Job Description

We’re looking for a highly professional and motivated boutique surf hotel manager to oversee the daily operations of our boutique surf lodge located in the Algarve as well as provide strategic direction. If you’re passionate about the hospitality business and customer service, we want you. You should enjoy working in a small team with a solid work ethic and be a valuable member of our company.

As a lodge manager, you’ll be responsible for planning, coordinating, and administering our boutique hotel services and accommodation facilities. You’ll make sure that all areas of the lodge environment run smoothly and work together, planning and supervising the activities of an extensive and diverse workforce to ensure our clients have the best experience possible during their stay.

Being the lodge manager is all about creating a positive first impression of the lodge using his or her high standards, attention to detail, excellent service, and friendliness. In short, you should do everything in your power to make the experience of our guests unforgettable. A lodge manager is proactive and loves working in the surf-related hospitality sector.

It is important for the hotel manager to be involved in all aspects of the hotel operations. You will be also responsible for dealing with complaints, strategizing, and preparing reports. You will be a key person of reference for employees and clients as well as external vendors.

The lodge manager must be able to guide the employees to work as a well-functioning team. Therefore, the ideal candidate will be a team player and an effective leader, able to set examples and foster a climate of cooperation. The goal is to enhance customer dedication and expand our strengthening of our surf lodge reputation.

Your qualification/experience:

  • Degree in Business Administration, Hotel/Hospitality Management, or a relevant field
  • A master’s degree in a relevant field will be advantageous
  • At least two years experience as a hotel, boutique hotel, or lodge manager or relevant role
  • Outstanding leadership skills and great attention to detail
  • Understanding of all hotel management best practices
  • Excellent customer service skills as well as a business mindset
  • Demonstrable aptitude in decision-making and problem-solving
  • Experience working in a fast-paced professional environment
  • Basic surf/ocean knowledge
  • Knowledge of hotel management software (PMS) is an advantage
  • Understanding relevant Portuguese and European laws and guidelines is a plus
  • Knowledge of Portuguese will be highly considered
  • Highly proficient in spoken and written English
  • Full driver’s license for driving in Europe

Here are  your responsibilities:

  • Supervise work at all levels and set clear objectives
  • Develop and implement an intuitive and efficient strategy to complete daily operations and hotel services
  • Plan activities and allocate responsibilities to achieve the most efficient operating model
  • Deal with maintenance issues, shortages in staff or equipment, renovations, etc
  • Collaborate with external parties such as suppliers, other sports activities agencies, event planners, etc
  • Communicate with customers when appropriate (welcome them to the facilities, address their complaints, find solutions to problems, offer information, etc.)
  • Inspect facilities regularly and enforce strict compliance with health and safety standards
  • Recruiting, training, and developing the lodge team


The position is open from the end of February until the end of November

This role would suit someone looking for a medium to long-term career opportunity in the Algarve.

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Job Overview

  • Experience

    2 years

  • Qualification

    Degree in Business Administration, Hotel/Hospitality Management or a relevant field

Provider Information

Tiny Whale Surf Lodge

Unique surf holidays focused on surf coaching in small groups, within a fully catered boutique lodge.