Regent Santa Monica Beach, poised to open late 2023, announced the appointment of Younes Atallah as the resort’s general manager. Atallah—awarded Outstanding General Manager of the Year 2022 by California Hotel & Lodging Association—joins Regent Hotels & Resorts to open the first destination in the Americas for IHG Hotels & Resorts’ reimagined upper luxury brand. He will oversee the launch and operations of the beachfront resort.
“With an exciting opening ahead, we are honored to welcome Younes Atallah to Regent Hotels & Resorts,” shares Peter Clarke, Vice President of Luxury & Lifestyle Hotel Operations at IHG Americas. “Younes’s extensive experience and dynamic leadership are exemplary, and at the helm of Regent Santa Monica Beach, we look forward to watching him lead the resort to the highest level of hospitality.”
Atallah joins Regent Santa Monica Beach with more than two decades of luxury hospitality experience. He is an expert at delivering luxury service, with a focus on growth, positive guest and team member experiences, and bottom line profit. Most recently, Atallah held the position of general manager at Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, where he lead the property through the pandemic, returning stronger than ever with a record setting year in 2022, yielding the highest top line revenues in the history of the hotel. Prior, Atallah spent 10 years with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, and 11 years with Fairmont Hotels and Resorts (including the lauded Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort) in prime destinations such as Palm Beach, Florida, Vancouver, British Columbia, and Wailea, Hawaii.
An engaged hospitality leader who actively contributes to local associations and industry programs, Atallah serves on the Board of Directors as vice-chair for Santa Monica Travel & Tourism, as well as the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce. Atallah is passionate about community organizations and giving back, and has partnered with non-profit organizations including Santa MoniCARES, the Los Angeles LGBT Center, Elemental Music, and more.
Born and raised in Jordan—and a citizen of the world holding three nationalities—Atallah is fluent in Arabic and English, and proficient in French. Atallah received a Bachelor of Science in business administration with a focus in hospitality management from the University of Central Florida, as well as a professional certificate in hospitality administration and management from ESSEC Business School.