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Global Industry Leader to Steer Bitter Endís Comeback

Published: Friday, November 22, 2019

The Bitter End Yacht Club is delighted to announce the appointment of Patrick Vincent Brizio to the role of General Manager and Owner’s Representative. Patrick will lead the iconic resort’s historic comeback following the complete devastation of Bitter End in 2017’s Hurricane Irma. Hailing from Cumbria in the United Kingdom, Mr. Brizio brings to the table over 30 years of experience in the global hospitality sector, as well as construction & development expertise in the Caribbean, Europe, Middle East and Asia. His proven track record with pre & post-openings, new construction build, and renovation projects make him uniquely qualified to guide Bitter End’s comeback anticipated to commence in 2020.

An accomplished and respected international hotelier with extensive experience in General Management and Project Development, Patrick has held executive positions with Soneva Resorts, Residences and Spas in the Maldives and Asia, as well as St. Lucia’s Sun Swept Resorts and Spas, and Lyford Cay Club in the Bahamas. He was also instrumental in property acquisitions for fund manager Jupiter Adria in conjunction with numerous resort, residential and marina developments in Croatia. In addition, he was the General Manager of the St. Lucia’s Bel Jou Hotel and Discovery Marigot Bay Marina Resort, and Managing Director of the prestigious Frégate Island Private Resort in the Seychelles.

Bitter End Yacht Club Managing Owner Richard Hokin observed that “Patrick has an incredibly strong background working with unique and remote properties that feature resort, waterfront and marina divisions, making him ideally suited to lead the resurgence of Bitter End 2.0.” Richard added, “His understanding of the marine sector is unparalleled in the hospitality industry.”
Before entering the hotel and construction and development industry, Mr. Brizio served in the Royal Navy for 14 years, as a director of marine engineering and shipbuilding for the Ministry of Defense properties and naval bases.

Patrick already feels at home at Bitter End, stating that “Bitter End is one of the most unique yachting, resort, and watersports destinations around the world. The Club’s North Sound location is unmatched in the Caribbean and our renaissance will be championed by our loyal, global community of visiting yachtsmen and yachtswomen, watersports enthusiasts and luxury travelers. I look forward to working with the Hokin family and the management team to usher in a new era for Bitter End.”

Bitter End Yacht Club is gearing up for a 2020 phased reopening led by its marina and mooring field and an expansive beach-fringed shoreline with Bitter End’s legendary watersports activities. Bitter End's shoreside amenities will include a one-of-a-kind beach bar and the reimagination of Bitter End’s landmark waterfront Clubhouse restaurant featuring two distinctive dining venues and expansive outdoor seating. Shoppers will find Bitter End’s iconic and fashionable Reeftique as well as a new General Store dedicated to satisfying visiting yachties’ hunger and thirst. “Just preparing our 64-acres and mile of shoreline for the rebuilding phase has been an enormous undertaking,” noted Mr. Hokin. “Our family is thrilled to have Patrick at the helm of this exciting new chapter in Bitter End’s 50-year history.”

About Bitter End Yacht Club
Bitter End Yacht Club is a family-owned island outpost known for its historical charm and is accessible only by sea, attracting travelers and yachting enthusiasts from around the globe for nearly 50 years. Located on the protected waters of North Sound on the perennially top-ranked Caribbean island of Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands, the quintessential destination is a sailing and watersports mecca, thanks to its near-perfect year-round sailing conditions, eternal sunshine and crystal-blue waters. Known for its casual, communal atmosphere and robust activity programs, Bitter End is a favorite destination for couples, families and groups, many of whom return year-after-year.

Laid low in 2017’s Hurricane Irma, the iconic resort is poised for a historic reopening in 2020.

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