NewsJuly 3, 2023

Santiago Rodriguez-Bustelo Appointed General Manager for Barceló Whale Lagoon Maldives Resort

Barceló Hotel Group has recently named Santiago Rodriguez-Bustelo as the General Manager of the highly anticipated Barceló Whale Lagoon Maldives, an extraordinary new resort set to make its debut in one of the most captivating destinations in the Indian Ocean. As General Manager, he will oversee all operations of the resort as well as strategic commercial plans to strengthen its market position.

A Spanish national, Santiago Rodriguez-Bustelo is fondly known as “Santi” among his peers and colleagues and is not new to The Maldives. He has more than 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry, many of which have been spent in the Asia Pacific region.


“I am very excited to lead this grand debut of Barceló Hotel Group in The Maldives. I have worked in various positions ever since I first came to the Maldives 12 years ago. The market is changing aggressively right now. I have an excellent team on board and with our immersive destination experience we will offer the best Maldivian hospitality but with a Spanish touch. Following this, we are also looking forward to opening the Barceló Nasandhura Hotel in Male in 2024 Barceló Hotel Group has also undergone a joint venture with Browns Investments to develop and manage a complex of three resorts with more than 470 keys in the same lagoon, Bodufaru complex in the North Male Atoll” says Santi Rodriguez-Bustelo about his appointment.

Indulge in an extraordinary experience of serenity, opulence, and coastal elegance at the distinguished Barceló Whale Lagoon Maldives, a remarkable 5-star resort nestled within the enchanting South Ari Atoll. This idyllic retreat offers an exquisite blend of coral gardens, pristine white sands, and azure waters, ensuring an unparalleled haven for couples, families, and adventure seekers alike. Delight in an extensive array of water sports, including captivating encounters with whale sharks and majestic manta rays, while residing in one of the meticulously appointed 100 rooms. The resort showcases three enticing restaurants, a delightful snack bar, and three inviting bars, promising authentic gastronomic delights that will satisfy the most discerning palates. Witness awe-inspiring sunsets from the vantage point of two expansive infinity pools or surrender to rejuvenating self-care treatments at the acclaimed Mandara Spa.

Barceló Hotel Group, the hotel division of the Barceló Group, is the 2nd largest chain in Spain and one of the top 30 in the world. It currently operates more than 280 4- and 5-star city and holiday hotels, and more than 62,000 rooms, distributed in 25 countries and marketed under four brands: Royal Hideaway Luxury Hotels & Resorts, Barceló Hotels & Resorts, Occidental Hotels & Resorts and Allegro Hotels. It is also part of the Crestline Hotels & Resorts group, an independent hotel company with 130 establishments. For more information visit