Founder & Managing Director
Jose is a Spanish national who has been working in hospitality for 31 years, seven of which were for the Sol Melia chain. He started his career as a kitchen apprentice in a well-known restaurant in Madrid for five years before graduating from The Sol Hotel School in Madrid, Spain with Bachelor in Business and Tourism Administration. During that period, Jose gained experience in all areas related to Food & Beverage including Kitchen, Catering and Service Operations.
Soon after he joined the Sol Melia Chain as management trainee followed by a stint working in Sales and Marketing for companies related to hospitality before returning to operations working for the HUSA hotel group in Spain until 1996 when he moved to the Melia at Scotts Singapore.
This marked the beginning of a seven-year experience working through the Sol Melia properties in Asia (Singapore, Bintan, Bali, Jakarta and Yogjakarta) including tenures as Resident Manager in Bintan, Executive Assistant Manager at Sol Melia’s flagship, the Gran Melia Jakarta, and General Manager at The Melia Purosani in Yogjakarta.
In November 2002 and looking for a new challenge, Jose joined The Balé in Nusa Dua – Bali, member of The Small Luxury Hotels of the World handling day to day operations of the property until April 2005 when he decided to pursue his own vision and founded Lifestyle Retreats.
Jose loves riding motorbikes, practicing meditation and yoga, cooking for friends, swimming, reading and spending time with family (wife Marcel and children, Naomi, Gabriel & Javier) and Bongo, their playfull golden retriever.
Jose is Founding Member of The Bali Spa & Wellness Association, Member of Skall, Member of the Bali Hotels Association, Chaine des Rotisseurs and Rotary Club Nusa Dua – Bali