Jan-Paul Kroese, general manager at Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in Oxfordshire, has stepped down from his role with immediate effect.
The Dutch-born hotelier had been with the Raymond Blanc-founded, luxury five-star, 32-bedroom property since November 2015 and when interviewed by Boutique Hotelier in May of this year said the hotel was the run with the ‘epitome of professionalism’.
He has now left the two-Michelin star business for ‘personal reasons’, with the hotel confirming that a replacement has already been identified, with the new appointment due to be confirmed soon.
The statement from Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons said: “We can confirm that Jan-Paul Kroese has stepped down from his role as general manager of Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons owing to personal reasons and effective immediately. Raymond Blanc OBE, Chef Patron and the entire team thank Jan-Paul for all his contributions to the business since he was appointed in 2015 and wish him well for the future. A successor has been identified, ensuring a smooth and orderly transition, and we look forward to confirming their appointment in due course.”
It is thought that Sandra Mueller, hotel manager at Le Manoir for the last 10 months, will overseeing the management of the team until the new GM comes on board officially.
Jan-Paul Kroese joined Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons almost three years ago from his role as general manager at Château St. Gerlach in the Netherlands where he was stationed for four years. He also boasts experience with the likes of IHG.
We interview Jan-Paul in the May edition of Boutique Hotelier, which can be accessed here.