President and Chief Operating Officer for One&Only Resorts
Philippe Zuber is President and Chief Operating Officer for One&Only Resorts, where he leads the strategic development of the One&Only brand, including continued operational success of all existing One&Only resorts. Further enhancements continue across existing resorts in the collection, as well as the continued expansion plans for One&Only worldwide. He also focuses on the guest experience across the collection, with continued innovation and further development and growth of the One&Only Team. This key role is critical to delivering the vision of Kerzner International - amazing experiences and everlasting memories.
Created exclusively for the ultra-luxury resort market, One&Only Resorts are conceived as hallmarks of excellence. Set in some of the most beautiful locales in the world, each award-winning resort offers guests a distinctive style and personality borne of its local culture, a genuine hospitality and a lively energy that is unrivalled. One&Only announced the evolution of the portfolio with the inclusion of Nature Resorts, Urban Resorts and Private Homes. These new experiences will complement the existing resort collection including One&Only Reethi Rah in the Maldives; One&Only Le Saint Géran in Mauritius; One&Only Royal Mirage and One&Only The Palm in Dubai; One&Only Palmilla in Los Cabos, Mexico; One&Only Cape Town in South Africa; Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley in The Blue Mountains, Australia; and One&Only Nyungwe House in Rwanda. As part of the new portfolio of resorts in nature, One&Only has announced the opening of a second resort in Rwanda, One&Only Gorilla’s Nest. Other resorts in development include One&Only Portonovi in Montenegro and One&Only Kéa Island in Greece, and two new resorts in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, One&Only Mandarina and One&Only Xala. In addition, One&Only has announced One&Only One Za’abeel in Dubai, as part of the evolution of the portfolio.
Mr. Zuber joined One&Only with over 20 years experience in the hospitality segment, having held both operational and corporate senior leadership positions. Most recently, he was with Emaar Hospitality where, in his capacity of Chief Operating Officer, he successfully oversaw the operations and development of existing and future projects for the group.
In 2011, Mr. Zuber moved to the Middle East to join Emaar Hospitality as General Manager/Regional General Manager at their flagship hotel, The Address Downtown Dubai. In this role, he oversaw the hotel, as well as serviced residences and eight restaurants. In addition, he played a key role in developing Downtown Dubai into the ‘Center of Now’- a residential community and a must-do experience for every visitor.
Mr. Zuber became Emaar Hospitality Chief Operating Officer in 2013, leading a team with almost 5000 associates. Emaar Hospitality Group has a portfolio of key assets including hotels, mix-use properties, serviced residences, golf retreats, a polo and equestrian club, lifestyle dining outlets with Atmosphere, La Serre and the Dubai Marina Yacht Club. Emaar’s world-class hotel brands include: The Address Hotels + Resorts, Palace Hotel, Armani Hotels + Resorts, Vida Hotels + Resorts and Rove Hotels. During his tenure, he helped Emaar Hospitality win Hospitality Company of the Year (Arabian Business Awards), Best Hotel Chain in the Middle East (GTA) for The Address Hotels & Resorts and Best Lifestyle Leisure Hotel Group in the World (LTA) for Vida Hotels & Resorts. In addition, Mr. Zuber also led projects in development in Dubai and internationally inclusive of Dubai Opera and creates new lifestyle boutique hotel brands for the group (Vida, Manzil, and Rove).
Mr. Zuber began his career at Hyatt International where he started in Food and Beverage in France and then moved to Morocco. He was then promoted into a regional role, overseeing six hotels across the Hyatt brand in France, Spain and Morocco. Mr. Zuber then moved to Grand Hyatt Berlin, overseeing an extensive renovation, resulting in multiple awards for the hotel. Mr. Zuber was then promoted into his first General Manager role at the Hyatt Paris Madeleine. He then moved to the Park Hyatt in Seoul, winning the Best General Manager of the Year by Monocle Magazine.