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Rosewood Little Dix Bay Appoints Mauricio Manrique as Director of Finance

VIRGIN GORDA, VG. August 30, 2017 - Mauricio Manrique has been appointed director of finance for Rosewood Little Dix Bay, the legendary Caribbean resort which is anticipated to reopen in December 2017 following a complete renovation. In his new position, Manrique will oversee Rosewood Little Dix Bay’s finance department, implement the resort’s financial strategy and ensure overall profitability.

“With an extensive background in accounting management for luxury hospitality brands, Manrique is the perfect individual to lead Rosewood Little Dix Bay’s accounting team,” said Andreas Pade, managing director of Rosewood Little Dix Bay. “Manrique’s exceptional leadership skills and ability to make strategic financial decisions make him an integral part of the resort’s leadership team and I am delighted to welcome him back to Rosewood Little Dix Bay.”

Manrique joins Rosewood Little Dix Bay with 15 years of finance experience working for luxury resorts throughout the Caribbean, United States and Europe. Most recently, Manrique served as controller for Caneel Bay Resort in St. John, USVI where he was responsible for overseeing and improving daily accounting operations, producing financial reports and providing financial support to operating departments.

Prior to his time at Caneel Bay Resort, Manrique served as the financial controller at the former Mansion on Peachtree, A Rosewood Hotel and Residence, located in Atlanta, Georgia. He also has experience working in the finance departments of Acqualina Management LLC, Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi, Badrutt’s Palace and The Bristol. Early in his career, Manrique served as the senior accounting manager at Rosewood Little Dix Bay.

About Rosewood Little Dix Bay

Rosewood Little Dix Bay is located on Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands. For fifty years, Rosewood Little Dix Bay has offered discerning clientele an arms-length respite from day-to-day stresses amidst lush foliage, a half-mile crescent-shaped beach, and a colorful barrier reef. First opened by Laurence S. Rockefeller on January 18, 1964, Rosewood Little Dix Bay temporarily closed in 2016 in order to embark on a complete renovation that is anticipated to be unveiled to the world in December 2017. The renovation includes a complete redesign of the resort’s guestrooms and suites, its three restaurants and overall enhancements to the landscaping. Upon reopening, guests will be able to choose from a wealth of elegant villas and guest rooms, including brand new suites with private plunge pools, as well as three signature dining venues. Sense, A Rosewood Spa® will continue to offer he finest in beauty and recuperative programs in a dramatic setting, with treatments that utilize indigenous botanicals plucked right from the resort grounds. Complimentary services include a wide array of watersports, use of the on-site fitness center and tennis courts, and more.

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