Grace Bay Resorts appoints Robert Eastman
Grace Bay Resorts is pleased to announce Robert Eastman as Director of the Private Villa Collection and Key Accounts for its complete collection of boutique luxury properties, which now totals 6 private residences, with 2 more launching in Q2 of this year, and plans for continued expansion through 2021. Eastman brings nearly 30 years of experience in the villa and vacation rental business to the newly-created role, and will oversee the strategic continued growth of Grace Bay Resorts’ Private Villa Collection.
Eastman is a pioneer and innovator in the private villa rental sector and is widely recognized by the travel industry as the “Vacation Rental Expert.” Most recently, Eastman worked for Onefinestay as Head of National Accounts, increasing sales from the business to business segment by 40%. Prior to that, Eastman was retained by American Express to create a Luxury Villa Division for their wholly-owned subsidiary Travel Impressions and their managed brand, American Express Vacations. As Managing Director of the Luxury Villa Division, he was responsible for overseeing website development, contracting more than 100 overseas property management companies, and marketing the product to travel trade and through American Express call centers.
Previously, Eastman founded and owned Villas of Distinction, a premier luxury villa provider that helps travelers find their perfect vacation home and continued to manage the company for another five years after it was successfully sold to World Travel Holdings.
The Private Villa Collection at Grace Bay Resorts is a compilation of Turks & Caicos Islands’ finest freestanding private beachfront villas located within a 10-minute drive from Grace Bay Club. The villas are managed by the award-winning team from Grace Bay Resorts, and guests receive full access to Grace Bay Club’s amenities, as well as luxurious guest services including private airport transfers, a personal concierge, daily housekeeping, complimentary breakfast in-villa a complimentary start-up bar and dining shuttle to Grace Bay Club or West Bay Club. The Private Villa Collection is made up of The Residences, The Dunes, La Dolce Vita, and coming soon Blue Cay Estate (under construction), each offering their own exclusive amenities and inclusions.
“We are thrilled to have Mr. Eastman bring his expertise in luxury villas and unique perspective to Grace Bay Resorts,” says Nikheel Advani, Chief Operating Officer and Principal of Grace Bay Resorts. “We look forward to working closely with him as we continue to rapidly expand the Private Villa Collection to keep up with demand.”
Eastman is based in the Grace Bay Resorts NYC office. He has received the “Top Villa Specialist” award by Condé Nast Traveler in 2007.