Rosewood Miramar Beach Promotes Rick Fidel to Managing Director
Rosewood Miramar Beach, one of the world's most luxurious oceanfront resorts, is pleased to announce the promotion of Rick Fidel to managing director. In this role, Fidel will oversee all aspects of the beloved seaside resort, including the world-class food and beverage program headlined by acclaimed signature restaurant Caruso's and the Forbes Five-star Sense®, A Rosewood Spa.
"It is with great pleasure that we announce the appointment of Rick Fidel as Miramar's managing director," said Philipp Posch, senior vice president of hospitality at Caruso, owner of Rosewood Miramar Beach. "This well-deserved promotion comes off the back of Fidel's two-and-a-half-year tenure as Rosewood Miramar Beach's resort manager, in which he played a pivotal role in opening the property and establishing it as one of the world's top resorts. We are confident that he will continue to deliver an exceptional experience for our discerning guests and trust that under his leadership our team will achieve even greater accolades and achievements in the years to come."
During his time as resort manager, Fidel served as a key member of property's opening team, debuting the resort in March 2019 to critical acclaim. Under Fidel's leadership, the resort has set impeccable five-star standards for service and guest experience that has that has led the property to achieve record occupancy within its competitive set.
Fidel has nearly two decades of experience in the hospitality industry, having worked with top hotels and brands throughout the United States. Prior to joining the Rosewood family, Fidel served as director of operations of the W Hoboken Hotel, where most notably he helped the property achieve the distinction of the number one guest satisfaction score in the Americas for the W brand in 2017. Fidel held numerous leadership positions at a variety of noteworthy properties, including director of rooms at The St. Regis Atlanta, assistant director of rooms at the Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas, director of housekeeping at the Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore, and director of rooms at Stowe Mountain Lodge. He began his career in hospitality as the director of support services at The Hotel at Auburn University, a Capella Hotel, following his receipt of a Bachelor of Science in hospitality management from Auburn University.
"We are very happy to recognize Rick's numerous contributions to Rosewood Miramar Beach and the Montecito community," said Bede Barry, Rosewood Hotel's & Resort's Vice President, Operations- Americas. "Throughout his career he has consistently demonstrated a strategic and thoughtful approach to leadership, with a commitment to customer service that makes him invaluable to his teams. We look forward to continuing to work together with Rick to deliver the best quality experience for our guests, neighbors and fellow associates."
Fidel's promotion comes at an exciting time for the property following a tremendous period of growth and expansion that included several high-profile partnerships, events and launches. This includes Dior's summer Dioriveria pop-up, the first in the United States by the lauded luxury retailer, as well as new permanent retail offerings such as the recently opened Brunello Cucinelli, the brand's first resort location, and a beautifully curated boutique by The Webster which debuted last July. The resort's continued evolution comes on the heels of an increased interest from travelers in the Montecito area known lovingly as the "American Riviera" for its stunning natural landscape, local cuisine and relaxed yet refined culture.