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5240 18 Nov 2021

Up Close with Key Leadership Appointments at Th8 Palm

Th8 Palm’s trendsetting team for the newest hotspot on The Palm Jumeirah

Dubai, UAE, November 2021: Th8 Palm, managed by Accor, is the latest place to see and be seen. The beachside boutique lifestyle resort is the idyllic setting for guests to enjoy a unique and trendy getaway, with an infinite top level of service from the hotel's exemplary team. The property has welcomed key leadership appointments, made up of highly experienced, hand-picked individuals who have been tasked with leveraging their creative talents, interpersonal skills and operational expertise to elevate the hotel's hip and luxurious offering, and place it firmly on the map as a must-visit destination on Palm Jumeirah.

Th8 Palm, managed by Accor is led by Resort Manager, Grant Budde, culinary delights and surprises come from the creative Executive Head Chef, Margarita Vaamonde, and the Fluid Beach Club, Envy and EllaMia are headed up by FB Manager Keegan Payne who is bringing an accolade of fresh flair to the contemporary resort.


GrantBudde- ResortManager

A highly experienced and respected figure within the UAE'sbusyhospitality sector,GrantBuddehas been instrumental in shaping the unique offerings and five-star servicesatsome of Dubai's mostnotablehotels. Described by his colleagues as a distinguished, detail orientated hotel professional and with comprehensive knowledge of the complexitiesof hotel operations andhigh-endguest services,Grantexcels in establishing venues as unique destinations and delivering creative solutions with a positive impact.The majority ofGrants hotel career has been based in Dubai,however, his career also includes exotic tenures in Bali and Fiji.

Highly driven, Grantsrole asResortManager, will see him take a hands-on approach to deliveringfirst-ratehospitality and services to guests from across the UAE, the region andbeyondand establish the hotel as one of the Emirates premium and must-visit, destination properties.Him and his team will ensure that each guest has a chic and unique experience. Underlining what he aims to achieve, he said:"I am delighted to be taking the reins at this landmark property which further establishes this boutique hotels footmark. As resort manager, I intend to lead by example, and guide the team to position the hotels authentic and unconventional ways, assemble the best team possible and empower them to use their talents."


Margarita Vaamonde - Executive Head Chef

Award winning chef, Margarita Vaamonde brings a world-class flair for fine food to her role at Th8 Palm With a wealth of culinary experience that spans across three continents from South America to the US and the Middle East, having overseen the opening of famed Catch Dubai and Catch LA, one of thehottestcelebrityspots in West Hollywood, Margarita is infinitely adaptable witha strong culinary background. She is instrumental in creating carefully curated menus across the hotel's dining venues, offering up an exciting selection of culinary masterpieces designed to delight the tastebuds of well-travelled guests and food aficionados. Known for having createda menufeaturingwinning dishes at famed Master Chef, alongside its representation in the region, doing live appearances with celebrity judges Matt Preston as well asGaryMehigan, Margaritawillbringher experience of global cookingculturesto create an exceptionalFBexperience for guests dining at thePalm Jumeirah'snewestboutique hotel.


Keegan Payne FB Manager

A lively hospitality professional, Keegan has made a habit of striving for excellence and the concept of limitlessness which is inspired by the 8 infinity symbol, that the Th8 Palm represents. With a strong FB background in renowned establishments in both South Africa and Dubai, including various successes at Barbary Deli and Cocktail Club, TRYP by Wyndham Hotel as well as Andaz the Palm, Keegan has been awarded the Caterer Middle East Awards Bar Manager of the Year title, with judges referring to his relentless drive and ability to go the extra mile in all aspects. Known for his natural leadership, infectious enthusiasm, and meticulous attention to detail, he holds a deep-seated belief in the benefit of coaching and mentoring individuals and teams to reach their potential. As FB Manager across Fluid Beach Club, Envy and EllaMia, Keegan will bring a whole host of skills and accolades from his years in the industry, to create an exceptional service for all guests, in particular establishing Fluid Beach Club as a sought-after destination for beach lovers, partygoers and cocktailistas alike.


About Accor

Accor is a world-leading hospitality group consisting of more than 5,200 properties and 10,000 food and beverage venues throughout 110 countries. The group has one of the industrys most diverse and fully-integrated hospitality ecosystems encompassing more than 40 luxury, premium, midscale and economy hotel brands, entertainment and nightlife venues,restaurantsand bars, branded private residences, shared accommodation properties, concierge services, co-working spaces and more. Accors unmatched position in lifestyle hospitality one of the fastest growing categories in the industry is led by Ennismore, a creative hospitality company with a global portfolio of entrepreneurial and founder-built brands with purpose at their heart. Accor boasts an unrivalled portfolio of distinctive brands and approximately 260,000 team members worldwide. 68 million members benefit from the companys comprehensive loyalty program ALL - Accor Live Limitless a daily lifestyle companion that provides access to a wide variety of rewards,servicesand experiences.

Through its Planet 21 Acting Here, Accor Solidarity,RiiSEand ALLHeartistFund initiatives, the Group is focused on driving positive action through business ethics, responsible tourism, environmental sustainability, community engagement,diversityand inclusivity. Founded in 1967, Accor SA is headquartered in France and publicly listed on the Euronext Paris Stock Exchange (ISINcode:FR0000120404) and on the OTC Market (Ticker:ACCYY) in the United States. For more information visitgroup.accor.com,or follow Accor onTwitter,Facebook,LinkedIn,andInstagram.