Four Seasons Hotel Beijing
- 48 LiangMaQiao Road, 100125 Beijing, Chaoyang District, China
Four Seasons Tenure
- Since 2006
- First Four Seasons Assignment: Restaurant Manager, Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok (formerly a Four Seasons hotel)
- Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui; Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle; Four Seasons Hotel Pudong, Shanghai (formerly a Four Seasons hotel); Four Seasons Hotel Macao, Cotai Strip; Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok (formerly a Four Seasons hotel); Four Seasons Hotel Mumbai; Four Seasons Hotel Hangzhou at West Lake; Regent Singapore (formerly a Four Seasons hotel); Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok (formerly a Four Seasons hotel); InterContinental, Dubai
- University of Central Lancashire, Bachelor of Arts in Business Studies
- Manchester, England
It was a sense of early teenage adventure – and a love of food – that kickstarted Reza Jafari’s passion for the vast, beautiful and ever-surprising Asian experience. Born and raised in Manchester, England, it all began with visits to his sister and her family – approximately every two years – as they settled in a variety of Asian countries as a result of her work. For Reza, an epicurean with a fascination for world culture, it was a dream come true as he immersed himself in the rich variety of flavours, landscapes and experiences each destination had to offer.
Combining his sense of adventure with an ambition honed through a degree in business studies, Reza was determined to work and live in Asia himself and, after two years as a restaurant manager at the Intercontinental, Dubai he began his Four Seasons career as Restaurant Manager at the former Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok. Falling in love with Four Seasons inimitable familial approach, he set out to explore the group’s stunning Asian locations while developing his skills and strengths, most notably in the areas of food, wine and hotel openings.
His steady career trajectory saw him working as Director of Restaurants and Bars at Four Seasons Hotel Singapore and Assistant Director of Food and Beverage at Four Seasons properties in Macau, Hangzhou and Mumbai, before landing the role of Director of Food and Beverage at the former Four Seasons Hotel Pudong, Shanghai.
After nine years of soaking up cities, Reza was delighted when the opportunity arose to challenge himself as the Camp Manager at Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle in Northern Thailand. It was during his three years there that the seasoned adventurer discovered the sheer adaptability of his skill set, from helping guests explore the bamboo jungles to interacting with the camp’s rescued elephants, an openness and flexibility that then led him on to island life at Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui. Ensuring every guest was immersed not only in the wonder of this tropical wilderness but the full Four Seasons experience was easy for Resort Manager Reza, whose carefully cultivated knowledge of Asia combines effortlessly with his warm people skills and understanding of the iconic brand.
For a culinarian like Reza, the call of returning to the city and its tantalising foodie culture is never far away, and while he relished the challenges of his resort roles, there’s a part of him that will “always feel at home in a thrilling business epicentre like Beijing.” From its skyscrapers to street food, tea to temples, Reza loves to share Beijing’s dramatic merging of the ancient and modern with Four Seasons guests, along with his wife and two beloved sons.