COO & PRINCIPAL
Nikheel Advani is COO and co-Founder of Grace Bay Resorts and oversees overall operations, branding, sales & marketing of resort development. He joined Grace Bay Club in August 2004 as Managing Director, serving as the top operational executive in its expansion and renovation as it evolved from a $15 million, 22 room boutique hotel to a full service luxury resort boasting 82 suites and residences, now valued at over $200 million. Most recently he was responsible for the successful opening of the $100 million Veranda Resort & Residences in February 2010.
Nikheel came to Grace Bay Club after serving as Hotel Manager at the renowned Raffles Hotel Singapore, in addition he served as the Food & Beverage Champion for the entire Asia Pacific region. Prior to his time at Raffles, Nikheel spent seven years with Ritz Carlton Hotel Company internationally, specializing in hotel openings and operations, moving within the organization from Food & Beverage Manager to Executive Assistant Manager in Ritz Carlton properties spanning Singapore to New York City. In 2007, Grace Bay Club became a member of the prestigious Leading Hotels of the World, where Nikheel is currently a member of the Global Marketing Advisory Committee. In 2012, Nikheel was honored with the ‘Ultimate Hotelier Award’ award by Island Destinations, The Authority for Luxury Travel.
Nikheel founded the Grace Bay Club Hotel School and serves as President of the Turks and Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association. Nikheel teaches and speaks at the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration and the Les Roches International School of Hotel Management. Nikheel graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with an honors degree in Hotel, Restaurant and Travel Administration and completed the General Manager Program at Harvard Business School. A Singapore national, he is fluent in English and Mandarin and proficient in French and Hindi.