Already General Manager of Four Seasons Resort
Bali at Sayan, Uday Rao has now been appointed to also serve as
General Manager of Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay.
Arriving in Bali in 2012 as the Resort Manager
at Sayan, Uday was promoted to General Manager within just six
A native of New Delhi, Uday completed high school in India
before emigrating to San Diego at the age of 16 to study business
management in the United States, then in Japan.
Uday started with Four Seasons in 1991 in
Chicago, working as an overnight receptionist, then ascended
through various positions, transferring to Tokyo, Singapore,
Dallas and the Maldives. He returned to India in 2006 to open Four
Seasons Hotel Mumbai, serving as Hotel Manager.
“I have spent more than 23 years
with Four Seasons in various parts of the world at various stages
of my career. There’s no better place for me than Four Seasons.
This is where I belong and feel the best fit with the company
culture, the philosophy and the people,” said Uday.
Though located only 90
minutes apart, the two resorts in Bali feel completely different.
With only 60 suites and villas, Sayan is nestled in a lush green
river valley in the island’s central highlands near Ubud. With 156
villas and residences, Jimbaran Bay is like a traditional Balinese
village set right on the ocean’s edge on the southern coast.
“I’m very excited to take on the management of Jimbaran Bay,” Uday
added. “Operationally it’s a challenge, given all the various
elements that will be new to me – from the beachside Sundara
restaurant, which is constantly growing in popularity, to the new
culinary team encompassing a new Executive Chef and a new
Executive Pastry Chef. Plus, there’s the new cooking academy, a
new spa concept and the new Tropicsurf surfing program. It’s
genuinely thrilling to be part of all this.”
Sayan has its own
intriguing projects underway, including a new Asian-inspired menu
at the Ayung Terrace restaurant, as well as a new spa concept and
a new yoga pavilion by the sacred Ayung River overlooking the rice
“Our focus is on positioning Sayan as a
destination resort for spa, yoga, meditation and lifestyle
retreats, while at the same time, giving an authentic Balinese
experience for our guests,” Uday said.
As General Manager of both Resorts,
Uday intends to create more synergy between the two properties,
while keeping their characters distinct. “We want Four Seasons
guests to spend time at both resorts to enjoy a complete Balinese
experience,” he said.
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