From a population of 22 million in Mumbai to 100,000 on Langkawi, Andrew Harrison has joined Four Seasons Resort Langkawi as general manager.
As a boy, Harrison would watch Whicker’s World on TV, intrigued by the glitz of five-star hotels and exotic destinations.
Having worked alongside his mother from an early age in her outside catering business, his first job was in his hometown of Harrogate, UK, where he started his career working in the restaurants, bars and banquets of The Old Swan Hotel.
From then on he has since become a citizen of the world having worked in ten countries and travelled to more than 60.
He has spent the last 20 years as a Four Seasons “nomad” in paradisiacal islands and vibrant cities starting with Four Seasons in Bali, Kuala Lumpur, Florida and California, then becoming general manager in Chiang Mai and opening the tented camp in the Golden Triangle, followed by further openings in Mauritius and Mumbai.
With a passion for languages, Harrison is fluent in English, French and German.
Over the years he has found a love for Russian and Indonesian, and his return to Peninsular Malaysia means he’s already working on perfecting his Bahasa Melayu.
“It’s great to return to Langkawi – this time to work,” commented Harrison.
“It’s a relatively undiscovered destination with amazing offerings beyond the postcard beaches.
“The UNESCO Geopark with its 550-million year old limestone cliffs, rainforest, mangroves, phenomenal birdlife and other indigenous wildlife is a gem to discover.”