I am so excited that the latest Capella Hotels and Resorts, Capella Marigot Bay, has arrived in St. Lucia. Since acquiring the property less than two months ago, Capella has already begun to instill its own brand of elite service under the guidance of interim General Manager, Sean Carney.
Since arriving eight weeks ago, Mr. Carney has hit the ground running and I doubt he’s stopped for even a moment! I always see him rushing around the property, encouraging and training staff, discussing renovation plans and much more. Luckily I was able to get him to squeeze in a few minutes for this interview so that you could get to know a bit more about him, Capella Marigot Bay and St. Lucia.
Mr. Carney, we are so excited to have you here in St. Lucia at the helm of Capella Marigot Bay! Tell me (and the Capella Blog readers!) a bit about yourself.
Originally from Ireland, I am married to an amazing woman, who is the not so quiet support behind me and we have one boy who just actually turned four years old last month. Having spent the last 15 years working abroad with some great professionals and organizations has allowed me to gather a wealth of experiences to adapt and change with the various markets that I have been privileged to work in. Passionate about what I do allows me to do something I enjoy doing on a daily basis and not have to think of it as work. Meeting our employees and guests from all over the world allows me to get to know different people and cultures that one would not normally be exposed to. Personally I enjoy swimming and cycling when time permits. Diving is another passion of mine. I spent a few years also in the volunteer fire departments in Portchester NY and Waikoloa in Hawaii believe it or not.
You’ve been in St. Lucia long enough to get a taste for our beautiful island. What are your first impressions?
It is a wonderful island with an amazing sense of warmth that flows genuinely from all of the individuals I have encountered. It is great to see people from all walks of life coming together in Anse La Raye for Fish Friday or Saturday nights in Gros Islet.
The island itself is an amazing place with dense foliage, jungles and mountain scenery. The breathtaking landscape from the Pitons down to the sea or the gorgeous sunsets here in Marigot Bay make for a picturesque setting everywhere you turn!
I think those are pretty spot-on first impressions! So, what do you think Capella can bring to the island?
For an island that relies as heavily on tourism as Saint Lucia any positive impact from any organization is well received. However I believe, Capella will take things further than just another resort. By bringing its unique service based approach to the hotel, through our Canon and philosophy, we are determined to instill a sense of service confidence that our wonderful Ladies and Gentlemen will be able to match with their own hard work and desire to be the best that they can be.
Additionally, as a company we are always looking to contribute the areas we live in. We partake in a variety of outreach programs and always look to work with the local community to preserve culture and traditions. It is important for us to become part of our communities.
I know you’ve been busy, but what are the ways you like to spend downtime in St. Lucia and what activities are you looking forward to trying out?
Marigot Bay is very centrally located, which means all of St. Lucia’s major attractions are at most an hour away. I love the adventure activities offered — from zip lining, diving, jungle and waterfall hikes to fishing off Marigot Bay. And yes, I have done the Sulpher springs and covered my self in the black mud as well as relaxing in the hot thermal water!
Another great attraction just five minutes from the hotel is the only distillery left on the island and they do an amazing tour with a few samples at the end. I have had the privilege of touring the facility with their master blender and tasted some products that they are working on for the future! Definitely a great experience worth asking your Capella Personal Assistant about.
Last but not least, can you let us in on any details from the upcoming renovation?
Details are still being determined, but I can tell you a few secrets!
The new restaurant will have an extended balcony seating giving a great vantage point for bay view dining and watching the yachts sailing in and out. This restaurant will feature an open show kitchen and a private dining room with both indoor and outdoor seating as well as some garden seating.
Another new food and beverage outlet will be located near the docks and will include a rum cave for private tastings and chef dinners. The venue will also serve light fare for lunch and an everyday dinner menu.
The spa will also be transformed. The current fitness center will be moving upstairs and the spa downstairs. This allows for the creation of a spa village with treatment “huts” in the middle of the garden that will allow for guests to really relax into the surroundings.
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