Jumeirah Group has appointed Ermanno Zanini as the regional vice president – Italy and Spain, and general manager of Burj Al Arab Jumeirah.
In his new capacity, Zanini will oversee all aspects of the iconic Burj Al Arab Jumeirah. He will lead and support the team in its unwavering dedication to create unforgettable guest experiences, while maintaining oversight for Italy and Spain.
Zanini joined Jumeirah Group in 2019 when the Capri Palace in Italy was added to the Group’s portfolio. He continued to serve as the general manager of the property, a position which he has held since 2002, while taking on additional responsibilities as regional vice president for Italy and Spain.
Zanini is a true globetrotter with a strong passion for culinary excellence, having launched several Michelin starred restaurants including the renowned Il Riccio restaurant and beach club, as well as the two-starred L’Olivo restaurant, both located in Capri Palace Jumeirah.
He is also an art and photography connoisseur who enjoys discovering new talent, and championed Contemporary Art installations throughout the hotel to create an exceptional setting. During his tenure at Capri Palace Jumeirah, Zanini also created a unique wellness destination within the property, with the patented vascular therapy ‘The Leg School’, conceptualised by Professor Francesco Canonaco, the medical director of Capri Beauty Farm.
As the regional vice president of Italy and Spain, Zanini was instrumental in the successful seasonal re-opening of the Jumeirah Port Soller Hotel & Spa in Mallorca, set within a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Enthusing on his new challenge, he said: “Luxury to the sophisticated travellers – and to me – means living a transformational and intimate experience and being able to enrich ourselves and learn from it, which is exactly what Burj Al Arab Jumeirah offers. From the moment guests walk into the hotel, they are transported to a world of unparalleled luxury where memorable connections are made and anything is possible; I couldn’t be happier to be a part of Burj Al Arab Jumeirah’s family, and to embark on this enriching and exciting journey.”
Zanini’s hospitality journey began in 1993 with Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, seeing him enthusiastically take on roles in F&B including F&B manager at the Four Seasons Hotel Milan in 2002. In addition to holding the title of general manager at Capri Palace, he also led the operations as chief commercial officer from 2015-2017 for Mytha Hotel Anthology (Capri Palace’s managing entity at the time) for its collection of seven hotels located across Italy, Turkey, Croatia and Spain.