Ask the Expert: Daniela Trovato

Family enjoying The Surf Club poolside

Guests enjoying cabanas at The Surf Club

Daniela Trovato, Vice President and General Manager of the Four Seasons Hotel and Residences at The Surf Club

Daniela Trovato, Vice President and General Manager of the Four Seasons Hotel and Residences at The Surf Club

As Regional Vice President and General Manager of the Four Seasons Hotel and Residences at The Surf Club, Daniela Trovato spends most of her days ensconced in one of the world’s most beautiful hotels. French designer Jean Dirand lent his hand to the hotel’s stunning interiors, while chef Thomas Keller oversees the hotel’s namesake Michelin-starred restaurant. There’s also a gorgeous spa, an expansive pool deck with luxurious cabanas and a Champagne bar that begs you to linger just a little longer. Just in case you’re not already convinced that The Surf Club is the perfect getaway (or staycay), we’ve asked Trovato for some insider info and we’ve also put together a packing list that will have you looking the part when it’s time to check in.

What is your favorite place at the Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club?
Daniela Trovato:
Recently, I have been enjoying our new Amedeo restaurant, an intimate concept within Lido Restaurant that offers crudos and champagne with chef Amedeo at the bar. I also love having a gelato from our cart or drinking from a freshly cut coconut while strolling the Surfside and Bal Harbour boardwalks.

What is most inspiring about this storied property’s history?
I love that The Surf Club maintains its sense of being a club with an inclusive atmosphere, despite how much the property has grown. Guests feel at ease as soon as they enter and are immersed in the beauty, genuine service, great products, and overall lifestyle it offers that you can’t find anywhere else.

As you were born and raised in Italy, what cultural attributes do you bring to your career?
In Italy, you grow up with a deep appreciation and love for hospitality. It is not just a job; we consider it an art form. Working with passion to deliver it is really a lifestyle.

In your carry-on, you always pack:
My diary, so I can write down any thoughts, and Bose speakers, so I can play music wherever I find myself.

What is a gift you recently purchased on a trip?
During my last trip to Florence, I bought traditional stationery with personalized wax seal stampers as a present for special people who I am sure will want to open their hearts and express themselves through a letter. Writing itself is a gift.

What has been the most thoughtful gesture from a hotel guest over the course of your career?
A birthday party that came as a complete surprise to me. It was a beautiful, intimate celebration surrounded by family that touched me deeply. I will cherish that day always.


Ready to book your stay? Here’s what to pack on your next visit to The Surf Club:


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