Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara appoints new GM

Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara appoints new GM

Jean-Paul Dantil will take the reins at the iconic Abu Dhabi resort

Jean-Paul Dantil has been appointed general manager of Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara, one of Abu Dhabi's most popular and long-running resorts. 

With more than 30 years of experience in luxury hospitality, with general manager and managing director roles under his belt, as well as leading his own business, Jean-Paul brings a wealth of knowledge of commercial, operational and branding to the resort and its team of more than 350 associates.

After his start in front office management at hotels and resorts in Micronesia and Turks & Caicos, Jean-Paul became a managing partner at Chris Garrod Partnership, one of the world’s leading hotel procurement companies.

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From 2011, he applied his expertise to managing world-class hotels, including Ritz Carltons in Vienna and Bahrain, and a cluster of Almanac Hotels across Europe.

As the opening general manager of the Kimpton St Honore in Paris, Jean-Paul was responsible for establishing the flagship of the brand in 2020, including recruiting an entire team and operating the 149-room-and-suite luxury hotel with its restaurant, rooftop bar, spa and meeting rooms.


His most recent role, prior to moving to Abu Dhabi was as interim GM at Six Senses Ibiza from 2021, where he guided the hotel through closing and re-opening for the 2022 season. 

Since beginning his new role, Jean-Paul has already brokered several new initiatives and partnerships with local partners such as the 3Fils pop-up in The Royal Pavilion, a partnership with UK-based artist Nat Bowen, and a new takeover of the resort retail space, Souk Secrets. 

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