Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa, the French based luxury hotel, has announced the appointment of Mr. Emre Kirazci as the new Director of Sales and Marketing along with Mrs. McCartney, as the new Thalassa Manager of the only Thalassa Sea & Spa in the Middle East. Mr. Kirazci’s and Mrs. McCartney’s appointment has been effective since July 2017.

Mr. Kirazci joins Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa with strong backgrounds extending from the hospitality sector. In 2012, Mr. Kirazci was appointed as the Director of Global Accounts in the world renowned group; FRHI Hotels (Fairmont, Raffles and Swissotel Hotels), where he was able to adapt his extensive knowledge in sales and business management to lead the group successfully. With the merger of AccorHotels and FRHI Hotels, Mr. Kirazci moved to the Regional Sales Team as Director of Key Leisure Accounts heading the leisure segment within Middle East region. Originally for Turkey, Mr. Kirazci has a double major degree in Business and Tourism from Middlesex University. In his new role at Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa, Mr. Kirazci stated:

“I am delighted to join the Sofitel Bahrain team and look forward to becoming an integral part of the strategic dynamic of this property. I hope to strengthen our relations with partners across the GCC and international markets, at the same time driving the property to further success.”

He aims to promote the landmark property with 262 rooms and suites, 8 distinguished and award winning F&B outlets, the only Thalassa Spa in the Middle East and 4 meeting rooms along with a sparkling 10,000 sqm ballroom.

Mrs. McCartney, originally from Trinidad, has obtained her knowledge in the spa and wellness industry over the past thirteen years. Moving all the way from Willow Stream Spa, Fairmont Southampton, Bermuda, her outshining business skillset and spa expertise has expanded from Canada to the GCC. Being a part of the spa and salon managing sector as well as her top notch qualifications in spa therapy, Marie-Clair has become reputable for her ability to guide with exemplary VIP client relations, team motivation, as well as being an expert at specializing in vast range of treatments as a practitioner and a trainer. She is well- versed in local and international spa and salon protocols, as well as the exemplary customer service to satisfy a diverse clientele. Having been a Spa Manager for over three years in Bahrain, as well as holding leadership positions for over ten years more at an international level, she is sure to excel at her new role and pave the way for an enhanced experience and improved standards. When asked what she will bring to Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa with her extensive experience, Mrs. McCartney said:

“my only focus is our clientele and providing a mix of compassion and dedication to every guest. I am pleased to join the only Thalassa Sea & Spa in the Middle East and I look forward to offering an exclusive Thalassa experience to our guests that can only be enjoyed in France, Morocco, or Italy.”

“We are very excited and thrilled to have Mr. Kirazci and Mrs. McCartney join our Magnifique team here at Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa and with their line of experience and expertise, we surely are leaving their teams, departments and our valuable guests in trusting hands” – says the Director of Operations, Mr. Mehdi Hanayen. “We are looking forward to all the success and are confident that they both are the right choice to further elevate standards and ensure that their teams are preforming to the best of their abilities” said Mr. Hanayen.