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Uday Rao Appointed GM of Four Seasons Jimbaran

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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 months.

 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. Theres 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 islands central highlands near Ubud. With 156 villas and residences, Jimbaran Bay is like a traditional Balinese village set right on the oceans edge on the southern coast.

Im very excited to take on the management of Jimbaran Bay, Uday added. Operationally its 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, theres the new cooking academy, a new spa concept and the new Tropicsurf surfing program. Its 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 fields.

 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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