The Ritz-Carlton, Paradise Valley appoints general manager

Posted 10/21/20

The Ritz-Carlton, Paradise Valley has announced that Steven Szenasi has been appointed general manager ahead of the resort’s late 2021 opening.

As the first Ritz-Carlton to be built in North …

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The Ritz-Carlton, Paradise Valley appoints general manager


The Ritz-Carlton, Paradise Valley announced Steven Szenasi has been appointed general manager ahead of the resort’s late 2021 opening.

As the first Ritz-Carlton to be built in North America in more than a decade, and the centerpiece of the $2 billion, 122-acre luxury master-planned development of The Palmeraie, The Ritz-Carlton, Paradise Valley is positioned to become a flagship property for The Ritz-Carlton brand, according to a press release.

Mr. Szenasi brings with him expertise in luxury hotel operations as well as  success across The Ritz-Carlton portfolio.

“We searched the world to find someone who truly understands the highest level of luxury and superior hospitality for which this resort will soon become known around the globe,” said Jerry Ayoub, president of Five Star Development, the resort’s developer. “Steven’s international pedigree and stellar performance leading award-winning properties for more than two decades made him a natural fit for this remarkable resort.”

In his most recent role as general manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain, the hotel was awarded the prestigious Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five Diamond Awards, while accomplishing the distinction of earning a second Forbes Five-Star award for The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Dove Mountain, the press release stated.

Mr. Szenasi’s leadership contributed to the resort’s superior performance.

“Steven is an exemplary leader whose decades of experience in luxury hospitality, in addition to his deep history with The Ritz-Carlton brand, make him the perfect fit to bring this outstanding new Ritz-Carlton property to life,” said Alex Ahluwalia, area vice president for the western region, Marriott International. “As general manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Paradise Valley, Steven will lead a team committed to delivering the personalized service and genuine care for which The Ritz-Carlton brand is known, while also creating lasting memories for guests.”

Mr. Szenasi’s career spans 25 years and comprises an impressive list of global luxury hotels within The Ritz-Carlton brand.

“The introduction of The Ritz-Carlton, Paradise Valley and Residences at The Palmeraie will undoubtedly change the landscape of luxury in North America. I feel honored to enliven this incredible vision of luxury, where guests will always delight in exquisite offerings complemented by thoughtful and intuitive service,” said Mr. Szenasi.

The Ritz-Carlton, Paradise Valley, will feature 215 hotel rooms with private entrances, detached casitas and oversized suites spread across 20 acres. The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Paradise Valley, surrounds the resort, offering two enclaves of multimillion-dollar estate homes and serviced residences including the Villas, 81 condominium-style homes priced from $1.6 million, and the Estate Homes, 39 single-family estate homes with prices starting at $5 million.

With the resort and residence’s opening comes the  debut of The Palmeraie bringing together five-star hospitality, premium luxury specialty boutiques, chef-driven restaurants and a Class AA office tower together in one setting.

For more information on The Palmeraie, visit To inquire about residential opportunities, The Ritz-Carlton Residence Gallery, 6720 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite 120, is open by appointment only.