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Mr. Stöneberg

Ingo Stöneberg

Executive Chef, Alma Resort

Ingo Stöneberg is a seasoned professional, with almost two decades' experience in luxury hospitality in Europe and the Middle East and a passion for teaching and mentoring others, who has been named the new Alma Resort's executive chef.

German national Chef Stöneberg has joined the 196-pavilion and 384-suite resort overlooking Long Beach, on Vietnam's Cam Ranh peninsula, to oversee its rich culinary landscape comprising 14 dining venues.

Before joining Alma, Chef Stöneberg was the executive sous chef at Emirates Flight Catering in Dubai, the world's largest in-flight catering operation, for four years. At the time, Emirates Flight Catering had a clientele of 120 airlines and airline-hospitality lounges at Dubai International Airport, cooking a whopping 225,000 meals daily.

Before that, Chef Stöneberg was chef de cuisine at the Hilton Hotel in Abu Dhabi for more than two years, where there were 12 F&B outlets and conferences catering for up to 2000 people. He has also worked for other five-star properties including Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates in Dubai, and was part of the pre-opening teams for Jumeirah at Etihad Towers and for Starwood Hotels and Resorts at The Romanos, A Luxury Collection Resort, and The Westin Resort in Costa Navarino, Messinia, Greece.

Chef Stöneberg is working with his team to position Alma as one of Vietnam's leading culinary destinations. He prides the resort's diverse array of dining venues, including Italian, modern Asian and traditional Vietnamese dining establishments, on their traditional cooking styles "akin to the old days with a focus on fresh, seasonal ingredients and devoid of artificial chemicals".

Please visit http://www.alma-resort.com/ for more information.

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Mr. Stöneberg can be contacted at +84 258-399-1666 or ingo.stoneberg@alma-resort.com

Coming up in November 2020...

Hotel Design: Home Away From Home

With the rise of the sharing economy and the peer-to-peer marketplace for lodging options, hoteliers are re-thinking the look, feel and appeal of their locations. There is an emphasis on re-creating a feeling of homeyness - a comfortable, cozy and inviting space that feels like home. 'This is accomplished through the careful selection of furniture design, paint colors, lighting design, artwork, bathroom fixtures and textile accessories. In addition, some hotels are providing their guests with upscale amenities, such as a book and movie library, home-style kitchenettes, a coffee machine with locally-sourced beans and tea, or even a batch of fresh-baked cookies. Similarly, there is a growing design trend based on the concept of place-making. Travelers are searching for experiences that are unique and authentic to the locale in which they find themselves, and so hotel designers are integrating a sense of place into their work. This is partially achieved by incorporating traditional artisanal crafts and other local artwork into hotel rooms and communal spaces. Another design trend includes the creation of full-service, co-working environments within the hotel. Guests don't like to stay alone in their room when they need to work, so now they can go downstairs to the lobby-or up to the roof-to work among others. These areas encourage guests - and non-guests alike - to stay as long as they like and to partake of hotel amenities. Finally, recognizing the importance of the Wellness Movement, some designers are exploring how room design can increase the likelihood of deep and restorative sleep. Creating dark and quiet spaces, blocking excessive light, providing guests with a selection of different kinds of pillows, and the ability to control room temperature, are a few of the best practices in this area. These are some of the architecture and design topics that will be covered in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.