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About Michel

Michel Bouic heads up the team at The Marine Hotel as General Manager. Born into a French Mauritian family with a professional chef as father, hosting and entertaining came naturally to Michel as he developed a keen interest in the hospitality industry from an early age. He studied at the International Hotel School and spent the first two years of his career as Hospitality Trainee at The Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa in Cape Town. Staying within the Red Carnation Collection, he completed his training at the award-winning Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Retreat in the Cederberg, followed by his first professional appointment there as Assistant Front Office Manager. Over the past 15 years Michel had developed a solid track record in the luxury hospitality industry and acquired invaluable knowledge and experience, including a passion and appreciation for food, wine and service excellence. At Bushmans Kloof he steadily climbed the career ladder, holding various management positions that ranged from Food & Beverage, and Operations, to Private Villa Manager. This led to his promotion as Deputy General Manager, a position he held for three years. During that time, he further honed his managements skills, achieving much success in enhancing the luxury guest experience by means of motivating and inspiring his team to reach even greater heights. Michel and his family relocated to Hermanus in November 2022, where he took up the position of General Manager of The Marine Hotel.


Oversees the day-to-day operations of the hotel.

About Oelof

Oelof Vorster has joined The Marine as Head Chef. Armed with a diploma in culinary arts and professional cooking, he comes with nine years of experience as chef, the last three spent at Leeu Estate’s Le Chêne Restaurant, after stints at Pieneef à La Motte, Le Petite Colombe and Jordan Restaurant. He also notched up invaluable international experience gained at Stora Hotellet Bryggan in Sweden. His dedication to the craft, alongside a passion for the upskilling and development of his team, sees him taking the reins to lead the culinary experience at The Marine to even greater heights.

Oelof  Vorster

In charge of all culinary aspects of The Marine.

About Heloïse

Before her move to Hermanus, Heloïse notched up more than 22 years’ experience in management positions at other top establishments in Cape Town. These include as Deputy General Manager at Mandela Rhodes Hotel & Spa and Grand Daddy Boutique Hotel, as well as Operations Manager at The Hyde Hotel, The New Tulbagh Hotel and Hotel Verde. Known as a problem solver, she has a keen eye for detail and takes pride in supporting the GM in the successful management of the hotel.


Ensures the smooth running of the hotel by managing all departments

About Leoni

Leoni McFarlane is the Operations Manager at The Marine. She joined The Marine with 25 years’ experience in the 5-star hospitality industry, the last 15 at The Royal Portfolio where she held various positions ranging from Personal Assistant to the owner, to Front Office, Events Co-Ordinator, Executive Housekeeper, and HR Manager at La Residence in Franschhoek and Birkenhead House in Hermanus. She loves teamwork and leading by example, working hands-on with staff in every department.  At The Marine she oversees all aspects of the Food and Beverage department, as well as all day-to-day operations when standing in for the General Manager and Assistant General Manager.


Oversees all aspects of the Food and Beverage Department.

About Neville

Neville Mlaba has joined The Marine as Front Office Manager. He brings with him 11 years of experience in the hospitality industry, most recently gained at Hotel Sky in Cape Town where he was Assistant Front Office Manager for two years. His career first started at Cape Town Hollow Hotel where he worked in various departments over five years within the group. He then moved to Palala Boutique Game Lodge & Spa, before joining the opening team at the Holiday Inn Cape Town and later, the rebranded Cresta Grande Hotel. With an ‘always winning attitude’ he takes pride in all tasks, illustrating his passion and dedication to his work.

Neville Mlaba
Front Office Manager

Oversees all matters related to the front office.