A highly skilled Swiss hotelier joins the artistically inspired resort town after an impressive career that has included more than two decades of management experience in the ‘Pearl of the Andaman’.
Phuket, Thailand – Slate, the whimsical and art-inspired resort town on Phuket’s remote northwest coast, has announced the appointment of Claude Sauter as the new Managing Director, bringing an unparalleled depth of local knowledge, industry acumen and leadership experience to this key role.
Of Swiss nationality, Claude is a long-standing hospitality professional who has proven himself. He has also enjoyed a rich and fulfilling 24-year relationship with Phuket – and with Thailand as a whole. First arriving in the ‘Pearl of the Andaman’ in 1997 as Resident Manager of Impiana Resort Patong, Claude went on to run some of the island’s finest hotels and resorts. He is also proficient in Thai, one of six languages ââhe can speak along with French, English, German, Italian and Spanish.
A graduate of the Ecole HÃ´teliÃ¨re de GenÃ¨ve, the prestigious Swiss hotel school, and the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University, Claude is clearly highly qualified. But it was his time in Phuket that defined his life and his career. After five successful years at Impiana, Claude got his first Managing Director position at Cape & Kantary Hotels, running the famous Cape Panwa Hotel in South East Phuket. He has since managed several large properties in Phuket and neighboring Phang Nga province for international hotel groups including Wyndham and Marco Polo. Most recently, he was General Manager of Surin Phuket for over six years, making it one of the top performing hotels on the island.
Now he brings his impressive managerial skills and local expertise to The Slate, where Bill Bensley’s original and compelling interior design concept showcases the island’s tin mining industrial heritage. Nestled on the pristine shores of Nai Yang Beach, a secluded part of Phuket’s northwest coast, this unique resort immerses guests in a world of avant-garde art and design. Guests can stay in a selection of luxurious rooms, suites and pool villas, relax in sparkling pools and peaceful gardens, soothe their senses at the spectacular Coqoon Spa, relax on the beach and savor sensational cuisine in a choice of Dining destinations including Black Ginger, the Michelin-recommended Thai restaurant.
What really sets The Slate apart from other resorts is the way it allows travelers from all over the world to experience Phuket culture through authentic art-inspired trips, engaging activities and community-driven initiatives. . This is led by the co-founder and owner of the hotel, Krystal Prakaikaew Na-Ranong (âKhun Mooâ), whose family history is woven into the fabric of the island. Together, Khun Moo and Claude will offer unparalleled insight into this enchanting destination.
âIt is a great pleasure for me to welcome Claude to The Slate as our new General Manager. Its track record speaks for itself; not only is he a highly skilled hotelier with strong leadership qualities; he also shares my deep passion for phuket. Having spent over two decades living and working on the island and speaking Thai, he can offer expert advice and ideas to our clients, while intuitively understanding the local tourism market and the needs of our members. team. Claude is perfect for The Slate â, Khun Moo commented.
âIt is an honor to be appointed Managing Director of The Slate and to work alongside Khun Moo, who is a truly iconic figure in Phuket’s tourism and hospitality industry. She has successfully created one of the most breathtaking resorts in Asia, which successfully weaves her family’s life story with Bill Bensley design and the best five star hospitality. As the world begins to travel again, I look forward to ushering in an exciting new era at this exceptional resort and creating exceptional experiences for all of our guests â, added Claude.