Dawid Koegelenberg Named General Manager of Fusion Resort Cam Ranh
As wellness-inspired hospitality group Fusion readies for a year of growth, they’ve tapped globe-trotting hospitality veteran Dawid Koegelenberg to lead the charge at Fusion Resort Cam Ranh, on Vietnam’s South Central Coast. The South African brings with him close to a decade of experience in hotel management in Asia, and close to the same number of years in restaurant management and wine education in the UK.
Prior to moving to Asia, the 45-year-old managed popular London restaurants including the Michelin-starred London institution that was Lindsay House, to be followed soon after by the award-winning Corrigan's of Mayfair. Dawid was involved with both iconic establishments. He also lectured at the London Wine Academy for six years and is a qualified sommelier with a diploma in Viticulture from Brighton University. Dawid also graduated from Cape Town Hotel School with a diploma in Hotel Management.
When Dawid decided to join the Fusion team, it was the company’s vitality and vast abilities that stood out to him.
“There are not that many, if any, fully integrated resort companies out there,” he said. “Fusion really has it all covered under one roof. It's certainly very impressive. I also love the vibrant energy and almost kindred connection that’s palpable at the corporate office.”
His wealth of experience in both boutique luxury and the wellness sector made him the perfect fit for the company.
Dawid Koegelenberg“Dawid’s proven passion for creating unique tailor-made guest experiences, his ability to think outside of the box, and his strong ‘can do’ approach to management make him the right person to bring Fusion Resort Cam Ranh to the next level,” said Atilla Erda, the group’s chief operating officer.
Dawid joins the team as the oceanfront property cuts the ribbon on The Hideaway, a resort within a resort. The secluded hillside retreat (an extension of the existing lineup of ocean-facing suites and pool villas) features 50 all-new private pool garden villas plus an extra-large swimming pool, a poolside restaurant and fitness centre, an outdoor tennis court and a tranquil yoga pavilion.
Fusion will continue to expand this year with the opening of two more hotels: ‘Darwin - a Fusion Original’ in downtown Saigon, and Fusion Suites Vung Tau on the southern coast.
Since its launch in 2008, Fusion has become a leading innovator of wellness-inspired hotels and resorts and is now the only fully vertically integrated hospitality company in Southeast Asia. Under one roof, Fusion conceptualizes, designs, builds and manages beachside resorts and city hotels through its uniquely branded hospitality concepts. Fusion has opened six resorts and hotels in Vietnam so far, with a team now boasting more than 1,800 employees, including 300 spa specialists. At present, guests can experience Fusion’s original “all-spa inclusive” concept, and “breakfast anytime, anywhere” service, along with their inventive approach to the hospitality sector, in Da Nang, Cam Ranh, Ho Chi Minh City, Hue, and Phu Quoc. The Fusion catalog of brands currently includes:
Fusion Resorts: Where original contemporary design meets traditional Vietnamese charm. Home to Fusion’s unique “all-spa-inclusive” service, Fusion Resorts fully embrace the combination of ultimate wellness with a rejuvenating and down-to-earth lifestyle, all in natural, picturesque surroundings.
Fusion Suites: As well-located city hotels in key business and tourism hubs, Fusion Suites redefines holistic living and brings a wellness-inspired vacation experience to today’s urban adventurers. As 21st-century city life continues to accelerate, Fusion Suites aim to bring balance and harmony to the urban jungle through healthy and nutritious food and drink options, daily spa journeys included in the room rate, and original and rejuvenating interior design.
Fusion Originals: The individually branded Originals do not share a consistent style. Instead, Fusion tailors each hotel to evoke the life and times of a pioneering artist, inventor, scientist, or social leader. Originals aim to provide fun, fresh, and 100% unique hotel concept each and every time.
Alba Wellness Valley by Fusion: Located 30km from the city of Hue, this expansive project is located at the source of the Thanh Tan geothermal spring and comprises two accommodation options: the five-star Alba Wellness Resort by Fusion and the three-star Thanh Tan Hot Springs by Fusion. With a series of thermal baths at its heart, the valley also offers various outdoor facilities including a water park, a family-friendly craft village and organic farm, and a thrilling highwire course and zip line.
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