The term Vanguard originates from the medieval French avant-garde which was typically the guard at the front of an army going into battle. The Vanguard was both bold and experimental. As a luxury boutique accommodation, we seek to provide guests with an unparalleled experience.
We are passionate in our values which comprise of Value Creation where every member of the team is responsible for driving the best value for our guests – small gestures can make a big difference and we want every guest to have a magical experience. At the same time, Respect for one another is a key value that is instilled not just among members of the team but also guests who stay at the residence. In addition, we pride ourselves on having Integrity which is a cornerstone to allow every member of the team to have a degree of autonomy and empowerment.
Finally, from concept to design and execution, there is a central focus on ensuring Care for environment and Care for society in how The Vanguard operates – for example, we avoid single-use plastics where possible and have invested significantly in technology to improve heat retention in the property as well as energy optimisation. We also operate responsibly to ensure we create sustainable local employment and aim to donate a percentage of free cash flow each year to charitable causes.
Charlotte is responsible for guest experience ensuring every small detail is seen to all the way from preparing rooms & access rights for guest check-in through to a smooth check-out. If you see her, don’t be afraid to pick her brain or simply say hello.
Shamima handles accounts and reservations to ensure everything runs smoothly at the residence. As a chartered accountant by trade, Shamima habitually fights Nayem on obscene expenses such as in-room purified air and excessive lighting. If you see her, be sure to tell her Nayem was right. 🙂
As Chief Quality Control Officer, Aasim is obsessed with touching everything. He can often be found in the residence jumping on mattresses to ensure they are appropriately soft and bouncy or inspecting furniture. His favourite colour is red and he loves danger.
Sarah is responsible for guest experience ensuring every small detail is seen to all the way from preparing rooms & access rights for guest check-in through to a smooth check-out. If you see her, don’t be afraid to pick her brain or simply say hello.
OUR JOURNEY SO FAR
Renovating the residence has been and continues to be a labour of love. It’s taken years of pain staking detail to complete phase 1 which allowed us to complete most of the ‘heavy’ infrastructure – things like acoustic sound proofing, thermal upgrades, automation, advanced plumbing, fire, power, lights. The feedback we’ve had from guests has been truly humbling and with every experience, we look to take the learnings to improve the next phase.
The focus is currently on getting phase 2 complete which will comprise our kitchen and living area – think of it as being something similar to an ‘executive lounge’ in design, ambience and offerings. Work should commence in Q3 2019 and we have already started thinking about possible gourmet recipes that will be cooked up by a local culinary chef. Watch this space and please share the love by following us on Instagram, Twitter and facebook.