must first take really good care of themselves, and then and only then are we able to take care of others and deliver intuitive bespoke experiences. I also believe that the foundation of hospitality is the ability to strengthen our own awareness. If we are not present for those and the environment around us, delivering genuine hospitality is nearly impossible.”

Moving from the Maldives to Vietnam, Mr. Scoles firmly believes he is now right where he is meant to be. The differences in cultures and perceptions seem not to be a challenge but a chance to grow and move forward. The key foundations of a company’s success, he believes, is a highly diverse team with diverse ideas, where people feel safe to have open dialogue and aren’t afraid to fail. He looks forward to sharing many meals with the hosts at Six Senses Con Dao to learn more about their journeys and dreams, so in the role of a leader he will work relentlessly to support passionate hosts while doing his best to motivate and encourage growth.

Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas is one of the world’s leading operators of luxury hotels, resorts, and spas, managing 18 hotels and resorts across 14 countries and territories, plus 37 spas under the brand names Six Senses, Evason, Six Senses Spas, and Raison d’Etre. There are a further 17 hotels and resorts signed into its development pipeline. In February 2019, Six Senses became part of the IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) family of hotel brands.

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