Thursday, November 27, 2014

JW’s Dazzling Festive Celebrations

Celebrate the White Christmas and Spectacular New Year’s Eve at JW Marriott Hotel Jakarta

Christmas Spiced
“Perayaan White Christmas yang memukau adalah yang kami persiapkan untuk perayaan besar tahun ini di JW Marriott Hotel Jakarta. Tahun ini kami membawa beragam suka cita Natal seperti, JW Santa House, Meet & Greet with Santa, Children Christmas Party sampai dengan perayaan malam Tahun Baru,” ungkap Karan Berry, General Manager JW Marriott Hotel Jakarta.

Dengan bermacam dekorasi Natal yang bersalju, hiasan dan ornamen yang berkilau, JW Marriott Hotel Jakarta menghadirkan White Christmas dan perayaan Tahun Baru yang spektakuler ala JW Marriott.

JW Santa’s House (Lobby Area)
December 1st – 28th December

Temukan semua permohonan Natal Anda di JW Santa House, dimana Anda dapat menemukan berbagai hiasan Natal, kostum, mainan dan berbagai macam makanan seperti kue Natal ataupun wine. Bertempat di area lobby, bawa kemeriahan peraayaan Natal dari JW Marriott Hotel Jakarta ke dalam rumah Anda.


Meet and Greet with Santa
Sunday, December 7th, 14th and 21th | 12.00 – 14.30
Saturday, December 6th, 13rd and 20th | 18.30 – 21.00
December 24th and 25th | 12.00 – 14.30 & 18.30 – 21.00

Tahun ini kami menyambut kedatangan seorang pria paruh baya yang penuh sukacita, berjanggut putih, mengenakan mantel merah dengan kerah putih, mengenakan sepatu bot dan membawa tas penuh hadiah untuk anak-anak. Ya, Santa Claus bergemerincing sepanjang jalan menuju JW Marriott Hotel Jakarta. Teman kecil Marriott memiliki kesempatan untuk bertemu dengan Santa Claus dan membisikkan harapan mereka tahun ini.

Children Christmas Party
Sunday, December 14th | 12.00 – 15.00

Para teman kecil Marriott diundang untuk menghadiri pesta Natal yang menyenangkan! JW Marriott Hotel Jakarta menyambut kedatangan mereka dengan berbagai macam kegiatan menarik seperti face painting, menggambar dan mewarnai, serta kegiatan seru lainnya. Paduan suara Natal dan Santa Claus juga akan ikut memeriahkan momen istimewa ini.

The Classic Christmas Dinner
Rayakan Natal tahun ini dengan restoran pemenang penghargaan kami. Menyajikan menu klasik Natal seperti wagyu beef, fresh Lobsters yang dapat diolah sesuai dengan selera Anda, scallops, beef Wellington, veal tenderloin with morel sauce and roast lamb rack. Untuk menambah manisnya perayaan ini, tim kuliner kami tak lupa menyajikan makanan penutup khas Natal yaitu Yule log, stolen dan pudding Natal.

Bersiaplah untuk menyantap sajian makan dari Sailendra Restaurant yang mengugah selera hanya dengan Rp. 598,000++ per orang untuk Christmas dinner buffet, Rp. 598,000++ per orang untuk Christmas Day brunch dan Rp. 498,000++ per orang untuk Christmas Day Dinner.

Pearl Chinese Restaurant juga menyambut perayaan Natal dengan menyajikan Chinese dinner buffet andalan mereka seharga Rp. 398,000++ per orang dan Christmas Day brunch buffet  Rp. 398,000++ per orang.

Gluhwein
Christmas Treats
Permanis suka cita perayaan Natal tahun ini dengan persembahan spesial kami. CakeBox telah mempersiapkan cake of the month spesial Natal, yaitu Raspberry Cheesecake Eggnog, yang menciptakan sensasi manis yang sempurna untuk memuaskan Anda, pecinta dessert.

Untuk menemani manisnya kue, Glühwein kembali tersedia di Blü Martini bersama dengan pendatang baru, Christmas Spiced Tea. Disajikan menggunakan mug atau cangkir, Glühwein menawarkan kombinasi unik antara rempah-rempah dan premium red wine. Rempah-rempah di campur dengan sedikit air dan dimasak terlebih dahulu untuk mengeluarkan aromanya, kemudian anggur merah atau yang biasa disebut red wine kemudian dituangkan ke dalam cairan rempah yang sudah matang tersebut. Campuran keduanya dihangatkan dalam suhu sedang sehingga kandungan alkohol dalam wine tidak menguap seluruhnya.

Christmas Spiced Tea dibuat dari star anise dan kayu manis yang direbus dengan the. Passion fruit nectar, madu dan air perasan lemon ditambahkan secukupnya untuk memberikan keceriaan dalam perayaan ini.

The Bundle of Joy
Tunjukkan perhatian Anda kepada orang tercinta, teman ataupun rekan bisnis dengan memberikan hadiah yang penuh arti. JW Marriott Hotel Jakarta menyiapkan berbagai macam parcel Natal untuk Anda pilih:
  • Traditional Hamper; cinnamon sugar puff pastry, honey sesame cashewnut, Christmas cookies, dresdner stolen, sparkling fruit juice and mince fruit pie.
  • Gourmet Hamper; chocolate praline 9pcs, Christmas cookies, dresdner stolen, mince fruit pie, panettone, sparkling fruit juice, dried fruit with chocolate and Xmas dried fruit fudge.
  • JW Style Collection Hamper; honey sesame cashewnut, chocolate praline 9 pcs, Christmas cookies, dresdner stolen, mince fruit pie, panettone, sparkling fruit juice, red wine (Tail Tress Cabernet), dried fruit with chocolate and Xmas dried fruit fudge.

Spectacular New Year’s – JW Style
Rayakan perayaan akhir tahun dengan berbagai macam sajian kuliner kami, mulai dari hidangan Barat hingga hidangan Asia yang dibuat menggunakan bahan-bahan terbaik musim ini seperti Black Angus prime beef, Alaskan king crab, roast lamb rack yang akan ditemani dengan golden sparkling champagne.

Ucapkan selamat tinggal pada tahun 2014 dan sambut tahun baru 2015 dengan JW Style di restoran-restoran pemenang penghargaan:

Sailendra Restaurant
New Year’s Eve dinner buffet – Rp. 998,000++ per person
New Year’s Day brunch buffet – Rp. 498,000++ per person

Pearl Chinese Restaurant
New Year’s Yam Cha – Rp. 498,000++ per person
New Year’s Day brunch buffet – Rp. 398,000++ per person

Asuka Japanese Dining
New Year’s Eve Kaiseki – Rp. 1,798,000++ per person
New Year’s Day Kaiseki – Rp. 1,598,000++ per person

Temukan diri Anda ditengah negri putih ajaib dan rasakan kehangatan serta manisnya perayaan Natal dan Tahun Baru dengan keluarga dan teman di JW Marriott Hotel Jakarta. Untuk informasi lebih lanjut dan reservasi, silahkan hubungi (021) 5798 888.

Fly Beyond - Mixology Night

Reeve Yip, mixologist asal dari Hong Kong hadir di Cloud Lounge & Living Room, 27 November 2014. Pemuda yang mengawali kariernya sebagai bartender pada tahun 2001 malam itu menunjukkan kebolehannya dalam acara yang bertajuk “Fly Beyond - Mixology Night”.

Dengan pengalaman bartending-nya lebih dari satu dekade berkeliling Asia, Eropa hingga Amerika, Reeve telah mengantongi segudang pengalaman sampai pada sebuah perusahaan minuman ternama, Bacardi, yang menggandengnya untuk menjadi Ambassador Bacardi Martini Asia Pasifik. Malam itu para pengunjung bisa mendapatkan cocktail hasil karyanya dengan harga Rp 200.000 per gelas.




Cloud Lounge & Living Room dari MRA Food & Beverage Division yang hadir dengan konsep baru di bidang hospitality dan function management, menyajikan  pemandangan hampir 360 derajat kota Jakarta yang menakjubkan dari ketinggian lantai 46 dan 49 gedung The Plaza Office Tower – Jakarta serta menghadirkan musik Chill Out, Nu Jazz, Nu Disco, Soulfull House, dan Deep House.

Cloud Lounge & Living Room
The Plaza Building 49th Floor
Jl. MH Thamrin Kav. 28-30 Jakarta Pusat

Showcase Scotland


Skotlandia mempunyai banyak produk yang patut dibanggakan. Setidaknya hal itu tercermin dalam acara Showcase Scotland – An Evening of Scottish Seafood and Whisky, di Grha Bimasena, The Dharmawangsa Jakarta, 13 November 2014.

Dalam sebuah jamuan makan malam yang mewah, para tamu bisa menjelajah dunia kulinari Skotlandia, terutama produk seafood yang didatangkan langsung dari negara tersebut. Meski pun demikian, sang chef Vindex Valentino Tengker berani memadukannya dengan makanan khasanah Nusantara.

Selain tersedia cocktail di awal, ada pula whisky tasting di penghujung acara. Acara ini diselenggarakan oleh Scottish Development International.

Fun Frienship Gathering


Tiada yang lebih indah selain bertemu dengan teman-teman “seperjuangan”. Itulah yang terjadi di Love Fashion Hotel by Fashiontv, Kuta, Bali, Kamis, 20 November 2014.

Acara yang bertajuk “Fun Frienship Gathering” dihadiri oleh para general manager hotel dan pemilik biro perjalanan, serta perusahaan yang berhubungan dengan industri hospitality. Acara pertama adalah makan malam, yang disertai dengan wine dan cocktail yang berlangsung di Jacuzzi Bar, dan berikutnya adalah party with model and dancer di F Love Bar.



“Acara ini kami selenggarakan secara berkala. Selain party, kami bisa saling update info-info terbaru,” ujar Riyo Wisaksono dari Riyo Hospitality, salah seorang penggagasnya.

Burhan Abe

Burhan Abe, lebih dari dua dekade berkecimpung di bidang tulis menulis, khususnya media. Lulusan Fisipol UGM, jurusan Hubungan International ini mengasah ilmu jurnalistiknya di Lembaga Penelitian Pendidikan dan Penerbitan Yogya (LP3Y) pimpinan Ashadi Siregar, kemudian mendapat beasiswa dari Asia Foundation untuk praktik dan magang di Majalah TEMPO.

Sejak saat itu Abe, demikian ia dipanggil, tidak bisa melepaskan diri dari dunia kewartawanan. Ia sempat bekerja di beberapa media, menulis berbagai hal, mulai dari politik, ekonomi, bisnis, hingga gaya hidup, sebutlah majalah berita Editor (yang terkenal bredel pada masa Orde Baru), majalah bisnis SWA, memimpin majalah kuliner Appetite Journey, juga majalah hiburan pria POPULAR.

Sempat membangun portal bisnis, Diskon Gokil dan Hari Gini, sambil menjadi kontributor The Jakarta Post, sebelum akhirnya memimpin majalah gaya hidup dan hiburan MALE. Majalah dengan segmen pria ini adalah di bawah grup Trans Corp - detik.com (Trans Media) dan dirancang sebagai majalah digital interaktif, mingguan, untuk tiga platform (iPad, tablet/ponsel berbasis Android, serta dalam format PDF), bahkan awal Januari 2015 hadir di iPhone. 


MALE yang  pertama kali published 2 November 2012, adalah trendsetter untuk media digital di Indonesia, dengan jumlah download sekitar 350.000 setiap minggunya.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Le Méridien Bali Jimbaran Unlocks Festive Ways to End 2014

From a tropical Christmas to a Prisian themed New Year celebration, discover celebrations from a new perspective with this resort in Jimbaran

This December, Le Méridien Bali Jimbaran invites travellers to wrap themselves in pampering luxury this festive season with a series of enticing offerings from a tropical Christmas celebration to a Parisian themed event to ring in 2015.

Set by the pristine white sands of Jimbaran Bay, the resort is located in a secluded, tranquil locale that once housed a small fishing village and is a short drive from the airport. Surrounded by serene and refreshing water features, the hotel houses 118 guest rooms suites, penthouses and villas with ground floor guest rooms opening directly onto a uniquely designed 1,300 square meter organic form saltwater lagoon pool.

This year, the 118 room resort set by the tranquil Jimbaran Bay offers an elegant way to revel in the joy of the season. Discover your options from our various accommodation packages tailored to meet various needs at www.lemeridienbalijimbaran.com.

CHRISTMAS IN BALI – 24 & 25 DECEMBER 2014
On this jolly season of Christmas, discover indulgence in a tropical setting with classic Christmas dishes creatively created by the culinary team for the family. Held at Bamboo Chic, our signature restaurant, indulge in a 3-course set menu for dinner on Christmas Even and lunch on Christmas Day priced at 499.000 net per person or 750.00 net per person inclusive unlimited local beer, house wine and soft drinks.

A PARISIAN WELCOME: NEW YEAR 2015 – 31 DECEMBER 2014
Join us as we welcome 2015 in a chic Parisian atmosphere at Le Méridien Bali Jimbaran. Be fascinated with an exceptional New Year’s Eve Buffet at Bamboo Chic at 950.000 per person for a buffet dinner or 1.350.000 per person inclusive free flow local beer, house wine and soft drinks.

After a discovery of a global cuisine at Bamboo Chic, be part of a spectacular Countdown Soiree at the resort’s Hub (lobby). Join in the fun games and dance the night away with entertainment from live-band performances and DJs as we await the countdown to 2015. This experience is priced at 450.000 per person inclusive free flow local beer, house wine and soft drinks.

FUN DISCOVERY FOR KIDS
As we plan the festive offerings for the resort to mark the end of a great year, we made sure not to forget our little guests. This festive season, the resort has also put together some extra fun for our little guests. Discover our J Kids Club festive schedule that includes exciting cultural and artistic activities to keep the young ones busy.

J Kids Club provides complimentary access for in-house guests kids daily from 08.00am to 07.00pm. Specially for the festive season, J Kids Club will operate on extended hours at a surcharge of 50.000 per child from 07.00pm to 11.00pm on Christmas Eve and 07.00pm to 01.00am on New Year’s Eve.

A NEW YEAR, NEW YOU: EXTENDED INDULGENCE – 31 DECEMBER
Be it before preparing for what is a night to remember or after party, Serenity Spa and Salon is offering an extended indulgence hour. Feel rejuvenated before or after the celebration with choice of Meridian Stress Release Massage or Combine Asian Massage between 10.00am to 03.00am on 31 December 2014.

For more information, visit www.lemeridienbalijimbaran.comwww.spgrestaurantsandbars.com/indonesia/kuta/ or call  (62) (361) 846 6888.

Holidays Celebration w/ Family, Island Style


Families will enjoy creating new holiday traditions this year at Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort, a luxurious property located in the heart of the famed Kuta Beach. Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort has announced its schedule of special holiday offerings to create an exciting destination for the festive holidays. Special memory-making moments and activities will delight every member of the family and include offerings such as a view of Santa’s home at the fantasy-made Sheraton North Pole Hotel - set-up at adjacent Beachwalk mall, the renowned Market Brunch faturing its Chrtismas edition by night at Feast, and on New Year’s, complete DJ scheduling at the radiant magenta restaurant Feast where guests immerse themselves in a Kuta nightclub until late and an exclusive Live Night at The Lounge featuring concert style live band performance set to create the tempo in welcoming 2015.

Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort’s Festive Season will be in full swing during December through New Year’s Day, 2015.

The resort’s Play@Sheraton Family Package provides the ideal offering for a holiday season getaway with the kids.  Children up to 12 years old will enjoy Sheraton Bali Kuta’s newly-opened kids club featuring “edutainment” programs that encourage kids to explore the Balinese culture in a fun way.  Play@Sheraton Kids Club at our resort in Kuta (http://www.sheratonbalikuta.com/) is designed to enhance the family travel experience with a fully-tailored program including special amenities, education, and entertainment designed for children up to 12 years old.

The Play@Sheraton Family Package includes daily breakfasts for two adults and two children; complimentary access to Play@Sheraton Kids Club; a daily SPG (Starwood Preferred Guest) Kid’s pass for two children; kid’s welcome pack upon arrival; manicure or pedicure treatment for children; and a kid’s free flow bottle refillable with chilled juices, milk, or chocolate milk.  The cost of the Play@Sheraton Family Package starts from USD 200++ per room per night and a two-night minimum stay is required.


Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort guests can coordinate their activities and make dining reservations at the resort’s Festive Desk that will be set up throughout the holidays.  The Festive Season schedule and activities include:

Sheraton North Pole Hotel & Resort at Beachwalk (December 10 – January 1)
Guests will enjoy a holiday atmosphere at Beachwalk at the fantasy-made Sheraton North Pole Hotel, experiencing the place Santa calls home (in our opinion), Balinese style. Families will have the opportunity to get holiday photos in this festive setting and purchase sweets and pastries to support a local Balinese charity that helps children in need.

Family-style Lunch at Feast (December 20 – 23 & December 26 – 31)
Feast, Sheraton’s signature restaurant featuring global cuisine, will offer a family-style lunch during the holidays with turkey, traditional condiments, and other side dishes to share.  A Play@Sheraton Christmas Kid’s Menu will also be available for lunch at all dining venues through this period. This set lunch starts at 199.000++ per adult and Starwood Preferred Guests members will be happy to learn that they receive a 30% discount on this experience.

Fashion A to Tea – Christmas Edition at The Lounge (December 20-26)
Guests will enjoy this holiday-inspired version of Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort’s Fashion A to Tea in The Lounge with Christmas-themed menu items, option of limitless sparkling wine, and live piano entertainment. Fashion A to Tea is served from 2:00 – 4:00 pm, priced at 149.000++ per adult, limitless tea and coffee included. Add 200.000++ for an upgrade to enjoy limitless sparkling wine and savor your lazy Kuta afternoon.

CHRISTMAS

Feast Market Brunch by Night – Christmas Edition
On Christmas Eve & Day, Feast will create an evening version of its renowned Sunday Market Brunch – a sumptuous spread prepared by the resort’s culinary team in an open-air market setting. The famed Kuta Market-style experience, now in a Christmas setting with stollen and gluhwein, includes entertainment by Vagabond, limitless bubbly, and a generous selection of dishes. Starting from 6.00pm to 10.00pm, be entertained by a 6-piece band and indulge in the wide spread from 555.000++ per adult including limitless non-alcoholic beverages.

Bene’s Sicilian Christmas Feast of the Seven Fishes
Honoring the Italian tradition of seven types of fish served on the first day of Christmas, Bene will offer a five-course, Sicily-inspired menu plus wine pairing focusing on varietals from Southern Italy.  The dinner will begin at 6.00pm with a traditional Sicilian Limoncello aperitif, served on the rooftop over sunset before proceeding to a true Italian fare. The entire experience starts from 549.000++ per adult. Add an additional 449.000++ per person for wine pairing.

Tuscany Christmas
On Christmas Day, Bene will feature a five-course set menu following Tuscan culinary traditions showcasing a selection of meat, game, and other robust dishes celebrating the full-flavored and hearty Tuscan Christmas dining experience.  Enjoy a Tuscany Christmas from 6.00pm at 549.000++ per adult.  Add an additional 449.000++ per person for wine pairing featuring wines from Tuscany.


NEW YEAR’S EVE

Close the Year in Pink
Featuring Feast’s limitless live market stations and DJ’s – this is one of Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort’s celebrations to ring in 2015 on a high. Feast is set to satisfy with an extravagant New Year’s Evening spread of limitless live stations, featuring premium items including lobster and barbeque pork ribs, Wagyu teppanyaki, Sheraton’s signature cold cuts, cheeses and more. Dinner starts at 6.00pm and as the sun sets, the atmosphere gradually transforms with our DJ’s spinning from 8.00pm onwards, turning Feast into an upbeat EDM & Progressive club around countdown. Dinner seating and al fresco sofa options are available, overlooking Kuta’s street scene. Dinner is priced at 649.000++ per adult and sofa reservation including choice of alcohol by bottle is available starting from 3.000.000 net.

Bene’s Traditional Home Style Diner, Come Faceva La Nonna
This traditional Italian New Year’s Eve dining experience features a mix of a limitless antipasti spread and several of the Italian family-style rustic dishes, leaving only room for dessert. A rooftop aperitif is included to the start of this experience at 6.00pm. Engage with our resident sommelier for suggestions on Italian wines by the bottle and enhance your dining experience. Dinner is priced at 749.000++ per adult.

The Lounge Live Night
After a hearty meal at either Feast or Bene, be part of a concert style LIVE night at The Lounge that will be setting the Kuta party scene long after midnight. The night starts off with an acoustic jazz-pop performance from 8.00pm – 10.00pm, followed by an upbeat performance by Stavian & Friends till 2.00am. As midnight approach, the bright fireworks on Kuta’s sky will set as the most memorable backdrop to welcome 2015 whilst partying the night away.

The Lounge Live Night’s access is complimentary for resort’s in-house guests whilst tickets are availble for sale at 200.000 net (pre-sale) for other guests. Seating reservation is available through sofa pre-sale starting from 1.500.000 net for sofas seating two, including choice of beverage package.

For more information, visit 
or call  (62) (361) 846 5555.

Swiss-Belresort Watu Jimbar, A Rejuvenating Rooms with Jacuzzi in Sanur


Swiss-Belresort Watu Jimbar is a 4-star international resort located in Sanur, Bali. Sanur's beautiful sandy beach is only a five-minute walk from the resort and we are close to a variety of restaurants, shops, entertainment venues and tourist attractions. Kuta and Legian are a just 20-minute drive away, while Ngurah Rai International Airport is a 20-minute drive. Watu Jimbar Resort offers a wonderful experience by providing attentive and friendly service for guests’ comfort.

New in style and concept, guests can indulge in modern day luxury with a local Balinese touch. The resort features an amazing free-shaped pool with bar and facilities, but those who crave the sound of waves and the touch of a sandy beach between their toes can find this just a stone’s throw away. If you are looking for a little retail therapy, or a chance to let yalour hair down, there is also an abundance of shopping and nightlife options at your door step.

Hotel Highlights
Located in the heart of Sanur, Swiss-Belresort offers 306 sophisticated and modern rooms and suites for leisure and business travelers overlooking our lagoon pool or featuring a private Jacuuzi. The guestrooms are inspired by tropical living in south-east Bali, designed in a post-modern, contemporary style with soothing earth tones and wood interiors. All rooms feature complimentary wireless access, a private safe, 39” TV and a day bed. Some feature a private outdoor Jacuzzi or plunge pool.


The hotel offers 24-hour room service, laundry and dry cleaning, Wi-Fi Internet connection in all rooms and public areas, parking space and valet parking service, and 24-hour security with CCTV.

Dinning at the resort is a pure delight. The restaurant offers a menu of international, Asian and Indonesian cuisines with dishes to suit every taste. The comfortable lobby lounge and bar area offer selections of snacks, cocktails and mocktails throughout the day. For relaxation, enjoy a cooling dip in the swimming pool or try our selection of refreshing spa and massage treatments to rejuvenate both your mind and your body.

Swiss-Belresort Watu Jimbar is the ideal venue for your business meeting, seminar, convention, exhibition, wedding reception, gala dinner or private party. The hotel provides four meeting rooms, each fully equipped with modern meeting facilities, and a ballroom with a capacity of up to 380 guests for standing reception.


Chill out on Sanur’s sandy beach
Hotel guests can enjoy a snooze under the sun on complimentary sun loungers and parasols on golden sandy Sanur beach just a short five-minute drive by shuttle away. Beach towels and shuttle transfer (1.5km) are included.

Unique in Bali, Sanur’s beach features a 3 km long promenade including shopping and dining outlets. Guests can take an easy stroll along the promenade, rent a bicycle or simply book the free shuttle direct to the our beach spot.

Swiss-Belhotel International manages 120 hotels, resorts and serviced residences ranging from two-star to five-star across Asia-Pacific and the Middle East, with a strong presence in Indonesia. 

Swiss-Belresort Watu Jimbar
Jl. Danau Tamblingan No 99 A
Sanur, Bali 80226

Monday, November 24, 2014

2015-2016 Global Office Forecast

Fundamentals Improving in Many Markets Across the Americas, Asia and Europe


Commercial real estate services firm Cushman & Wakefield has released its 2015-2016 Global Office Forecast. The report tracks current and anticipated Class A office market trends in The Americas, Asia Pacific and Europe.

“From a global perspective, 2014 was a stronger year for the office real estate sector, with many markets heading into 2015 on solid footing, noted Maria T. Sicola, who heads Cushman & Wakefield’s Research for the Americas group. “Of course, some markets in or near areas of political instability and those with stalled economic growth continue to struggle; but overall, things are in better shape than they were 12 months ago.”

UNITED STATES AND THE AMERICAS
As the North American market bright spots, U.S. cities are experiencing economic expansion – even beyond those dominated by the robust technology and energy sectors -- which is translating into strong office market fundamentals. “Demand, particularly for newly constructed or refurbished space, is on the upswing,” Sicola said. “While rental growth has moderated in some markets, more than 80 percent of the locations in the study will experience rent growth exceeding inflation.”

The changing workforce presents a significant driver of the U.S. office market recovery. “The millennial generation is exerting its influence on where it wants to work,” Sicola said. “Atlanta, Chicago and Dallas are experiencing increased leasing velocity and have joined the ranks of San Francisco, Seattle, Boston, New York and Houston with respect to improved fundamentals.”

The Canadian office market continues along a path of recovery as well. Strong demand in Toronto is ushering a new era of growth; 5.1 million square feet of new space will come online through 2017. In Montreal, the Deloitte Tower will rise, while Calgary and Vancouver both will see new supply come online as well. Consolidations and densification remain the norm in most Canadian markets, while the flight to quality is creating vacancies in some older office stock.

Mexico City has risen as the star of the Latin American office market, due in part of energy reforms and secondary laws passed by Congress, which have opened up the country to increased foreign investment. While GDP growth was below expectations in 2014, robust growth is projected over the next several years there.

But South American markets are lagging behind especially in Argentina and Brazil, where both production and consumption levels are dampened. While the Santiago office market in Chile has been ahead of the curve, recent trends have moved it in line with other markets, which are not expected to fully recover until 2017.

ASIA PACIFIC
Japan and India are among the strongest performers in Asia in terms of economic growth and stability. Office market demand in Tokyo is being driven by strong corporate profits, while in India information technology-related tenants continue to dominate the landscape. Singapore is also benefitting from tech growth, as it tends to be the next destination, along with the Philippines, after India for multi-nationals.

Not surprisingly, rental growth among established markets is expected to be strongest in Tokyo and Singapore. Jakarta, Manila, Bangkok, Shenzhen, Bengaluru and Chennai will lead emerging markets with annual average rent increases in the range of 3%-4%. Across much of China, rents will grow moderately or remain stable.

“While the modest pace of growth in Asia Pacific markets resulted in a subdued leasing environment in 2014, activity is set to gain traction next year,” Sicola said. “Most core markets will boast relatively low vacancies through 2015 and 2016, with the exception of cities in Australia, and some emerging markets in China and India.”

EUROPE
Economic conditions across Europe remain mixed, but on the whole, a recovery is taking shape. “The outlook is brighter than it has been for a considerable period of time,” Sicola said. “Overall performance is positive across leading indicators including rental growth, supply levels and demand.”

Seventeen of the 21 cities monitored are anticipated to register rental growth. The two front-runners – Dublin and London – are in the midst of supply-led recoveries. Dublin, with only one project in the development pipeline, is anticipated to see 5.7 percent annual compound growth over 2014-2016. In London, the development pipeline will be restricted in the next two years as below-average completions combine with pre-letting, which is absorbing future supply.

With few exceptions, Class A downtown office markets across Europe are poised for respectable levels of growth through 2016. However, older office stock will pay the price given the pervasive trends of densification and flight to quality.


Cushman & Wakefield’s full 2015-2016 Global Office Forecast report is available at http://www.cushmanwakefield.com/en/research-and-insight/2014/global-office-forecast-15-16/

The company performs rigorous, global, primary research and data-driven analysis. Researchers collect data from an array of publicly available sources, owners, agents and most importantly, from the firm's brokers, appraisers and property managers. Cushman & Wakefield's 228 research professionals track more than 26 billion square feet in 170 office and industrial markets worldwide. Senior Research personnel use proprietary as well as secondary data to produce reports on topics affecting the real estate industry.

Otterhound, Thai Food with a Twist


Otterhound merupakan salah satu international brand dari Jittlada Group, The Leading Thailand Restaurant Chain in Indonesia yang diluncurkan pada Desember 2013 lalu, berlokasi di Lotte Shopping Avenue Jakarta Selatan dan Cilandak Town Square Jakarta Selatan.

Otterhound mengusung konsep kafe yang cozy, dinamis dan elegan sangat tepat untuk masyarakat urban berjiwa muda yang memiliki selera tinggi. Keunikan Otterhound dimulai dari desain interiornya yang sangat menarik dengan lukisan tangan yang menggambarkan hobi traveling dan kuliner dari pemilik Jittlada Group ke seluruh dunia, serta keramahan staf membuat tamu semakin betah menghabiskan waktu di café berkapasitas sampai dengan 100 orang ini.

Grilled Angus Sirloin
Grilled Vegetable Salad
Salmo Carpaccio in Spicy
Panna Cotta
Phuket Paradise
Ditambah dengan varian menu makanan Thailand dan International, Thai Food with a Twist membuat suasana makan siang dan makan malam bersama teman, keluarga dan kolega menjadi hangat, karena dengan balutan bumbu rempah yang kuat, sayuran serta kesegaran buah dalam racikan mocktail. Tak kalah juga dengan kelembutan dessert menu yang bervariasi sangat memanjakan lidah.

Otterhound buka setiap hari mulai dari pukul 10:00 – 22:00 di Otterhound Lotte Shopping Avenue dan pukul 11:00 – 00:00 di Otterhound Cilandak Town Square dengan beragam penawaran menarik setiap bulannya serta regular event ‘Fridate Acoustic’ setiap Jumat malam mulai pukul 18:00 – 22:00 di Otterhound Lotte Shopping Avenue.

Tentang Jittlada Group
Jittlada Group adalah jaringan Thailand Restoran di Indonesia sejak tahun 1998 yang menyediakan berbagai ragam makanan asli Thailand dengan Executive Chef langsung dari Thailand didukung dengan pemasaran dan operasional kepada lebih dari 1000 kursi di seluruh Indonesia. Sebagai salah satu pionir Thailand Restoran yang berkembang pesat di Indonesia selalu berkomitmen kepada para pecinta kuliner untuk memberikan cita rasa tinggi makanan Thailand.

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Jittlada Group mempunyai 4 merek, seperti Chandara yang merupakan konsep restoran mewah dan elegan dengan cita rasa makanan asli Thailand yang berada di Plaza Senayan Jakarta Pusat dan Plaza Indonesia Jakarta Pusat. Jittlada merupakan restoran yang artistik mengusung konsep klasik dengan makanan khas asli Thailand berlokasi di Lotte Shopping Avenue Jakarta Selatan, Senayan City Jakarta Pusat, Grand Indonesia Jakarta Pusat, Pondok Indah Mall 2 Jakarta Selatan dan Cambridge City Square Medan. White Elephant membawa konsep bistro dengan interior mewah yang menawarkan makanan khas Thailand berada di Kota Kasablanka Jakarta Selatan, Kemang Village Jakarta Selatan, Cilandak Town Square Jakarta Selatan, Mall Center Point Medan. Otterhound dengan mengusung konsep cafe yang cozy, dinamis dan elegan menyuguhkan makanan kas Thailand dan International berlokasi di Lotte Shopping Avenue Jakarta Selatan dan Cilandak Town Square Jakarta Selatan.

Jittlada Group memulai suatu misi untuk menjadi yang terdepan dalam pelayanan pelanggan dan pengalaman pecinta kuliner dalam menikmati kelezatan makanan Thailand dan International. Untuk informasi lebih lanjut, silakan kunjungi www.jittlada.com

Leisure (2)





Dataran tinggi atau pegunungan menjadi salah satu tujuan traveling yang mengesankan. Feel the breeze, feel the snow!

Gaya traveling masing-masing orang berbeda-beda, sesuai dengan passion-nya. Ada yang suka menghabiskan waktu di kota-kota besar – sambil belanja, ada punya yang suka berpetualang menyusuri alam, pantai atau pegunungan. Apa pun seleranya dan kemana pun tujuannya, pada dasarnya traveling itu memiliki tujuan yang tidak berbeda juga satu sama lain; melepaskan diri dari rutinitas, serta untuk menyegarkan diri alias refreshing.

Kali ini fokuskan ke pegunungan. Udara sejuk, kabut, serta bentang alam yang spektakuler menyatu dan menjadi misteri yang menarik diungkap. Inilah beberapa wilayah dataran tinggi yang menarik dikunjungi.


Jungfrau
Jungfrau adalah puncak gunung, yang termasuk Pegunungan Bernese, Swiss. Saat ini Jungfrau merupakan tempat wisata yang banyak diminati. Kegiatan hiking dan ski es jelas menjadi daya tariknya. Selain itu, ada First Flyer yang patut dicoba. Dengan wahana ini, Anda akan menikmati ketinggian 50 meter, yang ditempuh dengan kecepatan 84 kilometer per jam, dengan jarak 800 meter. Inilah pengalaman yang sensasional.

Untuk kuliner, Jungfrau menawarkan sejumlah restoran dengan pemandangan indah, dan tentunya masakan yang lezat. Restoran Winteregg, misalnya, cocok dijadikan tempat sarapan. Di sini pemandangan dari puncak Eiger, Monch, dan Jungfrau bisa dinikmati dengan secangkir kopi serta menu sarapan Eropa.

Sementara itu, jika Anda mencari restoran dengan menu bufet, First Restaurant bisa menjadi pilihan. Jika ingin menikmati makanan berkelas, Piz Gloria bisa dijadikan alternatif. Selain itu, restoran yang terletak di puncak ini menyuguhkan pemandangan yang mempesona.

Di Jungfrau juga digelar festival musik tahunan, SnowpenAir. Acara ini diselenggarakan sejak 2010. Bahkan band rock legendaris Deep Purple didaulat tampil di SnowpenAir tahun ini. Tahun lalu sejumlah musikus ternama, mulai Roxette, One Republic, hingga Hannery Amman, ditunjuk menjadi headliner acara tersebut. Festival di tengah pegunungan salju tentunya menjadi sensasi yang tak terlupakan.


Cusco
Cusco adalah kota cantik yang terletak di sebelah selatan Peru. Di kota ini banyak bangunan kolonial yang masih terpelihara dengan baik. Kota yang merupakan pusat kebudayaan masyarakat pribumi Quechua di wilayah Andes itu dikunjungi sekitar 2 juta orang setiap tahun.

Cusco termasuk kota eksotis, karena di sekelilingnya terdapat banyak reruntuhan. Yang menarik, salah satunya, reruntuhan Sacsayhuaman. Situs tersebut merupakan peninggalan kala puluhan anggota pasukan Pizarro mengadakan peperangan melawan suku Inca pada 1536. Kota ini pun menarik karena berada di ketinggian 3.400 meter di atas permukaan laut.

Beberapa aktivitas alam sangat menarik dilakukan di Cusco. Rafting dan paragliding tampak selalu ramai peminat. Rio Apurimac dan Rio Urubamba/Vilcanota merupakan tempat yang menyenangkan untuk aktivitas rafting. Adapun paragliding dilakukan di atas Sacred Valley, yang menyajikan pemandangan alam penuh pesona.

Meski terletak di dataran tinggi, Cusco penuh dengan keriaan. Hampir setiap hari tempat hiburan malam ramai oleh pengunjung. Pada umumnya tempat hiburan malam buka hingga pukul 3 pagi, tapi tidak sedikit yang baru tutup pada pukul 5 pagi. Lalu di sekitar Plaza de Armas biasanya banyak orang yang membagikan flyer mengenai pesta yang akan digelar setiap malam. Jadi, tidak perlu khawatir, Cusco bisa menjadi tempat berpesta hingga matahari terbit setiap hari.


Bhutan
Berada di Pegunungan Himalaya membuat Bhutan sangat diminati. Disertai filosofi gross national happiness, wilayah ini menjadi destinasi dengan penduduk yang ramah. Di tempat ini, selain pemandangan alamnya menakjubkan, budaya dan tradisi yang ada sangat kental terasa. Bahkan, karena lingkungannya masih asri dan kehidupan masyarakatnya harmonis, Bhutan dijuluki The Last Shangri-La.

Untuk memasuki wilayah Kerajaan Bhutan, tidak ada batasan visa. Hanya setiap pengunjung akan dikenai biaya sekitar US$ 250 per hari. Dengan demikian, tempat ini menjadi destinasi wisata yang cukup mahal. Namun jumlah tersebut sudah termasuk biaya akomodasi, makanan, dan guide resmi yang akan menemani pelancong selama berada di sana. Bisa jadi, karena biayanya cukup mahal, menurut Lonelyplanet, di wilayah ini jarang ditemui pelancong dengan gaya backpacker.

Di wilayah dengan penduduk yang mengkonsumsi nasi merah dan cabai tak sekadar dimanfaatkan untuk bumbu tersebut, ajaran Buddha dipegang sangat erat. Maka terkadang, ketika bertandang ke tempat ini, pengunjung tidak hanya ingin berwisata, tapi juga mencari pencerahan. Pemandangan Himalaya yang spektakuler dipadu dengan kebudayaan Buddha yang kental akan memberi pengalaman tersendiri. Oh ya, jangan lupa menyaksikan festival kebudayaan Tsechu.


Chamonix
Wilayah yang terdapat Prancis ini berada di puncak tertinggi di kawasan Eropa Barat. Kendati merupakan bagian dari Negeri Napoleon, tempat itu lebih mudah dicapai dari bandar udara di Jenewa. Dari sana, perjalanan bisa dilanjutkan dengan menggunakan mobil. Jarak yang harus dilalui sekitar 88 km saja.

Panorama pegunungan es yang mempesona akan memanjakan mata. Untuk bisa menikmati pemandangan tersebut, ada baiknya digunakan cable car. Bermain ski es pun merupakan aktivitas yang umum dilakukan di sana. Wilayah ini merupakan tempat pertama kali Olimpiade Musim Dingin diselenggarakan, pada 1924.

Berbagai bangunan tua bersejarah bertebaran di sana. Jadi, selain pemandangan alamnya memukau, suasana perkotaannya sangat layak dinikmati, bahkan bisa dijadikan latar belakang yang sangat bagus untuk berfoto selfie.

Makanan dan minuman yang tersedia sudah pasti nikmat di lidah. Meski banyak penduduknya yang bisa berbahasa Inggris, jika menggunakan sedikit bahasa Prancis untuk menyapa, perbincangan akan jauh lebih hangat. Tidak ada batasan waktu untuk mengunjungi Chamonix. Di sana musim dingin dan musim panas sama menariknya.


Queenstown
Semua orang mengunjungi Selandia Baru karena pesona alamnya. Queenstown berada di lokasi yang tepat untuk menikmati keindahan itu. Berada di tepi Danau Wakatipu dan dikelilingi pegunungan selatan membuat wilayah ini menjelma menjadi kota kecil yang mengagumkan, the scenic small town. Pemandangan yang terbentang tidak sekadar bagus, tapi luar biasa menakjubkan.

Pada musim liburan, Queenstown menjelma menjadi tempat pesta yang menyenangkan. Hingga pukul 5 pagi biasanya masih banyak orang berkeliaran di jalan setelah memuja keriaan. Meski demikian, kota ini juga bisa menjadi tempat yang sangat damai dan menyenangkan. Biasanya pada masa itu banyak pengunjung yang datang bersama pasangan untuk berbulan madu atau memadu kasih di sana.

Untuk sesuatu yang lebih spektakuler, mencapai puncak Bob dengan Skyline Gondola merupakan kegiatan yang wajib dilakukan. Dari sana pemandangan yang akan membuat pengunjung berdecak kagum terhampar luas. Breathtaking view! Pemandangan dengan jalur pegunungan yang berpadu secara sempurna dengan air Danau Wakatipu sungguh luar biasa cantik. Yes, you have to go here before you die.

Sumber: 'Leisure' by Witanto Prasetyo – MALE 109 http://male.detik.com 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Modern Mexican Kitchen @ Keraton at The Plaza

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Due to popular demand, the Modern Mexican Kitchen Express Menu is now extended to dinner. Bengawan at Keraton at The Plaza proudly presents the authentic 3-course Mexican Express Menu with a selection of appetizer, entrée & dessert for IDR150,000 net per person, available on Monday to Friday from 12pm to 3pm and 6pm to 10.30pm.

Chef Lamberto Valdez Lara, the culinary director of Keraton at The Plaza, is the mastermind behind the modern Mexican food experience at the hotel. He comments, “I am extremely excited to launch a modern interpretation of the finest and most popular dishes from my country, which I am confident that guests at Keraton at the Plaza and local residents here in Jakarta will share my passion when they come and experience the new menu.”

Using premium ingredients, Chef Lamberto creates a menu that is different yet familiar to the Indonesian palette. Popular menu items such as tacos, enchiladas, burritos and fajitas are paired with unique ingredients such as grilled nopal (grilled cactus), lengua (slow cooked beef tongue) and huitlacoche (corn fungus). Chef Lamberto also uses custom made cookery, such as the tortillera (tortilla press) to make his own tortilla from fresh masa (corn dough) and flour dough.

Churros
As a true believer of the farm-to-table approach, Chef Lamberto is determined to use local produce where possible, personally selecting the freshest and finest produce that Indonesia has to offer, including working with local farmers to harvest  the epazote, cactus and numerous types of chili.

Guacamole
Keraton at The Plaza, a Luxury Collection® Hotel
Inspired by the Javanese word for “palace,” Keraton at The Plaza is a distinct and intimate luxury hotel offering a unique, modern interpretation of the rich Indonesian culture.  Rising from the 8th to the 22nd floors of the Keraton building, Keraton at The Plaza is ideally located in the heart of Jakarta on Jalan Thamrin, a prestigious address that includes embassies, corporate headquarters, museums and Jakarta’s high-end shopping and entertainment complex, Plaza Indonesia. 

Keraton at The Plaza offers 140 spacious guest rooms and suites, including four sumptuous Keraton suites more than 135sqm each.  Ranging in size from 61 – 140sqm, each guest room and suite is a haven of Javanese luxury, offering an open floor design with spectacular views of downtown Jakarta through floor-to-ceiling windows.  With interior design by SCDA Singapore and the Burega Farnell, the sleek décor of Keraton at The Plaza is inspired by the diversity of Indonesia’s geography and culture, with splashes of color, rich woods, and intricate Batik floral patterns. Artworks displayed throughout the hotel are commissioned to Hadiprana, a famous Indonesian interior designer.

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