When luxury hospitality specialist Peter Vogel enters a room his energy comes with him, a contagious enthusiasm which peaked last week with the announcement that Luxury Hospitality Management has relocated its training facility to the stunning Waterland Estate in Velsen, The Netherlands.
Previously based onboard the historic SS Rotterdam in Rotterdam, the Luxury Hospitality Academy welcomed its first 10 students for the Leadership & Management course on Sunday.
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Guests of the magnificent house built in the 18th century are looked after by Lady of the house Wil and Executive Chef Thijs, who creates mouthwatering dishes and culinary art in an historic but modern kitchen. “Participant Emanuella told me her stay was sheer ‘pampering’ and I take that as a huge compliment”, says Peter Vogel.
What makes the hospitality specialist particularly happy is the inspiring surroundings of the Waterland Estate which was formerly home to butler training provided by the International Butler Academy. The previous CEO and proprietor of the mansion, René Verkade, is naturally delighted by our arrival to continue the tradition of service and hospitality in this perfect setting.
The estate houses a range of venues including a finely appointed tearoom, a stately dining room, a gorgeous breakfast kitchen and a cozy martini bar often frequented at the end of an intense day of training. Together with the luxury en-suite bedrooms, the facility caters to every conceivable aspect of hospitality training.
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“On the Leadership and Management Training our goal is to bring out the best in people; bring their talents to a higher level and sometimes bring back the passion and sparkle to some who may have lost it after years onboard superyachts. What was the reason they chose this profession again? Does the passion for rendering service at the highest level still rest in their soul?” says Peter.
“This estate is an enormous asset to help them find that passion again and once our students/guests find that fire again they can pass on the sparkle to their crew. This enables them to create a dream team to make every yacht owner happy and proud. Then our mission is accomplished!”.