We manage your hotels,
residences and workspaces

We brand your residence(s), and create footfall and experiences with our restaurant concepts. All our brands are 100% owned. We operate following brand guidelines and not brand standards, which allows us to be adaptable and flexible to your project, vision and location.






Owned Brands


Room Keys


m² Coworking Space

Award-winning CEO

The award-winning CEO of Kerten Hospitality, Marloes Knippenberg is the driver of the organization’s disruptive direction, creating international recognition for its collaborative and owner-focused approach that brings RoI and establishes win-win diversified portfolio strategies for investors. She is a mentor to young hospitality leaders as part of the global Sustainable Hospitality Challenge, contributes to the industry dialogue in key global platforms advocating a Rethink of Space and continuously drives positive change through WiH and other global advisory roles.

Most Innovative Hospitality Group UAE 2020

Best Full-Service Hospitality Group

Winner of Best Recruitment and Onboarding Strategy 2020

Hotelier Middle East Women in Hospitality 2020 Power List

Finalists Best Serviced Apartment at the Middle East Hospitality Excellence Awards 2020

Finalists Best Recruitment Strategy

Finalist Executive Chef of the Year

Finalist Young Hotelier of the Year

Over 30 Projects in 12 Countries

Our projects range in size from 20 to 1000+ keys, and from prime to up and coming locations owned by visionary developers, funds and real estate owners. Kerten Hospitality has become the exclusive Hospitality partner to many, playing a key role in the development of communities, destinations and bringing together the right mix of brands to create demanded real estate. Sustainable developments and next AGE of hospitality, is the common thread you will see across all our projects. Have a peek, and connect with us if you aspire to build, develop or rebrand your own.


Cloud7 Residence Ayla Aqaba

Ayla Oasis is a game-changing waterfront development situated along Jordan’s Red Sea coast is a trend-setting ‘bleisure’ destination that provides…

Saudi Arabia

Creating Destinations in Saudi Arabia

Located in the heart of Jeddah, The House Hotel Jeddah will be the first design luxury boutique hotel within a Mixed-Use project in Saudi Arabia. Adjacent to CityYard Plaza…

More than just a room

We manage your hotels and serviced apartments. We brand your project that includes a savvy combination of different components creating a destination to stay, work, shop, dine and socialize. We can operate all the outlets on your behalf and build a lifestyle destination with a community feel inside and out each space.

Our brands

We assist you with the planning of the most commercially savvy combination of all components hotel, serviced apartments, branded residences, serviced/home offices, restaurants, health care, retail, and anything else that is relevant to your project and vision.

Executive Team of Kerten Hospitality

Leona McDarby, CFO

Experienced financial leader in charge of global corporate fund raising Leona has 20+ years of IPO listing, commercial and financial management experience in global companies with significant operating scale and complexity. Her portfolio includes the building and opening of hotels, Global Asset Management, managing international transformational programs and served as CFO of large property development and investment groups.

Sanam Khan, Group General Counsel

Group General Counsel of Kerten has 13 years’ experience in the legal services industry, and is specialized in Corporate and Commercial Law, Succession, International Arbitration and Compliance. Qualified in Law from BPP Law School, London, she is fluent in local laws and regulations in the UAE, and the legal frameworks and practices in the GCC. Her advisory areas include cryptocurrencies, international insurance, company restructuring, distribution agreements, joint ventures, franchising and business setup, in addition to providing pre-litigation counsel and structuring transactions.

Mishary Alhajery, Country Director KSA

Mishary Alhajery is a prominent Riyadh-based real estate owner who has developed multiple hospitality projects in the past and who is an avid advocate for value-driven partnerships with organisations such as Monshaat, the General Authority for Small and Medium Enterprises, SAGIA and innovative drivers of the Smart City infrastructure. He is not only steering the growth of Kerten’s projects in Saudi Arabia, he has been proactively building communities around mixed-use projects.

Nicolai Padoan, Global Commercial Head and Director Development- Europe

An experienced hotelier who is Kerten Hospitality’s Global Commercial Head with the dual role of Director of Development Europe. He has a proven track record of delivering success by building successful teams and challenging the norm. Has 15+ years’ experience working in commercial roles within the hospitality sector, including a variety of Sales & Revenue and strategic positions for Hilton.

Antony Doucet, Brand and Marketing Director

Since the birth of the group, Antony has been involved, and led, the development of all 100% owned brands. He has been part of the opening of Hyatt Park Paris, editor of the Louis Vuitton City guide and has always been responsible for community build. One of Antony’s focus points is building communities and connecting people, which is essential to deliver successful mixed-use products.

Jaume Puigdengolas, Corporate Executive Chef

Michelin Star Chef Jaume Puigdengolas is the man behind the creation and development of the company’s growing portfolio of current and future F&B concepts. He has been Head Chef in numerous restaurants in Spain and has a vast experience in the Middle East.

Velina Nacheva, Head of Communications

Velina is a communications, PR and marketing professional with over 15 years’ of experience across the Middle East, Canada and Eastern Europe as part of global agencies, international media outlets and in-house marketing and communications teams. She is a synergies creator, an offline networker and a corporate storyteller with a passion for all things hospitality, aviation and travel. If she is not reading a book by the sea, she could be seen watching documentaries or setting personal and industry benchmarks.

Yeshwant Desai, Board Advisor

A veteran Middle East professional who has spent more than 40 years in the financial services industry, Yeshwant Desai is a Board Advisor to Kerten. He started his career in commercial banking and moved to the Middle East in 1975. In 1985, he joined Bank Muscat in Oman where he laid the groundwork for the company’s success. During his time as CEO of the bank, Yeshwant was heavily involved in mergers and acquisitions as well as overseas expansion initiatives. An astute businessman, he has actively advised leading private investors and institutions in Oman.

Tuncay Senli, Corporate Director of Food and Beverage & Project Openings

Both Kerten’s food & beverage as well as project openings are under Tuncay Senli’s watchful eye. A seasoned & dynamic hotelier, and a creative food & beverage leader, Tuncay has 25+ years of international experience in hotel management and operations. He is responsible for all facets of F&B including strategic direction, development of restaurants and concepts. His dual roles are well served by his expertise as well as global knowledge after having worked in seven countries throughout Europe, Asia Pacific and Middle East such as Turkey, Kazakhstan, Indonesia, Philippines, Japan, China and Lebanon.

Sandra Anido, Quality Operations

Sandra Anido has global hospitality experience in boutique brands having worked with luxury apartments in London, a boutique townhouse as well as a resort and club on the Turkish Riviera. She is the Kerten expert in charge of the new projects in Georgia capitalising on over 20 years of hospitality experience and a passion for art and guest-focused hospitality services.