Jan-Paul Kroese, a hotelier from Holland, was appointed general manager at Raymond Blanc’s Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in Great Milton, Oxfordshire in September 2015.
Taking over a role that was previously occupied by Philip Newman-Hall, who retired after a six-year stint with the hotel as managing director, Kroese had a fair task ahead of him to live up to Newman-Hall’s legacy.
Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons has held two Michelin-stars for 32 consecutive years and is easily regarded as one of the best boutiques in the world – its style, service and attention to detail often standing head and shoulders above many of its competitors. Kroese works closely alongside chef patron Raymond Blanc to ensure this reputation never waives, with an enthusiasm that constantly keeps the philosophy of Le Manoir alive.
“I think the most important thing is to help the staff excel, be themselves and deliver the best possible service for the guests,” Krosese was quoted as saying once in an interview. “People don’t come here for me – they come for Raymond and the excellence of the team.”
Prior to his role at Le Manoir, Kroese worked at the Château St Gerlach, a Camille Oostwegel ChâteauHotels & Restaurants property he managed since 2011 and before that oversaw the pre-opening of Sankara Nairobi in Kenya. He has also worked for InterContinental Hotels Group in Holland, Mandarin Oriental in New York and the Okura Garden Hotel in Shangai.