British of Iranian origin, over the past 20 years he has built up an impressive portfolio of investments in fashion, restaurants, transport, real estate and hotels industry, gathered within the company Alitas.

After working for large multinationals such as Coca-Cola and Philip Morris, Javad Marandi moved into real estate development and investment.

Owner of the Sofitel in Brussels and the Soho Farmhouse in Oxfordshire, he undertook an ambitious project and acquired the Chais Monnet in 2016 from the City Council of Cognac to renovate it into an independent luxury hotel. After two years of renovation, the hotel became the first five star hotel in Cognac.

As a enthusiast of great vintage wines and French gastronomy, he was delighted with the announcement of the Michelin star award ceremony which is going to be held in Cognac on 18 January 2021.

Owner of the Hotel Chais Monnet & Spa in Cognac