Media Release: Turnberry Luxury Collection Resort appoints Jordi Tarrida as general manager


TURNBERRY Resort has announced the appointment of a new general manager to lead the award-winning destination through a new phase in its enviable history.

Mr Jordi Tarrida joins from within Starwood Hotels and Resorts as the former general manager of the Arabella Golf & Spa Resort in Mallorca.

Jordi will now oversee the management of Turnberry’s 800-acre estate and three world-class golf courses.

Next year, the resort will host the 2012 Senior Open Golf Championship. It will be the seventh time Turnberry has hosted this event, making it the most popular venue in the history of the tournament.

The recently-renovated Turnberry Hotel has 150 bedrooms in addition to eight self-catering apartments, an award-winning spa and outdoor activity centre.

The resort’s golfing credentials include the legendary Championship Ailsa golf course; the Championship Kintyre Course and the Arran Course, as well as the Colin Montgomerie Links Golf Academy and Scotland’s first and only TaylorMade Performance Lab.

With a passion for golf and fine dining, Mr Tarrida is well placed to make his mark on the iconic Ayrshire resort. He commented: “I have long admired Turnberry – it is a truly fantastic hotel with incredible charm in a wonderful location and I am very much looking forward to working with the team.

“The recently created Lands of Turnberry apartments give an added dimension to our product and have also opened up Turnberry to many new family visitors to enjoy the fantastic facilities we have on offer.”

The news comes after former general manager, Stewart Selbie, accepted a new role within Starwood as complex manager for The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina.

Stewart served for eleven years at Turnberry, overseeing the property’s centenary celebrations in 2006 and a multi-million pound refurbishment, ensuring the resort was ready in time to host the 2009 Open Golf Championship.

Michael Wale, senior vice-president, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, said of the announcement: “We are delighted to welcome Jordi to Turnberry. He brings with him a wealth of experience in the international luxury resort business and I have no doubt that Scotland’s Luxury Collection Resort will benefit immensely from his knowledge and expertise.

“We are also pleased to announce that after 11 years at Turnberry, Stewart Selbie will be continuing his Starwood career with a new posting in Dubai.”

Turnberry Resort may be best known for golf but its food and drink offer has been the subject of recent critical acclaim under the management of Australian head chef, Justin Galea.

The resort boasts an award-winning signature restaurant, 1906, in addition to the elegant Grand Tea Lounge, James Miller Room, Ailsa Bar & Lounge, Duel in the Sun bar and panoramic Tappie Toorie restaurant.

For leisure guests, Turnberry is home to an ESPA spa and has also made many improvements to its on-site outdoor activity centre which offers quad biking, horse riding, fishing, off-road driving and falconry.

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Turnberry Luxury Collection Resort is a founder member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.


The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle is an association founded in 2007 by some of the top companies in Ayrshire.

Its purpose is to publicise its members, and to celebrate and promote the wealth and rich diversity of entrepreneurial talent and business excellence that abounds here within the county boundaries of Ayrshire.

Members include the Clydesdale Bank, Ayr Racecourse, Western House Hotel, Turnberry Golf Resort and South Ayrshire Council. Member company activities include broadcasting, building and construction, architectural practice, estate agency and land management, chartered accountancy, insurance broking, legal services, golf club management, marketing services and brand creation, web design and public relations consultancy.

Frazer Coogans Commercial Solicitors senior partner Norman Geddes is executive chair of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle, and managing director is public relations consultancy Fame Publicity Services proprietor Murdoch MacDonald.

Founder members of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle:

South Ayrshire Council
Clydesdale Bank
Turnberry Hotel and Golf Resort
Ayr Racecourse
Western House Hotel
CKD Galbraith Property Consultants
Frazer Coogans Solicitors
Accident & Injury Claims Centre
MacKay Corporate Insurance Brokers
Donald Ross Estate Agents:
Westgale Ltd Building Contractors
Sinclair Scott Chartered Accountants
Paligap Creative Agency
ARP Lorimer & Associates Architects
JB Management – Training Providers
Brunston Castle Golf Club
Fouters Restaurant
Christie Financial Planning Ltd
Allison Lightbody Waddell Chartered Surveyors
Kestrel Press
Fame Publicity Services Public Relations Consultancy
West Sound Radio
Easton Property
Easton Kitchens & Bathrooms

For further information about The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle and to apply for membership, e-mail


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