Wednesday, March 07, 2018

A Secluded Paradise on The Turkish Rivera Amanruya Reopens Its Doors in April 2018

Amanruya will once again open the doors to its secluded spot on the scalloped Aegean coastline. The isolated resort, a scenic 30-minute drive from the bustling town of Bodrum, rests in spacious seclusion on 60 acres of forested hillside, overlooking its own private bay – a rare privilege on the Bodrum Peninsula. With flourishing pine forests, olive groves, the sound of cicada’s and the crystal clear warm waters of Bodrum Bay as its setting, Amanruya fulfills the promise of its name ‘peaceful dream’, providing guests with a serene retreat for a moment of peace surrounded by natural beauty

The perfect complement to its natural setting, Amanruya has the intimate and tranquil ambience of a village modeled on a Mediterranean-cum-Ottoman patrician villa. An entrance driveway meanders through a pine forest before revealing a first glimpse of the resort – a graceful collection of pavilions inspired by the region’s traditional Anatolian architecture, which blends traditional stone buildings with lush gardens. The resort’s olive groves and forest slope down, giving way to its sun-kissed private pebble beach, whilst charming courtyards and terraces enhance the village feel and provide a changing vista of the sea at every level. Local materials including stone, terracotta, acajau wood and Turkish marble in neutral hues make for an almost ethereal feel, most evident in the evenings as the Aegean sun sets turning the walls a blush shade of pink.

Amanruya’s accommodation is comprised of just 36 contemporary stone pavilions positioned amongst terraced gardens scented by thyme and shaded by olive trees. True to the Aman design philosophy which emphasises generosity of space, all pavilions are spacious and free standing, featuring white marble floors, high mahogany ceilings and white Mugla, hammam-style bathrooms with skylights. Ottoman influences include the Bursa arches joining bedrooms and bathrooms, exposed-beam ceilings and Turkish charcoal fireplaces to warm rooms and terraces in cooler months. Guests are further indulged as each pavilion boasts its own infinity edge swimming pool crafted from diabaz granite, complemented by a private covered pergola lounge and dining area, providing a truly harmonious environment for relaxation. Outdoor showers complete the offering.

Offering a real sense of escapism is Amanruya’s secluded Beach Club. Overlooking its own private bay, the Beach Club is an idyllic spot consisting of a series of intimate nooks and terraces artfully positioned amongst well-established trees, decorated with Ottoman divan lounge beds. The wooden jetty is the perfect base from which to dive into the refreshing salt waters. The ideal location to take in the perfectly still sea, dramatic sunsets and heart-stirringly starry skies, the Beach Club has fast become a favourite spot owing to its calming and tranquil atmosphere. A beach side restaurant is nestled amongst the trees of the club, and serves freshly caught grilled fish, refreshing salads and Turkish mezze.

The resort’s facilities are housed in free-standing stone structures with breathtaking sea and forest views. They include the three-storey Library with an intimate top floor lounge, a Dining Pavilions, a Wine and Cigar Lounge, and an Art Gallery that displays works from local artists. The pièce de résistance, is the 50-metre infinity pool, which lies at the heart of the resort. Beautifully crafted from green and turquoise marble sourced from Antalya, it merges into the shimmering azure waters of the Aegean Sea that lies just beyond, giving guests the illusion that they are swimming straight from the pool into the warmth of the open waters.

April will see renowned Turkish chef Ercan Soylu once again take the helm of Amanruya’s culinary offering as Executive Chef. Having launched the resort’s gastronomic debut in 2013, Chef Ercan is excited to be returning to his homeland and its vast array of fresh produce and seafood. Turkey is blessed with a variety of microclimates allowing the kitchens at Amanruya to deliver ever-changing seasonal menus taking advantage of the finest local ingredients available. Thought to be the originating influence for nearly all Middle Eastern cuisines, Turkish fare has always been a highlight of the resort’s menus, but international and Asian-inspired dishes also feature.

Studded with olive groves and domed white Ottoman-era cisterns, the beautiful rocky finger of the Bodrum Peninsula has long been a favourite with Turkey’s urbanites and international travellers alike. Located just 30 minutes by car, sophisticated restaurants and bars have flourished along the city’s marina.

Amanruya provides an extensive array of unique cultural and gourmet experiences and a range of excursions to the wealth of classical sites in the region. These include the ancient ruined cities of Didyma with its towering Temple of Apollo, Priene and its 5,000-seat theatre and Ephesus with its magnificent Gate of Hercules. The region also offers natural distractions including winding trails for hiking, mountain biking or horse riding, and beautiful beaches and forest glades ideal for picnics. Boating and other water sports can be enjoyed throughout the summer months, and a nearby golf club offers avid golfers their fix. And of course, like everywhere in Turkey, shopping in and around Bodrum is quite an adventure, with dozens of shops lining the narrow streets.

There are few places in the world offering the classical history and natural beauty of Amanruya’s magnificent Aegean setting. This fabled coastline is where Homer’s heroes were born, where the ancient Greeks consulted their oracles and the Romans built magnificent temples to honour their gods. The region tells a story spanning 5,000 years of history, providing reminders of its glorious past, vying for attention with spectacular scenery and the cosmopolitan modernity of the Turkish Riviera. Towns with ancient names inhabit the bays nearby, and traditional Turkish gulets drift by on the horizon, plying the turquoise waters between the Aegean’s many islands.

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

The Longhouse, The Boutique Villa in Bali

Outstanding architectural design, gourmet cuisine and five-star service in the hills of Jimbaran

A new boutique hotel and private villa concept opens its doors in the heart of Bali’s Jimbaran, giving travelers the opportunity to enjoy the intimacy of luxury villa accommodation with the service of a five-star hotel.

A celebration of rich Indonesian history, The Longhouse is thoughtfully inspired by authentic Balinese culture. Elegantly perched in the hills of Jimbaran, originally a tiny fishing village and market, The Longhouse is a departure from typical Bali hotel and villa offerings; meticulously curated by its owners with the help of renowned architect Popo Danes to reflect their love of the island, the property has been developed and programmed for guests wanting to discover the lesser known side of Bali. By fusing its stunning scenery with impeccable attention to detail, The Longhouse creates an idyllic escape away from the tourist traps of Seminyak and Kuta.

The expansive property, built in 2009, has completed an extensive renovation to offer just six exclusive bedroom suites with breathtaking views over the treetops of Jimbaran. Each stylish suite is named after an Indonesian island, with distinctive interior designs and local arts handpicked by the owners from their extensive travels across the region. No two suites are the same, providing an entirely unique boutique hotel experience.

The Bali Suite is the perfect combination of rustic charm and modern convenience, where the majority of luxury furniture has been crafted from Bamboo. With a private study, courtyard garden, and private plunge pool, it provides a tropical oasis for guests wanting to decompress.

The Lombok Suite is bathed in soft earth tones like the Sasak Pottery for which the island is famous. This spacious suite is a world unto itself with a with a luxurious bathroom featuring both indoor and outdoor showers and bathtubs, and double stone basins. From the brass motif on the door, to the welcoming Urat mask, there are touches of Lombok throughout the room. A private terrace and day bed provides the ideal view of The Longhouse gardens and distant landscape.

The Sumatra Suite is evocative of the lush forests and verdant jungle of Indonesia’s largest island – full of warm wood and tropical green. It’s most outstanding feature is the beautiful indoor/outdoor bathroom, the interior of which is dramatically designed with black volcanic stone and wood accented by a copper sink, and the outdoor portion is a huge stone bathtub set in jungle filled greenery and orchids.

The Sumba Suite pays tribute to the people of Sumba, who have perfected the art of Ikat tapestry to an exceptionally high standard. An excellent example of Sumba Ikat forms a centre piece of the queen size canopy bed with its posts of twisted vine. The Sumba bathroom is made almost completely of pale gold onyx stone using both rough and smooth surfaces. The suite boasts a private outdoor bale, complete with daybed for guests to relax on.

Named after Indonesia’s most populous island, the East and West Java Suites are accessible via the Java Hall, featuring specific batik motifs illustrated as a carving on the doors. The Java Rooms contain two super single beds that can be joined together for a Queen size bed. A long desk creates a convenient space to write and the sliding glass doors lead directly out to the garden and the charming pergola. The private terrace is perfectly positioned to enjoy the stunning view beyond.

With more than one staff per guest ratio at The Longhouse, the team of experienced professionals have been handpicked from some of the world’s most prestigious hotels to ensure a holistic hospitality experience, and are on hand around the clock to cater to all guest needs. As a dedicated team, they offer a spectrum of guest services - from cooking courses in Indonesian cuisine, to local village tours, Balinese massages in the in-house spa and mixology sessions.

Offering amenities and facilities beyond that of any luxury villa, a home theatre with a selection of movies is available for guests to unwind in, a hilltop bale offers a tranquil morning yoga spot or a picturesque setting for sunset cocktails, a vast infinity pool with open air lounge is a laidback social area for guests to relax, have a drink at the bar or unwind with a book, and a stunning private lawn works as a beautiful space for celebrating special events.

Food is at the heart of The Longhouse – guests can choose to dine in their suites or join the daily meals in The Longhouse dining room. From signature homemade Indonesian recipes to western and fusion dishes, the menus change daily and are made fresh on site by a team of passionate chefs. In the evenings, guests are treated to a unique dining programme which changes each day to offer an innovative alternative to the traditional hotel restaurant experience - from garden barbecues to candlelit banquets, at The Longhouse.

Linda Nederkoon, Creator of The Longhouse, says ‘’We wanted to give independent travelers, couples and small groups the opportunity to experience The Longhouse without having to rent the entire villa. By introducing a boutique hotel concept, we can be flexible to all of our guest needs and ensure we raise the bar for luxury villa hospitality in Bali. We’ve been developing the concept for some time and are excited to be opening our doors as a boutique hotel and private villa in December’’.

The Longhouse boutique hotel and private villa opened in December 2017. Guests have the option to reserve individual rooms or the entire property – lending itself equally to romantic getaways or larger group holidays and wedding parties.

Prices start from 190USD per night. 

For more information, visit The Longhouse

Tiara Nusa Estate Jalan Goa Gong,  Jimbaran, Bali 80361 +62 812 389 7623

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Kopdar ala MALE Indonesia: Workshop and Party

Glamour Photography

Clubbing bukan lagi menjadi agenda utama kaum millennial. Menurut statistik dari Association of Licensed Multiple Retailer, Inggris, banyak club besar yang dulu hip pengunjungnya kini turun drastis selama 10 tahun terakhir. Tidak berbeda jauh dengan yang terjadi di Jakarta.

Itu sebabnya MALE Indonesia ( mendirikan MALE Spirit Club, komunitas yang tidak tergantung venue, tapi lebih ke aktivitas.

Bersama Mercure Jakarta Cikini, MALE kembali menyelenggarakan workshop and party event, yang dikemas dalam satu paket acara yang menarik, Jumat, 23 Februari 2018.

Bayu Adhitya

Ini adalah program offline MALE, sebagian orang menyebut “kopdar” (kopi darat), yang bertujuan mendekatkan diri dengan para pembaca serta komunitas yang ada di Indonesia agar keterikatan emosional yang sudah terjalin secara online dapat lebih erat lagi.

Untuk workshop-nya, tepatnya "Glamour Photography Workshop", berlokasi di DeLangit Rooftop Bar, Mercure Jakarta Cikini, pukul 15.00 hingga 20.00 WIB.

Event ini terbagi dua sesi, sesi awal adalah pemotretan di poolside bersama tiga model yang merupakan "Girls of MALE Indonesia" yaitu Septi Cahya, Siska Rerica, dan Innesh Melan.


Setelah itu, dilanjutkan dengan digital photography workshop oleh Bayu Adhitya, salah satu fotografer kawakan yang sudah malang melintang di dunia fotografi, khususnya media. Tercatat Playboy Indonesia, Rolling Stone Indonesia, ME Magazine, dan MTV Trax Magazine pernah digawanginya.

Community Gathering

Selesai sesi fotografi dan workshop, acara dilanjutkan dengan Society Evening Party, yang berlangsung dari pukul 20.00 hingga 23.00 WIB.

Sesuai temanya, gathering party ini memang dirancang khusus untuk Male Spirit Club, yaitu pembaca MALE Indonesia, serta komunitas yang mempunyai passion sama, baik dalam hobi maupun personal interest.


Memanfaatkan  poolside dan bar Mercure Jakarta Cikini yang cozy, berlokasi di tengah kota Jakarta, sebuah kombinasi event antara photography dengan pool party. “Sebagai ajang bertemunya para penghobi foto dan partygoers. Dengan kata lain, ini adalah party with content,” kata Burhan Abe selaku Pemimpin Redaksi MALE Indonesia.

Sambil menikmati hidangan yang disajikan Mercure Jakarta Cikini, para undangan dapat menikmati performance dari FDJ Vhey pada Society Evening Party yang juga melanjutkan acara workshop pada sore hari.

Dan kenikmatan acara ini semakin terasa berkat berkat kerjasama antara MALE Indonesia dan Mercure Jakarta Cikini, serta sponsor dari Hatten Wines dan Diageo.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Belmond Launches Art & Fashion in Motion 2018

Eastern & Oriental Express, Bangkok

Belmond launches Art & Fashion in Motion 2018 – a collaboration with local artists to bring guests closer to contemporary Asian culture. Art and Fashion meet travel as one of the nostalgic carriages received an artist’s makeover by Thai artist, Somnuek (Parn) Klangnok; with whimsical drawings evoking a sense of fantasy; and celebrating the glamour of travel, Thai fashion houseVvon Sugunnasil introduces stylish new uniforms.

Celebrating 25 years of iconic rail journeys this year, Eastern & Oriental Express embodies the golden age of romantic rail travel mixing old world glamour with new cutting-edge designs and modern artwork – contemporary nostalgia.

Rolling throughout Southeast Asia; Parn’s creations are inspired by the magical sensation of travelling in a fantasy world; inspired by Parn’s personal experience of travelling aboard Eastern & Oriental Express.

Cabin Stewart

Commenting on his work: “Travelling on the Eastern & Oriental Express was a magical experience. From beginning to end, I was pampered by gracious service and amazing food & drink. As dramatic landscapes and intriguing cultures lined the way, everything appeared in a different light of enchantment.”

Bar Team

Spa Therapist 

The artwork depicts an ethereal world of Princes & Princesses, adorned with beautiful flowers, travelling in their joyful fantasy world for eternity – celebrating the Art of Living Well.

Drawing inspiration from the Golden Age of Fashion, emerging talent, Thattaworn Sugunnasil has created a new collection of uniforms featuring French tailoring, an art developed during his time in Paris.

Founder and Creative Director of Vvon Sugunnasil, Thattaworn is the designer of choice for high fashionistas in Thailand with his designs featuring regularly in the pages of the top glossy magazines.

Commenting on his work: “My ideas for the Eastern & Oriental Express uniforms are inspired by the actual travel experience which is of a level beyond luxury; sensual onboard refinement and inspiring views along the way.”

The silhouettes frame a minimalist interpretation of classic Oriental style with sabai draping necklines, prominent buttons, and subtle adornments.

Individual uniforms are specifically designed for each area of the train; the Bar Manager is attired in elegant emerald silk whilst the Train Manager will wear a bespoke single-breasted charcoal suit. In the dining cars, waiters wear classic white shirts and black trouser ensembles with sharp lines for a contemporary twist. The train’s pianist, who is a legend aboard the rails, will wear striking red velvet – all featuring classic tailoring that reflects the timeless luxury of rail travel.

Eastern & Oriental Express travels on one of the most magical and memorable routes in the world. Travelling through stunning scenery from Singapore through Malaysia and across central and southern Thailand, to and from Bangkok.

With its iconic green and gold carriages and elegant interiors evoking the nostalgia and glamour of a bygone era, the train carries just 82 guests in ensuite air-conditioned cabins with two dining cars, a bar car and outdoor observation car from which to enjoy the scenic landscapes of Southeast Asia.

Khun Parn

The Chef draws inspiration from the route of the travels, for fine dining with contemporary twists. Dedicated 24-hour steward service ensures guests’ every comfort is attended to and off-board excursions add extra dimensions to the experience.

The ultimate in slow travel, Eastern & Oriental Express whisks guests away from the fast pace of everyday life for a peerless adventure on the rails.

For full details and bookings visit HERE or call reservations via number 001 800 8392 3500.

Monday, February 19, 2018

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

Wilson Associates unveils their revolutionary design in three leading hotels in Malaysia, Singapore and Sri Lanka, to further underscore their position as the leaders in high- end hospitality design in Asia.

Redefining luxury hospitality, the three projects undertaken for Swissôtel, Sofitel and Marriott hotel groups were spearheaded by Wilson Associates’ Singapore office’s design duo: Aldwin Ong, Principal, and Leonard Lee, Asia Pacific Regional Managing Director and Regional Creative Officer.

Swissôtel The Stamford, Singapore
Phase one completed October 2017

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.

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Rosso Sets Out to Bring New Flavours to Savour

Tris de Paste

Led by Italian Chef Gianfranco Pirrone, Rosso, the Italian restaurant and lounge at Shangri-La Hotel, Jakarta, presents new menu, in addition to the list of Rosso’s Italian classic dishes.

Spuma di Cioccolato Albicocche e Menta

Italian Chef Franco presents the new creations with his own twist for this season. He is known as Rosso’s favourite guest homemade pasta and pizza maker. The new dishes will be available on the a la carte menu during lunch and dinner.

Spuma di Cioccolato Albicocche e Menta

Franco’s Signature Pasta
Among the many varieties of fresh pasta available at Rosso, Chef Franco highlights his childhood favourite – Cappelletti di Agnello con Crema di Parmigiano e Tartufo (Homemade Lamb Cappeletti with Parmesan Cream and Truffle Butter). Shaped like small hats, the menu represents his family’s Sunday brunch routine back in Italy, where it was usually cooked by his mother or grandmother. Additionally, Chef Franco will serve risotto and pasta cooked in a parmesan wheel, presented personally in the trolley. Other new pasta menu for this season are: Tris di Paste (Homemade trio of pasta: Ravioli Seafood with Basil Pesto Sauce, Spinach and Pumpkin Gnocchi with Parmesan Cream, and Beetroot Spaghetti with Gorgonzola Cheese), Risotto Zucca e Gamberi (Pumpkin Risotto with Shrimp), Tagliolini al Ragout di Funghi Porcini (Homemade Tagliolini with Porcini Mushroom Ragout and Parma Ham) served in a Parmesan wheel and Risotto allo Zafferano e Foie Gras (Saffron Risotto with Foie Gras).

Spuma di Cioccolato Albicocche e Menta

Gourmet Pizza
Chef Franco’s gourmet pizza is expected to elevate pizza to a new level. It is presented in smaller portion, thicker dough and made with premium ingredients, such as porcini foie gras can be tried in menu Pizza Porcini e Foie Gras (Pizza with Porcini Mushroom and Foie Gras).

Chef Franco also presents his Sicilian twist by applying scallop and lobster on a blackened pizza with Pizza Nera Aragosta e Capesante (Black Pizza with Lombok Lobster and Scallops). Meat lover is recommended to try Pizza Tartare di Manzo (Pizza with Classic Beef Tartare).

Spuma di Cioccolato Albicocche e Menta

For the desserts, the seemingly simple Chef Franco’s Spuma di Cioccolato Albicocche e Menta (Chocolate Foam with Apricot and Mint Sauce) is the highlight of the season. Other new desserts that available to choose are the creamy Panna Cotta Alla Vaniglia (Vanilla Panna Cotta) and Cremoso al Cocco E Fruito Della Passione e Frutti Rossi (Creamy Coconut with Passion Fruit).

Spuma di Cioccolato Albicocche e Menta

About Chef Gianfranco Pirrone
Chef Franco was born and raised in Sicily, Italy, where the beautiful landscape and natural beauty inspire the flavours and richness of all his culinary works. Inspired by the region’s cultural and natural resources, this personable gentleman appreciates cooking creations using fresh, healthy ingredients. He spent his childhood cooking with his parents and sibling, mastering the subtle art of seasoning and heritage recipes, which are now exquisitely presented in his signature dishes.

Aside from his traditional Sicilian influence, Chef Franco draws inspiration from the fresh taste and perfect balance of Italian flavours from other regions where he implemented each of his dishes. The chef takes delight in tailoring dishes to guest preferences and considers himself a “creative perfectionist”.

About Rosso
Rosso is located on the hotel’s lobby level, clad in red. Rosso, which means “red” in Italian, is a colour associated with passion and represents warmth and elegance.

Rosso is committed to serving authentic Italian dishes created using only the finest selection of fresh products. This combination is designed to stimulate the well-known Italian passion for vibrant food and lifestyle.

Rosso restaurant and lounge is open for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and for dinner from 6:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. For information, call (62 21) 2922 9999 or access the website at HERE.