Belmond announced the appointment of Massimiliano Puglisi as general manager of Grand Hotel Timeo, A Belmond Hotel, Taormina in Sicily. Puglisi officially began his new role Monday, June 7, 2021.
A native Sicilian, Puglisi has traveled extensively throughout his 22 years in luxury hospitality. Prior to joining Belmond, he served as general manager of The Vanderbilt, Auberge Resorts Collection in Newport, RI. He has also worked with numerous renowned luxury hotel brands in the United Kingdom, Spain and the United States. Other previous experience includes time with The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel, Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco and InterContinental Dallas. According to Belmond, Puglisi has consistently led his teams to create bespoke guest experiences, proven by great results and success throughout his career.
Said Puglisi in a press statement: “It is my great pleasure to join Belmond and the LVMH group as general manager of the Grand Hotel Timeo. I have taken the opportunity to return to Sicily with great enthusiasm, and I am looking forward to the 2021 season and the re-launch of Sicilian tourism, as well as the opportunity to help new markets discover our beautiful island.”
Set in the hills of Taormina and overlooking the east coast of Sicily, Grand Hotel Timeo, A Belmond Hotel has been the destination of choice for such international personalities as Audrey Hepburn, Marcello Mastroianni and Elizabeth Taylor. Built in 1873 adjacent to the Greek Theater, the Grand Hotel Timeo is distinctive for its gardens, panoramic pool and the Literary Terrace, where guests can enjoy views of Mount Etna while savoring Sicilian dishes at the Michelin-starred restaurant Otto Geleng.
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