Noble House Hotels and Resorts has appointed Raluca Leibowitz general manager and Cliff Brutus director of sales & marketing of Grove Isle Resort & Club. The new management team signals the beginning of significant change and development at the resort, located on picturesque Biscayne Bay in Coconut Grove, Florida. Leibowitz will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day management and operations at the 49-room luxury resort. Leibowitz joined Grove Isle Resort & Club from Hotel Zaza in Dallas, Texas, where she served as hotel manager since its opening. Her previous experience includes positions as corporate director of human resources within The Melrose Hotel Company, director of regional training for The Four Seasons Resort & Club in Dallas, and director of human resources for the Dallas Medallion Hotel. Ms. Leibowitz has also held operational positions at both the Dan Panorama Hotel and the Dan Carmel Hotel in Haifa, Israel.
Leibowitz is a graduate of the Hotel Business School Dvir, affiliated with Dan Hotels in Haifa, Israel.
Brutus will be responsible for managing all aspects of the sales and marketing department, including corporate and leisure sales, marketing, advertising, and catering. Brutus has been with Noble House Hotels and Resorts since 2001, when he joined as director of leisure travel sales for Florida. Prior to joining Noble House Hotels and Resorts, Brutus worked for Island Outpost, a luxury hotel chain with properties in the Caribbean and Miami’s South Beach. He served in positions from assistant director of rooms division to Caribbean sales manager and eventually sales director.
Brutus is a graduate of the Hospitality Management School of Florida International University where he attended on a tennis scholarship, later playing on the IBM/ATP Professional Tennis Tour.
“Raluca and Cliff are wonderful additions to the team at Grove Isle Resort,” said Marc Pujalet, president and chief marketing officer of Noble House Hotels and Resorts. “Their professional experiences in the luxury market as well their connections in Florida and overseas will be of great benefit to the property as we take Grove Isle to the next level,” added Pujalet.
Nestled along the shores of Biscayne Bay, the private, gated Grove Isle Resort & Club offers the safety and security of an exclusive island set amidst the backdrop of Miami?s Coconut Grove. Grove Isle Resort & Club offers 49 guestrooms, each with a private terrace overlooking Biscayne Bay or the Grove Isle Marina. Grove Isle is home to the first Baleen restaurant, which offers spectacular waterfront dining. Grove Isle Resort & Club offers plentiful indoor and outdoor function space for meetings and social events, a swimming pool overlooking the Bay, 12 Har-Tru clay tennis courts and a 110-slipmarina.
The property has been recently recognized by Zagat Guide as one of the “Top 50 Small Hotels in the US,” and is a participating hotel in the American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts and Virtuoso travel programs. Grove Isle Resort is also a featured hotel on the Travel Channel?s “Great Hotels” program airing Spring 2004.