White Elephant Palm Beach hires general manager ahead of opening

Bernard Duerrmeier has been named general of manager of White Elephant Palm Beach, a new luxury resort scheduled to open in late-September.
Bernard Duerrmeier has been named general of manager of White Elephant Palm Beach, a new luxury resort scheduled to open in late-September.

PALM BEACH, Fla. – White Elephant Palm Beach, a boutique hotel with 32 luxury units including 19 spacious suites opening Sept. 23, 2020, has announced the appointment of Bernhard Duerrmeier as general manager.

Duerrmeier brings extensive experience in luxury hotel management, development, and hospitality services to his new position.

White Elephant Palm Beach is the redevelopment of an historic hotel dating back to the 1920s, undergoing a transformation by Boston-based New England Development into one of the most luxurious properties in Palm Beach.

The new design of White Elephant Palm Beach will be a contemporary interpretation of Mediterranean revival architecture, reflective of the life and history of its setting. It will embody the standard of hospitality already established in its sister property, White Elephant Nantucket.

“We are delighted to have Bernhard Duerrmeier join the White Elephant family,” noted Khaled Hashem, managing director of hospitality for New England Development. “He is a well-seasoned hotelier with in-depth operational experience. We look forward to having him at the helm as we bring our winning combination of time-honored traditions and service excellence, refined over years in Nantucket, to the Palm Beach market.”

Duerrmeier’s global hospitality career spans almost two decades. Prior to accepting the position with White Elephant Palm Beach, he was with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts for 15 years in various leadership roles, including most recently serving as the hotel manager for its Montreal, Que., Canada location.

In this role, he was responsible for maximizing hotel profitability, resident relations, and overseeing restaurant opening initiatives, as well as mentorship and talent development. He also held positions with the Mandarin Oriental Group and Hotel L’Hermitage in the UK.

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