New GM Spearheads Newport Dunes
By Steve T. Tran
Newport Beach, CA (August 2019) – Terra Vista Management is proud to announce the appointment of Alex Santander as General Manager of Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina in Newport Beach, California. With more than 15 years of luxury hospitality leadership experience, Alex most recently served as general manager of the Coral Hotel & Marina, where he led the transformation from a two-diamond to a four-diamond resort.
“Newport Dunes took great care in selecting a new General Manager, and we are excited to welcome Alex Santander to our team. Alex brings unique hospitality expertise to his role as General Manager,” said Terra Vista Management Vice President Jacob Gelfand. “His diverse skill set, attention to detail, and passion for providing the best possible experience for customers, team members, and the community have already proven to be tremendous assets.”
Alex’s experience with employee engagement, personalized guest experiences, building meaningful relationships with the community will spearhead Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort into a luxurious, environmentally-sustainable resort, focusing on serving the world’s most discerning guests, from baby boomers to millennials, from locals to travelers, for the next decade and beyond. “Alex’s talent and leadership will help Newport Dunes delight our guests,” noted Gelfand.
Alex Santander has served as managing director of Mexico’s Ministry of Tourism, and before that, as general manager of the Pueblo Bonito Oceanfront Resort & Spa for ten years. He holds a Doctor of Medicine degree and a Bachelor of Arts in Tourism and Hospitality.
Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina is an iconic, family-friendly recreation destination celebrating 60+ years of treasured memories in Orange County. It is the perfect paradigm of a beach resort with the elements of laid-back luxury, world-class hospitality, waterfront dining, and the natural beauty of Newport Beach. It is the perfect location to enjoy California’s coastal climate and treasure trove of recreational activities, including exotic dining, upscale shopping, and championship golf courses. Newport Dunes is home to Southern California’s premier, waterfront RV resort, featuring luxury accommodations and amenities, charming beach cottages, a 442-slip marina, boat launch ramp, bike and watercraft rentals, a waveless beach and swimming lagoon, and SoCal’s largest inflatable water park. The resort offers breathtaking venues and elegant catering for beachfront weddings and corporate events, and hosts exciting, year-round live entertainment and music festivals. Back Bay Bistro, the Dunes’ dockside restaurant, delivers stunning views and award-winning cuisine, including OC’s Best Brunch.