Black Sheep Hotels brings together experience and expertise through its collection of country hotels, strategically located to showcase the true spirit and beauty of the Scottish Highlands. Our hotels provide an opportunity to explore the outdoors and experience the local culture and heritage.
We care for our guests through our innovative approach in providing distinctive, authentic hospitality. We employ individuals with a positive, enthusiastic demeanour who are considerate to every guest’s needs. We are dedicated to creating a ‘family style’ yet dynamic work environment that is enriching and rewarding for all.
Black Sheep Hotels will create a highly performing enterprise by focusing on what’s important – our guests, our team members and our Highland communities. We will build our business by enhancing and enriching the lives and experiences of each.
At Black Sheep Hotels, we as a family are firmly committed to the following values:
No temptation will be strong enough, no adversity severe enough for us to abandon them.
Established in 1991, Mars Enterprises and Hospitality Pvt. Ltd. has reflected the passionate and innovative spirit of its entrepreneurial promoter siblings, Sanjay and Rachna Narang. Sanjay’s ability to transform his unique vision into reality combined with the intuitive and individual design sense of his sister Rachna is the ethos of all Mars Group ventures.
The Group prides itself as a company of ‘firsts’ and its success is due to the rare pairing of micromanagement with a big-picture vision instilled by Sanjay.
Mars successfully launched the first-ever boutique hotel in Bombay, The Gordon House Hotel; the first-ever self-service American-style diner, Just Around The Corner; the first-ever South Indian chain of restaurants that served non-veg dosas, Dosa Diner; and the first-ever jazz bar and restaurant in the country, Jazz by the Bay. The list continues with the largest nightclub in Mumbai, Three Flights Up, and a charming hotel that transformed the secluded town of Landour into one of the most popular tourist destinations in the foothills of the Himalayas.
The Mars Group’s current portfolio includes, in Mumbai, The Gordon House Hotel, which has within its premises Havana Café & Bar, a South-American lounge bar; All Stir Fry, a legendary Pan-Asian restaurant; Pizza by the Bay, an iconic casual dining restaurant; and Eat Around the Corner, a popular all-day dining venue in the bustling heart of the city.
In Landour, a hill station in the foothills of the majestic Himalayas, The Mars Group’s portfolio comprises of Rokeby Manor, a quaint English-style mountain hotel and Rokeby Residences, which offer an array of holiday mountain homes with picture postcard views. To enhance the experience at Landour, the Group established a wide range of restaurants – Emily’s, Clock Tower Café, The Stray Dog Ale House & Stübli and Landour Bakehouse, where all the products are made from recipes that are more than a century old, adapted from the Landour community cookbook – and a full-service spa called The Little Salon & Spa Shed.
For travellers who love to be surrounded by ever-changing landscapes of the rugged beauty and timeless enchantment of the Scottish Highlands, our collection of Black Sheep Hotels marks such a journey, one that helps you switch off from the world. The scenery around each of our uniquely situated hotels will astound you – you’ll see nothing but uninterrupted mountains, lochs and forests, and our warm welcoming properties with stylish, cozy interiors create a one-of-a-kind experience that will stay with you. For more details about the Mars Group and its distinctive brands, visit www.mars-world.com.
Sharon Machado is the Jane-of-all-trades, always eager to help with solutions to any problems in the business. As Director, she has the grit and determination to complete any task assigned to her and that has made her a multi-tasker extraordinaire or, as most in the company often remark, "Ask Sharon, she'll know."
Vanessa Crasto, Vice President, is affable and approachable by nature. She's always ready to "lend an ear" and provide a solution to colleagues and customers alike and loves food ... just as long as she's not the one cooking it!
Sinclair Pinto, Corporate Chef, believes that the first rule of business is to stay out of mine! What happens in the kitchen stays in the kitchen, but what comes out on a plate is always memorable!
Robert Machado, Finance Manager, loves gardening as he believes money grows on trees. We do need to get him grounded and back in the office monitoring actual figures from time to time.
Sandesh ‘Sherlock Holmes’ Kotian is the Compliance Manager, who ensures everyone is doing what they are meant to be doing and is always around to make sure that quality is assured with his magnifying glass in hand.
Glenn Almeida, General Manager, is easy going and great to converse with. Glenn knows the hospitality business like the back of his hand. Loved by colleagues and clients alike, Glenn is a pleasant person to be around as his motto is that happiness centres around great food and good company!
Saket Gupta, General Manager is the unassuming mild-mannered negotiator who has the ability and patience to talk, listen and seal the deal. In other words, he is a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
Akhil D’souza, General Manager, a lover of photography, hiking and Formula racing, is spontaneous, honest and creative. The only serious aspect about Akhil is his passion for his work and his commitment to providing customers with excellent choices for food and beverage.
Nabil Sheber, is our General Manager, with a penchant for solving eclectic tasks. His curiosity to investigate and learn enables him to tick off tasks with ease. He has a unique way of analyzing the pros and cons of the business, thus delivering exceptional service and experiences for both employees and customers.
Leesa Almeida, Hotel Manager, possesses a charismatic and outgoing personality that makes her a favourite with all who interact with her. Being well-travelled, she handles all kinds of challenging situations with ease. Her motto is more wine, less whine.
Saurabh Kadam, is our Hotel Manager who wears many hats. His organizational skills, on-the-job training and precision at work are responsible for the smooth operation at the hotels. When nothing goes as planned, his ever-smiling and calm nature shine through. Simply put, leadership is the ability to hide your panic from others.
Puneet Asawa, Hotel Manager, is also known as the 'Chief Conversationalist'. He believes that hospitality is making your guests feel at home, which he does with a very enthusiastic demeanour. His commitment to go that extra mile with all who interact with him keeps everyone smiling.