Scheduled to open this spring, the Mission Pacific Hotel, a Joie de Vivre Hotel and The Seabird Resort, a Destination Hotel will offer 387 total guestrooms and more than 30,000 square feet of oceanview function space for a beachfront aesthetic in the boardroom. Additionally, the properties announced the appointments of Michael Stephens as area managing director; Brandon Hendricks as area director of sales and marketing; Melisa Lindley as director of travel industry sales; Tyler Garcia as director of sales; and Robert Yealu as area director of food and beverage. This marks the largest oceanfront hotel development in San Diego County in more than 50 years.
Set on an Oceanside, CA beach, these boutique dreamscapes offer true to place retreats and a bold spirit for meetings and events of varying sizes. The Seabird Resort is an art-filled property with a “flip-flop luxury” aesthetic; it will have nearly 20,000 square feet of event space. At Mission Pacific Hotel, a laid-back and bohemian-chic vibe sets the tone for its 13,000 square feet of function space. Both properties offer plush amenities, including pools, beach access, manicured grounds and spacious and interiors with plenty of natural light. There are also five food and beverage concepts—organic, farm-to-table fare at The Seabird Resort, alongside more eclectic and diverse cuisine at Mission Pacific Hotel—as well as a permanent art collection sourced by the Oceanside Museum of Art.
About the newly appointed executives:
Michael Stephens joins as area managing director to oversee daily operations of the new hotels. With almost 20 years’ experience as a general manager, Stephens possesses a global lens of the Hyatt portfolio, having begun his career at Hyatt Regency Lexington then quickly moving into similar roles at Grand Hyatt DFW, Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa, Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort, Grand Hyatt São Paulo, Two Roads Hospitality and Paradise Point Resort & Spa.
As area director of sales and marketing, Brandon Hendricks oversees the development of strategic sales and marketing plans. Prior to joining, Hendricks served as the director of sales and marketing for The Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale, AZ. With more than 25 years of experience, he has held leadership positions within a range of heritage brands in the United States, including The St. Regis Deer Valley, Sage Hospitality, The St. Regis Houston, Bellagio Hotel & Casino and Hyatt Hotels.
Melisa Lindley will begin her role as director of travel industry sales, as she possesses particular expertise in business, leisure and group travel. With more than 20 years in the hospitality industry, she has worked with an portfolio of brands including IMG, The Ritz-Carlton, AKA Hotels, American Express Global Business Travel and Forty 1º North Hotel & Marina. Prior to joining Mission Pacific Hotel and The Seabird Resort, Lindley led her team as business travel sales manager at Motif Seattle, a Destination Hotel.
As director of sales, Tyler Garcia is responsible for managing the daily sales efforts at both properties. Beginning his career at the front desk of the Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, he later spent five years at Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Golf Club & Spa as a group sales manager and business and leisure sales manager, then at Hotel La Jolla as director of sales and marketing. He most recently served as director of sales at Paradise Point Resort & Spa.
Robert Yealu serves as area director of food and beverage. His career trajectory has been a balancing act between food and wellbeing. Yealu was most recently the founder and principal of Treehouse Hospitality, a consultancy agency focusing on hospitality. He also has extensive experience in hotel management, serving as the director of food and beverage at The Embassy Row, A Destination Hotel, Lowes Hotels, The Madison, a Hilton Hotel and Destination Hotels & Resorts.