General Manager’s Message
April offered the perfect weather to host our very first Junior’s Tennis Championship. We were able to enjoy a weekend of some really good tennis from our young and upcoming junior members. I was amazed to see how good so many of the children that I have seen grow up in the Club have become and it was clear that the parents were all proud of what their children were able to achieve.
You likely noted that we removed the elevated seesaw swing at the outdoor playground as many members raised concerns with the safety of this equipment and we are actively looking for an alternative piece of equipment that will safely fit within the space. We just completed the rectification of the second squash court wall and it is now back to the high quality standard that you would expect. And finally, based on feedback from all of you, we are in the process of simplifying the guest registration process to only require members to enter the number of guest or personal employees; guest names will no longer be required.
With the renovation of the Sigis and children services area coming online in June, we have been busy working with the selected designer to finalize the plans and material selection in order to send the construction tender out for bidding. In the meantime, we are also working closely with our kitchen team designing an all-new menu that will promise to elevate the dining experience and create a new feeling with a more contemporary and modern feel. The timing of the new outlet is also perfectly aligned to the introduction of our new F&B Director, Mr. Ralf Dohmeier. Originally from Germany, Ralf has worked in the food & beverage industry within Asia and Australia for over 25 years, with a majority of his experience in the kitchen. He is also very familiar with Taipei from working with the Grand Hyatt – Taipei as the Executive Chef before moving to Korea where worked with the Grand Hyatt, the Four Seasons and most recently consultancy for a group of 5-star hotels. We look forward to Ralf’s culinary expertise to add the right finesse to our newly renovated Sigis dining and help raise the standards of our F&B across the board.
In addition to planning for the upcoming renovation work, April was a very active month for activities. Leveraging off last year’s success, approximately 250 members and friends enjoy our Children’s Easter Party where the events team did a fabulous job offering many new crafts and activities that gave the party a new fresh feeling to the members. The children enjoyed our Spring Break Sport’s Camps focusing on both tennis and swimming which was just in time for the Juniors Tennis Championship. Then on April 24th the Club hosted a party for all the long standing members who have faithfully supported the Club for a consecutive 25 years. We sincerely thank all of these members for the wonderful support and dedication that they have given to the Club over so many years.
The Parent & Child Doubles Championship will start on May 11th. Last year’s event was a huge success and we look forward to families sharing wonderful experiences together out on the court. Then the weekend of May 12-13th promises to be packed with plenty of activities including an Art Exhibition and Cocktail Party in the lobby on Saturday – a special Mother’s Day set menu in Sigis for the weekend – a crafts activity to make a special gift for mom and then our special Mother’s Day Sunday Brunch in the California Room. On May 20th we will hold another children’s cooking class to learn how to make decorated sweet buns and finally at the end of May, we will take members to explore the secret tunnels underneath the Grand Hotel.
With summer right around the corner, we would like to remind members of a few important rules to help ensure an enjoyable environment for all. Flip-flops and tank tops are not permitted in the Rendezvous, Gyoson or Sigis Dining Outlets. Children who are over 90 cm tall are not permitted in the opposite sex bathrooms or locker rooms and children less than 18 years of age are not permitted in the indoor Jacuzzi located between the men’s and ladies tennis locker rooms.
We appreciate your continued support as we strive for continuous improvement to reach our vision as the “Best Club in Asia”.
Look forward to seeing you at the Club,