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31 January 2019

Gianluca Cugnetto: A Drive To Be The Best

For Gianluca Cugnetto, second place is never enough: being the best is what counts with this determined, dynamic man.

And yet it isn’t a personal drive for success which motivates the Amavi’s General Manager, but rather a desire to see whole ventures reach the very pinnacle of accomplishment: a collective triumph of teamwork and togetherness.

Long a multi-award winning, global hospitality senior executive, Gianluca has already brought his 30 years of experience to bear in every area of the Hotel. Utilising his unparalleled ability to motivate and inspire, he has crafted and launched “a warm, welcoming, and eminently memorable” guest experience at the Amavi Made For Two Hotels, ensuring that everything from the unequalled service ethic to the tiniest details of your suite are the height of perfection.

It’s a trait which has served the self-professed perfectionist superbly in his stellar rise to the summit of his profession. Born in Italy into a family of hoteliers, Gianluca was always fascinated by the hospitality industry, setting out to broaden his horizons from an early age. “The nature of serving people, of delivering a memorable experience, of pleasing the senses: these are the things I love,” he reveals.


The nature of serving people, of delivering a memorable experience, of pleasing the senses: these are the things I love.

As Director of Food and Beverage at the 5-star St. Regis Hotel Saadiyat Island (Abu Dhabi) in the United Arab Emirates, and in charge of all related operations, it was Gianluca who was wholly responsible for the launch of the establishment’s now highly successful Buddha Bar Beach – a location now famed worldwide! And, having previously managed a host of luxury resorts (including Buccament Bay in the gorgeous isles of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, the world-renowned Anantara Hotels Resorts and Spas in the Maldives, and the prestigious Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort & Towers of Dubai), he’s no stranger to either absolute excellence or gloriously sun-soaked locations!

“Cyprus is a premier destination for luxury travellers,” he notes. “I’ve been working with the Amavi since July 2018, and from my very first visit I knew we had something special. From the flawless service to its very location, the Amavi is utterly unique. Here, we have a Hotel with views that enrapture your soul; from every angle, from each of the 155 rooms, there’s an endless blue seascape,” he enthuses, admitting that his favourite spot is the rooftop Immenso. “There you are with your partner, sipping fine wine beneath a halo of stars. And it’s this, to me, which sums up the Amavi experience: it’s a moment of pure perfection. The very, very best!”

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