Balboa Bay Resort – Sam El-Rabaa


Pacific Hospitality Group, LLC (PHG), has announced that Sam El-Rabaa has been appointed general manager of the AAA Four-Diamond Balboa Bay Resort, located in Newport Beach, Calif. El-Rabaa brings with him more than 24 years of hospitality-industry experience to his role as general manager having most recently served as hotel manager of The Meritage Resort and Spa, a 322 room luxury resort in Napa, Calif.

El-Rabaa will be responsible for overseeing the general operations of the 159-room resort, as well as the continued renovations throughout the property, including the lobby and the hotel’s restaurants, First Cabin Restaurant and The Bar, formerly known as Duke’s Place. Prior to joining Pacific Hospitality Group and The Meritage Resort and Spa team he served as director of operations for the Lafayette Park Hotel & Spa in Northern California, and numerous executive level positions with Renaissance Hotels & Resorts. His strengths and hands-on experience include a deep knowledge of hotel operations, a passion for food and beverage, and a dynamic and thoughtful leadership style.

El-Rabaa received his Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering from the University of Arizona and is a Certified Food & Beverage Executive, AH & MA. He enjoys being an active member in numerous community organizations and is looking forward to continuing his involvement in Newport Beach.

About Balboa Bay Resort
Balboa Bay Resort, the only waterfront resort in Newport Beach, offers stunning bay views and sunsets over the Pacific Ocean. The Resort features an award-winning fine dining restaurant and bayside terrace, First Cabin Restaurant, as well as nightly entertainment and dancing at The Bar. Other resort amenities include a full-service, 10,000-square-foot spa; a wealth of outdoor recreation, including a year-round heated swimming pool and whirlpool, water activities, and for guests to rent from the private dock: electric boats, stand-up paddleboards, and kayaks; and more than 20,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space. For information and reservations, please contact Balboa Bay Resort at 949.645.5000; or visit the website at

About Pacific Hospitality Group, LLC
Since 1987, Pacific Hospitality Group, LLC (PHG) has maintained a strategic vision and strong sense of core values as guiding principles for business success. With luxury hotel properties from Napa Valley to Southern California, PHG’s growing portfolio of hotel and resort investments reinforces the company’s cohesive vision. PHG manages, develops, finances, and owns hotel assets in California including Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara, Balboa Bay Resort, Balboa Bay Club, Newport Beach Country Club, Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, and The Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa Valley. In addition, the company owns and operates the Crowne Plaza Anaheim Resort, DoubleTree by Hilton Irvine Spectrum, and DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Ana / Orange County Airport. PHG successfully operates its hotels by consistently growing revenue while effectively managing costs, thereby maximizing each hotel’s NOI. By using a cluster strategy, PHG is committed to growing its market share and adding value to its portfolio through renovations, repositioning, and expansion.

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