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Four Seasons Resort and Residences Anguilla

  • Barnes Bay, P.O. Box 8028, West End, AI-2640, Anguilla
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Tekeyo Bodie

Director of Events
“You’re never really off when you’re an event planner. Sometimes the phone rings all night, and I always take the call.”

 

Four Seasons Tenure

  • First hired 2003, now since 2016
  • First Four Seasons Position: Reservations Agent, Four Seasons Hotel Exuma at Emerald Bay, (formerly a Four Seasons resort)

Employment History

  • Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort Saint Lucia; Four Seasons Hotel London at Canary Wharf (formerly a Four Seasons hotel); Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort, Bahamas; Kerzner International, Nassau, Bahamas; Four Seasons Resort Exuma at Emerald Bay, (formerly a Four Seasons resort)

Languages Spoken

  • English

Group guests seeking sunshine, sand and surf will find plenty to go around at Four Seasons Resort and Residences Anguilla. Those looking for something more will find Tekeyo Bodie. As Director of Events of the award-winning retreat located along the best beach on the island, Bodie is the point person for taking meetings and events over the top as well as across Anguilla and beyond.

“Everyone of our clients is unique, so every event we put together is different – I take all of their desires to heart,” says Bodie, relating the role that keeps him energised and enraptured, often around the clock. “You’re never really off when you’re an event planner,” he continues. “Sometimes the phone rings all night, and I always take the call.”

Group business tends more toward events than conferences, with incentive travel and destination weddings making up the bulk of the programming Bodie puts together. While there are no ballrooms at the Resort, there are several penthouse suites to work with as well as four dining and drinking destinations with open-air designs, manicured tropical gardens, and stunning settings with endless views along Barnes Bay and Meads Bay, the latter a semi-circle of white sand voted best beach on Anguilla by the readers of USA Today 10Best Beaches in the Caribbean.

How far can Bodie go with the above? “As far as clients’ imagination and budgets allow.”

These days, most groups are interested in immersion in local culture. The island is a prominent creative touch point for Bodie, who shapes culinary with local ingredients and herbs grown on property, arranges locally inspired programming such as sailing courses and Johnnycake-making classes led by Resort culinary talent, and of course entertainment based on local traditions. “We have a lot of opportunities that we can tap and others that just spring up. I always recommend something from the island as it saves clients a lot of time and money from having to plan programming and bring in entertainers themselves.”

Among Bodie’s go-tos is a local carnival trope highlighted by stilt walkers who strut their stuff on the Resort’s beach, and a folk troupe that tells the story of life and culture on Anguilla through vibrant music and dance. “People just love them. They get your mind racing, wondering what’s going to happen next.”

The resort launched offsite catering under Bodie, who has lined up exclusive locations for culinary events including private residences and two luxury villas perched high on a cliff on the island’s north side. There are also a lot recreational possibilities for groups, from boat building to embracing wellness together at the resort Spa.

“We really started from scratch and we widen the possibilities every year,” he says, crediting the hard work of his team, which includes two event managers and a dedicated banquet and culinary team. “I honestly wake up every day and say, ‘can you believe you’re doing this?’ People feed off my energy and creativity, and I feed off theirs. It’s a nice balance.”

Indeed. A native Bahamian named for no one in particular – “Tekeyo is Japanese. My mother just thought it was a sexy name” – Bodie was fresh out of high school with an opportunity for a full scholarship at college when his mother laid out his options. “She told me, ‘you can go to school and have no money for a while, or you can work and start making money now.” He chose the latter and aimed for hospitality, landing as a Reservations Agent handling groups and more at a Four Seasons former property at Emerald Bay. When he rose to supervisor, the Resort’s Director of Events took notice.

“He said, ‘I want you on my team.’ I told him I didn’t know anything about events. He handed me a big binder and said, ‘you’ll learn – read every page and sign it.’” Bodie was assigned to shadow an Event Manager. “I looked at the way she carried herself and how she communicated with clients and vendors. It was inspiring and challenging all at once.”

Bodie continued to gain more experience at other resorts in the Bahamas before rejoining Four Seasons as an Event Manager and Wedding Specialist at the company’s former property at Canary Wharf in London. He took another detour and then rejoined Four Seasons again as Senior Conference Services Manager in time for the opening in Anguilla. With a few more promotions, he assumed his current position in early 2019.

“I’m still taken aback by where I am now,” he says with a smile. “I didn’t spend a day in college, but with the willpower to succeed and the support of my family, here I am in a job I love. I wake up everyday and say to myself, ‘can you believe it?’”