BUSINESS LEADERS: Federica Bertolini, general manager, The Fife Arms


Fife Arms opened in the Scottish Highlands in December after a three-year multimillion pound renovation project spearheaded by Swiss owners Iwan and Manuela Wirth. Despite the launch incurring a handful of delays, the 46-bedroom hotel, complete with spa, cocktail bar, restaurant, pub, library and cinema welcomed its first paying guests last year and has since been widely acclaimed.

Plans for the renovation were first unveiled in May 2017, after Iwan and Manuela – two of the world’s most powerful art dealers, owning Hauser + Wirth galleries and property in Zurich, New York, London, Somerset and LA – acquired the building in 2015 armed with bold ideas to make the hotel one of the top resorts in Scotland.

Shortly after acquisition, Federica Bertolini was appointed general manager at The Fife Arms to prepare the hotel operationally for launch. She joined from the Olga Polizzi-owned Hotel Tresanton where she had been for the 11 years prior.

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Bertolini first came to Aberdeenshire with her husband in 1997, looking for an adventure after graduating from university in Northern Italy. She started her hospitality career at the famous Balmoral Hotel on Princes Street in Edinburgh. After gaining further experience in renowned five-star hotels in both Scotland and Italy, Federica moved to Cornwall to manage Tresanton, one of the first hotels in the UK where the design moved away from the classic hotel look.


The Fife Arms

Owned by: Iwan and Manuela Wirth

Location: Braemar

Bedrooms: 46


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