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An Overview of The Peninsula Hotels

Company Overview

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 Istanbul, London and Yangon 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 - 2017 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 Hong Kong Swimming Pool


The Peninsula Bangkok

Hotel Overview

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 Guide
    2016 - Five-Star Hotel rating
  • Global Traveler (USA)
    2013 World’s Global Traveler Leisure Awards
    • Best Spa
  • TripAdvisor (USA)

    Traveler’s Choice Awards 2015

Corporate Executives

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 Sampermans
    The Peninsula Bangkok
    General Manager
    Mr 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 Buehlmann
    The Peninsula Bangkok
    Resident 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 Archvarin
    The Peninsula Bangkok
    Director of Human Resources
  • Mr Sunsakhon Pikulkeha
    The Peninsula Bangkok
    Director of Finance
    Mr 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.
  • Mr Geoffrey Webb
    The Peninsula Bangkok
    Director of marketing
  • Ms Donna Lee
    The Peninsula Bangkok
    Director of Rooms

  • Mr Martin Rahn
    The Peninsula Bangkok
    Director 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.

  • Ms. Patama Lerdwittayaskul
    The Peninsula Bangkok
    Director of Public Relations
  • Mr Gary Tay
    The Peninsula Bangkok
    Director of Revenue
  • Mr Jed Arricivita
    The Peninsula Bangkok
    Director of Sales
    Mr 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 Wanida Saranpaibool
    The Peninsula Bangkok
    Director of Catering and Events Management
    Ms 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 Pisarn Karnjanavanich
    The Peninsula Bangkok
    Director of Engineering
    Mr 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.

  • Ms Sompatsorn Pandee
    The Peninsula Bangkok
    Director of Purchasing
  • Mr Nakarin Kathong
    The Peninsula Bangkok
    Director of Housekeeping
  • Chef Nicolas Pelloie
    The Peninsula Bangkok
    Executive Pastry Chef