New Mull manager has global experience

Want to read more?

At the start of the pandemic in March we took the decision to make online access to our news free of charge by taking down our paywall. At a time where accurate information about Covid-19 was vital to our community, this was the right decision – even though it meant a drop in our income. In order to help safeguard the future of our journalism, the time has now come to reinstate our paywall, However, rest assured that access to all Covid related news will still remain free.

To access all other news will require a subscription, as it did pre-pandemic. The good news is that for the whole of December we will be running a special discounted offer to get 3 months access for the price of one month. Thank you for supporting us during this incredibly challenging time.

We value our content and access to our full site is only available with a  subscription. Your subscription entitles you to 7-day-a-week access to our website, plus a full digital copy of that week’s paper to read on your pc/mac or mobile device.  In addition, your subscription includes access to digital archive copies from 2006 onwards.

Just want to read one issue? No problem you can subscribe for just one week (or longer if you wish).

Already a subscriber?


Subscribe Now

Crerar Hotels has announced the appointment of John de Villiers as the new general manager of the Isle of Mull Hotel & Spa.

With more than 13 years of hospitality industry experience, John has worked across a range of hotels and hospitality businesses in the UK, USA and Africa.

These include Hilton Hotels, the Gordon Ramsay Group, Asilia Africa and Wilderness Safaris.

He joins the team on Mull following his latest post as general manager for the AM Weinberg Boutique Hotel in Namibia, southern Africa.

His new role sees him relocate with his wife Olivia and young son Oscar from Namibia via London, where they have lived in recent months.

John’s focus will be on recruiting new team members to the four-star property which has undergone a multi-million pound refurbishment in preparation for re-opening.

He will prioritise maintaining the four-star destination’s reputation as a retreat for ‘rest and renewal’ ensuring guests a memorable experience of ‘wellness and adventure’.

John said: ‘I am thrilled to be joining the team on Mull as we prepare to welcome back guests for mid-May.

‘The hotel is a stunning property in a unique and idyllic island location, which was well worth relocating for.

‘The extensive refurbishment will create the perfect destination to relax, absorb the fresh country air and explore our coastal setting.

He added: ‘Our secluded location, minutes away from Craignure Bay, offers guests one of the best places to stay on Mull. My absolute priority is ensuring every guest feels special and has their every need catered for as part of a first-class experience.’

Chris Wayne-Wills, Chief Executive Officer of the Crerar Hotel Group, said: ‘John is a fantastic addition to our group, with an outstanding level of international experience in the industry. As we begin to re-establish ourselves following the latest lockdown, I know John and his team on Mull will do a brilliant job providing the exceptional service expected of our hotels.

The hotel’s refurbishment has seen its 75 luxury bedrooms and bathrooms redeveloped, with the addition of generously proportioned sea view suites, as well as public areas and spa facilities.

A sea deck for drinks and dining has been created, alongside new restaurants and bars, which will feature local produce and seafood accompanying the stunning views of Craignure Bay.