Randy Shimabuku leads Four Seasons Bali
Veteran hotelier Randy Shimabuku has been named general manager of Four Seasons Resorts Balitaking charge of Uday Rao’s two iconic Jimbaran Bay and Sayan resorts as part of a new assignment with the company in Sydney, Australia.
Shimabuku’s appointment comes as Four seasons in Bali unveils a new spa, a new culinary team and an innovative immersive experience intended to showcase Bali’s vibrant culture and diverse landscape.
“As a leader, you need to be inspired and enriched to enrich others,” says Randy. “There is so much inspiration in Bali. I feel like a child again. I want to soak it all up and learn about the culture, the foods and the traditions – that sense of community is as important to our company culture as it is to the customer experience.
Part of the “Three Continents Club” after working in North America, Africa and Asia at nine properties during his 34+ year career with Four Seasons. His childhood dream was to be a professional pilot like the Pan Am captains he saw pass at the Honolulu airport, and he qualified to fly small planes at the age of 19. In the end, it wasn’t as fun as he thought; he opened the escape hatch and never looked back.
Working at sea level, Randy’s career skyrocketed over the next few decades. His journey with Four Seasons took him from Toronto to Tokyo, from Beverly Hills to Kuala Lumpur. Along the way, he has encountered more than his share of crises, including not one but two revolutions during his eight years as CEO of Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at The First Residence. He was the host-amazing as general manager of Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa, where he oversaw major renovations.
The seasoned hotelier approaches his new role in Bali with the same humble nature with which he landed his first job as a pot washer at 16. “Being more self-aware and open to learning as well as teaching is the only way to maximize my exposure to all that a new destination has to offer.”
He succeeds Uday Rao, Bali’s longest-serving general manager, who moved to lead the team of Four Seasons Hotel Sydney.
“I have known Uday for 30 years. We worked together in Tokyo. The way he entrusted me with the stations, as precious as a baby, speaks volumes about his deep respect for people and their culture. I feel honored to be the caretaker and am delighted to know the people at both resorts, who are true ambassadors for Bali and Four Seasons,” he says.
Randy and his Japanese wife Atsuko, two wine-loving “foodies”, look forward to exploring the traditional markets, fish markets of Jimbaran and the bustling food scene of southern Bali and Ubud.
“Bali is a unique island destination. You can disconnect completely from wilderness or secluded beaches one day, visit 9th-century temples and incredible art galleries the next, then head to the “city lights” to experience dining concepts innovative and mingle with people from all walks of life. in the world. I know Atsuko and I will love the strong sense of community and the nice balance between traditional village life and the cosmopolitan lifestyle. I feel so lucky to be here in Bali,” he says.
About Four Seasons Resorts Bali
Four Seasons operates two properties in Bali that showcase the best of Bali. The iconic seaside retreat of all villas in Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay covers 14 hectares of rolling headland and tropical water gardens adorned with hundreds of statues and shrines on the shores of the Indian Ocean.
Four Seasons Sayan is an intimate hideaway nestled between two rivers in the central highlands near Ubud. Entry to this architectural icon is via a walkway above the treetops, which brings you to a beautiful pond on the lobby’s roof to begin your descent into paradise.
Website Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay
Four Seasons Sayan website