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Why work at Darwin Escapes?

Hear straight from our wonderful employees
Mark Martin, Senior Search Strategist

Darwin Escapes is a relatively new brand, and it is very exciting to be part of the project to create an offering which is significantly different from what is offered by anyone else in the industry. It is also a great company to work for, with all of the training and tools provided to help me progress further in my career and make a difference to the company. It is a genuine pleasure to come to work everyday.

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Chefs looking for live-in positions – please see the jobs listed above, Even if you do not see a specific live-in job, please feel free to get in touch and we will evaluate our ability to meet your needs on a case by case basis.

The local area boasts a number of attractions, including the Rosemary Vineyard, ‘Osborne’ – the historical mansion and former home of Queen Victoria, a number of beautiful walks along the Isle of Wight Coastal Path, a 70 mile circular path providing an amazing way to see the island. The island is a paradise for those who enjoy outdoor activities, with a vast range of walks, cycle routes, hikes and kayaking events and clubs organised across the area.

The historic shipping town of Cowes is just a short distance from the resort and is home to a number of stunning beaches and the world’s biggest sailing regatta known as ‘Cowes Week’. Ryde is also close by and is a vibrant harbour town which is frequented by ferries and hovercrafts. Boasting a range of restaurants and well known eateries, it’s a fantastic place for those who love sea food!

The retreat is tranquil and peaceful; secluded by the beautiful woodland trees. However whilst the surroundings may make it feel like you’ve stepped back in time and away from the stresses and worries of everyday life, the luxury accommodation and onsite facilities offer everything in terms of modern comfort and convenience. The facilities on the resort include an air conditioned gymnasium complete with a range of free weights and cardiovascular machines, and a luxurious spa lodge which provides a number of blissful Aromatherapy Associates treatments which include wraps, massages and hydrating facials.

Finally, the Kellermans Restaurant provides a fine dining experience in stunning surroundings. With beautiful sailing-themed interior design which includes a central wood burner with aesthetic chimney stack and a range of sophisticated finishing touches to produces a luxurious ambience and help to create a vibrant atmosphere thanks to the interesting décor which includes sailing rope & buoy style furniture and decorations – attractive, quirky and also interesting talking points for our guests.

New for 2017 there is also ‘The Braai’ – a South African styled BBQ located outside in the summer months - serves up a range of exotic burgers, steaks and curries. Also starting in the summer of 2017 is the new Pizza Alfresco menu which provides a range of ‘wood fired’ pizzas in stunning grounds at Woodside Bay.

Working at Woodside Bay Lodge Retreat

Such is the popularity of the onsite restaurant that in 2017, the eatery has been expanded to cater for its popularity and now features The Braai as well as a new Pizza Alfresco menu and fire pit. It is due to the success of the retreat and the popularity of the current restaurant that the demand for high quality onsite dining options has increased. This has created a number of exciting opportunities for catering staff at the resort.

Whether you are a student looking to gain some work experience as a kitchen assistant on a part time basis, or an experienced Sous Chef looking to take your career to the next level with the retreat’s parent company Darwin Escapes; we’d love to hear from all enthusiastic chefs, cooks and those looking for entry level work. As valuable members of our team, who provide a crucial component of the overall holiday experience, all permanent catering staff are rewarded with great rates of pay, a pension scheme and opportunities to develop their career and skillsets. Staff can also benefit from a range of job specific training leading towards certifications such as those relating to food hygiene and health & safety.

All chefs and catering staff work enthusiastically towards the shared goal of helping holidaymakers carve beautiful memories that will last a lifetime. By creating a range of mouth-watering dishes in a wonderful environment, chefs can provide a unique fine-dining experience that will be a wonderful memory in itself. Chefs are continually rewarded for their hard work and are regarded as a pivotal part of the retreat’s team, helping us gain valuable repeat customers and positive reviews.

Why Do Chefs Love Working for Darwin Escapes?

Working for Darwin Escapes is both exciting and rewarding. We understand the value of enthusiastic and positive staff and therefore look to reward employees as we grow as a brand. Founded in 2015, Darwin Escapes has quickly developed as a go-to brand in the UK holiday industry as well as for those looking to purchase luxury holiday homes and static caravans. Expanding steadily since our inception, the company is now the 3rd biggest holiday resort operator in the UK, with an impressive portfolio of 20 luxury and family-friendly resorts across England and North Wales.

Darwin Escapes know the importance of loyal and proactive staff who possess important industry knowledge and experience from working directly with holidaymakers and ‘in the field’ as members of the kitchen team. With this in mind, as we grow as a brand & company, we continually look to our current employees first to fill exciting new roles that often develop. This investment in our current workforce has seen people move up to senior positions within the company and even move across to completely different departments, taking with them a skillset and knowledge that has proven crucial to our success.

Chefs and kitchen staff working for Darwin Escapes can expect:

    - Competitive Rates of Pay - A Pension Scheme - Access to the Darwin Academy Training Portal
  • Free use of Company Leisure Facilities
  • Discounted Spa Treatments
  • Discounted Food at our Restaurants
  • Discounted Holidays at our UK Resorts
  • To be Welcomed into a Friendly Team

Start you career with Darwin Escapes today by applying to one of the jobs listed below or contacting us directly and uploading your CV, even if you don’t see the specific role you are looking for at this time – we will keep your details on record and contact you when a suitable role becomes available.

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