Indonesian and Italian cultures are quite different. Do you find it difficult to make the adjustment and how do you cope with that?
I think it's an incredible synergy on property, and the aesthetic is very much defined by the marriage of Italian and Balinese. We have the elegance in terms of our architecture and design – that feels very much Italian. But, equally, we have the inspiration from the Balinese artistry, and the beauty of their history, and their culture, so it works very well together, and I think it creates an environment of refinement but also relaxation. From a physical standpoint I think it works incredibly well, from a design aspect it works beautifully. From a software aspect – I think the team do an incredible job. I think Balinese are inherently very caring and we definitely… All of our authenticity and caring for our guests. Bvlgari creates great foundation and culture, whereby the team know how to respond to the level of expectations of the brand. All sort of European expectations but with that Asian kind of flair and attention to detail and sense of care.
Have you already faced a real challenge in terms of guest relations management?
I think there are always challenges to one degree or another. There are so many variables involved, but nothing so significant. I think that, again, the team are encouraged to be empowered. We have our butler service here, which really lends itself to a very attentive service. So any potential issues which may arise – the team are great in that kind of handling and resolving those issues. And, again, the environment that we create – you know, from gardener to General Manager – that there is that level of empowerment, that level of ownership that if we see something that could potentially be off, that we intervene and ensure that the guest is taken care of. I think that anything that comes from a place of genuine, caring compassion never escalates to such a degree, so… we hope.
What is your management style?
I should ask the team! My management style… I'm very involved. I like – as much as possible – for the team to anticipate, and it's a very overused word within the industry, but I always say to the team that if a guest has to ask, it's already too late, but, constantly evolving, I would say.
Is the client always right?
Yes, I mean, to a degree, of course, but I think we do a great job of appreciating their expectations before the guests arrive. You know, we're a luxury exclusive resort and an incredible destination associated with such an established luxury brand - the expectations are exceptionally high. So I think we're already quite good at anticipating guest needs.
How do you continue keeping surprising your clients?
I think it's this constant evolution that when we've reached the precipice how can we even push that a bit further, and push ourselves to the next level as we had done so last year when Covid hit; missing many of our guests, especially the regular guests who would visit 2-3 times a year. One of our butlers who was desperate to engage with one of our regular guests again, sent a bottle of their favorite wine to them in Geneva, hand-delivered with a card and a QR code printed on it , and when scanned there was the video of the butler hand-delivering the bottle saying: "We miss you, come back", so you can keep reimagining it, even in this challenging situations.