General Manager, Capella Ubud
Mark Swinton hails from Vancouver, but he first came to Bali in 1998 and has lived on the island on and off since then. Having worked in hotels for over thirty years, his career has taken him to such far-off places as Malaysia and Bhutan. Now, back in Indonesia once again, he lives with his Balinese wife, who’s originally from a small village on the west coast. He joined Capella Ubud’s team after having opened a series of luxury lodges in Bhutan.
“My real passion is to be out in front. That’s where I can make recommendations. Local knowledge goes a long way,” Mark says, explaining that he likes to interact with guests. His days are spent roaming the vast property to make sure everything is in ship shape, collaborating with the resort’s leadership team, and catching up with guests. In the afternoon, he likes to go for a run to clear his head, while in the evening he often joins the staff in the Officer's Tent for the nightly canapé ritual, when guests gather for a glass of wine or beer and snack on cheese, charcuterie and other treats. “I love running through the villages and the rice terraces; it’s my form of meditation in the afternoon and then I come back and enjoy the evening,” he says.