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Dane & Samantha Buttenaar

MOTEL Owners

Meet Samantha & Dane, a young couple who have decided to take the plunge into Motelier Life in their beach-side, hometown of Southampton, Ontario.

With busy careers in landscaping and real-estate, every winter Samantha and Dane would spend a few months travelling, staying in a variety of accommodations, ranging from hostels to luxury overwater villas. Their favourite accommodations are small boutique properties, getting to know not only fellow travellers, but often, the Owners. This personal, guest-focused experience was something they found lacking in their own local tourism, and knew one day, they wanted to be the ones to provide in Southampton.

Combining their passions of real estate and tourism, their dream has been to own and operate a boutique beach resort. Samantha and Dane are the ultimate beach bums, and across all their travels, the most beautiful place on Earth is still their hometown. Known for one of the best sunsets in the world, as voted by National Geographic, and its powder soft sand and calm waters, Southampton is a vacationer’s dream. It is a little piece of tropical paradise in the North.

The beautiful town of Southampton deserves equally beautiful accommodations. With their travels, Samantha and Dane know the unique touches a hotel can provide such as lifelong, memorable experiences. Dane brings with him various skilled trades in construction, project management and general contracting. Samantha grew up in tourism, working at Blue Mountain Resorts, with years of experience in Front Desk and Guest Services. Their collective experiences running a property management company, has given them a unique eye for design, and an exceptional drive to bring life back to older, once-beautiful buildings.

On a hot summer day, taking a break from their time at the beach, Samantha and Dane stumbled upon an old motel. They instantly fell in love. Samantha and Dane knew it would be hard work, but also knew they wanted to restore this important piece of Southampton, as the perfect opportunity to start their retirement dream early.

What started as a lofty retirement dream, has now come to life at The Beach Motel. Through their travels, Samantha and Dane have incorporated their favourite memories and experiences into every detail throughout the motel, from the welcome beverage in reception, to the personal choice of activities in the lounge. This new endeavour is a true culmination of their passion for travel, love for their hometown, and dream of spending life at The Beach.

Jaris Edwards

Motel General Manager

Jaris has always took pleasure in serving others. After graduating from Fanshawe College in London, Ontario, with a dual diploma in Food & Beverage Management and Concierge Services, he began his management career with Fairmont Hotels & Resorts working at the Fairmont Banff Springs, Fairmont Singapore and The Fairmont Royal York. He transitioned to open the first Canadian Ritz-Carlton in 2011 in Toronto, Ontario, which is the host hotel for the Toronto International Film Festival.

Deciding to further his education in private service, Jaris relocated to The Netherlands after an invitation to complete The International Butler Academy’s Butling & Household Management Certification.

Jaris took this new qualification and worked on the island of St. Lucia for 3 years starting with the world-renowned Jade Mountain resort, managing the restaurants and Butler department. Wishing to experience the private service sector further, Jaris moved back to Canada to work as a Travelling Butler & Valet for one of Canada’s most prominent families working in Canada and internationally. 

Longing to return near his hometown of Tiverton, Ontario, Jaris took on a Household Manager’s role for a prominent estate on the shores of Lake Huron. Choosing to bridge between personalized private service and the hospitality sector, Jaris joined The Beach Motel during its pre-open stage to assist Samantha and Dane with the complexities of a hotel opening and to later manage the boutique property.

Born and raised in the Kincardine area, Jaris enjoys spending his spare time with his new nephew, Callum, who fondly refers to him as Funcle. Jaris also enjoys spending time in the kitchen exploring new recipes and sampling complimentary wines. Travel is an important part of his life, hence the various international work placements, and is often plotting his next adventure abroad.

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