Six Senses Hotels appoints Heywood as COO

Paul Stevens By Paul Stevens
10 April 2019 | Updated 10 April 2019

Bangkok: Guy Heywood has been appointed as the COO of Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas.

Heywood joins Six Senses after spending the past eight years in his previous role as the CEO of Alila Hotels and Resorts.

With over 30 years of experience within the international hotel and tourism industry, Heywood started out in Australia as the restaurant and lounge manager at InterContinental Sydney. He then moved on to The Regent Sydney, before joining Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi and Four Seasons Hotel Singapore in a similar capacity.

In 1997, Heywood joined Aman Resorts as general manager of Amankila in Bali, before rising up the ranks to become the area manager for Amanresorts Indonesia, based at Amanusa. He then moved to Jackson Hole in Wyoming to become the country manager of Amanresorts Americas and Caribbean, which is based at Amangani.

Following that, Heywood moved back to Australia to be the group general manager of Voyages Hotels and Resorts in Cairns. While he was there, he was tasked with looking after the renowned properties of Lizard Island on the Great Barrier Reef and El Questro In The Kimberley, among others.

Heywood holds a hotel diploma from Cornell University and also has both Australian and British citizenship.

On being appointed to his new role with Six Senses, Heywood said: "The company has set new standards for thoughtful luxury, guest experience and environmental practices. This role is the ideal culmination of my past experiences all amalgamated into one."

Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas claims to be one of the world's leading operators of luxury hotels, resorts and spas, managing 18 hotels and resorts across 14 countries, as well as 37 spas under the brand names Six Senses, Evason, Six Senses Spas and Raison d'Etre.

An additional 18 hotels and resorts are currently signed into the company's development pipeline. In February 2019, Six Senses became part of the IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group) family of hotel brands.

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