Adriaan Bartels

General Manager, CLIFF

Adriaan was born in Kenya of Dutch parents and first came to Ireland in 1978 to attend Clongowes Wood College, in County Kildare. Having decided that a career in Hotel Management would enable him to fulfil his desire to travel the world, he graduated in 1988 from Cathal Brugha Street and Trinity College with a Degree in Hotel Management and ended up working in the Park Hotel Kenmare and The Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin in the early part of his career.

After two years working for Giuseppe Pecorelli in Surrey at The Pennyhill Park Hotel he returned to help open Sheen Falls Lodge in Kenmare as Deputy Manager. Four years later he took on the challenge of running the exclusive Royal Scotsman Train in Scotland for two years before being called back to help open an extension of 21 rooms in Sheen Falls Lodge as General Manager. The next ten years were spent establishing the property as one of Ireland’s premier country resorts.

Prior to his appointment as General Manager of the Cliff House Hotel in Ardmore, Co Waterford he spent the previous two years developing The Marlbrook Resort in Clonmel, Co Tipperary. He is now also in charge of the running of The Cliff Townhouse in Dublin, a sister property to the hotel in Ardmore and is involved in the operation of the newest addition to the Cliff family, Cliff at Lyons in Celbridge, Co Kildare.

Adriaan graduated with a Masters Degree in Hospitality Management in 2008 and was awarded a Certificate in Executive Management Development from Cornell University in 2005. He was honoured to be named the Irish Hospitality Institute ‘Hotel Manager of the Year’ in 2003.

Adriaan lives in Clonmel with his wife, Catherine and two sons Con and Jack. He enjoys all the things that hoteliers generally have little time for……like cycling, jogging and golf!