20 Sep '23 | Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Raffles The Palm Dubai is delighted to introduce the fresh faces and innovative minds of four dynamic new leaders to drive the beachfront palace to new heights. The accomplished new leadership team includes Area Commercial Director Zeynep Peker Prakatur, Director of Spa Sioux Lees, Culinary Director Trevor Macleod and Executive Pastry Chef Samith James.

Leading the commercial team as the new Area Commercial Director, Zeynep Peker Prakatur will drive visibility, revenue growth, and customer engagement. A passionate, award-winning professional with an extensive career spanning over 23 years in the U.A.E. and several prominent roles within the luxury hospitality sector, Zeynep brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the team. As an accredited coach recognised by the International Coach Federation, Zeynep is known for her ability to manage stakeholders and inspirational leadership. Zeynep’s commercial acumen and her result-driven approach to business, enabled her to consistently develop high-impact sales and marketing strategies, enhanced by a comprehensive network and a commitment to excellence. Zeynep’s career journey is a testament to her commitment to excellence in the luxury hospitality sector. Over the years, Zeynep has covered various leadership roles across several renowned luxury hotels in Dubai, including Burj Al Arab, where she specialised in business development across several international destinations. As Director of Business Development at Burj Al Arab, Zeynep established strategies to develop emerging markets for the destination and the property, providing commercial support to drive the continuous increase in ADR and RevPAR Performance. Before joining Raffles the Palm Dubai, Zeynep successfully spearheaded the commercial efforts as Cluster Director of Sales and Marketing at One & Only the Palm and One & Only Royal Mirage, delivering the highest ADR performance growth through dedicated diversification of the business and suite and villa sales strategies.

Sioux Lees steps into her role as the Director of Spa, envisioning to transform Raffles Spa into Dubai’s ultimate wellness destination. Drawing from her extensive background, she will imbue this wellness sanctuary with holistic and immersive experiences that surpass expectations. Sioux’s expertise will not only optimise the spa’s operational efficiency but also shape it into a realm where guests can genuinely revitalise and rejuvenate their mind, body, and soul. Her journey began in advertising, where she honed her skills for a decade. A deep-seated passion for health and wellness led her to acquire Spa certifications, embarking on a venture in the spa business in England. Following this path, Sioux travelled to Bermuda, Bahrain, the Maldives, Ukraine, Grand Cayman, and Hong Kong, where she made her mark in the hotel industry. At ESPA, she adeptly managed key accounts across several countries, leaving an indelible mark on flagship properties. Yet, her vocation lies in Hotel Spa operations, where her proficiency transcends her resume, with a unique fusion of skills and an unwavering dedication to crafting unmatched wellness experiences.

Elevating the dining experience at Raffles the Palm Dubai, Trevor Allan Macleod joins the leadership team as Director of Culinary. Bringing to the plate over 20 years of experience across North America, the Middle East, China, and South East Asia, Chef Trevor envisions positioning the beachfront palace as a destination for dining and celebration. With a background in the luxury hospitality sector and experience in a variety of cuisines such as Japanese, Mediterranean, and Modern Chinese, Chef Trevor has a proven record of creating new restaurant concepts and is renowned for consistency and creativity. Over his rich and diverse career journey, Chef Trevor worked with industry leaders. Alongside award-winning Chef Izu-Ani, Chef Trevor spearheaded the pre-opening of two signature restaurant concepts. His impressive track record includes prominent roles within brands such as Ritz Carlton, Fairmont, and Mandarin Oriental, consistently achieving remarkable results.

Rounding up the team, Chef Samith James will work alongside Chef Trevor as the new Executive Pastry Chef. With extensive experience in pre- openings and set-up of pastry and bakery operations within numerous renowned global luxury establishments, Chef James began his journey in Melbourne, Australia. Here, he developed new pastries and bakery offers, boosting across five venues with an extraordinary selection of confectionary products. Chef James is known for his expertise in artisan bakery, chocolate artistry, craftmanship of novelty cakes, recipe innovation, and baking and pastry science.Drawing inspiration from French patisserie, he crafts each creation with precision and passion, incorporating the essence of local ingredients to create a seamless blend of flavours that gently delights the senses. His notable culinary accolades and awards from prestigious competitions are a testament to his commitment to excellence. A master in his field, Chef James acquired a solid foundation in kitchen operations over his career journey, harmoniously blending discipline and creativity in the kitchen. In his new role, Chef James will re-invent the patisserie offering at Raffles The Palm Dubai, combining a variety of flavours and techniques to craft delectable sweet creations.

With this dynamic team of new leaders, Raffles the Palm Dubai is set to embark on a journey towards even greater heights. The team at Raffles the Palm Dubai is enthusiastic about the impact their leadership will bring in their new roles, eagerly anticipating the transformative results they will bring.


 About Raffles The Palm Dubai

The palatial beach resort occupies a prime location on Palm Jumeirah Island and offers 387 luxurious rooms, suites and villas. The resort features spectacular sea views, a private white sand beach, an indoor and outdoor pool and a selection of restaurants such as Matagi, Piatti and Sola Jazz Lounge. The property encompasses a range of facilities with Raffles’ quintessential standards of service, including a 24-hour Raffles Butler and the private Raffles Lounge. With classic furnishings, the hotel opens up into the grand Blüthner Hall and a dedicated Raffles Patisserie serving chocolates and pastries. Visitors can pamper themselves in the Cinq Mondes Spa, offering 23 treatment rooms, two private spa suites, scrub rooms, hammams and fully equipped gym and yoga classes. The resort has also partnered with Virtuoso, a global network of agencies that craft bespoke trips and create unique experiences for guests around the world.

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About Raffles

Founded in Singapore in 1887, Raffles Hotels, Resorts and Residences are places where ideas are born, history is made and stories and legends are created. At each landmark address, distinguished guests and residents will find a world of elegance and enchanted glamour, where Raffles’ renowned legacy of gracious service knows no bounds. As the authentic heart of a destination, Raffles champions fine art and design, and fosters culture in all its forms, guiding guests to make discoveries in their own time and way. Raffles’ commitment to local communities is expressed through diverse initiatives with a unified mission to actively support the arts and the environment. From one generation to the next, visitors arrive as guests, leave as friends, and return as family. Raffles can be found in key international locations including Singapore, Paris, Istanbul, Dubai, Doha, Maldives, Udaipur, Phnom Penh and Bali; with flagship openings upcoming in London, Boston, Macau and Bahrain in 2023. Raffles is part of Accor, a world leading hospitality group counting over 5,500 properties throughout more than 110 countries, and a participating brand in ALL – Accor Live Limitless – a lifestyle loyalty program providing access to a wide variety of rewards, services and experiences.