Our Team

The success of Grace Bay Resorts is a result of our team’s entrepreneurial and innovative spirit. We are proud to have the first luxury all-oceanfront-suite resort on the island with all ocean front amenities, the longest bar in the Caribbean, the first pop-up restaurants, and partnerships and collaborations that encourage and support fresh thinking. Led by our CEO & Principal, Mark Durliat and COO & Principal, Nikheel Advani and inspired by their vision, our team is consistently striving to redefine luxury handmade experiences.

Mark Durliat

CEO & Principal

Mark Durliat is driven by his desire to create a legacy of excellence and opportunity where none existed. His ability to identify talented individuals who share his vision has allowed him to achieve exceptional results.

A dynamic and inspiring leader, Mark’s distinct and compelling vision was built on his experiences gained around the world. Having graduated from USC with majors in Business and French, he seized his first opportunity to travel abroad. He initially moved to Paris, where a fortunate meeting with Gary Player forever changed his career path. From this encounter, he travelled to South Africa, where he began developing master-planned communities, as well as residential and hospitality properties.

Driven to create a distinctive destination in the Caribbean, Mark set off to find the right opportunity in the right location. After ten months of searching, he discovered a hidden gem called Turks and Caicos. Here, he found that rare combination of perfection and potential, and planted the seed for his vision. He purchased Grace Bay Club, when it was just a small, 20-plus-room hotel. Today calling Turks and Caicos his home, he continues to lead and inspire the growth and ongoing innovation of Grace Bay Resorts through his foresight and dedication to this location and its people.

Mark’s goal is to build the company into one that manages ten luxury resort and residential properties in Turks and Caicos and in the Caribbean region, with each resort and residence providing the customer-focused, handmade experiences that define the Grace Bay Resorts brand.

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Nikheel Advani

COO & Principal

When Nikheel Advani arrived at Grace Bay Club in 2004, his vision was to elevate luxury service at the resort, and redefine exceptional service in the Caribbean.

Internationally acknowledged as one of the most distinguished hoteliers, he possesses an unwavering commitment to personal guest satisfaction — a focus that inspires each member of the Grace Bay Resorts team, and a sensibility that is palpable when on every property that carries the Grace Bay Resorts brand. Through his drive to deliver handmade luxury experiences to guests, Nikheel has transformed how Grace Bay Resorts delivers its elite level of handmade experiences. His vision and commitment to excellence has been extensively recognized. In 2012, he was honored with the ‘Ultimate Hotelier of the Year’ award by Island Destinations. Under his leadership, Grace Bay Club was most recently awarded 'Member of the Year' for the team’s outstanding collaboration and partnership amongst the prestigious hotels within Leading Hotels of the World. 

As Chief Operating Officer and Principal - Advani has played an integral role in Grace Bay Resorts’ overall growth. He served as the top operational executive in the successful expansion and renovation of Grace Bay Club from a USD 15 million 21-room boutique hotel to a USD 250 million full-service luxury resort with 82 suites and The Estate residences; as well as expanded the brand with The Veranda Resort, West Bay Club, and the exclusive 'micro resort' of luxury beach residences, The Private Villa Collection. Today, in addition to the strategic oversight and growth Nikheel provides leadership to the dynamic and influential sales and marketing powerhouse team of Grace Bay Resorts branded properties.

Nikheel holds expertise and insight gained from decades at the helm of some of the most celebrated brands in the industry. He came to Grace Bay Club after serving as Hotel Manager of the renowned Raffles Hotel Singapore, where he also served as the Food and Beverage Champion for the entire Asia Pacific region. Prior to his time at Raffles, he held senior leadership roles in the opening of seven Ritz-Carlton properties, including New York, Singapore and Osaka.

When he’s not managing growth and development, he’s teaching at Cornell University, speaking at Les Roches, and sits on various boards including Leading Hotels of the World and The Bondhi Tree Foundation. He is also an active member in the local community serving on the British Governors Business Advisory Group and is the Vice President of the Turks and Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association. Passionate about training, mentoring and maximizing human potential, Nikheel also serves as the Chairman of the board for the Turks and Caicos International University. Nikheel graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with an honors degree in Hotel, Restaurant and Travel Administration, and successfully completed the General Manager Program at Harvard Business School. 

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Michael Brewster

Chairman & Principal

Michael Brewster is the Chairman and Principal of Grace Bay Resorts. A founding partner of Denver-based SV Capital Partners, he was the initial lead investor in the development of Grace Bay Club.

Mike’s extensive expertise with boutique luxury resort properties provided him with the acumen to recognize the exceptional opportunity that was Grace Bay Club. His ability to identify and build remarkable resort destinations is fueled by his three decades of experience as an international developer and investor in real estate markets in Mexico, the Caribbean, Europe and the US. He continues to provide his foresight and insight to the transactions and opportunities that define and determine the future of Grace Bay Resorts.

Earlier in his career, Mike was head of Capital Markets for Republic Financial Corporation, a diverse Investment-Acquisition-Leasing company, and prior to that he was Vice President-Finance at Leprino Food Company, a privately held, billion dollar food manufacturer. Mike received his B.Sc. in Accounting from the University of Evansville and upon graduation was employed with Arthur Andersen & Co.

 

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Thierry Grandsire

Managing Director GRACE BAY CLUB | Executive Vice President of Operations GRACE BAY RESORTS

As Group Director of Operations of Grace Bay Resorts & General Manager of Grace Bay Club, Thierry inspires in his team exceptional levels of service and a commitment to effective and successful hotel management practices. 

A respected leader in the luxury hospitality industry Thierry has over 30 years of hotel management experience, he is responsible of the overall operations of Grace Bay Club, the company’s flagship resort, as well as Grace Bay Resorts’ branded properties.

Thierry's career began in Nice, studying at a Law School that started his management leadership experience. He worked with The Ritz Carlton brand for over 18 years, including properties in the United States and Middle East, holding integral leadership roles within the organization.

Before joining Grace Bay Club he served as General Manager of Pelican Hill, an ultra luxurious resort spanning 500 acres with 382 guest rooms, all ocean views, including 170 bungalows, 32 bungalow suites, 128 villas - 2, 3 and 4 bedrooms, two championships golf courses, 11 food and beverage outlets, 23,000 sq. ft. spa with 22 treatment rooms, 3 retail outlets.

Today he brings his extensive training and experience to the properties of Grace Bay Resorts, sharing his unrelenting standards of excellence, leadership and drive with his staff.

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Scott Khile

Group Director of Sales & Marketing, Grace Bay Resorts 

With 20 plus years of experience in the hospitality industry, Scott has an innate ability to identify and develop unique marketing and sales programs that capture the essence of a Grace Bay Resorts property.

Prior to bringing his talent and dedication to Grace Bay Resorts, Scott was the Director of Key Account Management for Sol Melia’s 20 premium hotels and resorts worldwide. He has also held the role of Business Development Manager for GOGO Worldwide Vacations, and several sales management roles with The Travel Corporation. Previously, Scott spent five years traveling, working and living in Africa, the South of France, Germany, India and London. He brings his love of travel to every meeting he has and every marketing program he develops. Scott holds a BA in Business Administration from the University of Washington in Seattle.

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Joseph Harvey

Group Director of Finance, Grace Bay Resorts & Sr. Director of Finance, Grace Bay Club

Joseph Harvey brings innovation and drive to his role as Group Director of Finance at Grace Bay Resorts, with more than 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry.

Joseph Harvey is a seasoned financial advisor and executive with over thirty years of experience in the management and negotiation of varied business operations and complex financial transactions in the hospitality industry, specializing in luxury properties.  Mr. Harvey is a goal-oriented visionary, who achieves desired results. His personal mission is to drive Quality and foster an environment where continual improvement is achieved through strategic planning and detailed finance analysis leading to success.  Mr. Harvey believes in promoting and fostering innovative ways to manage and develop a business.  He has opened several Five Star Luxury resorts for The Ritz Carlton Hotel Company, Mandarin Oriental, and Conrad organizations.
 
Mr. Harvey holds a Masters of Business Administration from California State University (San Bernardino) and a Bachelor’s in Hospitality Management from LaSalle University.  He has been involved in a variety of community organizations including Rio Mar Community Association (RMCA) where he served on the Board of Directors. Joseph’s son (Troy) is attending Arizona State University as a Business major.
 

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Sheba Wilson

Group Director of People Development, Grace Bay Resorts

Sheba pursued a degree in Mass Communication with concentration in print journalism at the Barbados Community College but always knew that she was interested in serving and helping people. 

On returning to the Turks and Caicos Islands, she took a position as a journalist with the Free Press newspaper but in 2001, Sheba embarked on a new journey by entering the hospitality industry as a personal assistant. 

With her love for National Issues and Politics weighing on her, Sheba decided to enter the Political Arena. Sheba has worked in both of former Premier Galmo Williams' election campaign teams which were very successful. She joined Williams as his personal assistant/advisor in 2004 and worked across three government ministries over nearly six years. In 2010, Sheba rejoined the hospitality industry with the Grace Bay Club as Personal Assistant to the General Manager. The knowledge and experience gained during her years in the public service, propelled her to a course of study in Human Resources and in October 2013, she obtained a Masters' certification in Human Resource Management from the prestigious Cornell University and currently heads our Human Resources Department as Director of Human Resources.

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Adelphine Pitter

General Manager, West Bay Club

Adelphine Pitter is a native of Turks and Caicos, and a living example of Mark Durliat’s vision to provide exceptional local talent with opportunities for excellence.

Adelphine has spent almost two decades with Grace Bay Club, and has embraced every challenge presented to her. Her commitment to unparalleled service and an elevated guest experience identified her as a rising star at the resort. She earned several promotions within Grace Bay Club, bringing her talents and strategic thinking to each new position. With her extensive experience with Grace Bay Club, and her extraordinary dedication, work ethic and talent, she was ideally suited for the position of General Manager, West Bay Club. Adelphine possesses a B.Sc. in Medical Technology. She is one of the founders of the Grace Bay Resorts Community Foundation, bringing her integrity, hard work and core values to her ongoing mentorship of local youth in the tourism industry. Adelphine infuses her remarkable dedication and intense pride in her community into her work and vision for the growth of West Bay Club, and shares these qualities with those who bring handmade experiences to the property’s guests each day.

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Christopher Meredith

Group Director of Food & Beverage, Grace Bay Resorts

Christopher Meredith, Group Director of Food & Beverage, brings more than 20 years of extensive knowledge in the food and beverage industry to his role, where he is responsible for the management and successful operation of all dining outlets at Grace Bay Resorts’ properties, including Grace Bay Club, West Bay Club and The Private Villa Collection.

Meredith launched his career in the United Kingdom where he rose through the ranks at some of the top Michelin-starred kitchens in the world. At the age of 29, Meredith landed the title of Executive Chef at The Samling Hotel in Ambleside, where he earned his first Michelin Star. He went on to earn his second Michelin Star when he headed the kitchen at Gilpin Lodge, and was named Upcoming Chef of the Year by Relais and Chateaux in 2007.

Meredith went on to hold leadership positions at renowned eateries across the United Kingdom, including Culinary Director at Punch Bowl Inn, which was named Michelin Pub of the Year in 2009 under his supervision, and Executive Chef at Coworth Park, a luxurious five-star country house hotel and part of the iconic Dorchester Collection. Next, he served as Executive Chef at the iconic Sandy Lane resort in Barbados before moving on to the role of Culinary Director at Raffles Seychelles, a luxury resort in the heart of Praslin, where he oversaw ten separate food and beverage outlets and led a team of more than 110 staff members before joining the team at Grace Bay Resorts.

When not in the kitchen, Chris enjoys cycling, squash, motorsports and paddle boarding with his daughter.

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