Alila Bangsar

Alila Bangsar is elevated above the hustle and bustle of Kuala Lumpur’s most vibrant and cosmopolitan district. The hotel, which is the group’s first property in Malaysia, is a modern, urban retreat that combines a haven for relaxation with a lively city vibe and world-class restaurant and bars.

Occupying the top floors of a mixed-use development known as The Establishment, Alila Bangsar celebrates Alila Hotel & Resorts signature charms and is set to be an instant destination for local urbanites and international travelers alike.

Meticulously designed by internationally renowned duo Lyndon Neri & Rossana Hu, the hotels 143 guestrooms balance privacy and streams of natural light with rooftop views of the Kuala Lumpur skyline.

A dedicated butler service in the Alila Living Room located on every guestroom floor with free-flowing refreshments throughout the day ensures a highly-personalized level of guest service.

Perched on level 41, guests will find a sky level lobby leading to a pool on level 40 with natural light where they can unwind amidst tropical-style landscaping, luxurious loungers with city views that create an oasis for relaxation.

Also on level 41 is French restaurant Entier, an avant-garde approach to fine dining. At the forefront of Kuala Lumpur’s new food order, Entier celebrates nose to tail dining – where every part of the animal or vegetable is used. Chef Masashi Hirouchi is the mastermind behind Entier who was the Chef at the 2 Michelin-starred L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon in London for five years.

The hotel’s bars have been conceptualized by Proof & Company, an award-winning collective of Asia’s most respected bartenders and advocates of curated, artisanal spirits, renowned for creations that have become fixtures on the World’s 50 Best Bars List.

Sustainability is one of the pillars of Alila Hotels & Resorts and in Alila Bangsar several initiatives have been implemented across the hotel such as the IPTV technology which allows guests to access destination & facilities information on their TV and the creation of nature friendly E-Zones for guests to enjoy and limiting the use of paper. A Press Reader app will be available to all guests which will allow access to any magazine and newspaper directly from a mobile phone or tablet as well as e-check-in via an iPad and paperless invoicing.

As with all Alila Hotels & Resorts, the destination is at the heart of the Alila Experience. Kuala Lumpur is an extraordinary and adventurous city to explore and a dedicated team is on hand to create personalized Alila moments and memories. Lifestyle activities are tailored to individual interests across five themes – Cultural learning, Conscious Living, Active Spirits, Culinary arts and Couple Celebration.

SHANGRI-LA HOTEL, BAHRAIN IN 2022

The 310,000-square-metre ‘Bahrain Marina’ stretches along a pristine coastline in the heart of the city.  The development will be positioned as the Kingdom’s premier lifestyle and leisure destination. In addition to the hotel, the multi-use complex will feature residences, a yacht club, shopping district, family entertainment centre and waterfront dining, retail and recreational spaces.

Within the complex, Shangri-La will manage a 250-room luxury hotel, 150 one- to three-bedroom suites, eight beach chalets and 21 waterfront villas.  Scheduled to open in 2022, Shangri-La Hotel, Bahrain will offer extensive recreational and meeting facilities, including five restaurants, a rooftop lounge, private beach, two outdoor pools, health club and spa, Kid’s Club and 1,038-square metre ballroom.

Shangri-La currently operates six properties in the GCC, with hotels and resorts located in Qatar, Sultanate of Oman and United Arab Emirates.  The group’s first hotel in Saudia Arabia, Shangri-La Hotel, Jeddah, will open next year.

 For more information, please visit www.shangri-la.com.

 

New Launch “Tinidee Hotel@Bangkok Golf Club”

Making a Difference for Business and Leisure

The re-birth of something new is always memorable, as is the transforming of Bangkok Golf Spa Resort into the Tinidee Hotel@Bangkok Golf Club”, a fresh and exciting resort under the Tinidee Brand. The brand’s unique positioning features 3 “W”s – Warm-hearted, Well-balanced and Well-appointed; these are all full embraced in the modern refurbishment that is “Tinidee Hotel@Bangkok Golf Club”, the perfect, convenient location for both business and leisure travelers.

Ms.Arthorn Vanasantakul, MD of MBK Hotel and Tourism stated that: “The Tinidee Hotel@Bangkok Golf Club” is operated by the dynamic and professional management company, MBK Hotel and Tourism (MBKHT), a member of MBK Group. It is an impressive resort in a tranquil setting, offering the perfect getaway for business and leisure. Nestled between two of the Thailand’s finest golf courses, Bangkok Golf Club and Riverdale Golf Club, the resort is just 45 minutes from downtown Bangkok, 50 minutes from Suvarnabhumi International Airport, and 25 minutes from Don Muang International Airport. Elegantly appointed, the stunning décor is a fusion of modernity meets local touch, enviably surrounded by natural beauty with less traffic, pollution and noise, more peace and quiet. We offer excellent value for money, because we do not have big city costs, so can offer top quality and city-comparable facilities at local rates.

Warm-hearted”– with warm, friendly and efficient staff and a typical local touch to deliver delightful hospitality at every visit. Away from the big city environment, somehow life seems less intense, people less rushed and more helpful…a visit to “Tinidee Hotel@Bangkok Golf Club” will restore your faith in human nature!

“Well- balanced” – the hotel aims to be a leisure center hub in Pathum Thani, with its extensive sport and leisure facilities. These include 2 premium golf courses to enjoy a game from early morning until midnight, a state-of-the-art fitness club offering more than 100 different types of workout equipment, an outdoor sport zone and outdoor swimming pool (open in August). Alternatively, guests can relax amidst the new tropical gardens, while the luxury D Health Massage offers an array of relaxation treatments with the emphasis on health.

Well-appointed” -featuring contemporary comforts with 168 stylish rooms and suites, all elegantly decorated, and offering commanding views across the golf course and surrounding countryside. There is a fine choice of dining outlets, top class facilities and meeting rooms that are perfect for business conferences, seminars or any special occasions, with knowledgeable staff always eager to ensure every event is a great success. We make a difference by delivering total flexibility, with meeting and conference facilities for 10 up to 300 attendees that can be tailor-made to meet your budget needs.”

Tinidee Hotel@Bangkok Golf Club

99/3 Moo2, Tiwanon Road, Bangkadi, Muang District, Pathum Thani 12000

Tel: +66 2147 5858, +66 2048 7093 E: tndbc@tinidee.com W: www.tinidee.com/bangkokgolfclub

Palace Hotel Tokyo

Tones Muscles and Sharpens Minds with New Health & Wellness Package

As Tokyo gears up to host the 2020 Summer Olympics, one of the city’s most celebrated hotels is getting into the spirit with Energizing Tokyo, a stay & spa package that comes replete with an à la carte menu of fitness pursuits – including swimming with an Olympian and a private meditation session with a Buddhist monk – to refresh both body and mind.

Forming the building blocks of a complete wellness getaway, the core elements of Palace Hotel Tokyo’s new fitness-focused package include:

  • Two nights of accommodation in a Deluxe-with-Balcony Room or Executive Suite
  • Daily breakfast at guests’ choice of Grand Kitchen or In-Room Dining
  • Choice of one of the following 90-minute experiences at Japan’s only evian SPA:

Vitalizing Signature, a body treatment incorporating traditional Japanese seitai acupressure work with deep-tissue-style massage to improve energy flow,

Celestial Therapy, a massage to improve the immune system and boost metabolism, or

Mineral Therapy, a massage to ease tension and relax muscles

From there, guests have the flexibility to add their choice of physical or meditative pursuits (at additional charge) from an array of bespoke activities, including:

  • A private two-hour swimming session with former Japanese Olympic swimmer and Asian Games medalist Hanae Ito in the hotel’s indoor pool.
  • A private three-hour biking excursion led by Tokyo Great Cycling Tour, with the option to request a custom route based on neighborhoods of interest and desired endurance level.
  • A private three-hour jog around the city guided by Tokyo Great Running Tour which can be personalized based on areas of interest and preferred fitness level.
  • A private two-hour kayaking outing hosted by Tokyo Great Kayaking Tour and tailored based on experience level and which parts of the city guests would like to explore by water.
  • A private 60-minute Aqua Relaxation Experience in the hotel’s pool, a therapy which uses water for resistance for a workout that combines gentle stretching with more active movements, helping to improve strength and flexibility while also achieving deep relaxation.

And for those interested in more contemplative yet complementary conditioning, Palace Hotel Tokyo is also offering, in collaboration with TOKI, these one-of-a-kind experiences to relish:

  • Two hours of private zen meditation with the head monk of a 400-year-old Buddhist temple
  • A private two-hour Japanese tea ceremony experience at a heritage home conducted by one of Japan’s legendary tea house masters – who is now over 90 years old.
  • A private two-hour introduction to shodō, the art of Japanese calligraphy, by a highly decorated shodō artist.

The anchor to the hotel’s new wellness offering is the neighboring Imperial Palace Gardens, whose perimeter doubles as a five-kilometer (three-mile) jogging or cycling track and where Energizing Tokyo guests can enjoy a leisurely ride on the hotel’s Bianchi brand bikes as part of the core package.

Energizing Tokyo will be available from May 1.

EXPERIENCE AN URBAN SAFARI AT SHANGRI-LA HOTEL, COLOMBO

Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo is delighted to announce the launch of its urban safari experiences, which have been especially curated for guests who wish to go off the beaten track and uncover the metropole’s hidden gems. From an exhilarating tuk tuk ride through Colombo’s lesser known streets to an afternoon selecting precious gems with a local expert, the concierge team at Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo offers guests unparalleled access to a bespoke collection of cultural and historical experiences.

Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo opened its doors on 17 November 2017 and is situated at One Galle Face along the Galle Face Green promenade – the most exclusive address in Colombo. The hotel offers uninterrupted Indian Ocean and city views in its 500 guestrooms and suites and 41 serviced apartments. Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo is one of the most prominent hotel launches in Sri Lanka in nearly 30 years and now serves as a gateway to the capital through an array of exciting immersive experiences:

Tuk Tuk Safari

Guests are invited to zip around the lively streets of the city in true Sri Lankan style. Colourful and characterful, the classic tuk tuks draw up right outside the hotel to take guests on an exploration of the city’s best local sites from the bustling outdoor bazaar of Pettah to impressive colonial buildings, army barracks and military lookouts still intact from the Civil War. Tuk tuks are the most popular mode of transport in Sri Lanka and this special urban tour ensures guests have the opportunity to feel totally immersed in the city’s culture.

Temple Trail

The well-informed concierge at Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo is on hand to design a curated tour of the city’s traditional temples. Guests are able to experience an inspiring and bespoke visit to four prominent Buddhist temples in and around Colombo – Gangaramaya, Abhayasinharamaya, Vidyodoya Pirivena and Paramananda Purana Viharaya. The trail allows guests to marvel at the Gangaramaya Buddhist temple’s eclectic mix of Asian architecture as well as observe a fascinating range of religious statues and artefacts. During the trip, guests will also have the chance to see famed architect Geoffrey Bawa’s beautifully sculpted Buddha statues at the Seema Malakaya set against a beautiful lake background – a perfect spot to reflect and relax.

The Gem Aficionado

In celebration of the country’s affectionate nickname ‘Gem Island’, the concierge at Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo can arrange a Sri Lankan gemstones session with a local expert in order for guests to gain a unique insight into the precious gems of Sri Lanka. From colonial times, traders have travelled to Sri Lanka in search of the most exquisite pieces. This unique experience informs guests of how the island became famous for mining and faceting gems. Further to this, the hotel can organise visits to a range of gem shops and workshops with the most delicate and stunning jewellery. This will give guests the opportunity to choose precious gems and have them individually crafted whilst in the city. Local jewellers in Sri Lanka are often involved in all aspects of the process including the mining, cutting, manufacture and design of the end piece, thereby creating a very special and bespoke experience for those purchasing the jewels.

The Gem Aficionado experience can be completed by the most luxurious and exclusive afternoon tea in the city at the hotel’s Sapphyr Lounge which boasts innovative gem themed intricacies such as sugar sapphires and custom made edible chocolate jewellery (the first of its kind in Colombo) presented in elegant mother of pearl jewellery boxes.

Sunset Colombo City Walks

Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo also offers guests the opportunity to take their urban safari by foot with hosted sunset city walking tours. The two-hour walking tour includes visits to prominent historical spots as well as the most hidden and discreet gems of Colombo. Whilst on the walk, guests will undoubtedly spot colonial landmarks such as the Old Colombo Lighthouse among other grand buildings all of which are all the more spectacular against the warm hues of the setting sun. The group leaders are enthusiastic and engaging with a true passion for telling Colombo’s story thereby making the city walks more than just a tour but a memorable and inspiring experience for all those involved.

The Art Lover

Colombo is well known for its art scene with the city’s famed “Art Street” bordering the scenically landscaped Viharamadevi Park. The “Art Street” comes alive on weekends with talented artists lining the streets showcasing their paintings of various styles and tastes ranging from traditional to contemporary. The hotel’s concierge will guide guests to the famous street and organise a stopover at the city’s iconic park. Not to mention, the city also hosts many art exhibitions which the concierge will also alert guests to.

In addition to offering one-of-a-kind urban safari experiences, Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo also provides an unrivalled social and dining scene in the city with five restaurants, bars and lounges offering an extensive selection of local and international cuisine, al fresco dining, daily live entertainment and innovative menus.   For those seeking serenity and the opportunity to unwind after their city adventures, CHI, The Spa is a welcoming sanctuary with seven treatment rooms, a 24-hour fitness centre, and a swimming pool and pool bar overlooking Galle Face Green and the Indian Ocean.

Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo’s offer, Discover Colombo, includes a Sunset Heritage City Walk to explore the colonial charm of the historic Colombo Fort, or a tuk tuk safari of street shopping for hidden gems, dining on native cuisine and more.  Priced from US$245 per room per night, the package includes daily breakfast, a dinner for two at the local specialty restaurant, 20 per cent off on food and beverages, and complimentary Wi-Fi.

For more information and reservations, telephone +960 689 7888, e-mail reservations.slcb@shangri-la.com or visit www.shangri-la.com/colombo.

 

HYATT REGENCY SERAGAKI ISLAND OKINAWA

SLATED TO OPEN IN LATE AUGUST 2018

Now Accepting Reservations for Stays from September 1, 2018 and Beyond

The first Hyatt beach resort in Japan, the luxury hotel is slated to open in late August 2018.

Presently under construction on its own island less than 60 kilometers or approximately one hour from Naha Airport by car, the 344-room Hyatt Regency Seragaki Island Okinawa faces the East China Sea in Onnason, one of Okinawa’s premier beach destinations. Located midway between the main island’s northernmost and southernmost points, Onnason is an ideal base for travel, whether to the rugged scenery of the Yanbaru area to the north or to the many UNESCO World Heritage sites dotted around the central and southern areas. Limousine bus service from the airport to the hotel will be offered.

Interior design by the Tokyo-based Hashimoto Yukio Design Studio draws from the rich traditions of Okinawan culture to create relaxed, uplifting spaces that make it easy for guests to connect and recharge. Throughout the property, sea, land and sky are united through breezy open passageways dappled with natural light. Of the 344 rooms, 320 will be housed in a seven-story wing on Seragaki Island; the remaining 24 will occupy a three-story beach house on the Okinawa side. A short bridge links the two zones, each of which will enjoy direct beach access. Standard guestrooms on the Seragaki side will start at 38 square meters in size. The 181-square-meter Seragaki Island Suite will count among the largest hotel residences in the prefecture, with a terrace adding 157 more square meters of space. The 24 beach-house rooms, ranging in size from 55 to 79 square meters, will be efficiency apartments suitable for families and longer stays. The largest will be equipped with full kitchens; the smallest with pantry-style kitchenettes. Upon arrival in the main reception area, guests are greeted by a massive mural of a genial blue whale on a gold-leaf field.

Six dining outlets will offer notable culinary experiences featuring locally grown heirloom produce and fresh catch of the day from Okinawan waters, in spaces that promise to create a new go-to hub of excitement in the local dining scene. Five flexible banquet venues may be configured to range in size from 90 to 150 square meters, comfortably accommodating business retreats as well as social gatherings. Each banquet room will have ocean views and terraces. The on-site Seragaki Island Chapel seats up to 40 people and will have a ten-meter aisle stretching toward the sea. Now with the launch of room reservations, prospective brides and grooms and their wedding parties can book and plan their entire stay at a beach resort exceptionally suited to destination weddings.

For more information about the chapel or to book a wedding celebration at Hyatt Regency Seragaki Island Okinawa, contact the Arluis Wedding enterprise at info@arluis.com.

 

AMANVARI

Aman is pleased to announce the debut of Amanvari, a peaceful escape and private oasis nestled between mountains and sea on the East Cape of the Baja Peninsula. Gracing the calm shores of the Sea of Cortes, Amanvari is scheduled to open in 2020. Comprising a hotel and private residences, Amanvari takes its name from the Sanskrit-derived words for “peace” and “water.”

Framed by the majestic Sierra de la Laguna mountain range, and hugged by the golden sand dunes of its own stretch of beach, Amanvari sits on a canvas of contrasts that was once the site of a hacienda where horses roamed free. The resort will be an otherworldly oasis offering moments of solitude in a dramatic desert landscape enveloped by the gentle calming waters of the Sea of Cortes.

Los Angeles-based real estate firm Irongate will develop Amanvari, Aman’s first property in Mexico which is set within Costa Palmas, a private beachfront resort community with 3 kilometres of swimmable beach. Irongate, in collaboration with Aman, has commissioned architects Heah & Co. who have approached the design of Amanvari with the overriding objective of allowing the surreal landscape to take centre stage.

Nestled between the sea and the mountains, each hotel pavilion at Amanvari will be like a serene island rising from the boundless terrain, allowing the lush flora and fauna to flow uninterrupted below. Resting on slender legs, the stilted structures are in keeping with Aman’s design ethos of ensuring that the destination informs the resort vision.

The resort comprises 20 bi-level hotel pavilions, each offering a generosity of space both inside and out. The pavilions will be spread across the resort’s bucolic landscape and boast floor to ceiling windows that open onto an outdoor terrace and wraparound sundeck, some with a cantilevered pool.

The main pavilion at Amanvari will form the heart of the resort presenting an open-air atrium set on the beach. This pavilion will be a destination where guests and residents enjoy three restaurants, a library and lounge, as well as a 30- metre infinity pool incorporating four hot tubs. The Aman Spa pavilion is planned to be steps from the main pavilion along a treed pathway, nestled at the heart of the site.

For those looking for a more permanent Aman lifestyle, an initial release of only 24 whole-ownership Aman Residences will be offered for sale. Set at the edge of the dunes, with panoramic Sea of Cortes views, facing the adjacent golf course, or within the organic farms, the collection of Aman Residences will range from four- to seven-bedrooms spanning from 1,207 to 1,858 square metres of covered indoor-outdoor living.

An extension of the Amanvari design aesthetic, the Aman Residences will be designed by Heah & Co., in collaboration with the families that choose to make Amanvari home. The residence homeowners will work directly with Heah & Co to customise their own version of the Aman Residence, which may include any combination of pavilions for bedrooms, theatre, fitness, yoga or a casual family room.

Chairman and CEO of Aman, Vladislav Doronin says “As we continue to evolve Aman, staying true to our ethos, brand and the lifestyle it offers, is our guiding force. Our number one priority is embracing our pathfinder spirit, and with it, introducing our guests to new destinations and experiences. In the context of Amanvari, the raw landscape on the East Cape of the Baja Peninsula, is a fitting location for our first destination in Mexico and illustrates our continued commitment to curating resorts of architectural distinction. We look forward to delivering an adventure that is a cultural and spiritual odyssey, as well as a discovery and celebration of its terroir.”

“It is an incredible honour and a dream come true for me to have an Aman resort at Costa Palmas,” says Jason Grosfeld, Chairman and CEO of Irongate. “It is a testament to the beauty of the East Cape that Aman has selected Costa Palmas to be their first destination in Mexico. The unique combination of desert, mountains and palm oasis provides us with an opportunity to create an architectural masterpiece at the edge of the Sea of Cortes. We are thrilled to have Aman join the collection of international brands at Costa Palmas.”

In addition to Amanvari, the Costa Palmas master plan includes a Robert Trent Jones II golf course, 18-acres of organic farms, the private members-only Costa Palmas Beach & Yacht Club to which residence owners will be invited to join, and Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos at Costa Palmas. Amanvari is set on a stretch of white sand beach at the westernmost edge of the community and will be an architectural jewel and restorative sanctuary.

A 45-minute drive from Los Cabos International Airport ventures away from the popular destination of Los Cabos and takes guests to the East Cape, where there are few tourists. Aman is presenting a rare opportunity to experience an entirely unique side of Mexico and a surreal landscape—one of golden beaches and desert roads that wind to rarely touched mountain trails, clear freshwater swimming holes, waterfalls, and sleepy fishing villages. Diving with migrant whales, sailing and fishing expeditions, fresh water pond visits with a resident biologist and visits to local ranches for horse riding are just a few of the experiences that await Amanvari guests and residents.

Privacy is the ultimate luxury. Aman creates sanctuaries that provide guests and residents with the feeling they so desire—of solitude, of being away from it all, but yet a sense of belonging. Tucked away in a far corner of the thousand- acre development where the sea, the wild desert and farmland meet, Aman is part of Costa Palmas, yet geographically and elementally removed from it. Wild and natural, it envelopes guests and residents in their own private sanctuary. The silence. The stillness. The quiet is all around, except maybe the murmur of palm leaves in the gentle breeze, and the pull of the Sea of Cortes just beyond the windows.

www.amanvari.com

Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore launches interactive play space and themed family rooms to anchor luxe family experience

Buds by Shangri-La opens at the first floor of Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore’s newly rejuvenated Tower Wing. An interactive indoor and outdoor play space spanning 2,150 square metres in total, Buds by Shangri-La features specially curated installations to take younger guests on a journey of discovery through four key narratives: embracing nature, adventure, camaraderie and independence.

Themed activity spaces encourage more fun learning: Muddy, for budding artists who like to make a splash; Stage, a music studio for young performers; Bake, a fully equipped cooking classroom for children and parents; and an interactive Party Room for celebrations.

Children under four years old will enjoy the specially designed Toddler Zone inside Buds, with swings and slides, a piano floor, and soft wall buttons that produce animal sounds, a ball pit and vintage kiddie rides.

Parents can relax at the Recharge café beside the Buds entrance and are assured of convenience and peace of mind with the use of radio-frequency identification (RFID) wristbands for children and natural organic materials.  There is also a nursing room for mothers adjacent to Buds’ entrance.

The fun extends outdoors, where kids can play make-believe inside a giant pirate ship structure offering challenging climbs and slides, and a water play zone with splash pads.

Families can also enjoy the free-form outdoor swimming pool located in the centre of the hotel property, with its wading area and jet fountain, and delight in exploring the hotel’s luxurious sanctuary of lush gardens spanning 40,500 square metres.

With the opening of Buds by Shangri-La, Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore strengthens its luxury family experience – integrating accommodations, child-friendly services and an interactive play area for children who are both hotel and non-hotel guests, to learn through play in a creative, self-directed and experiential environment and bond with their parents.

Buds by Shangri-La is open daily from Monday to Sunday, 9am to 9pm indoors and 9am to 7pm outdoors. Guests can enquire about registration fees, classes, special activities and further information by emailing buds.sls@shangri-la.com or calling (65) 6213 4833 or 4844.

Themed Family Suites and Deluxe Family Rooms

The ninth floor of the Tower Wing is dedicated to family travellers with a choice of five Themed Family Suites and 19 Deluxe Family

Rooms for families of two adults and two children 12 years old and below. The floor has a centralised pantry with a steriliser, induction heater and children’s amenities that are available upon request through a dedicated family concierge.

Each of the Themed Family Suites measures 72 square metres and offers an immersive space for children to sleep and dine, with unique whimsical interiors and dream-themed beds.  The five themes include Safari, Treetop, Castle, Underwater and Space.

The suites have two bathrooms, the larger of which is designed for children, additional shelving and storage space, a deep vanity sink for baby washing and space for nappy changing, as well as a pantry with an induction heater, a sink and a large refrigerator. A special feature of the Themed Family Suite is a connecting tunnel between the children’s bedroom and the parents’.

Guests staying in the Themed Family Suites will also enjoy effortless in-room check-in, a dedicated family concierge service, and complimentary access to Buds by Shangri-La.

At 38 square metres, the Deluxe Family Rooms include built-in beds to provide children with sleeping space without reducing the room size.  Families will appreciate the additional storage space and comfort.

In addition to creating a family-friendly atmosphere, Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore offers a range of exceptional childcare amenities from Stokke – the leading brand for children’s furniture and equipment – including car seats for airport transfers, strollers, travel cots and high chairs to smaller comfort items (bath time toys, bibs, thermometers, potties, nappy bins, sterilisers) and more.  These are available upon request prior and during the stay, and at the hotel’s restaurants to ensure families travel light, check-in fast and dine in comfort.

The Themed Family Suites start from S$900 per night, while the Deluxe Family Rooms start from S$430 per night. Guests can make reservations at www.shangri-la.com/singapore, by sending an email to reservations.sls@shangri-la.com or calling (65) 6235 1666.

Wilson Associates Brings Revolutionary Design to Malaysia, Singapore and Sri Lanka

One of Southeast Asia’s tallest hotels, Swissôtel The Stamford in Singapore completed the first phase of guestroom renovations in October 2017. The 73-story, 1,261-room Swissôtel draws its design influences from both Singapore and Switzerland. The Swiss attention to detailing was integral to the design of the guest rooms and the interior elements fit together like the mechanics of a Swiss timepiece. The hotel channels the effortless innovation and precision of the Swiss to effect simplicity in an urban setting. Everything in the room has a place and function, allowing guests to unwind in a contemporary, comfortable space.

Local flavour is accentuated through artworks which subtly weave Singaporean and Swiss themes into a continuous narrative. The design incorporates the Swiss Cross, re-invented as orange or red stitching on furniture, as well as in the artworks, the door pulls, the fabric patterns and the bed linens. Timber flooring features solid wood inserts reminiscent of a Swiss lodge and the rug designs are inspired by the timber flooring and veneer wooden wall slats.

A valet stand at the room entrance, with its many components and functions, is an analogy of the Swiss Watch box where everything has its place; added to the valet stand, an umbrella stand and a shoe platform further strengthen the local connection. The Swiss way of life is further reflected in the room snack basket designed with a picnic basket in mind, an accent chair that is a modern interpretation of the rocking chair, and a bedside table that is a new take on the Swiss life-saving brandy barrel.

In the bathrooms, each vanity counter features a “Vanity Box” packed full of toiletries with space for the guest to arrange their own items neatly – redolent of the Swiss watch boxes where everything has its place. Similarly, the minibar pays special attention to the placement of the condiments, cutlery, glasses and stemware.

Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Opened September 2017

Located in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur and the first Sofitel to open in Malaysia, this 17-story, 312-room hotel is situated in Damansara Heights. Wilson Associates was awarded the full scope for the 312-room Sofitel Hotel; from the guest rooms to the lobby, all day dining, restaurant, health club, ballroom, meeting rooms and executive lounge.

An existing 2,100 mm elevated platform posed both a challenge and the inspiration behind recreating the urban maze synonymous with Kuala Lumpur, a city whose different cultural enclaves meld together; where a fusion of cultural influences is reflected in the design and curated art pieces. By carving a series of raised platforms that gradually merge into different social zones, the elevated platform was made into an architectural feature to build a sense of anticipation in guests traversing from one space to another. It also subtly delineates the various social zones, creating pockets of space where guests can relax and unwind.

The entire lobby was re-oriented in a diagonal format to create a more dynamic social flow. A 10 meter suspended art installation at the entrance of the lobby is an abstract expression of the constant rain in Kuala Lumpur with the legends of local folklore inscribed into the transparent pieces.

All the artwork is bespoke and sourced locally, as is most of the furniture. The feature art “graffiti” wall facing the lobby features children’s fingerprints from across Damansara, a tribute to the children of Malaysia and showcasing the flora and fauna of the country.

The guestrooms include a walk-in closet and are contemporary in design with French influences evident in the burgundy accents, velvet and bespoke details. The rooms play on the definition of being “French” or how the French value personal appearances: a feature wall consists of a series of carved French vanity mirrors and whimsy is added with bespoke throw pillows in the bedrooms, with sunglasses and eyelashes representing men and women, respectively. Art pieces are integrated into the wall panels with a morphed Malaysian and French context displaying Malaysian flora and fauna with French prose.

The design of Le Bar centers on the 360-degree artisan coffee and pastry bar which links to the lobby and the all-day dining outlet. Towering metal screens inspired by the Wau Bulan Malaysian kites and evoking the architectural language of the Eiffel Tower create a visual framework to delineate this space with Sofi’s Deli, the hotel’s deli with its towering retail shelving and alfresco seating.

The circular Chinese restaurant, Wan Chun Ting, mimics the Tulou architectural form, creating a focal communal dining theatre, with private dining rooms and other function spaces radiating from the center. The dining theatre creates a central arena for the à-la-carte dining guests, flanked by towering Chinese timber pivot screens, with axial views toward the open duck kitchen, the tea display, and the Chinese accent metal sculptures that adorn the space.

In the private dining room, traditional Chinese screens provide a visual balance of “East meets West.” Modern furniture pieces with oriental touches are wrapped with fabrics synonymous with Chinese emperors, from silk with intricate embroideries to gold damask velvets that fully embody modern “chinoiserie.” Some French touches to the artwork create a western vibe.

The design of the ballroom is highly distinctive for its fan-shaped architectural volume inspired by the Malaysian Wau Bulan traditional fan; here the carpet and the ceiling seemingly merge with the Ppe-function area creating a visual and architectural connection between the two spaces.

Weligama Bay Marriott Resort & Spa, Sri Lanka

Opened July 2017

The first luxury hotel in the area and the only building in Weligama Bay, the Marriott Resort & Spa commissioned Wilson Associates to transform it into a contemporary urban resort that will attract both independent international travellers and families. The property breaks away from the rustic and more Mediterranean style typical of most hotels in the area and has a bold, contemporary design in keeping with its imposing edifice. Wilson Associates was responsible for renovating the lobby areas, guestrooms, food and beverage spaces, health club, ballroom and spa.

The overall design inspiration is based on Beeralu Lace, a lace type that is famous in Sri Lanka and used in all kinds of fabric applications. The patterns of the lace are prevalent as a motif throughout the hotel, in the guestrooms and the walls, both to provide a touch of Sri Lanka and to create a warm atmosphere contrasting with the edifice of the hotel.

Standout design features include the lobby and reflective pool. The lobby has the best view of the sunset and the space is designed to enhance the panoramic view of the ocean. The reflective pool mirrors the motion of the sunset. Wilson Associates also created an elongated fireplace in the middle of the reflective pool to turn on once the sun has set to provide a point of visual interest for diners. At the seafood bar, Wilson Associates created stilts to mirror fishermen fishing in the sea.

Most of the materials were sourced in Sri Lanka or India. Lace, rattan, timbre and stones were all sourced locally, making up about 80 percent of the materials. The artwork was created by local artists to ensure a Sri Lankan feel and to champion local talent.

 

THE WESTIN RESORT NUSA DUA, BALI

REST & REPLENIS

Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, February 2018”¦ It is all about personal renewal this Nyepi on 17th March 2018 at The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali with a thoughtful program created to acknowledge the island”Æs annual Day of Silence.

Nyepi is the first day of the New Year in accordance to the Balinese Saka calendar. It is celebrated with 24 hours of inactivity and the entire island comes to a complete standstill. This follows an evening of festivity where giant monster effigies are paraded through the streets. The lead up to Nyepi involves time-honored rituals with offerings to appease evil spirits and restore balance to Bali for a fresh new start.

The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali presents an exclusive Nyepi package for guests looking to getaway and experience this unique holiday in luxurious surroundings. Rates start from just IDR 1,800,000++ per room/per night to stay in a Deluxe Garden Room with a daily SuperFoodsRx breakfast for two adults and two children. This special offer also includes a buffet dinner on Nyepi Day, 17th March for two adults and 2 children as well as fun activities at The Westin Family Kids Club. Terms and conditions apply.

On the eve of Nyepi Day, 16th March, a beachfront traditional dinner to celebrate Balinese New Year with local cuisine and cultural entertainment will be available at IDR 450,000++ person. The next day, 17th March, all guests will be required to remain in the confines of the resort and so a flavorful international buffet dinner will be served at Seasonal Tastes from 6.30pm onwards for just IDR 495,000++ per person.

Nyepi is the perfect time to unwind and the award-winning Heavenly Spa by Westin has crafted a replenishing wellness package for families to enjoy together. This includes soothing massage treatments for two adults and two children plus a family yoga class for just IDR 2,100,000 per package. For some well-deserved personal indulgence, Champaka Experience also promises essential pampering with a natural facial, body scrub and relaxing massage for just IDR 1,550,000 per person.

There will be plenty of activities during Nyepi for the pleasure of in-house guests ranging from stretching exercises to fruit carving demonstrations and Balinese offering classes. Guided sessions of meditation and yoga will also be conducted by our resident Wellness Specialist, Jitendra Pokhriyal to start and finish the day on a reflective note for a token fee of IDR 125,000 net per person.

Little travelers will be kept entertained at Westin Family Kids Club with fun games, arts & crafts and safe play throughout the day in a fully supervised setting. There will be a family-friendly movie screened at 7pm followed by stargazing in the garden to see the night sky alive with twinkling stars.

All guests will be required to remain within the expansive grounds of The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali during Nyepi and relaxation by the pool is permitted. However, out of respect for this auspicious Balinese Hindu occasion, all noise must be kept to a minimum and lighting in the evening will be dimmed.

For further information, please visit http://www.westinnusaduabali.com/silenceday2018 or the resortӮs website www.westin.com/bali and follow the resortӮs social media channels www.facebook.com/westinbali and www.instagram.com/westinbali.