Carlisle Bay, Antigua appoints new Managing Director

Harcourt Developments is pleased to announce the appointment of Thomas Orchard as the new Managing Director of Carlisle Bay, Antigua. In his new role, Thomas will be responsible for overseeing the management of the 87-suite luxury Caribbean resort, which is part of The Harcourt Group.

Thomas, a seasoned hotelier, brings many years of experience in luxury properties to his new position, including COMO Hotels and Resorts, where he has been Regional General Manager for the past 17 years. During his time at COMO, the company grew from three to fourteen handpicked and individually curated properties located across the globe, of which Thomas was responsible for the operation, development and strategy of two London five-star hotels: The Metropolitan on Park Lane and The Halkin in Belgravia.

After graduating from Middlesex University, Thomas spent his early years in the Caribbean working for Royal Caribbean Cruise Line. Returning home, he joined Rock Resorts and the preopening team for Hanbury Manor, a five-star Country House Hotel in Hertfordshire as Front Office Manager, before moving to London as the Executive Assistant Manager at The Berkeley, then part of the Savoy Group. In 2000, he was recommended to the Ong family and subsequently moved to COMO Hotels and Resorts.  While at the helm of the two London hotels, Thomas supported the opening of many of the new properties, in particular in Bali, Bhutan and the Maldives and also gained valuable experience in the Caribbean through his involvement in Parrot Cay in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

John Paul Doherty, Creative and Marketing Director for Harcourt Developments comments “Thomas will be overseeing the strategic direction of Carlisle Bay as it continues to evolve as a leading luxury Caribbean resort. Thomas brings with him a wealth of experience in luxury and privately-owned properties, which will be hugely beneficial to Carlisle Bay and we are delighted to have him onboard.”

Thomas adds: “Carlisle Bay is a property I have known and loved for many years and I am thrilled to be joining the team; bringing my experience of running five-star hotels to this luxury resort. I am delighted to be back in the Caribbean and am very much looking forward to working with the outstanding team at Carlisle Bay and managing this incredible resort on the island of Antigua.”

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  1. Why do we allow these expats to come on our island and take advantage of our black people with their slavery mentality? He is cutting staff hours, blatantly breaking union rules and intimidating them with threats to fire them if they object and don’t as he says. We need more local people in top positions in our Industry. He is creating a very tense environment for the staff to work in and this not good for Carlisle Bay. The staff are already complaining but he is in for a rude awakening this is just the calm before the storm this is not the UK they want to work in a comfortable relaxed environment.

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