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.