Friday, January 30, 2015

Love is All Around @ Swiss-Belhotel Mangga Besar

February is the month of love at Swiss-Belhotel Mangga Besar. This month, the 4-star hotel located in the heart of Chinatown in the area of Mangga Besar and Mangga Dua, is preparing some fantastic offers.

Valentine Mocktail
Love Bites – Valentine Candlelight Dinner Special
Saturday, 14 February 2015

Impress your sweetheart with an evening of great food, wine and violin music in the romantic atmosphere of the 26th floor Executive Lounge with a fantastic view of the city. Indulge in an exquisite 5-course dinner presented by Joe’s Grill. Executive Chef, Sudaryanto, has prepared an appetizer, duck confit, pumpkin soup and a choice of tenderloin or grilled Tasmanian salmon, a mousse dessert and petit fours including a glass of sparkling wine. Couples can also take a photo in a romantic photo booth and take it home as a souvenir. As well as enjoying a fabulous door prize of Complimentary 1-night stay in the romantic Deluxe Honeymoon Suite worth of Rp2,500,000 this can be used instantly and many more wonderful offers. This feast of love is offered for Rp818,000++ per couple.

Reservation required due to limited seating.

Wonton Duck Noodle
Chinese New Year Prosperity Dinner
Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Celebrate the coming Year of The Goat with your family at Swiss-Café. The extensive special buffet features selections of Chinese New Year themed dishes as well as the iconic Yusheng.  The celebration will open with a Lion Dance performance and entertained with a Guzheng musical performance. A fantastic lucky draw will also be held from the wish tree with various wonderful prizes. The buffet dinner is offered for Rp198,000++ per person.

The monthly promotion, Swiss-Café presents Wonton Duck Noodles, Chinese noodles with vegetables, roast duck slices and a fried wonton on the side. Offers at only Rp78,000++. The menu is also available for Room Service.

Prawn Mango
Don’t forget, the special discounts for Buffet Lunch and Dinner at Swiss-Café for dining on Saturday and Sunday only. Either 10%, 20% or 50% discount which you can draw from a lucky dip. Buffet Lunch or Dinner at Swiss-Café also includes a Mocktail of the Month and free flow iced water.

Relax and unwind at Silver Lounge at lobby level and try our tasty Prawn Mango Springroll, a tasty and crunchy springroll filled with prawn and mango and served with sweet & sour dipping sauce. This delicious snack is offered at Rp58,000++.

Don’t forget to stop by the Cake Shop in the lobby area. Raspberry Love Bavarois is our Cake of The Month. A-heart shaped dessert a fresh taste of raspberry that is perfect for Valentine’s Day only at Rp 208,000++ to dine in or take away. Enjoy a 50% discount off all displayed items at the Cake Shop from 18:00 hrs until 21:00 hrs, terms and conditions apply.

Joe’s Grill is continuing last month’s successful promotion. Receive 1 item free for every 1 item purchased of imported meats from the Chef’s Choice. It really is a great deal when you get to taste delicious imported meat steaks at Joe’s Grill. Don’t forget to order your favorite wine to accompany your meal. Joe’s Grill has a list of selected wine you can choose from. Also enjoy a “Buy 1 Get 1 Promo” for selected bottles of wine from our Sommelier Recommendation.

Raspberry Love Bavarois
Last but not least, don’t miss the “Love Potion” Promotion of cocktails and mocktails at Swiss-Café, Silver Lounge or Joe’s Grill. Honey Bunny, a sweet mocktail blending honeydew melon, kiwi, pineapple juice and vanilla ice cream. Or Strawberry Kisses, a blend of strawberry and banana with some marshmallow inside. All offered at only Rp38,000++.

From the cocktail selection, sample Drunk in love with the taste of Kiss From A Rose, with amareto, vanilla, monin and milk. Or take a sip of Lady Valentine, a mix of gin, egg white and lemon juice. All offer at only Rp88,000++.

About Swiss-Belhotel Mangga Besar, Jakarta
Swiss-Belhotel Mangga Besar located right in the heart of Chinatown in the area of Mangga Besar and Mangga Dua, known as important business centers for traders, as well as shopping and entertainment centers. Only 10 minutes to Taman Impian Jaya Ancol, 10 minutes to Jakarta International Trade Fair Kemayoran, and 30 minutes from Soekarno-Hatta Airport via the toll way.  The hotel consists of 246 rooms and MICE facilities that can accommodate up to 2,000 people. Great Location, service and stay.

Swiss-Belhotel Mangga Besar
Jl. Kartini Raya No. 57, Jakarta Pusat 10750
Telp: (62-21) 6393 888, Fax: (62-21) 6595 888

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Meliá Adds its Eleventh Hotel in Indonesia

  • Kuta in Bali is a leading destination for leisure travel
  • After a full renovation to adapt to brand standards, in 2016 the hotel will be renamed Sol House Kuta Bali

Meliá Hotels International today announced the addition of a new hotel to its portfolio: Sol House Kuta Bali. Meliá will take over management of this hotel in the first week of February 2015 and will combine operations with a full renovation which over 12 to 18 months will adapt the hotel to the new brand standards. The hotel will then be renamed Sol House Kuta Bali.

Located in the extraordinary destination of Kuta, one of the most popular in Bali in Indonesia, the hotel offers an idyllic beach and 132 rooms with views, and will have all the amenities expected of a Sol House resort: restaurants, pool bar, pools, rooms for meetings and events, spa, gym, and shopping gallery.

The new hotel confirms Meliá’s commitment to Indonesia, one of the countries with the highest economic growth in recent years. This commitment began 30 years ago with the opening of the Meliá Bali in Nusa Dua, a factor helped make possible the signing of the company’s eleventh hotel in Indonesia. As explained by Gabriel Escarrer, Vice Chairman and CEO, “our ties to Bali are explained by Meliá’s international leadership of the resort hotel segment which has allowed us to deploy all our management excellence in one of the best destinations in the world. We are proud to say that our company has grown along with the island over the past 30 years”.

The choice for the hotel to operate under the new Sol House brand after renovation in 2016 will ensure that the resort meet the expectations of a travellers seeking an accessible, fresh beach and lifestyle experience focused on couples and young families. As explained by Bernardo Cabot, Vice President Asia Pacific for Meliá, “thanks to 60 years of experience and leadership in the resort hotel market, Meliá is evolving to provide a more personalised lifestyle experience for the sun and beach market”.

About Meliá Hotels International
Founded in 1956 in Palma de Mallorca (Spain), Meliá Hotels International is one of the largest hotel companies worldwide as well as the absolute leader within the Spanish market. At present, it operates and distributes more than 365 hotels throughout 40 countries and 4 continents under the brands: Gran Meliá, Meliá Hotels & Resorts, Paradisus Resorts, ME by Meliá, Innside by Meliá, Tryp by Wyndham and Sol Hoteles.

The strategic focus on international growth has allowed Meliá Hotels International to be the first Spanish hotel company with presence in key markets such as China, the Arabian Gulf or the US, as well as maintaining its leadership in traditional markets such as Europe, Latin America or the Caribbean. Its high degree of globalization, a diversified business model, the consistent growth plan supported by strategic alliances with major investors and its commitment to responsible tourism are the major strengths of Meliá Hotels International, being the Spanish Hotel leader in Corporate Reputation (Merco 2014).

Chinese New Year @ Millennium Hotel Sirih Jakarta

Chinese New Year
Menyambut tahun baru Imlek yang jatuh pada 19 Februari 2015 ini, Millennium Hotel Sirih Jakarta telah menyiapkan berbagai paket spesial yang dapat dinikmati oleh anda, keluarga, maupun rekan kerja anda. Mulai dari Lunar Stay Offer hingga Chinese New Year Dinner Buffet akan menjadikan pergantian tahun baru Imlek 2015 ini berbeda.

Lunar Stay Offer dapat anda nikmati mulai dari IDR 830.000, net. Paket kamar ini sudah termasuk sarapan pagi untuk dua orang, shuttle service ke berbagai pusat perbelanjaan di Jakarta dan internet gratis. Bagi anda yang ingin melengkapi keceriaan pergantian tahun baru Imlek 2015 ini paket Lunar Room & Dinner Package dapat anda nikmati mulai dari IDR 1.230.000, net sudah termasuk sarapan pagi untuk 2 orang, internet gratis, shuttle service ke berbagai pusat perbelanjaan di Jakarta dan Lunar Dinner Buffet yang dapat dinikmati di Café Sirih mulai dari 18 Februari hingga 20 Februari 2015.

Yee Sang
Selain paket kamar, Millennium Hotel juga menawarkan Chinese New Year Dinner Buffet yang dapat anda nikmati tepat di malam pergantian tahun Kambing ini, mulai dari tanggal 18 Februari hingga 20 Februari 2015 yang disajikan dengan konsep buffet di Café Sirih. Berbagai hidangan telah disiapkan oleh tim kuliner Millennium Hotel mulai dari Yee Sang yang merupakan hidangan khas yang memiliki filosofi sebagai pembawa keberuntungan. Hidangan khas Imlek lainnya seperti Chicken Kung Pao, Roast Chicken, Pecking Duck, hingga onde-onde serta hidangan khas Imlek lainnya siap memanjakan lidah anda dan keluarga.

Chinese New Year Buffet ini dapat anda nikmati mulai pukul 18.00 hingga pukul 21.30 dengan konsep buffet. Hanya dengan IDR 200.000, ++ per orang untuk dewasa dan diskon sebesar 50%  untuk anak-anak dan senior citizen ( usia di atas 55 tahun ), jadikan malam pergantian tahun Imlek ini menjadi begitu bermakna. Untuk reservasi atau informasi lebih lanjut dapat menghubungi (6221) 230 3636 ext 1733/1715 atau dapat mengunjungi website

Millennium Hotels and Resorts is one of the world’s largest owned and managed hotel groups, operating a portfolio of more than 100 hotels worldwide.  This dynamic hospitality group manages its network of properties through four key global brands: Grand Millennium, Millennium and Copthorne and Kingsgate.

Founded on the philosophy of genuine hospitality, Millennium Hotels and Resorts take pride in meeting and exceeding the needs of our business and leisure travelers.  The strategic locality of four properties in gateway cities and key business districts across Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East, and North America means wherever you are in the world, one of our group hotels is never too far away.  Our traditional friendly service and superb accommodation make our hotels the perfect address from which to conduct your business or indulge yourself while on holiday.

February Gastronomic Delights @ The Ritz-Carlton Jakarta, Pacific Place

Strawberry Chocolate Dip
Valentine’s Day: A Celebration of Love
Love is the most wonderful of all feelings in this world. To mark the month of love, The Ritz-Carlton Jakarta, Pacific Place has prepared various romantic treat to suit any preferences. Set on the sparkling Jakarta skyscrapers in the heart of the commercial district, The Ritz-Carlton Jakarta, Pacific Place provides the quintessential location for luxurious Valentine’s escape. The hotel invites couples to cherish each other’s company and experience the unique candlelight dinner at Pacific Restaurant & Lounge.

Executive Chef Sean Macdougall has prepared a delightful romantic menu such as:
Appetizer Buffet
Choice of main courses:
Beef Tenderloin, Foie Gras Brulee, Port wine Sauce
Steamed Triple Tail, Licorice Jelly, Sweet Potato Gnocchi, White Pepper Cheese Sauce
Truffle Mushroom Agnolotti, Blue Cheese Cream Sauce
Foie Gras Filled Chicken Breast, Anise Chicken Jus
Dessert Buffet
The dinner is on Saturday, 14 February 2015 at Rp. 638,000++ per person.

Peking Duck Hainam Rice
Chinese New Year: Enter The Year of The Sheep Celebration
“Gong Xi Fa Cai!” The Ritz-Carlton Jakarta, Pacific Place invites the guests to celebrate and experience gastronomic delights served with an elegant flair to welcome the Chinese Lunar Sheep New Year. These Chinese festival cuisines will be prepared in Pacific Restaurant & Lounge from January 18 to 19 February 2015.

Chinese spices and cooking are based upon harmonizing five fundamental taste sensations – sweet, sour, pungent, salty and bitter. To honor the sheep year, our culinary team will balance these elements into lavish culinary that can be experienced in Pacific Restaurant. Diners will be able to witness dishes such as Yellowtail Fish, Marinate Octopus Ee Sang, Barbecued Crispy Duck, Foie Gras Terrine on Mantao , Signature Wayim Barbecued Pork Ribs, Fish Maw Abalone Sauce, Hong Kong Kailan, Sea Cucumber Dried Oyster, Sea Moss, Black Cod White Pepper Comte Cheese, Sauteed Honey Chicken and many more. Not to forget Yee Shang, as the part of a multi-dish dinner tradition considered as a symbol of abundance, prosperity and vigor for the New Year.

All diners will gather around the table and toss the shredded ingredients into the air with chopsticks while saying various auspicious wishes. It is believed that the height of the toss reflects the height of the diner's escalation in fortunes; therefore diners are expected to toss enthusiastically. Chinese New Year’s Eve dinner can be enjoyed at Rp. 538,000++ per persons inclusive of Chinese tea and Rp 288,000++ per child aged 5 to 12 years old. Chinese traditional music and Barongsai attraction will start from 7.00pm.

Guests can treat themselves with a relaxing brunch after New Year’s dinner on the Chinese New Year brunch on 19 February 2015 featuring a selection of Chinese Beef Tenderloin Rossini, Wayim Sauce, Foie Gras Terrine, Yellowtail Fish, Marinate Octopus Ee Sang, Sauteed Scallop, Roast Duck Bubur, Abalone Mushroom, Fish Maw, Broccoli, Fried Tamarind King Prawns, Sichuan Style Chili Chicken and Signature Crispy Pork Belly. The price starts from Rp. 328,000++ per person including free flow of juices and iced tea and Rp. 558,000++ per person inclusive free flow of sparkling wine. Chinese traditional music performance will start from 12:00pm.

Chienese Beef Tenderloin Rossini
The Ritz-Carlton Jakarta, Pacific Place is a place for those who prefer to have the comfort of home while indulging in the legendary personal service and warm hospitality from The Ritz-Carlton Ladies and Gentlemen. Conveniently located next to The Jakarta Stock Exchange, easily accessible from anywhere in the city, the hotel is perched on top of Pacific Mall & Entertainment complex. The hotel features 62 guest rooms which include 20 Superior Grand Club Rooms, 23 Deluxe Grand Club Rooms, 8 Executive Grand Club Rooms, 7 Mayfair Suites, 2 Mayfair Spa Suites, 1 Ritz-Carlton Suite and 1 Presidential Suite. A total of 139 residences are available in 1 bedroom, 2 bedrooms and 3 bedrooms units. The Club Lounge features ample seating and working space, 2 meeting rooms, business center services and complimentary Wireless Internet access. Pacific Restaurant & Lounge offers a buffet selection and ala carte menu with International and Asian cuisines. Four private dining rooms are available for exclusive functions. 8 Lounge an ideal open air lounge to enjoy romantic escape. A 3,800sqm ballroom and 3,800sqm pre function area can cater up to 10,000 people for standing reception or 2,400 people of sit down banquets.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Keith Martin on Valentine’s Day

An American R&B singer-songwriter and record producer, Keith Martin is best known for writing and singing romantic love songs. Impress your loved one to Riva Grill, Bar & Terrace, The Park Lane Hotel Jakarta, with his love songs Love of My life, Because of You, Never Found Someone Like You and many other love songs.

Enjoy special cocktails “The Cupid Kiss” & “Romance Potion” priced only at only Rp 100.000++/cocktail. For Riva diners, have a memorable 4 courses romantic candlelit dinner Rp 500.000++/person includes chocolates and a rose for the lady.

Have a sweet escape on the Valentine’s Day have a romantic stay in our Grand Deluxe Room only Rp 1.750.000++ for couple. Enjoy welcome drink, 4 courses romantic dinner in Riva and buffet breakfast at Café One on the next morning.

Riva Grill, Bar & Terrace
At The Park Lane Hotel
Jalan Casablanca Kav 18, Jakarta 12870

Iwan Tirta Private Collection @ Living Lobby Art Exhibition Series 2015

Conrad Bali’s acclaimed Living Lobby Art Exhibition series has reached new heights with the partnership of legendary batik designer and producer Iwan Tirta Private Collection.  The exhibit marks the first of four quarterly exhibitions and workshops this year highlighting masterful works that represent the cornerstones of Indonesia art and culture.

From now until March 31, 2015, Iwan Tirta’s Boketan collection will be showcased in the East Lobby Lounge of the resort.  This latest concept features original works that can take up to six months to create and is available for sale to guests and visitors.

Further, Era Soekamto, creative director of Iwan Tirta Private Collection will conduct a two-day batik making workshop from March 19 to 22, 2015. Conrad Bali is offering a package for a minimum of three nights, with accommodation in the Deluxe Garden room starting at USD265++ per night and including the workshop, return airport transfers and breakfast. The workshop dates coincide with March 21st which marks the Balinese Hindu holy day of Nyepi, known as the Day of Silence on which no traffic is allowed; cars will be off the streets and people will have to stay at home.

Conrad Bali general manager Jean-Sébastien Kling said: “We feel deeply honoured to partner with the distinguished brand of Iwan Tirta Private Collection. This exhibition presents an opportunity for guests and local residents to experience the extraordinary indigenous art of Indonesia and discover the heritage and philosophies that underpin Indonesian culture, customs and beliefs.”

Nursjirwan Tirtaamidjaja, or Iwan Tirta as he is known, is considered the father of Indonesian batik, creating over 10,000 original hand drawn pieces of batik art before his passing in 2010.  Tirta was born in Blora. He discovered motifs dated back from between the 6th and 18th centuries and brought new life to a batik originally worn and collected only by the elite members of the Indonesian royal court.

Above all, his work is rooted in spirituality, where control, etiquette and harmony conspire to establish the foundation of belief for the Javanese – where conflicts are avoided and a transcendental balance exists. Even the action of ‘canting’ or drawing patterns with wax requires calmness, serenity and a meditative state of mind in order to create a perfect work.

Such is the level of artistic creativity involved in the batik that in October 2009 UNESCO designated Indonesian batik as a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.   Iwan Tirta, who studied at the London School of Economics and Yale Law School, received a grant from The John D. Rockerfeller III Fund and was able to pursue his love of batik, creating the eponymous brand and bringing it to the attention of the global fashion market.

The future to develop the art however lays in the hands of Mahakarya Warisan Nusantara Group CEO Johannes Bima, who manages the Iwan Tirta Private Collection brand and was instrumental in the collaboration with Conrad Bali, which sees the expansion of the brand outside of Jakarta of the first time since the passing of the great man.

“We are very excited to be partnering with Conrad Bali as this represents the first step outside of Jakarta and the start of a new beginning for Iwan Tirta Private Collection as we embark on a journey to honour his legacy and create new relevance for the brand outside of Jakarta and indeed outside of Indonesia,” said Johannes Bima, CEO of Mahakarya Warisan Nusantara Group.

“We are delighted with the opportunity to be able to tell stories of our history and heritage through the intricate motifs and combinations exhibited at Boketan, and through Era’s craft we are hopeful of creating a new respect and relevance for batik as a luxury garment around the world.”

The curtain went up on the three-month long exhibition last week at Conrad Bali with a glittering gala opening featuring presentations and a trunk show with models displaying Iwan Tirta Private Collection’s latest collection, Boketan, especially curated for the Bali opening.

Conrad Bali’s Living Lobby Art Exhibition series continues in April with another cornerstone art for Indonesia’s culture and heritage. 

Monday, January 26, 2015

Digital Publishing

Evolusi industri penerbitan tengah berlangsung di dunia, dan digitalisasi media memang tak terelakkan. Beberapa penerbit sudah beralih ke digital, beberapa yang lain mungkin baru memulainya. Di Indonesia nyaris semua majalah cetak mempunyai versi digitalnya, meski masih banyak yang belum interaktif, sesuai dengan platform-nya.

Memang, tidak semua penerbit bisa segera move on, pindah dari cetak ke digital. Apalagi tidak ada jaminan bahwa di platform yang baru mampu memboyong serta para pengiklan. Ini memang problem besar di kalangan penerbit yang sudah merasa nyaman dengan platform lama yang bertaburan iklan. Padahal, kenyamanan tersebut adalah semu, yang tidak berdaya melawan perubahan zaman.

Tidak hanya itu, pergeseran akibat teknologi mobile lebih cepat dari yang diperkirakan. Bahkan ponsel, tablet, mobile application, dan mobile lifestyle, telah diterima menjadi norma baru generasi kiwari. Teknologi digital terus berkembang dan berdampak bagi kehidupan manusia. Salah satunya pada industri penerbitan digital. Media-media informasi yang pada era sebelumnya didominasi oleh platform cetak, sekarang mulai beralih di digital.

Yup, surat kabar dan majalah cetak mempunyai pembaca setia, sedangkan televisi adalah media tradisional yang masih memiliki audiens yang sangat besar, apalagi di Indonesia. Tapi yang tidak boleh dilupakan, semua publisher harus mempunyai persiapan untuk menuju ke era digital, kalau tidak ingin hanya menjadi kenangan kelak.

Digital publishing (juga disebut sebagai e-Publishing atau penerbitan elektronik) memang masih tergolong baru. Di platform baru ini, produk tidak lagi statis, banyak fitur-fitur yang tidak bisa disediakan oleh media cetak. Mulai dari audio, video, hyperlink, slideshow, animation, motion graphic, hingga customize gallery, semua bisa diaplikasikan ke dalam media digital. Khusus di majalah MALE, Anda sudah bisa lihat halaman interaktifnya di rubrik-rubrik utama, seperti Insight, Lights On, Movie, Travel, Wheel, Accent, Face to Face, dan lain-lain.

Sementara pengiklan pun, selain diuntungkan dengan fitur-fitur interaktif tersebut, juga bisa mengukur efektivitas iklannya secara tepat.  Pemilik lisensi Adobe Digital Publishing Suite (Adobe DPS) bisa melacak jumlah download majalah, jumlah viewer (pembaca) dan klik halaman iklan yang dipasang. Yang menarik, semua bisa tercatat, bahkan ketika pembaca mengakses konten dalam keadaan offline.

Dengan teknologi, semua yang tak mungkin kelak bisa menjadi mungkin. MALE tentu selalu ikut dengan perkembangan zaman, tidak hanya  konten, foto, visual, tapi juga perkembangan teknologinya. (Burhan Abe)

Sumber: MALE 118 –