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NEW WORLD GRAN BALI RESORT TO OPEN IN 2017

PT Mugie Bali Indah and New World Hotels & Resorts’ New World Grand Bali Resort will have a total of 413 units, which consist of 220 Suites and 108 Grand Suites, plus 85 Luxurious Villas.

On 30th March 2015, an agreement was struck between PT Mugie Bali Indah and New World Hotels & Resorts, a Rosewood Hotel Group brand, for the development of the five-star luxury New World Grand Bali Resort, which is destined to join the ranks of Bali’s most sought-after properties. The signing took place in Jakarta, Indonesia. New World Grand Bali Resort is the first New World Hotels & Resorts property in Indonesia and is scheduled to open in 2017.

New World Grand Bali Resort will occupy a whopping 10.8 hectares of land in the exclusive Pecatu Dreamland development, already slated to become one of the most happening spots on the island. Impressively offering the best views of the estate all the way to the ocean, the property is the only multi-complex compound on the southern coast of Bali, sitting atop the highest point of Pecatu Indah Resort.

This truly integrated resort will be designed by world class consultants and offer a luxuriously impeccable experience for families or couples beside an Indian Ocean panorama. Luxury amenities will include gourmet cuisine, a pool stage and dancing fountain, a wedding chapel, convention centre, a ballroom and meeting room, a water park with a lazy river, a kids’ pool, water slide and a forest-themed restaurant. Other finely designed facilities will include a rooftop lounge — a picture-perfect venue for a top-rank entertainment destination on the island – a fitness centre, signature spa, tennis court and the recreational option of the New Kuta Pecatu Golf Course.

Attending the signing from PT Mugie Bali Indah were President Director Djoni Hasjim, Chairwoman Sophie Soelaiman, Vice President Sales & Marketing Haseena Bharata and the Rosewood Hotel Group’s Sonia Cheng as Chief Executive Officer, John Shamon as Senior Vice President Technical Services and Claire Hao, Senior Development Manager.

www.nwgrandbali.com

NUO HOTEL BEIJING


NUO Hotels, a new Made-in-China hotel group pioneering Chinese luxury hospitality, is opening  its first property, NUO Hotel Beijing, as a lifestyle destination inspired by Ming Dynasty heritage culture while showcasing Chinese contemporary art.The launch of this NUO hotel will bring modern China to the forefront of the global luxury travel market. A lifestyle destination with striking interiors designed by Hirsch Bedner Associates, NUO Hotel Beijing represents the lifestyle and attitude of modern China, whilst honouring its cultural heritage. Inspired by this rich Chinese heritage, NUO Hotel Beijing will follow NUO Hotels’ core philosophies, encapsulated by four key brand pillars: Chinese, luxurious, contemporary and green.

This luxury five-star hotel has 439 spacious rooms, including 56 suites, as well as an Executive Club Lounge, all with floor-to-ceiling views of the city and a total of 3,000sqm of state-of-the-art meeting facilities. Elegant furnishings in warm woods and leathers, hushed jewel-toned accessories, plush silk-patterned walls, rich wooden and textured marble floors combine harmoniously in a contemporary interpretation of a Ming Dynasty-inspired residential style.

Adhering to the promise of environmental sustainability, the NUO property has carefully followed the gold-level certificate standards of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system. NUO Hotel Beijing’s building achieved pre-certification in the early stages of construction.

www.nuohotels.com

GRAN MAHAKAM

Hotel Gran Mahakam is preparing an alluring decorative and mouth-watering new cuisine to honour the holy month of Ramadhan 1436H. Guests will be welcomed with a ketupat chandelier hanging at the centre of lobby area and a replica of the Alhambra Mosque in The Rafflesia Room. Guests will enjoy a moment reminiscent of being in the heart of the vibrant Middle East with the theme colours of silver, gold and turquoise.

Hotel Gran Mahakam ensures all guests will have an unforgettable Ramadhan culinary experience with a wide selection from a sumptuous fast-breaking buffet at Le Gran Café and various tempting sweets, “tajil”, as well as the famous Bubur Tampah and new Ramadhan cuisine such as Tuna and Sweet Date Salad, Potato and Chickpea Salad, Sweet Corn and Beetroot Salad, Date Spring Roll, Rujak Juhi. They will also have some appetizing main course selections: Iga Sapi Masak Kurma, Nasi Daun Jeruk, Chicken Kebab, Lamb Tagine, Ayam Besengek, Opor Ayam Panggang, Chicken with Prunes and Almond, Gulai Iga Sapi and Nasi Bali. For dessert lovers there are new specialties such as Camel Cookies, Assorted Cenil, Bika Ambon, Manisan Kolang Kaling, Es Lobi-Lobi, Es Pelangi, Bubur Ketan Hitam, Es Jeruk Bali, Es Shanghai and Kolak Campur.

These menu items are only available during the holy month from mid-June to mid-July 2015 and prices start at IDR300,000++ per person (for adults) and IDR200,000++ per person (for children). Reservations will definitely be required. Please call (+62) 21 720 9966, or www.granmahakam.com for more information

NEW RETAILS OUTLET AT THE WESTIN RESORT

Two exclusive new retail outlets have been added to The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali’s boutique shopping arcade. Kevala Home is the retail store of Kevala Ceramics, a manufacturer that specializes in hand-made products and contemporary statement pieces created by a skilled team of Balinese artisans, whereas the Natural Light Candle Company produces hand-crafted candles with natural beeswax blends and fine European fragrance oils.

Kevala’s creations are proudly displayed in some of the finest homes, hotels, restaurants and spas around the world. Kevala produces beautiful and functional products and bring a little bit of style into a home. Before the opening of this new outlet, Natural Light Candle Company products were only available at high-end department stores such as Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdale’s and Takashimaya. Each candle is made in a large Bali workshop and would be a perfect souvenir to keep or to take home to family and friends.

The arrival of both Kevala Home and the Natural Light Candle Company complements the resort’s recent remarkable transformation that was carried out over the course of several years. These brands are expected to provide an elevated shopping experience for in-house guests. For further information, please visit www.westin.com/bali.

THE NEW FAMILY BLOCK

Widely known as one of the best family hotels in Bali,
Padma Resort Bali at Legian has proudly announced its newly launched Family Block which has been open since January 2015. Dedicated to families and guests with kids, the Family Block is one of the resort’s commitments to enhance the stay experience of family guests and to spoil younger guests, being designed for comfort with a unique artistic twist.

The new 64 sq.m. room has one master bedroom, one children’s room with a bunk bed, two bathrooms and a spacious private balcony. Kids will be busy with various activities and games like the air hockey table, PS4 and Wii. A children’s swimming pool 25m long and 45cm deep is available with three water slides, a juice bar, a gelato stand and a kid’s club.

Padma Resort Bali at Legian was recently recognised as one of the best hotels in Indonesia, receiving the Agoda Rating Excellence Award 2014 in the Fantastic category. Experience the excitement and holiday with your beloved family in the Family Block at Padma Resort Bali at Legian. For more information and to make reservations, please email reservation@padmaresortbali.com.

TIRTHA BRIDAL RENEWS ITS VOWS

Set high upon the cliff tops of Uluwatu in southern Bali, with panoramic views across the Indian Ocean, Tirtha Bridal is the ultimate wedding location and the pioneer of bespoke weddings in Bali. Japanese husband-and-wife team Koji and Yuka Koreyasu founded Tirtha Bridal in 1998 as a unique one-stop, double wedding destination with two stunning venues catering to an exclusive ensemble of bridal couples: Tirtha Uluwatu, an exceptional, 6,000 sq.m. resort surrounded by Balinese gardens and water features, and Tirtha Luhur, with an exclusive three-bedroom luxury private villa and wedding pavilion, indoor-outdoor dining (Tirtha Dining), pool, bar and relaxation gazebo, set on 3,000 sq.m. of landscaped gardens. Bespoke services and facilities include an exclusive on-site Bridal Boutique, while both venues are architectural masterpieces, internationally acclaimed for their visionary design and unparalleled wedding ceremony and reception concepts.

Not content to rest on their laurels, however, Bali’s wedding industry couple, the Koreyasus, felt it was high time to revamp this heavenly property and add new features, besides enhancing a truly magical experience for each couple’s extraordinary wedding day celebrations. Thus, a full renovation project is currently underway, taking place in different stages through 2015 and beyond under the guidance of renowned architect Glenn Parker – the original mastermind of Tirtha Bridal.

Some elements have already been completed, including a glass deck on the edge of the garden cliff, which now enhances the classic sunset wedding experience and affords magnificent ocean views underfoot – and breathtaking photographic opportunities. Adjoining the garden lawns, this area now accommodates around 80 guests for an intimate ceremony. A timbered lounge deck extension, adjacent to the chic main lounge and surrounded by stunning water features and pools, has also been launched. Combined, this dining space caters to up to 70 guests – perfect for timelessly elegant sit-down dinners. From December 2015 and extending into the second quarter of 2016, special focus will be placed on renovating Tirtha’s dining areas and the remainder of the resort. Throughout the renovation process, Tirtha Bridal will continue to take wedding bookings and operate as normal. The entire project is planned in such a way as to not disturb any operational activities.

“By improving our design, we offer couples the most exclusive options and a stylish flair to make their event unique, exquisite and magically memorable,” declares Yuka Koreyasu.

www.tirthabridal.com

RAFFLES JAKARTA OPEN FOR BUSINESS

With this opening, Raffles Jakarta brings the most modern facilities, technology and exciting, stylish restaurants and bars, along with 128 years of Raffles’ heritage of providing the warm and graceful service that is legendary of the Raffles Butlers.

Jakarta’s hospitality industry scene welcomed the opening of Raffles Jakarta on 16th March 2015, as an ultra-luxurious accommodation that will stand as a beacon above the thriving commercial hub of Kuningan at the heart of the thriving capital city. The hotel is exclusively linked to the new Ciputra Artpreneur Centre, a landmark development that opened last year and is dedicated to the celebration of art and theatre in the middle of Jakarta’s golden triangle.
The hotel’s soft opening expands Raffles’ portfolio to 12 hotels and resorts – from the flagship Raffles Hotel, Singapore, to ones in China, Cambodia, the Philippines, Seychelles, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Paris and most recently Istanbul.

Boasting 173 luxurious rooms and suites dubbed as some of the most spacious in Jakarta, each room features floor-to-ceiling windows framing views of this energetic and bustling capital city. Each one of the guest rooms is a tranquil sanctuary that comes with the authentic Raffles touch personified by the legendary Raffles Butler service that is part of the soul of every Raffles hotel.

Raffles Jakarta is a celebration of artistry and, in particular, a tribute to the iconic Indonesian artist Hendra Gunawan, whose legacy comes to life at Raffles Jakarta among the hotel’s elegant hallways, spacious ballrooms, luxurious lobbies and magnificent rooms and suites.

Like all Raffles hotels, Raffles Jakarta will be a place to meet, to conduct business and hold social celebrations, with spaces ranging from a private boardroom to the impressive 2.500 sq.m. Dian Ballroom. Later on in 2015, the Signature Raffles Spa will be one of the most comprehensive calm urban oases in the city with six treatment rooms, a choice of swimming pools, a cutting-edge Fitness Centre, a Yoga Terrace, tennis courts and a 300m jogging track around and through the lush gardens on the 14th floor.

ARRIVING IN STYLE


Holiday Inn Resort Bali Benoa welcomed its very first guests on 1st April, 2015. The property is humming with activities and will offer you an entirely different, family-friendly holiday experience that will truly set it apart in its category. With careful attention to detail and a thoughtful, full-service approach, Holiday Inn Resort Benoa Bali will provide a sanctuary for parents, families, groups and couples who are seeking comfort, quality and a well-earned break from the increasing pressures of everyday life.

Boasting an absolutely enviable beachfront location in the Tanjung Benoa Beach area, which is nestled right next to Nusa Dua, the resort offers 171 rooms and suites. There is a variety of accommodation options to suit every family size and budget, from specialized Kids and Family themed suites, Family Connecting Rooms, Pool Access Rooms, Pool View Rooms, Ocean View Rooms and simple Classic Resort Rooms through to the more deluxe Benoa Resort King Rooms and Premium Suites.
Conveniently situated on the southern part of the island of Bali, Holiday Inn Resort Bali Benoa is located just minutes from the city centres, places of cultural and historical interest and the Bali International Ngurah Rai Airport. Guests can book rooms and make the most of the resort’s opening offers by visiting www.balibenoa.holidayinnresorts.com.

THE UPCOMING DEBUT OF THE ST. REGIS MACAO


The St. Regis Hotels & Resorts has announced that The St. Regis Macao, Cotai Central is scheduled to open in the fourth quarter of this year. The St. Regis Macao will offer 400 exquisitely styled and lavishly appointed guestrooms and suites ranging in size from 53 sq.m. to 477 sq.m. providing the most discerning travellers with a unique, luxurious respite from the hectic urban pace. In addition to the dining experiences that reflects a modern Asian residential lifestyle, The St. Regis Macao will also pamper you with The Iridium Spa located on the 38th floor with views over the Cotai Strip that will set the mood for a luxurious and revitalizing pampering journey, while the expansive outdoor pool with 2,457 sq.m. of deck space will feature private cabanas and an idyllic oasis in the centre of the city.

The St. Regis Macao is renowned for its signature St. Regis Butler Service. When The St. Regis opens later this year, it will be the first and only hotel in Macau to offer 24-hour  anticipatory service, customizing each guest’s stay to his or her specific needs, tastes and preferences. For more information please visit www.stregis.com/macao.

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