As wellness-inspired hospitality group Fusion readies for a year of growth, the company has tapped globe-trotting hospitality veteran Dawid Koegelenberg to lead the charge at Fusion Resort Cam Ranh.
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.
Koegelenberg’s most recent role was at Paresa Resort & Spa in Phuket where he was general manager for five years.
He has also held management positions at two other Thailand properties: Six Senses Koh Samui and Sarojin Resort in Khao Lak.
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.
He also lectured at the London Wine Academy for six years and is a qualified sommelier with a diploma in Viticulture from Brighton University.
Koegelenberg also graduated from Cape Town Hotel School with a diploma in hotel management.
“There are not that many, if any, fully integrated resort companies out there,” Koegelenberg 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.”
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 line-up 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.