Born and raised in Pretoria, Jaco has worked in the hospitality industry since he was 16 years old. Starting in the kitchen, front office and reservations, he quickly realised his passion and aptitude for providing top-class experiences to guests. Jaco’s ‘lead-by-example’ management style and hunger to always keep learning, is a testimony to a passion that still burns brightly. He has developed an impeccable eye for detail and strives to emulate some of the great GM’s who have played a large role in shaping his career.
“I approach my role as GM in much the same way as I would my favourite pastime, baking. As with baking, a keen eye for detail and some soul ensures that all the varied hospitality ingredients are combined to produce a guest experience second to none. Soul can mean many things such as the energy and attitude of the staff, the ambience of the common areas and the comfort of the bedrooms. Ensuring a synergistic balance of these ingredients across all three of Clico’s businesses – hotel, restaurant and bespoke functions – will be my top priority,” says Jaco.
Jaco joins Clico after leaving the wine lands of Hemel en Aarde in Hermanus, where a serendipitous encounter with Jeanette Schwegman, owner of Clico, saw Jaco and his partner pack up their home and their two Great Danes to move to Joburg. Jaco maintains that his decision was made easy because of his and Jen’s shared values and passion for hospitality.
Jaco describes Clico as intimate, warm and inviting and plans on further enhancing Clico’s strong reputation for providing luxury with the comforts of home.
“The best place to go back to is always home; where your needs are anticipated, your favourites are served, and a genuine warmth exudes from family and friends. My mission is to make sure that Clico’s guests are offered genuine experiences, that deliver just that,” says Jaco.
So, whether you’re travelling to Johannesburg for business or leisure, looking for a refined meal or need a modern event space; Clico welcomes you to take a deep breath and leave your stress behind.