Hotel News: Olovson Takes Charge Of Luxurious Getaway Destination Near Singapore

Hotel News: Olovson Takes Charge Of Luxurious Getaway Destination Near Singapore

Olovson Takes Charge Of Luxurious Getaway Destination Near Singapore

The Sanchaya welcomes seasoned professional with diverse background

A man with over two decades of luxury hospitality experience and an enthusiasm for employee development and relations has been appointed to the helm of the award-winning Sanchaya.

Magnus Olovson comes to the 9.6-hectare beachfront property on Bintan Island after seven years in Cambodia’s Siem Reap. As a partner of both the Heritage Suites Hotel and Café IndoChine Restaurant, his responsibilities ranged from overseeing extensive training to full refurbishments and market repositioning.

Swedish-born Olovson rose up the ranks as food and beverage director at Hotel Negresco in Nice, France, and Sheraton Oran Hotel & Towers in Algeria, before becoming general manager of the British Virgin Islands’ Peter Island Resort, serving clientele such as Robert de Niro, Luciano Pavarotti, David Bowie, Tony Blair and the Swedish royal family. He also managed the 2009 launch of Le Gray Hotel in Beirut.

“Magnus has a proven track record, bringing rich and diversified experience to the table that will propel our aspirations to live up to an unsurpassed level of hospitality and attention to detail,” said The Sanchaya’s founder Natalya Pavchinskaya.

Olovson said he lives by the mantra of “upscale, old-fashioned hospitality” based on highly personalised service from a well-trained team.

“The Sanchaya has it all, particularly outstanding staff trained by the British Butler Institute who know the guests’ names by heart, and remarkable facilities overlooking one of the world’s most stunning beaches,” said Olovson. “We want to stay on top and continue to lead by example, through a continual focus on our people, our facilities and our unrivalled guest experience.”

He said he also hoped to further The Sanchaya’s corporate social responsibility efforts that already include year-long hospitality scholarships for young locals and purifying and bottling still and sparkling water on the property, saving an estimated 80,000 plastic bottles a year.


Meaning “collection” in Sanskrit, The Sanchaya is home to 21 villas and nine suites, a clubhouse, two restaurants and 24-hour in-villa dining, a bar, wine cellar, wine, cheese and cigar lounge, function space, 50-meter long infinity pool, spa, fitness center, beachside yoga pavilion, croquet lawn, and more.

Situated on Indonesia’s Bintan Island overlooking a placid bay of aquamarine waters and picturesque islands, The Sanchaya has been selected for inclusion on the Condé Nast Traveler Hot List of Best New Hotels in the World, Travel + Leisure IT List for Best 43 New Hotels Around the Globe, DestinAsian’s Luxe List and World Travel’s Luxury 50, all for 2015.

It is the only property on Bintan with its own VIP lounge at the ferry terminal, ensuring a seamless arrival and departure experience thanks to express immigration and customs clearance. Bintan is a 45-minute ferry ride from Singapore.

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Shayne Heffernan Funds Manager at HEFFX holds a Ph.D. in Economics and brings with him over 25 years of trading experience in Asia and hands on experience in Venture Capital, he has been involved in several start ups that have seen market capitalization over $500m and 1 that reach a peak market cap of $15b. He has managed and overseen start ups in Mining, Shipping, Technology and Financial Services.

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