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Who's in Charge

Bali Hotels Appoint Key Executives

(11/26/2011) Two Bali hotels have recently announced the following key appointments:

Alan Porteous, General Manager, U Pasha Seminyak

John Westoby, Regional Managing Director South East Asia of Absolute Hotel Services Group has announced the appointment of Alan Porteous as the opening general manager of U Paasha Seminyak Bali, effective immediately.

An Australian, Mr. Porteous joins the hotel with over 17 years of experience in the hospitality industry. He first established his career in accounting and finance working with many hotels and resorts.
            Alan Porteous                                  Suhaimi Atas

Over the past two decades he has risen through the ranks to become general manager of several premium resorts including Iririki Island Resort, Vanuatu; The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Spa, Cook Islands; Mobys Beachside Retreat, Boomerang Beach and Peppers Balé Resort, Port Douglas.

Prior to joining U Paasha Seminyak Bali as its opening general manager, Porteous owned and operated A Tropical Nite in Port Douglas Queensland, Australia, that he purchased in 2008. After turning that business around and selling it, he has now moved back into senior hotel management.

Suhaimi Atas – Executive Chef, Aston Bali Resort & Spa

Aston Bali Beach Resort & Spa have announce the appointment of Suhaimi Atas as Executive Chef. In this role he will oversee the culinary operations for the 4 restaurants and bars of the resort, as well as Buffet theme nights and banqueting services.

Atas brings 16 years experience in luxury hotels and restaurants to his new appointment in Bali.

Most recently, Chef Suhaimi Atas was the Executive Sous Chef of Moevenpick Hotel and Resort Dubai. Prior to that, he worked at the Le Meridien Mina Siyahi, Dubai as Operational Chef of Barasti, Horizon and Pool Bar – acknowledged at the ‘Best Bar” in Dubai by What’s On Magazine in 2009 and who also voted as the Number One in Top 100 World’s Best Bars in May 2008.

Other management positions held by Atas include membership in the pre-opening team as Demi Chef de Partie at The Kempinski Hotel Plaza, Jakarta; Chef de Partie at the Intercontinental Mid Plaza, Jakarta; and pre-opening Sous-Chef for the opening team at Madinat Jumeirah  in Dubai, The Arabian Resort and at The Westin Dubai. During his career, Chef Suhaimi Atas has been awarded several Silver and Gold Medals at the Emirates Salon Culinary, Dubai.

“I am excited to join the Aston Bali Beach Resort & Spa and have the opportunity to share my passion for great food and to provide our guests with the best variety of dishes mixed with Western, Arabic and Asian flavors “ said Chef Suhaimi Ata. “I am very careful about quality and freshness. I strive to make way for the natural flavors of good ingredients to come across with creativity and excellence to the presentation.”

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