In Conversation With… Andre Borg

General Manager of Hilton Salwa Beach Resort & Villas.

You’ve dedicated 16 years to the Hilton chain across different locations. What aspects of Hilton’s culture and values have resonated with you the most, and how do you plan to integrate them into your leadership at Hilton Salwa Beach Resort & Villas?
Throughout my 16-year journey with Hilton, I’ve been deeply inspired by their unwavering commitment to hospitality. The ability to create exceptional experiences for guests, ensuring their comfort and satisfaction, resonates with me. As I step into my leadership role at Hilton Salwa Beach Resort & Villas, I plan to infuse this passion into every interaction – whether with team members or guests. Our warm welcome, genuine care and dedication to excellence will set the tone for memorable stays.
Additionally, Hilton’s focus on people’s development aligns perfectly with my personal mission. In the Seychelles, we founded the Fitir Academy, providing training programmes to school leavers and integrating them into the hospitality industry. Witnessing their growth and success was immensely rewarding. At Hilton Salwa Beach Resort & Villas, I aim to continue this legacy. By nurturing talent, providing training and fostering a supportive environment, we’ll elevate our team members’ skills.

What aspect of your current role are you most eager to dive into and why?
I am most eager to dive into positioning Hilton Salwa Beach Resort & Villas as the leading family-inclusive resort in the region. Our facilities are meticulously designed to cater to families, creating an environment where happiness abounds and cherished memories are made. From our family-friendly amenities to multigenerational travel experiences, every detail contributes to a sense of joy and togetherness.

Tell us a bit about how you started your career in the hospitality industry…
Growing up in a hotel environment back in Malta, I was immersed in the world of hospitality from an early age. Both my parents worked in hotels, and their passion for creating memorable guest experiences left a lasting impression on me. Inspired by my father’s footsteps, I set a clear career goal: to become a hotel general manager.
Through determination and hard work, I achieved that goal. But beyond the professional milestones, what truly enriches my journey are the unexpected places I’ve lived and the diverse cultures I’ve encountered. Each destination has been a classroom, teaching me valuable lessons about people, service, and adaptability.
Now, as a parent myself, I’ve extended this unique education to my three children. Samuel, my 10-year-old son, is about to experience his third country. I believe that growing up in hotels fosters an open global mindset – an education that transcends textbooks and enriches the soul.

Can you share a memorable experience or achievement, either personal or professional, that you’re particularly proud of?
Throughout my career, I’ve been fortunate to cross paths with inspiring personalities, including Heads of State. However, one achievement stands out – the transformation of Seychelles’ hospitality landscape during my time there. With an exceptional team by my side, we embarked on an ambitious journey. In just five years, Hilton expanded its portfolio there from three properties to six, each under a different brand. I was fortunate enough to be leading the team at the time and it was an incredibly rewarding experience as we successfully opened Mango House Seychelles, LXR Hotels and Resorts amid the challenges posed by the pandemic.
More recently, I got to experience the debut of Waldorf Astoria Seychelles Platte Island – a remote paradise. The culmination of hard work and dedication from the team there to make this possible was truly inspiring and the end result was breathtakingly beautiful.

You transitioned from the beaches of Seychelles to the vibrant city of Doha. What aspects of Doha are you most excited to explore?
Much like the Seychelles, Salwa offers a harmonious blend of natural beauty and curated experiences.
Strategically nestled along the sun-drenched southwest coast of Qatar, the Hilton Salwa Beach Resort & Villas seamlessly blends beachfront opulence with exhilarating theme-park experiences. Our 3.5-kilometre private beach offers an exclusive haven for discerning guests.
But our resort transcends mere tranquility. Enter the Desert Falls Water & Adventure Park. With over 19 attractions and 30 rides and slides, it caters to thrill-seekers, families and corporate groups alike. Picture the shared moments of joy that define unforgettable vacations.
Salwa reveals its most captivating secret in sunsets ablaze with the hues of tangerine and rose, mirrored in the tranquil waters. And then there are the dolphins, those intelligent and playful denizens of the sea. Imagine connecting with them as they dance alongside your boat.
Our culinary offerings are equally exceptional. Seven signature restaurants await, each a culinary odyssey.
Hilton Salwa Beach Resort & Villas isn’t just a destination; it’s an embodiment of comfort, adventure, and warm hospitality. ✤