Daniel Morariu

Daniel Morariu

Hotel Manager at Private
Lives in Romania

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About me

Highlights of Expertise
•Hotel Operation and Management
•Hotel Pre-opening Planning / Execution (Management, Director, HOD Level)
•Rooms / Concierge / MOD
•Spa / Wellness / Recreation
•Food & Beverage Operations: my previous working experience within large top VIP's catering company in Romania (small and large luxury events within Diplomatic and Presidential areas and Expat Community / Multinational Companies); Management Cross Training within F&B during my time in Sofitel Bucharest Romania. In Dubai World Trade Centre - large events: royal weddings and top VIP's events during my tenure in DWTC. In charge for Pool Bar operational side within 3 properties in the last years.
•Front Office, House Keeping Operations and Quality Assurance: cross exposure and working experience / Duty Manager Role, Audits and Mystery Shopper guests, all related aspects related to rooms: snagging, maintenance, cleaning, Front Office related operations etc.
•Team Training, Learning and Development / Leadership
•Facility & Property Management
•Superior Customer Service
•Quality Assurance / Brand Standard / LQA & Audit
•Corporate Event Administration
•Risk Assessment / Mitigation, Performance Optimization
•Budgeting / Forecasting / Revenue
•Relationship Building and Cross-team Collaboration
•Health and Safety, Security / Engineering: various projects, audits and pre-opening projects I was part of (total of 6 large properties as part of the pre-opening team member / management level). Certified as Lifeguard / First Aid and Paediatric First Aid. Overseeing aspects related to maintenance, prevention and repairing of various assets from engineering point of view.
•Projects: I developed and launched one of the 1st and largest climbing wall in the Middle East (at DWTC) and the 1st Eco Golf project in the Middle East (Sofitel the Palm Jumeirah): just to mention 2 of my successful projects out of many other successful projects.
•Project Manager role for a large wellness event (The Retreat Palm Dubai - awarded with Guinness World Record (November 2017)


8 years and 11 months

  • Hotel Manager

    Private - Constanța, Romania

    August 2018 - Now · 1 year and 5 months

    Oversee the overall operation of this 320-rooms beach resort hotel. Directing the HODs and the management of the front office, housekeeping, engineering and building/grounds maintenance, Security, Pool and Beach Operations. Assigned General Manager duties and responsibilities in his absence.

  • Director of Recreation and Wellness

    ACCOR - Dubai, United Arab Emirates

    Spa & Wellness
    May 2016 - August 2018 · 2 years and 4 months

    The Retreat Palm Dubai, MGallery by Sofitel, ACCOR Hotels and Resorts Administer overall hotel operations inclusive of recreation, spa and wellness activities, club membership, including swimming pool and beach operations, kids club, fitness, tennis, and water sports duties. Employ effective health and safety and quality management procedures to minimize risks across business and improve services quality. Increase sales of products through effective management of sales and marketing operations. Analyse needs and recruit staff accordingly to meet company / clients’ expectations. •Designed and executed revenue generating programmes that accelerated budgetary awareness. •Built and managed high-performing team, which obtained excellent guests and colleagues’ feedback. •Met fitness challenge in 30 days, achieving great recreational event award with Guinness world record in 2017. •Led process of implementing great new/unique product and activities, including aqua bikes and aqua fit boards. •Assisting and covering other departments within operational side during busy operations: Front Office (MOD Role & Audit) / Food and Beverage, etc. Reason of Separations: Restructuring due to market conditions within hospitality sector in Dubai, UAE.

  • Asset Property Manager, Luxury Property Management

    Group 7 Properties - Dubai, United Arab Emirates

    Asset Management
    December 2014 - May 2016 · 1 year and 6 months

    Certified RERA Dubai Managing direct clients / referrals, while closing deals and acquiring new customers. Enhanced business growth through the identification of business all opportunities for luxury residential business segment. Sales, Short- and Long-Term Rentals, Marketing, Project Manager. Dealing direct with Cleaning and Maintenance Company, Supplier related to luxury Properties. Achieved attained monthly financial targets by serving as qualified consultant as per company and municipality requirements.

  • Director of Recreation & Wellness / Operations Manager

    Sofitel the Palm Jumeirah - Dubai, United Arab Emirates

    Spa & Wellness
    January 2012 - October 2014 · 2 years and 10 months

    Hotel / Resort: Sofitel the Palm, Dubai, UAE (Pre-Opening / 5* Luxury Beach Resort / 542 units) Successfully built and executed first project Eco Golf (great selling and marketing point for hotel) in Dubai. Large Operations: 9 pools, tennis courts, large fitness operations, extended kids club facilities (3 pools and large indoor and outdoor playground), water sports, 900 m of private beach. Team: Direct Reports 45 team members. DIRECTOR of RECREATION and WELLNESS / HOTEL OPERATIONS MANAGER (Jan 2013 to Oct 2014 / Pre-Opening Management Role). Ensured smooth running of business through the establishment and management of Hotel Operations •Accomplished excellent score for audits related to customer satisfaction, staff, health and safety, finance, as well as 92% for fitness area and 94 % for beach, swimming pool, and kids club operations •Achieved my financial target (budget) through various new activities, membership, team building and corporate events, etc.

  • Director of Recreation & Spa / Operations Manager

    Shangri-la Muscat Oman - Muscat, Oman

    Spa & Wellness
    January 2011 - October 2012 · 1 year and 10 months

    Hotel / Resort: Shangri-la Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa, Muscat, Oman (5* Luxury Beach Resort / 640 rooms) Led all operations at three hotels, such as swimming pools, large beach operations, water sports, 500m lazy river and large splash pad, extensive kid’s club, adventure zone, teen zone and cool zone, extensive health club, two gyms areas, and tennis courts. Team: 87 team members under my supervision / 4 managers direct report to my role DIRECTOR of RECREATION AND WELLNESS / HOTEL DIRECTOR of OPERATIONS (Jan 2011 to Oct 2012) Delivered strategic leadership to team members and encouraged them to achieve set goals. Directed various activities, such as health and safety, training/development, performance monitoring, and quality control. •Expertly enhanced 8% score for audit from corporate level within SLMU (Shangri-la Muscat, Oman). •Improved all areas of health and safety from 87% to 96% through robust HSE policies and procedures (as per Corporate Audit). •Managed overall pre-opening activities of new facilities within property. •Assisting other departments within operational side during busy operations: Front Office (MOD Role & Audit) / Food and Beverage, etc.


  • Yoga Instructor

    YTTC Rishikesh India - Dubai, United Arab Emirates

    June 2018 - June 2018

    Certified Intentional Yoga Instructor

  • Bachelor / Diploma

    National Sports Academy University of Bucharest - Bucharest, Romania

    September 1994 - October 1999

    Sport and Physical Education / Fitness and Sport Therapy Teacher / Judo Coach / Sport Management / Wellness and Spa


1 language

  • English

    Full professional

Personal information


  • Romanian

Date of birth

September 18th 1974


33 skills

  • Budgeting and Forecasting
  • Budgeting/P&L
  • Computer savvy
  • Cost control
  • director of recreation
  • Food and Beverage Service
  • Group Events
  • Health and safety
  • Hospitality Operations
  • Hotel Computer Software
  • Hotel Finance
  • Hotel housekeeping
  • Human Resources
  • Operations Management
  • Pre-Opening Management Role
  • pre opening of luxury hotels
  • Project manager
  • Recreation Management
  • Revenue Analisys
  • Risk Assessment
  • Rooms
  • Rooms Management
  • Rooms operations
  • snagging
  • Spa & Fitness
  • Spa operations
  • Spa & Wellness Management
  • Sport & Leisure
  • Team Bulding
  • Team development
  • Water Sports
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