An Overview of The Peninsula Hotels
The Peninsula Hotels group has a unique identity among the world’s leading hotels. Established in 1928, we now operate prestigious luxury properties in ten major cities. These include the flagship in Hong Kong, plus Shanghai, Tokyo, Beijing, New York, Chicago, Beverly Hills, Bangkok, Manila, and Paris with London under development. Peninsula is a living legend, the name synonymous with luxurious comfort and impeccable service. We set our sights high and our standards higher, aiming always to delight our customers, and in many cases we are now serving the third generation of our loyal guests.
Travel + Leisure (USA)2014 World’s Best Awards
Top Hotel Brands
Condé Nast Traveller (USA)
2013 Business Travel Awards
Best Hotel Brand for Business Travel
HOTELS Magazine (USA)
2013 Corporate Hotelier of the World
Mr Peter Borer
The Peninsula Bangkok occupies a world of its own on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, with many other experiences for guests to discover within. The ingenious wave-shaped design, which ensures magnificent river views for all guest rooms, has become a landmark of modern Bangkok architecture. By blending East and West, historic and modern, The Peninsula Bangkok brings something truly exotic to the city's five-star hotel scene.
One of the finest hotels in Asia, The Peninsula Bangkok perfectly mixes timeless elegance and sophistication with contemporary comfort and technology. We are looking for energetic, service-minded and high caliber candidates to become a member of The Peninsula Family. Launch your career with one of the finest hotel in Asia, and extend your professional experience in the hotel and hospitality business.
Our Learning and Development Team will groom you to become a peninsula team member with specially tailored training programs to elevate your service skills from excellent to extraordinary. As the recipient of the “2007-2011 Outstanding Employer Award: “Labor Relation and Welfare” award, The Peninsula Bangkok prides itself on offer a friendly, family-style workplace environment and competitive employee benefits.
With world-class service, unsurpassed facilities and its stunning location on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, The Peninsula Bangkok has received some of the most celebrated accolades in the industry including a place on Conde Nast Traveler’s prestigious Gold List in 2013.
Travel + Leisure (USA)
T + L World’s Best Awards 2015
• No. 1 in Top Hotel Spas Overall
• No. 2 in Top City Hotels in Asia
• No. 2 in Top World's Hotels
T+ L World’s Best Awards 2014
• No. 13 inTop 100 Hotels Overall
• No. 2 in Top City Hotels in Asia
• No. 2 in Top Hotel Spas Overall
• No. 1 in Top Hotels Spas, Asia
2013 World’s Best Service
• No. 2 in Top 5 City Hotels in Asia
• No. 3 in Top 10 City Hotels Overall
Condé Nast Traveler (USA)
2014 Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards
- No. 14 Best Hotels in Southeast Asia
2013 Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards
- No. 1 in Top 15 Hotels in Thailand
Forbes Travel Guide2016 - Five-Star Hotel rating
Global Traveler (USA)2013 World’s Global Traveler Leisure Awards
- Best Spa
Traveler’s Choice Awards 2015
Our Corporate Executives understand that staying ahead of the five-star hotel game infast-moving Bangkok requires something extra-special. In a city renowned for excellent service and a wide range of quality hotel options, they go the extra mile to ensure guests take away an unforgettable experience. This is the result of a team effort, combining complete dedication with seamless service and attention to detail.
Mr Joseph SampermansThe Peninsula BangkokGeneral ManagerMr Joseph Sampermans is the new General Manager of the hotel. Sampermans returns to the Thai capital after almost a decade, having been Director of Food & Beverage at The Peninsula Bangkok from 2004 to 2007.
A Dutch national, Sampermans graduated from Limburg Zuyd University in the Netherlands with a bachelor’s degree in finance. Before joining Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited (HSH), the owner and operator of The Peninsula Hotels, he undertook leadership roles at international luxury hotels in Cambodia, Germany and Thailand.
Joseph Sampermans joined HSH in 2004 to take up the role of Director of Food & Beverage at The Peninsula Bangkok. In 2007, he moved to Japan to become the pre-opening Executive Assistant Manager, Food & Beverage at The Peninsula Tokyo, and one year later he was promoted to the post of Resident Manager.
In 2010, Sampermans transferred to The Peninsula Hong Kong, the group’s flagship hotel. Two years later, in October 2012, he moved to Mainland China to oversee the landmark transformation of The Peninsula Beijing, which was unveiled in June 2016.
Mr Rolf BuehlmannThe Peninsula BangkokResident Manager
The Peninsula Bangkok is pleased to welcome Mr Rolf Buehlmann to its executive management ranks as its Resident Manager since May 2014.
Rolf Buehlmann arrives at The Peninsula Bangkok from The Hong Kong Club, where he spent four years as Executive Assistant Manager. Whilst there from 2010 to 2014, he drove this prestigious club’s major renovation project, including redefining its offerings, services and processes. At the same time, he sharpened his skills across a broad spectrum of food and beverage and hospitality arts and disciplines, ranging from developing standard manuals, defining the wine investment strategy to setting up new restaurants, bars as well as fitness facilities.
From 2009 to 2010, Buehlmann was the opening Director of Food & Beverage at The Mira Hotel, Hong Kong.Prior to that, from 2006 to 2009, Buehlmann was the Director of Food & Beverage at JW Marriott Hotel & Marriott Executive Apartments, Shanghai, China, and, from 2001 to 2006, was the Director of Food & Beverage at The Stanford Court Hotel, San Francisco, California where he quickly rose from Restaurant Manager to Director of Food & Beverage.
Buehlmann holds a Bachelor of Science in International Hospitality Management from the prestigious Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland. From 1998 to 1999, he was a Management Trainee at the illustrious Baur au Lac Hotel in Zurich, Switzerland, having previously apprenticed at two other eminent Swiss hotels: Beau-Rivage Palace, Lausanne and Grand Hotel Victoria-Jungfrau, Interlaken.
Mr Soradej ArchvarinThe Peninsula BangkokDirector of Human Resources
Mr Sunsakhon PikulkehaThe Peninsula BangkokDirector of FinanceMr Sunsakhon Pikulkeha joins The Peninsula Bangkok as its Director of Finance since 2012.
Mr Pikulkeha has a wide range of experience and knowledge he gained from 14 years in the financial departments of hotels in Chiang Mai, Koh Samui, Bangkok and Lanai, Hawaii. This included his roles as Assistant Director of Finance with luxury chain Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and most recently as Director of Finance with Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit in Bangkok. Holding, among other qualifications, a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Administration in Tourism Industry Management from Chiang Mai University, Mr Pikulkeha is a Thai national who speaks fluent English.
Ms Donna LeeThe Peninsula BangkokDirector of Rooms
Mr Pisarn KarnjanavanichThe Peninsula BangkokDirector of EngineeringMr Pisarn Karnjanavanich joined The Peninsula Bangkok as its Director of Engineering in July 2012. He is responsible for the hotel’s maintenance contracts and purchase of equipment, materials, tools, instruments and furniture as well as maintenance and repair of hotel equipment, tools and facilities. His role is to ensure smooth daily operation at the hotel.
Mr Karnjanavanich brings more than 22 years of experience ranging from the construction field to operations and management. His professional experience includes Thai Obayashi, Thailand’s leading Construction Company, and Chatrium Hotels.
He graduated with Master’s Degree in Engineering from Kasetsart University in Bangkok and obtained his professional electrical engineer license from the Council of Engineers of Thailand in 1997. He has attended a range of training courses including Construction Management at The Engineering Institution of Thailand, Boiler Control at the Technological Promotion Association (Thai-Japan) and Saving Energy in Large Air Conditioning Systems at the Bureau of Energy Regulation and Conservation.
Mr Martin RahnThe Peninsula BangkokDirector of Food and Beverage
A widely experienced hotel professional from Germany, Martin Thomas Rahn has contributed to the business success of household-name hotels in Europe, America and Asia. He has a particular affinity with The Peninsula Hotels, which makes him the perfect fit for his present position.
In May 2014, Martin became the Director of Food and Beverage at The Peninsula Bangkok. It marked the beginning of his second stint with the hotel. He arrived in Thailand from the West Coast of the USA, where he helped to open Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel Valley, CA.
From 2006 to 2008, he joined The Peninsula Bangkok as Food and Beverage Coordinator. In early 2008, he then moved to The Peninsula Hong Kong where he stayed for over four years, until February 2011. His next Peninsula appointment was as Assistant Director of Food and Beverage at The Peninsula Chicago from March 2011 until May 2014. Besides Martin’s evident talents and dedication, his career has been based on a solid formal education, not least graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree majoring in Hotel Business Economics from the Hotel Management School, Heidelberg, Germany.In addition, Martin has continued with formal studies, including a Leading with Influence diploma from the Ivey School of Business in Hong Kong, completing the Professional Development Program at Cornell University, New York, USA and gaining an eCornell Certificate for Financial Statements. He is also a graduate of the German Wine Academy and has been a Chevalier of the Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne since 2010. Last but not least, his business ideas are featured in the authoritative Heidelberger handbook for hotel business and gastronomy.
Mr Jed ArricivitaThe Peninsula BangkokDirector of SalesMr Jed Arricivita joined The Peninsula Bangkok as Director of Sales in June 2013. A seasoned sales and marketing professional specialising in the hospitality industry, Mr Arricivita’s expertise and experience, coupled with strong vision and goal orientation, make him a perfect match for The Peninsula Bangkok’s core commitment.
Those specialisations range from wholesale market cultivation to room rate and occupancy optimisation, including command of data management skills.
The first phase of his career saw Mr Arricivita quickly rise through the ranks at five-star hotels in Manila and Cebu in the Philippines, starting as Front Office Agent, then Sales Manager, Senior Sales Manager, Director of Business Development and Director of Sales.
In 2010 he moved to Thailand to join a five-star regional chain hotel in Bangkok as its Director of Sales before taking on his current role as The Peninsula Bangkok’s Director of Sales.
Mr Arricivita graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Administration from the University of the Philippines in 1999.
Ms. Patama LerdwittayaskulThe Peninsula BangkokDirector of Public Relations
Ms Wanida SaranpaiboolThe Peninsula BangkokDirector of Catering and Events ManagementMs Wanida Saranpaibool joins The Peninsula Bangkok as its Director of Catering and Events Management since 2012.
Prior to her appointment at The Peninsula Bangkok, Ms Saranpaibool worked for St. Regis Bangkok where she was Director of Events & Convention Services. She spent 19 years at the Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok in the roles of Sales Manager, Associate Director of Sales and Director of Convention Services. Ms Saranpaibool brings a wealth of experience and skill in the corporate sales and MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions) sectors to her new posting at The Peninsula Bangkok. A Thai national, also fluent in English, she holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Assumption University with a major in marketing.
Mr Gary TayThe Peninsula BangkokDirector of Revenue
Ms Sompatsorn PandeeThe Peninsula BangkokDirector of Purchasing
Mr Nakarin KathongThe Peninsula BangkokDirector of Housekeeping
Mr Jitrawan PhrueksasriThe Peninsula BangkokDirector of SPA
Mr Michael PoutawaThe Peninsula BangkokExecutive ChefChef Michael Poutawa as the hotel’s new Executive Chef. Born in New Zealand, Chef Michael brings considerable experience of helming kitchens at leading restaurants and hotels across Asia Pacific and the Middle East, including China, Hong Kong, India, Vietnam, Singapore, New Zealand and Qatar. Joining The Peninsula Bangkok brings Chef Michael back to Thailand, where he enjoyed a successful spell as Executive Chef at the Six Senses Evason Resort and Spa in Phuket, between 2001 and 2004.
His extensive culinary travels have taken him across Asia Pacific and the Middle East, and he has garnered numerous awards, including being voted among the top 25 Restaurants in the World by Newsweek while Executive Chef at The Opera, New Zealand, and winning the 2011 and 2013 Best South East Asian Restaurant title while Executive Chef at Grand Hyatt Doha, Qatar.
Chef Nicolas PelloieThe Peninsula BangkokExecutive Pastry Chef