The Marine Hotel, in Hermanus, has appointed Sebastian Berinato as the new General Manager. The award-winning hotelier has over forty years of experience within the hospitality industry. Clinton Moodley spoke to him about his new role and his travels.
Tell us how does it feel being the new GM for The Marine? It feels great being part of the legacy left by Mrs McGrath, and an honour to manage this Grande Old Dame of the Overberg.
How did you enter this profession? I entered this profession by chance. Coming from an auditing background, I applied for a job as a night auditor at the Monomatapa Hotel in 1974. The rest, as they say, is history…
What are some of your plans for the hotel now that you have taken the position of the GM? I want to organise events throughout the year. You will have to keep an eye on our website for more details.
Describe a typical day for you? My typical day is getting up early to exercise before I start the working day. The day is spent engaging with guests and dealing with all aspects required to run a smooth five-star operation.