DOUBLE APPOINTMENT HERALDS NEW ERA FOR
Spain’s world-famous La Manga Club is preparing to enter a new phase in its evolving history after announcing the creation of two new management divisions to help reinforce the resort’s position among the world’s elite sports and leisure venue.
Under the new structure, experienced hotelier Nick Montgomery has been appointed as general manager of the resort’s hotel, spa and food and beverage section while Eduardo Ruiz, the venue’s current director of golf, has been promoted as general manager of La Manga Club’s new sports division.
Montgomery is no stranger to La Manga Club having been general manager at the hotel from 1996 to 2007, and has a wealth of experience in the global hotel industry having worked in a number of leading roles around the world including Chicago, Paris, London, Hong Kong, Buenos Aires and, most recently, as general manager at the Martinhal Beach Resort in the Algarve.
Ruiz joined the resort from Valderrama three years ago and, under his leadership, La Manga Club has cemented its position as Europe’s top golfing venue. The resort’s three 18-hole courses are all ranked among the best in Spain while, among its recent achievements, La Manga Club joined a select group of clubs to be granted royal status and awarded the prestigious title of ‘Real Golf La Manga Club’.
Montgomery said: ”I’m delighted to be part of the La Manga Club family again after 11 years, and to see so many familiar faces. The resort is a well-known brand in the national and international market, and my mission is to continue developing this project and preserving the excellence of our products and services.”
Ruiz, who will manage all sports-related matters at La Manga Club including golf, tennis, football, cricket and rugby in his new position as sports general manager, said: “Sport is a pivotal area for La Manga Club and it’s a great honour to be given this new role. Our goal is to ensure that the resort continues to be a European sports leader and we will work very hard to achieve this.”
Three times the size of Monaco and nestling in an exclusive corner of Murcia in south-east Spain, La Manga Club has set the benchmark for European golf resorts since opening in 1972.
The resort – which is celebrating its 45th anniversary – was recently voted ‘Spain’s Best Golf Hotel’ by UK readers of Today’s Golfer magazine for an amazing seventh year in a row, while it will host Spain’s Federation Cup knockout tennis tie against Paraguay from April 21-22.
Also the official overseas training base of the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), La Manga Club’s unrivalled facilities include three 18-hole golf courses, a 28-court tennis centre, a new European Cricket Performance Centre and a 2,000sqm Wellness Centre. In addition, it features the choice of a five-star hotel, four-star serviced apartments and townhouses and more than 15 bars and restaurants.