It’s a story of love brought together by fate. 15 years ago in Melbourne, Australia young Eddy Sarton walked into a family-owned Korean market looking for a very specific ginseng tea. It was sheer fate that brought him into the shop. The then yoga enthusiast was looking for a detox tea, but little did he know, he’d walk out of there with the next chapter of his life. It was there that he met Judy, the woman who would later become his wife and the mother of his two daughters (ages 9 and 5).
Not thinking much of the dashing 6.4 ft tall Eddy at first and brushing him off to be a hipster chasing the latest cool trend, Judy didn’t pay much attention to him. But fate intervened in the form of Judy’s mother. She was the one who stepped in and decided to help Eddy look for this must-have tea that he had been searching for. And, one thing led to another, the two ended up dating and eventually married.
Today, Eddy is the General Manager of the New World Beijing Hotel and lives here with his family.
Hospitality isn’t new to this Aussie. Growing up, he’s helped his family host parties at their house for neighbors and friends. It was something he grew up with and something that he was always passionate about. Eddy proudly shows off his hand and the first burn he ever received from attempting to make a cappuccino with their fancy coffee machine at the young age of nine. Though he’s never received any formal training in the kitchen it’s safe to say that the hands-on training that he’s been receiving all his life is more valuable than anything that can be learned in a classroom.
Having grown up in an international family, Eddy was no stranger to traveling. He was fortunate enough to have great parents who travelled a lot with the family. After high school, he took a year off to travel all around the world, a decision that let him to truly discover himself. Still, Eddy’s always had a soft spot for life in Asia.
Upon returning to Melbourne, Eddy began his career in hospitality at the Grand Hyatt in Melbourne at the age of 19 as the Banquet Houseman in the events department, a decision that would later lead him half-way across the world to where he is today. Looking back, it was a humbling and rewarding experience in his career. As one of the busiest hotels in Melbourne, it provided Eddy with a tremendous amount of hands-on training in the industry. Today, that experience translates to a strong F&B team at New World Beijing Hotel.
It’s taken Eddy a few years to prove himself but his hard work has paid off. New World Beijing Hotel is about to celebrate its fourth anniversary this coming November and the hotel continues to boast a high occupancy throughout the year.
“Everything should move quickly but in the process, some things should move slow. I don’t rush things. I would rather have fewer events but very well-planned ones instead of illthought out ones,” says Eddy. Like his reserved character, his hotel also doesn’t rush into pursuing the next trend of the moment. He knows his market, his customers, and most important, is confident in the ideas that the hotel produces. Not only will New World Beijing Hotel’s restaurants soon be always on the tip of everyone’s tongue, they will also be producing great products with unforgettable memories year after year.
As we continued to sip our wine, the sun sets over Yin on 12 and we watch as one after another, guests take out their phones to capture the mesmerizing Beijing sunset and its silhouette of the CBD. New World gives guests a different view of the Beijing sunset. No CCTV underpants, no Yintai. Just a blend of mountains in the distance and the CBD buildings against the sunset. Eddy explains that New World Hotel is a popular venue for outdoor weddings, product launches, and exclusive parties. He couldn’t have been more right. Yin on 12 and the patio of the Executive Lounge offer those who want privacy an unforgettable setting in an unforgettable venue.
The demanding life of a hotelier can leave one stressed and with little time for oneself. As an avid swimmer, Eddy makes sure he takes time out of his day to spend some alone time in the pool for a few laps and to keep his body and mind in balance with a bit of yoga. But, the loving father of two is first and foremost, a family man and there’s nothing that can compare.
HOSPITALITY ISN’T NEW TO THIS AUSSIE. IT WAS SOMETHING HE GREW UP WITH