Friday, November 17, 2017

Spectacular Sunsets: Dubai’s Top Locations for Beachside Sundowners

Dubai is a city known for its dramatic skylines and skyscrapers, sunshine and sunsets, and there’s nothing better than kicking back and relaxing at a chilled-out spot to watch the city transform from day to night. The tradition of a sundowner is a long-standing one in Dubai, so read on for our pick of some of the city’s most idyllic spots.

Jetty Lounge
An elegant beachside venue tucked away amid chic Arabian architecture in a secluded, dreamy location overlooking The Palm, Jetty Lounge is a Dubai classic. With low-slung seating right on the sand, artfully lit by glowing lamps, this little haven is the ideal place to gaze out over the ocean and watch the sun go down.

Perched at the end of its own private wooden pier that juts out into the Arabian Gulf, Pierchic sits in a beautifully- designed Arabian-inspired building with a spacious terrace. The view of the adjacent Burj Al Arab is complemented by the soft sound of lapping waves as the sunset floods the sky with golden hues.

Sitting in the middle of the ocean, at the end of its own jetty, is 360°. This unique circular venue is frequently listed as among the best in the world and boasts some of the best views in Dubai – with a sweeping panorama of the iconic Burj Al Arab and the glistening waters of the Arabian Gulf.

Nikki Beach
For a true taste of glamour and laid-back sophistication, Nikki Beach, an urban oasis nestled on Pearl Jumeira, offers the ultimate experience. It’s the perfect spot for sundowners – relax on one of the lazy chairs and lap up the magnificent views of the sparkling sea, swaying palm trees and golden setting sun.

101 Lounge – One&Only, The Palm
Located next to the One&Only, The Palm’s private marina, 101 Lounge is an ultra-chic destination – a fashionable hotspot with an overwater lounge taking in far-reaching views of the Dubai Marina skyline and Palm Jumeirah. Far removed from the frenetic pace of the mainland, this stylish hotspot offers a truly unique perspective of the city.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Ulu Cliffhouse Grand Opening at Breathtaking Clifftop Venue

Cliffside retreat shakes up the Bali beach club scene with an intimate cliff edge rock bar, world-class F&B offerings led by Chef Diego Muñoz, and creative residence for music artists

Ulu Cliffhouse, the 50,000ft² clifftop playground nestled in Uluwatu, Bali, is set to have its grand opening on Saturday 2 December 2017 with its unparalleled oceanic view, coastal-inspired kitchen creations, and imaginative tropical cocktails.

The Bukit’s clifftop playground showcases a 25-metre infinity pool, a music recording studio, an art space and food and drinks – from its open-air restaurant to cliff side rock bar hanging provocatively over the waves. Tipping its hat to the surfers’ paradise location in Uluwatu, Ulu Cliffhouse also features a resident surfboard shaper.

Commanding jaw-dropping views of the ocean, Ulu Cliffhouse is set to be home to Bali’s creative crowd, as well as being a space for wanderlusters to unwind or let loose. Designed by Shed London and Bali's Design Assembly, the beach club draws on the iconic 1950’s Palm Springs aesthetic, enhancing its raw environment with modern edges, effortless chic and youthful cheek.


Headed by world-renowned Peruvian Chef Diego Muñoz, who led Astrid & Gaston to #14 in The World's 50 Best Restaurants List and now free rider chef, Ulu Cliffhouse's culinary offering goes beyond the typical beach club menu by incorporating the influence of Diego's travels around the world and Bali's local environment at the same time.

The fresh, fun and locally sourced offerings reflect Chef Diego’s ability to integrate culturally diverse flavours, resulting in a menu that includes a raw bar showcasing his personal take on ceviches, tiraditos, and an array of other culinary delights – all created tastefully to complement Uluwatu's laidback lifestyle.

The restaurant and the bar, with a capacity of 80 and 100 respectively, house timber and rattan pavilions that provide a soft dappled shade, offering tiered dining with a no-filter-necessary view of the Indian Ocean. Against the backdrop of handcrafted furniture layered with bold tropical prints and soft pastel colours, guests can opt to unwind over Ulu Cliffhouse’s delicious menu with two cantilevered terraces that flank the cliff edge with shaded deep sun loungers.


For poolside gazing and serious people watching, the centerpiece of Ulu Cliffhouse's upper level is the 25m infinity pool. With a capacity of over 300 and its clean lines, geometric motifs and pastel furniture, revelers are invited to bask in loungers arranged in sets around the pool, with hammocks strung between palms and beds of lush greenery.

After taking a dip in Ulu Cliffhouse’s pool, guests can choose from a formidable menu of beverages. Ulu Cliffhouse’s drink makers have spared no expense to ensure every tipple is set to quench the thirst of both casual drinkers and aficionados. From in-house cold pressed juices including herbs and vegetables from the area, body tonics, kombucha and Jamu made locally in the Bukit peninsula, there is something for everyone.

Authentic Ya Yuan Peking Duck with Chef Yuan Chaoying

JIA, the contemporary Chinese restaurant at Shangri-La Hotel, Jakarta, will fly in expert duck roasting chef Yuan Chaoying from Kerry Hotel, Beijing to present the authentic Ya Yuan Peking Duck from 30 November to 3 December 2017.

Guests will be able to watch ‘the master’ at work as Chef Yuan Chaoying – famed for his traditionally prepared wood-fired Peking Duck – works JIA’s open duck oven.

Chef Yuan uses the finest-quality farmed duck and hang grills it to provide a thick, crispy melt-in-the-mouth experience. With over 35 years of experience, Chef Yuan invites guests to indulge in the Ya Yuan Peking Duck style, along with Chinese pancakes and buns, traditional condiments and his signature home-made duck sauce.

The special menus presented include Golden Peking Duck, Deep-Fried Duck Heart with Chilli Oil and Beijing-Style Chicken with Sweet Soya Bean Sauce. Guests may also try other specialties, such as the Four-Treasure Hot-and-Sour Soup and Fresh Stewed Sliced Fish Black Fungus in Glutinous Rice Wine.

About Ya Yuan Peking Duck

Existing since the South-Song dynasty, the Ya Yuan Peking Duck dish was originally named Zhiya. By the Ming dynasty, it was featured as one of the main dishes on imperial court menus. Containing protein, natural fat, carbohydrate, calcium, iron and vitamin B, duck meat is very nutritious and is a popular choice for those who wish to eat healthy food.

The 2.5-kilogram Beijing duck selected from Jinxing Duck Farm is the guarantee of the authenticity and tastiness of Ya Yuan Peking Duck. Authorised as the only raw ingredient, Beijing duck is fed in a special way for the quick accumulation and balanced distribution of lean meat and natural fat. This ensures that, after 70 minutes of roasting, the finished duck is thin, crispy and tender with a fine claret colour.

The traditional ‘hang-grilling’ method of duck roasting dates back 150 years, and Ya Yuan Peking Duck is carefully prepared through an intricate process of gassing, cleansing, scalding, coating, airing and water filling. Every part of the procedure is strictly monitored and carefully undertaken by experienced chefs. In terms of scalding and airing, for example, it is critical that the chefs master the soaking time of the duck in the boiling water and the airing sequence to maintain the duck’s even and well- rounded shape, as well as achieve a crispy taste.

Ya Yuan Peking Duck adopts the use of jujube wood for duck roasting, a tradition that dates back more than 100 years. While heated, the wood gives off a clear and scented smoke that envelops the entire duck; the heat from the strong fire radiates to the top of the custom-made oven and then goes back to the duck. The fire hole is blocked by three red bricks to provide a fair and even roasting.

After 70 minutes, the finished duck is delicately sliced into breast, leg and head portions ready to be served separately. The head is cleaved from the middle, and topped with two fillets. From the head to the leg, the entire duck is presented to the guests.

The roasting and the sale of the duck are seamlessly connected and recirculation of the finished duck is strictly forbidden. Duck slicing usually takes six to eight minutes, with each piece sliced in a willow-leaf shape, 5 centimetres long and 0.2 centimetres thick. The duck is served with condiments, such as lotus-leaf-shaped pancakes, shao bin, spring onions, cucumber sticks, garlic sauce and sugar.

About Chef Yuan
Chef Yuan Chaoying has been in the industry for almost 40 years and is a maestro in kitchen operations, especially duck roasting. Prior to joining Kerry Hotel, Beijing, Chef Yuan worked for Quanjude and Ya Yuan Roast Duck Restaurant at City Hotel. During that time, Chef Yuan trained at the Beijing Institute of Nutrition Delicacy for one month and at the Beijing Industrial Technician College for three months. He also attended manager training classes held by the Chinese Cuisine Association.

Chef Yuan joined Kerry Hotel, Beijing in August 2011 and has been promoted to the Beijing area executive Chinese chef overseeing several hotels in the setup of offering authentic Peking Duck at the Chinese restaurants.

He has also participated in several culinary communication and exchange in Japan, Germany, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Paris, through which he has presented authentic Roast Duck to the world. He was also privileged to have served several iconic political figures and world celebrities.

In his desire to carry forward the Ya Yuan Peking Duck tradition, Chef Yuan innovates while keeping the essence of traditional Chinese cuisine.

Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts currently operates over 95 hotels with a room inventory of over 40,000. Shangri-La hotels are five-star deluxe properties featuring extensive luxury facilities and services. Shangri-La hotels are located in Australia, Canada, mainland China, Fiji, France, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Qatar, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Sultanate of Oman, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. The group has a substantial development pipeline with upcoming projects in Australia, mainland China, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and Sri Lanka.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Indonesia’s Wellness Heritage @ New Arkipela Spa

Serene wellness center harnesses traditional techniques and herbal ingredients to deliver treatments from all across the archipelago…

Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali has unveiled its new Arkipela Spa, a blissful sanctuary of wellness that showcases Indonesia’s rich wellness heritage.

Arkipela Spa weaves age-old recipes and customs handed down from generation to generation to create experiences that leave guests feeling refreshed, revitalised and re-energised. Blending the ancient wisdom of Indonesian wellness with traditional herbal ingredients, the spa reflects the true spirit of the archipelago.

Arkipela Spa celebrated its grand opening on 2 October 2017 and is now open to both in-house guests and outside customers. It can be easily accessed via the Samasta Lifestyle Village, the Balinese-inspired retail mall located adjacent to the resort and Mövenpick Café.

Created by Hadi Prana, the Indonesian design studio, Arkipela Spa features nine tranquil treatment rooms, a sauna and a selection of shiatsu massage rooms. A hair salon will be added at a later date.

“We are delighted to unveil our beautiful Arkipela Spa, providing yet another opportunity for our guests to unwind and soak up the exquisite culture of Bali and the Indonesian archipelago,” said Horst Walther-Jones, General Manager, Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali.

“With our perfect location close to Jimbaran Bay, contemporary Balinese design and authentic ambience, Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali has always aimed to connect guests with the island’s heart and soul. Natural wellness treatments have been practised in Indonesia for centuries and the new Arkipela Spa will allow guests to experience these ancient arts in a luxurious and stylish setting.”

Signature treatments draw inspiration and wisdom from all corners of Indonesia. From Lombok, a traditional “Sasak Massage” incorporates long strokes, stretching, acupressure and aromatherapy to release deep-set tension, while “Oukup Martup” is an ancient Sumatran herbal steam therapy; “Pijat Urat” is a classical Balinese treatment that revives spiritual energy; and Java’s “Ginger Kerokan Treatment” uses local ginger and massage techniques to improve circulation and boost the immune system.

Arkipela Spa has also created a series of wellness journeys. The 90-120 minute “Buatanku Apothecary Experience” uses a blend of seasonal elements and traditional therapies to rebalance the body and mind. This sublime signature experience can be tailored to the specific needs of each guest. Alternatively, the 180 minute “Arkipela Signature Experience” is an intuitive treatment that combines a serene signature massage, body treatment and natural facial to restore balance to the body and leave guests feeling light and revitalised.

Guests seeking corporeal cleansing and renewal can select from a series of body scrubs and wraps that harness the spiritual intelligence of the Indonesian islands. These include the “Kaluku Body Glow” from Sulawesi, “Java Slimming Treatment”, and “Black Borneo Lulur" from Kalimantan. Finally, a choice of facial treatments embrace natural, organic, local ingredients and techniques to leave guests’ complexions feeling smoother and their skin looking radiant.

Arkipela Spa complements the wealth of recreational facilities already offered by Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali owned by PT Summarecon Agung Tbk, including a fitness centre, yoga classes and an amazing lagoon-style swimming pool that winds through the resort and features its own beach.

About Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali
Designed as a family lifestyle resort, Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali features 297 elegantly furnished rooms and suites and invites guests to immerse themselves in Bali’s laidback island lifestyle, vibrant culinary scene and rejuvenating wellness offerings just 100 metres from Jimbaran Beach. Along with five different dining venues offering a varied selection of cuisines, the resort also boasts an exotic pool with swim-up hammocks, pirate-themed Meera Kids Club, invigorating Arkipela Spa and the connected Samasta Lifestyle Village for additional shopping, wining and dining. Mövenpick Resort& Spa Jimbaran Bali and Samasta Lifestyle Village are owned by respected Indonesian developer, PT SummareconAgungTbk.

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Aman Introduces Seasonal, Sociable Italian Dining Concept, Arva

Continuing its gastronomic evolution and following the successful launch of Nama, a culinary concept based on the Japanese tradition of Washoku earlier this year, Aman is taking strides forward with the launch of Arva. 

Making of Zucca Al Forno

Celebrating the bold flavours and simple ingredients of Italy’s rich culinary heritage, Arva has been conceived by Stefano Artosin, Regional Executive Chef of Amanpuri (Thailand), Amansara (Cambodia) and Amantaka (Laos), and Andrea Torre, recently appointed Executive Chef of Amanyangyun, Aman’s forthcoming property in China. Based on inventive cooking techniques and utilising just a few simple ingredients which take centre stage, Arva launched befittingly at Aman Venice on 1 October, and will be introduced to select Aman destinations over the coming months. Each Arva will offer a warm, convivial and welcoming environment with dishes served family style, paying respect to the roots of Italian culinary traditions.

Chefs Artosin and Torre

Arva embraces the culinary history of Italy which has established a reputation for seasonal and sustainably sourced fare. This style of cuisine draws influence from Italian cooks who concocted dishes solely from what was available in the immediate gardens, forests and seas surrounding them, using their instinctive understanding of flavour and the creativity of necessity to prepare bold, heart-warming dishes that could be shared among family and friends. It is this concept to which Aman pays tribute, both in the name Arva, meaning ‘cultivated land’ in Latin and its philosophy: the shared enjoyment of uncomplicated flavours in a welcoming and congenial atmosphere.

Bavarese Alla Noccio

Fresh Tagliatelle

Recently launched at Aman Venice on 1 October, followed by Amanpuri in Phuket, Amanyangyun in Shanghai, Aman Tokyo, and Aman Sveti Stefan in Montenegro 2018, the approach at each Arva will stay true to its Italian heritage, however each menu will incorporate the finest local ingredients, in keeping with the Aman philosophy of seamless integration with the destination – extracting the best of the surroundings into an unparalleled dining experience, with each restaurant offering their own take on the concept.

Gamber Rossi Di Maz

Arva’s co-creators, Chefs Artosin and Torre, both hail from Italy, and developing the new restaurant concept has been a passion project for them both. Chef Artosin says “For today’s travelers, Arva responds to a growing interest in tradition and provenance, balancing authenticity and sustainability to create dishes that prize flavor and quality above showmanship and theatre, and which are timeless rather than trend-led. Most of all, Arva offers honest, simple dishes which champion the incredible ingredients sourced locally.”

Ingredients of Spoglia Di Pane
Ingredients of Zucca Al Forno

For Aman Venice, and in keeping with the local and familial philosophy of the concept, both chefs have worked with Creative Culinary Consultant for Aman Venice and owner of Michelin-starred D’O restaurant in Milan, Davide Oldani, and built on their relationships with local farmers, fishermen, market traders and niche suppliers to source the freshest Adriatic fish from the waters around Venice, single-source olive oils from Tuscany and Liguria, artisanal pasta, and daily produce from the Rialto market. The result is a considered selection of pastas, risottos, prime meats and seafood, generous sharing dishes, delectable gelati and sorbetti, as well as – in homage to Venice’s globally beloved cicchetti heritage – a wide range of small plates.

Making of Zucotto E Taleggio

Mezzi Pacere

Located adjacent to the hotel’s magnificent ballroom, Arva at Aman Venice features dishes such as chestnut tagliatelle, a hand-made pasta with Chanterelle mushrooms and castelmagno cheese, a red prawn crudo with wild fennel and citronette, and triglia di scoglio, local red mullet with roasted cauliflower and caper leaves.
Stefano Artosin was raised in Padua, just outside of Venice, where food was a hearty family affair, and wonderful local flavours went hand in hand with a warm and jovial atmosphere. His professional career has taken him to some of the world’s most prestigious kitchens – from St Barths to New York to Sydney and on to Thailand, where he has shaped Amanpuri’s menus for over a decade. He has been immersed in numerous culinary traditions and techniques throughout this period, but Arva is the first opportunity for him to return to the kind of cooking and eating that inspired him in the first place – friendly, familial and uncompromisingly focused on flavour.

Spoglia Di Pane 

Born in Rome, Andrea Torre has been an evangelist for sustainable sourcing and a supporter of the Slow Food movement throughout his career, beginning with his time at Alceste al Buongusto, where he oversaw the making of pasta from sourcing raw ingredients to presenting them on the plate. He brought this philosophy to the kitchens of some of London’s most celebrated Italian restaurants, including Zafferano and Cecconi’s, before returning to Italy to work with Michelin-starred Chef David Oldani, as Head Chef de Cuisine of Aman Venice. Although he is now based in Shanghai, masterminding the gastronomic offering at Amanyangyun (opening winter 2017), he is proud to leave his legacy to Aman Venice on the menus of Arva.

Tagliatelle Alle Castagne

Following the introduction of Nama in March, the opening of Arva marks the second gastronomic launch from Aman. Like Nama, Arva will be gradually unveiled at a succession of Aman destinations: merging Italian culinary concepts with Asian ingredients at Amanyangyun and Amanpuri in November; providing an alternative dining option to guests of Aman Tokyo in January 2018, and taking the authentic tastes of Italy across the Adriatic to Aman Sveti Stefan, Montenegro, later in 2018.

Zucca Al Farno

Aman was founded in 1988 with the vision of building a collection of intimate retreats with the unassuming, warm hospitality of a gracious private residence. The first, Amanpuri (place of peace) in Phuket, Thailand, introduced the concept, and since then, Aman has grown to encompass 31 hotels and resorts located in Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Dominican Republic, France, Greece, Indonesia, India, Italy, Japan, Laos, Montenegro, Morocco, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Turkey, the Turks & Caicos Islands, the USA, and Vietnam.

Pool with a View: Dubai’s Most Breath-Taking Swimming Pools

Summersalt Beach Club

Dubai has maintained its strong performance through 2017 and is on track for another record year in terms of tourist volumes, according to the latest data released by Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism). A total of 11.58 million international overnight visitors arrived in Dubai during the first nine months of 2017, reflecting a 7.5 per cent increase over the same period last year, underlining the strength of the emirate’s tourism industry as well as the growing appeal of Dubai as a global tourism destination of choice.

In a city blessed with year-round sunshine and blue skies and where taking a dip is a favourite pastime, it’s good to know that you’re never far from a refreshing swimming pool. From expansive beach club lagoons to lofty rooftop pools, from downtown infinity pools overlooked by skyscrapers to private plunge pools surrounded by desert dunes, there’s no shortage of options. Read on for our pick of Dubai pools with the most breath-taking views.

Summersalt Beach Club

With access to an exclusive white sand beach, a menu inspired by the Spice Route and a view of the majestic Burj Al Arab, this gorgeous spot at Jumeirah Al Naseem is perfect for a lazy day by the pool with friends, family or just you and a book.

La Ville Hotel & Suites – City Walk

Head up to the roof of this five-star boutique hotel in City Walk to enjoy a dip in its striking infinity pool or catch some rays on a sun lounger. Stay to enjoy the sunset views and a drink from poolside venue Look Up.

Anantara The Palm – Palm Jumeirah

Escape to this tranquil beachside retreat on Palm Jumeirah and swim in one of three turquoise lagoons or in the resort’s 50-metre infinity pool overlooking the sparkling Arabian Gulf.

Bab Al Shams

Cool off in one of temperature-controlled swimming pools at this unique oasis in the heart of the desert, and relax as you take in the far- reaching views of the surrounding dunes and landscaped gardens.

The Palace Downtown

This striking pool in the centre of Downtown Dubai boasts stunning views of the Burj Khalifa and Dubai Fountains. Dive right in or relax in comfort in one of Buhayra Lounge’s arabesque tents on the edge of the water.

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Agra Shakes Up Solo Nightlife with a Stylish New Concept @ Alila Solo

Solo nightlife gets a fresh injection of buzz with the launch of a stylish new concept at Agra, Alila Solo’s hip rooftop lounge and bar on the 29th floor, the highest rooftop lounge in all of Central Java.

Open every night from 5.00 pm until 1.00 am, Agra has become a favourite place for enjoying drinks after work, happy hour with friends, or socialising until long after the sun has set. Offering an indoor area with a private dining room, and a spacious outdoor terrace with spectacular city views, it oozes an air of relaxed style and sophistication.

Turning the style quotient up a notch, Agra’s outdoor terrace now features a mural by Yogyakarta mural artist Eddy Sulistyo, infusing the space with an edgy, contemporary aura.

In a meeting of East and West, tradition and modernity, the mural features images of legendary musicians, including two of Solo’s most iconic singers, Waljinah, famous for her signature song ‘Walang Kekek’, and Gesang, who composed ‘Bengawan Solo’. They are drawn alongside international legends like Rod Stewart and The Beatles, capturing Agra’s enthusiastic embrace of all music styles and influences.

Besides the new aesthetics, Agra has also created tantalising new signature food and cocktail menus to reignite the city’s taste buds, along with an exciting weekly schedule of live entertainment, which kicks off at 8pm every night from Tuesday to Sunday.

Patrons can look forward to an evening of live blues music on Tuesday, burgers and DJ beats on Wednesday, and grills with soul grooves on Thursday. The great mix of food, drinks and music continues into the weekend with a soulful chill-out on Friday, deep house electric vibes on Saturday, and Sunday Rock & Ribs, featuring the best smoked ribs in town and a classic rock gig.

Whether gathering with friends, colleagues or that special someone, the refreshed and revitalised Agra at Alila Solo has got all the right vibes for a fabulous night out in Solo.

Sunday, November 05, 2017

Behind the Barre in JW Hotels Across Asia-Pacific

Luxury Hotel Brand and America’s Premier Ballet Company, The Joffrey Ballet, Team Up to Bring On-Demand Barre Classes to Hotel Rooms Around the World

JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, in partnership with The Joffrey Ballet, launched Behind the Barre, a series of workout videos available on-demand for travelers staying in the brand’s guestrooms, now available at JW hotels across Asia-Pacific.

Behind the Barre on-demand barre classes marks the second time that JW Marriott has partnered with America’s premier ballet company. In 2014, the two companies launched Poise and Grace, an internal training initiative for global associates of the luxury hotel brand. Utilizing the foundations of ballet, the program was created to teach employees to exhibit finesse and gracefulness as part of their daily routines, ultimately resulting in a refined guest experience. Behind the Barre is the first guest-facing partnership from the two storied brands, highlighting JW Marriott’s commitment to well-being by providing guests with the tools and techniques to maintain a healthy lifestyle no matter where your travels take you.

“Guests of JW Marriott are always seeking new and innovative ways to stay active while on the road,” said Christy Donato, Vice President, Global Brand Management, JW Marriott. “Our partnership with The Joffrey Ballet provides an elevated fitness experience that goes beyond the traditional in-room workout, allowing our guests to tailor their fitness routine to best fit their travel schedule.”

"We’re thrilled to partner once again with JW Marriott on the Behind the Barre video training series," said Ashley Wheater, Artistic Director of The Joffrey Ballet. “The benefits of ballet go far beyond the barre to promote discipline and self-confidence, and can enhance any fitness plan. We’re honored to continue our partnership with JW Marriott and share Joffrey’s world class training with hotel guests around the world.”

Filmed at the newly opened JW Marriott Los Cabos Beach Resort & Spa, the barre videos highlight two of Joffrey’s professional ballet dancers, showcasing fun, challenging workouts that include full-body barre method, core strength and stretching. Designed specifically for a guestroom environment, the workouts allow travelers to enjoy a fitness class workout in a private setting – all at their convenience.

To further underpin JW Marriott’s elevated guest experience and celebrate the global ballet partnership, a ‘Barre-to-Bar’ experiential pop-up will debut in Singapore and regular barre classes will be offered at JW Marriott Singapore South Beach, the brand’s most recent landmark opening in the region. This is the first in a series of JW Marriott Barre-to-Bar pop-ups with more planned for key gateway cities across Asia-Pacific including Shanghai and Seoul in 2018.

“We believe exceptional service starts with exceptional training. That’s why we’ve set the bar even higher by teaching our associates how to develop their natural poise and grace,” said Carol Zhou, Senior Director, Luxury Brand Management - Asia Pacific, Marriott International. “Barre is becoming a very popular workout across Asia-Pacific, particularly in China, which is why our next stop will be in Shanghai next year.”

Visitors are invited to taste complimentary crafted signature cocktails and mocktails at the bar while watching our JW Marriott Singapore South Beach associates perform a graceful barre routine, inspired by the Joffrey Ballet training initiative for all JW Marriott staff members worldwide. Visitors are also invited to showcase their own poise and grace in our ethereal studio-inspired GIF photo booth, in which mirrors and fluid lines of lights designed to represent the fluidity of ballet movements. The barre-themed pop-up events are open to the public today, November 2 at Ocean Centre in the city’s central business district, and will move to ION Orchard at the heart of Singapore’s lively shopping district from November 4-5.

JW Marriott Singapore South Beach will also be kicking off a monthly Barre to Bar Brunch package starting November 26, which will include a morning barre workout followed by boozy Sunday brunch with free-flow Taittinger Brut champagne at Beach Road Kitchen for SGD 158++ per person.

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