Wednesday, February 26, 2014

A Sunset Jazz Experience with Balawan

Le Méridien Bali Jimbaran gears up for a pre-show event of Bali Live International Jazz Festival 2014 with the special live acoustic performance of Balawan and Friends at Smoqee Sky Bar

Le Méridien Bali Jimbaran will be opening the red curtain for a one-time special live acoustic performance of the homegrown international act, Balawan, in conjunction with Bali Live International Jazz Festival 2014. The special mini concert is to be held at Smoqee Sky Bar on Friday, March 07, 2014 at 17.30 onwards. This event is part of the pre-show series of the jazz festival to be held a day after with many international line-ups, such as Earth Wind and Fire featuring Al McKay, Incognito, Tania Maria, Balawan and many more. The resort offers a complimentary access for all the guests and a scrumptious barbeque buffet will be available for only IDR 300,000 net per person. The gate is open at 17.30 with the opening act by DJ Anastasia, the resort’s resident DJ and the best female DJ in Bali.

Breathtaking sunset facade over the Indian Ocean presenting the uninterrupted views to Jimbaran Bay will spoil all the creative minds as the divinely orchestrated melody of guitar by the genius Balawan collided with the ocean breezes and transform the day into a night of harmony that choreographs an unforgettable sunset ambiance ever. Also, for only IDR 90,000 net per person, jazz or guitar aficionados can enjoy an array of mouthwatering handcrafted cocktails available from 17.30 until 19.00. Choice of delectable barbeque buffet serves will also be made available for only IDR 300,000 net per person to elevate the evening into a tasteful discovery with great companions or entourage.

“The aim of our partnership with Bali Live International Jazz Festival is to further acquaint our resort’s mission in becoming one of the creative venues on this island where the curious minds can gather and engage with arts. Music is an art as well as a universal language that transcends any barriers. And there is no better place to enjoy arts than embracing it live in an open space with the loved ones under the clear blue skies and starry night”, said Gregory Gubiani, the resort’s General Manager. “Le Méridien Bali Jimbaran is definitely a place to be for jazz lovers to warm up the ears with the tunes by the talented Balawan in Jimbaran before the main jazz festival arises a day after.”

Internationally known for his phenomenal skills on the guitar, Balawan is a pioneer in the fusion of Jazz and Balinese Gamelan. He is best known as a Batuan Ethnic Fusion guitarist and his ability to play double neck guitar. Balawan has developed the 8 Fingers Touch Style technique, which also known as the Touch-Tapping Style. He is often regarded as one of the fastest guitarists in Indonesia. He is also called The Magic Finger guitarist among the musician’s community of the world. His music presents an enchanting and unique sound. 

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About Le Méridien Bali Jimbaran
Experience a new perspective of understated luxury stay with Le Méridien Bali Jimbaran. Jump into the resort’s 1,300 square meters salted water lagoon pool and revealing panoramic views of Jimbaran Bay. The 118 contemporarily designed guest rooms, suites, penthouses and villas features futuristic in-room technology. Le Méridien Bali Jimbaran also introduces a gastronomic journey to the Island of the Gods offering discerning travellers four dining venues in a three-storey dining and entertainment complex: The brand’s signature all-day dining restaurant, Bamboo Chic featuring Pan-Asian street food served over live kitchens; Smoqee Lounge and Sky Bar, an enchanting spot for cocktails and live music over sunset; Latitude 8, the resort’s lobby lounge overlooking the lagoon offering choreographed cocktails, light snacks and evening tapas; and, WALA, an indulgence of hand crafted gelato or taste the perfect cup of Illy coffee.

Nyepi Day @ Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort

Rejoice in the day of silence and gather for relaxing moments with loved ones in the heart of Kuta Beach.

Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort invites travellers to celebrate the most special day of the year on the Balinese calendar -- Nyepi Day, also known as “the day of silence” – by booking either the Simply Nyepi or Nyepi Retreat packages at the stunning resort. The overnight packages are available exclusively during the Nyepi period marking the New Year – enable guests to enjoy the serene side of Bali and share the remarkable holy moment at the best resort in Kuta. In addition to the package offerings, resort guests can enrich their stay experience with an array of activities specially prepared to welcome the Caka New Year, ensuring a memorable celebration to be cherished with family or friends. Simply Nyepi or Nyepi Retreat starts at IDR 1,350,000++ per room per night and are available March 28 through April 3.

The day of silence, Nyepi Day, falls on March 31, and is a favorable opportunity for families to gather, as well as for guests to reconnect with their senses encouraging a relaxed state of mind through meditation or spa treatments. The Simply Nyepi package starting at IDR 1,350,000++ per room per night includes a complimentary buffet breakfast daily. By booking the Nyepi Retreat package, guests receive one all-inclusive lunch and one dinner as part of their stay for only IDR 1,650,000+ per room per night. These package offerings are only available to Indonesian citizens or KITAS/KIMS holders for a minimum two-night stay, valid from March 28 to April 3, and must be booked by March 30, 2014.

The Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort team also offers an array of relaxing in-house activities for guests to perfect their stay experience. To be completely refreshed on the peaceful Nyepi, guests can pamper themselves at Shine Spa with the special indulgence of a 60-minute complimentary Aromatherapy Swedish Massage when they book any other spa treatment (excluding hair and nail treatments or other 30-minute treatments). 

Guests can also gather the family for a fun reunion with table games or a movie showing in the Sahid Ballroom, watch the parade of mini ‘Ogoh-ogoh’ -- the spectacular bamboo monster that resembles evil spirits being torched -- through the resort the evening before Nyepi Day, or serenely bring together body and soul with Sunrise & Sunset Yoga under the guidance of the resort’s experienced Yogi. Fun activities designed especially for the youngest guests include story-telling, a traditional dance class, muffin-making, rainbow creation, and a painting class at the resort’s Kids Corner on the ballroom level.

Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort offers an exclusive retreat, with a spacious open-air terrace, outdoor rooftop pool, and unrivalled panoramic views of the ocean. The resort offers 203 generously-appointed guest rooms and suites ranging from 46 to 265 square meters, each fitted with the signature Sheraton Sweet Sleeper® Bed and featuring a spacious private balcony with uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean or the resort’s signature social courtyard.

To keep travelers fit and energized, Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort introduces Sheraton Fitness by Core Performance™ with lifestyle designed training programs and encompassing a fully equipped fitness center, Shine Spa for Sheraton that will pamper and rejuvenate guests with signature treatments blending from the East to the West with local Balinese touches.

Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort houses three dining venues where travelers can enjoy Sheraton’s signature restaurants – the all-day dining Feast® with its vibrant open-kitchen, located alongside beachwalk patio overlooking the Kuta Beach -- or indulge at Bene, a light-hearted Italian restaurant with oceanic setting, where guests can also relish mesmerizing views of the beautiful Bali Strait on the rooftop deck level. The Lounge offers a locally inspired cocktail menu, with open-air setting and Indian Ocean scenery. Travelers can stay connected with the exclusive Link@Sheraton® experienced with Microsoft® that provides a connectivity hub, with complimentary Wi-Fi and Personal Computer stations.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Why You Should Publish for Android and iOS

Yesterday we spoke about how the Apple App Store had its best year yet in terms of apps sold, with over $10 billion in sales for 2013 and a record $1 billion of those sales taking place in December in the run up to the holiday season. Let’s not beat around the bush here, apps are absolutely huge business.

In May of the same year the App Store recorded their 50th billion download, those figures are gargantuan, so vast that you have to take a moment to actually digest the enormity of the zero’s involved! Apps are such big business because smartphone usage has risen at such an exponential rate that it has become an absolute necessity for businesses to have, and maintain, an online presence through an app.

Research carried out by Business Insider has shed light on some very interesting and informative facts and figures which correlates with the ever expanding and extremely lucrative app world. 6% of the world now own a tablet and over 22% of the world’s population now own a smartphone, the research also points out that it was mid 2012 that personal computers fell by the wayside to the new kids on the block, the smartphone and the tablet. It was during this period that the global per-capita rate of smartphones outperformed personal computers for the first time. The same report highlights the following:

  • In 2009 global smartphone penetration was 5%; in 2014 it is around 22%, an increase of nearly 1.3 billion smartphones in four years.
  • Tablets are showing even quicker adoption rates than smartphones, whereas smartphones took nearly four years to reach 6% penetration from when the devices first started to register on a global scale, it took tablets just two years to achieve the same results.

These figures reinforce the undoubted fact that smartphones and tablet adoption has been both widespread and expeditious, and this growth is not isolated to the devices themselves. With such a dramatic and unheralded rise in usage of these connected devices, apps for use in conjunction with them have risen in a similarly impressive trajectory.

But why do I need an app?
In a nutshell; convenience, convenience for the consumer. You are placing yourself in the handbags and pockets of consumers worldwide through their smartphone with your app. You only have to glance at some of the figures above to realize the numbers this approach can entail. They will be able to access your information and content where and when they want, mobile apps make your content more accessible, engaging and crucially houses it all in one place rather than expecting the consumer to surf all over the web locating it. Many apps include the option for reading offline which is especially beneficial for magazines and newspapers, apps really can reach that far.

Much the same as having a website was once the essential part of your business plan, the app has now risen to the fore, the world has gone mobile and for your business grow and prosper with it, you need an app. Over 50% of your web traffic is now mobile, can you afford to miss out on this volume of traffic?

Android or iOS?
It is estimated that the Apple app store makes $5.1 million per day while the Google play store is somewhat further down the revenue ladder at $1.1 million per day and according to estimates by Citigroup analyst Mark May, Google Play only, and I say ‘only’ with tongue firmly in cheek, garnered $1.3 billion in the same period as the App Store registered $10 billion. Now, and this is where it gets interesting, that figure is 13% of Apple apps store revenue yet android accounts for 75% of all downloaded apps (Apple’s share was 18%).

You would be forgiven for thinking, at first glance, that App Store was the only option for your business if you were investigating the options for creating an app for your company, not so. The Google play store, while dwarfed at the time of writing by Apples behemoth, is actually growing at a quicker rate than the App Store and when you take into account that Android has the lion’s share of the marketplace with over 1.9 billion installed base devices compared to Apples 682 million devices then it is not insurmountable to assume that androids share of the app marketplace is set to continue to flourish.

In fact in a report by Citigroups Mark May, featured in Barrons, he highlights that the “Google Play store that serves up applications and content to mobile devices running its Android operating system could see 43% compounded annual growth in revenue between now and 2017, growing from $1.3 billion to $5.2 billion.”

So it’s clear that android has a bright future and one that shouldn’t be dismissed lightly, while iOS has its obvious strengths it would be folly to rely on it alone. It is impossible to separate one from the other, to gain maximum reach you have to be available on all platforms, all devices, all operating systems, the only way to do this, (and give your business the chance and exposure it deserves), is to publish on both iOS and Android. But how do I do this you may say?

Well download the 3D Issue trial today and see what the branded app option can do for you and ultimately your business. (By Charlie Gallagher)

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Unlock The Magical Bali on the Day of Silence, Nyepi Day

Discover a creative way to the unforgettable celebration moment of silence with a new perspective at the heart of Jimbaran Bay

Le Méridien Bali Jimbaran invites travellers to celebrate the day of silence, Nyepi Day, with the loved ones by unveiling the limited time special offer starts from IDR 1,250,000++ per night in Classic Room. Unlock the magical Bali and discover the new perspective of the holy moment at Le Méridien Bali Jimbaran with the ‘Nyepi Discovery’ and ‘Nyepi Indulgence’ packages – two seamless choices to orchestrate creative inspirations from within to rejoice the peaceful day with family or friends.

This annual holiday of a year as well as the most important day of Balinese calendar falls on March 31 this year is also believed to be a very opportune moment for everyone to get together and discover the serene side of the island with family activities or meditation. Travellers who book ‘Nyepi Discovery’ package will enjoy the stay in Classic room inclusive of daily buffet breakfast for two adults and two children below 12 years old with the rate of IDR 1,250,000++ per room per night. Travellers may also relish extra inclusion of one-time lunch and one-time dinner by booking ‘Nyepi Indulgence’ package with a privilege room rate starting from IDR 1,650,000++ per room/night. These rate offers are minimum of two nights stay from and valid from March 28 up to April 02, 2014 (price is subject to 21% service charge and government tax, terms and conditions apply).

Embark on a journey of Nyepi with learning experiences consecutively, as the resort’s creative team have prepared a series of cultural activities not to be missed from March 30 to April 1, 2014. Begin the discovery of ‘Pengerupukan’, a day before Nyepi, by witnessing ‘Ogoh-ogoh’, the creative giant resemblance of evil in mythological endeavours of Balinese Hinduism, torched around the resort to cast out depraved spirits. Guests will also be invited to continue the parade at Pura Ulun Siwi village temple which is located only 20-minute away from the resort. These processions will be held on March 30, 2014 from 18.30 until 22.00.

Balinese Hindu community strongly believes that the bad spirits will leave the Caka New Yew in peace when the island goes dark and silent, thus nobody is allowed to wander around. Hence, Le Méridien Bali Jimbaran also offers a range of soothing activities for the in-house guests to further engage with this quiet moment of a year, from Yoga sessions, Balinese history video watching, traditional tea and coffee, Balinese costume fashion show for kids, treasure hunt games for kids, mini Ogoh-ogoh making, board games up to Balinese traditional offerings-making class.

Indulge the appetite with delectable nourishments and recover the senses with the rejuvenating spa treatments are the ultimate excuses to get relax and unwind. Enjoy selections of promotion for foods and beverages made available especially for the holiday at all outlets within the resort (except Smoqee Sky Bar that will be closed down during Nyepi day). Escape in personal renewal by booking any spa treatments at Serenity Spa and Salon, and enjoy 50% discount for the next treatments. The spa is open from 08.00 up to 19.00 during Nyepi.

Located on the secluded, tranquil Jimbaran Bay on the south-west coastline of Bali, Le Méridien Bali Jimbaran features majestic views of the Indian Ocean and Jimbaran Bay. Complementing the location, Le Méridien Bali will juxtapose traditional Jimbaran heritage against a contemporary creative space surrounded by serene and refreshing elements of water. The décor reflects a contemporary approach to Balinese from the modern Batik motives, to the artworks that completes the room and finished with the finest marbles. Le Méridien Bali Jimbaran also features a signature 1,300 square-meter uniquely designed saline-water Lagoon pool that is accessible from ground floor guestrooms; Serenity Spa and Salon – a space of rejuvenation, with three signature spa treatment rooms, a fitness centre and yoga studio. Children will be engaged with an array of activities and programs with the J Kids Club, equipped with the latest gadgets and completed with a dedicated outdoor children’s pool.

Le Méridien Bali Jimbaran also introduces a gastronomic journey to the Island of the Gods offering discerning travellers four dining venues in a three-storey dining and entertainment complex: The brand’s signature all-day dining restaurant, Bamboo Chic featuring Pan-Asian special cuisines served over live kitchens; Smoqee Lounge + Sky Bar, an enchanting spot for cocktails and live music over sunset; Latitude 8 Bar, the resort’s lobby lounge overlooking the lagoon offering choreographed cocktails, light snacks and evening tapas; and, WALA, an indulgence of hand crafted gelato or taste of the perfect cup of Illy coffee.

For more information, visit or call +62 361 846 6888.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Starwood Accelerates Expansion in Australia & The Pacific with 6 New Openings in 2014

Vigorous Growth Will be Fuelled by the Iconic Sheraton Brand, as well as by a Strategic Industry Alliance between Starwood Preferred Guest and Virgin Australia 

Sydney, Australia – 19 February 2014 – Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) today announced at the Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expos (AIME) that it plans to forge ahead with expansion in Australia and the Pacific, opening six new hotels and resorts this year. Reflecting strong demand in the region, the vigorous growth will be fuelled by Sheraton, Starwood’s largest and most global brand, as well as by a dynamic travel industry partnership between Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG®), Starwood’s innovative loyalty program, and Virgin Australia.

Within this region, Starwood is targeting both established markets, such as Australia; and increasingly popular resort destinations, including Fiji, Samoa and New Caledonia. The six new properties to open in 2014 include Sheraton Melbourne Hotel and Four Points by Sheraton Brisbane in Australia; Sheraton Resort & Spa, Tokoriki Island, Fiji; Sheraton New Caledonia Deva Resort & Spa; Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Resort and Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Hotel.

“We are embarking on a milestone year for Starwood’s growth and development in the Pacific,” said Sean Hunt, Regional Vice President, Pacific, Starwood Hotels & Resorts. “I am confident that the strength of our brands, especially Sheraton, will fulfil robust demand for upper-upscale hospitality offerings in Australia, the region’s mature market, as well as in emerging resort isles – providing a range of excellent facilities for both business and leisure travellers.”

Starwood currently operates 14 hotels in the Pacific region, with nine hotels in Australia, including Sheraton on the Park in Sydney; The Westin Sydney; The Westin Melbourne; Sheraton Mirage Resort & Spa, Gold Coast; Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas Resort; and Sheraton Noosa Resort & Spa. In addition, there are three hotels in Fiji and two in New Caledonia. At year-end 2014, the company expects to have 20 operating hotels and resorts. In addition, The Westin Perth is in the pipeline for 2017 openings.

Strong Demand for Iconic Sheraton Brand
Among Starwood’s portfolio of nine unique lifestyle brands, Sheraton in particular plays a leading role in maintaining the firm’s premier position in the region. The iconic brand currently operates six hotels in the Pacific; by the end of 2014, Sheraton will nearly double its presence in the region with five openings. Last year, the Sheraton brand celebrated its 100th hotel in Asia Pacific, and the brand anticipates the achievement of its 500th global hotel milestone by 2016.

Lack of supply presents pent-up demand for lodging in Australia
Australia presents significant growth opportunities for Starwood in 2014. The hospitality landscape is characterized by a lack of new supply, even in the face of steady demand growth. Sheraton Melbourne will mark the Sheraton brand's return to the city after nearly a decade. Located at the Paris end of the CBD, the hotel will feature 174 well-appointed guest rooms; a bistro-style signature restaurant; The Terrace Bar; a heated indoor pool; a well-equipped Business Centre and over 650 square metres of meetings space. Sheraton Melbourne provides guests with the brand’s signature amenities, including the Sheraton Sweet Sleeper® Bed, Link@Sheraton(SM) experienced with Microsoft® for seamless connectivity, the Sheraton Fitness Programmed by Core® Performance programme, a heated indoor pool, and signature spa.

In time for the G20 Summit, which will take place in Brisbane this November, Four Points by Sheraton Brisbane will open in March, marking the first internationally branded property to enter the Brisbane CBD market in over ten years. A new-build property, the 246-room hotel will offer uncomplicated comforts that are big on value. In addition to state-of-the-art meeting rooms, a fully-equipped gym and an all-day dining restaurant and casual cafe/bar, Four Points by Sheraton Brisbane will feature the brand’s Simple Pleasures(SM) -- a great night’s sleep in a Four Points Signature Bed, free bottled water daily and High Speed Internet Access.

“Australia is benefitting from record low supply and the global travel revolution, with continued increase in domestic travel and a robust outlook for international visitors led by the growing number of Chinese travellers,” says Matthew Fry, Senior Vice President, Acquisitions & Development, Asia Pacific, Starwood Hotels & Resorts. “Starwood’s powerful network, global booking platforms and loyal customer base enable developers and investors to capitalize on this upswing in development.”

Dynamic Upmarket Resort Portfolio
Starwood is leveraging the popularity of the Pacific islands among increasingly affluent global travellers, with the openings of Sheraton Resort & Spa, Tokoriki Island, Fiji and Sheraton New Caledonia Deva Resort & Spa this year. Sheraton will also debut in Samoa, marking the introduction of the first international hospitality brand to the market, through the recently signed management agreement of Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Resort and Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Hotel.

Situated five minutes from the airport on the island of Upolu’s western coast, Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Resort will feature 1,000 metres of white sand beachfront and ocean views from the comfort of 140 guest rooms and suites. The resort, which is expected to be re-launched by mid-2014, will also offer tennis courts, a large outdoor fantasy pool, multiple restaurants and bars, and two well-equipped meeting spaces. Additionally, the resort will have easy access to a full-service casino and nearby golf courses.

Also on Upolu, Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Hotel will house 198 guest rooms and suites on a waterfront location in Apia, Samoa’s commercial hub and capital. The property will cater to a range of events, from intimate executive meetings to large social gatherings. In addition to signature amenities, the resort will provide a restaurant and bar, a large outdoor fantasy pool, pool bar and will be located in close proximity to a full-service casino.

Nestled within Fiji’s idyllic Mamanuca group, Sheraton Resort & Spa, Tokoriki Island, Fiji will enhance Starwood’s already solid positioning in Fiji, complementing the existing Sheraton Denarau Villas, Sheraton Fiji Resort and The Westin Denarau Island Resort & Spa Fiji. The resort, scheduled to open in March 2014, will feature 101 guest rooms, an outdoor swimming pool, a “Gold Class” style theatre/cinema accommodating up to 50 guests, three distinctive dining venues, a modern day spa and several state-of-the-art function spaces.

With a distinctive Melanesian-French flavour amidst natural splendour, the new build Sheraton New Caledonia Deva Resort & Spa will open on New Caledonia’s Grande Terre in July 2014. The 180-room resort will boast two large meeting spaces and a house reef that offers spectacular diving and snorkelling opportunities. Guests can also partake in many aquatic and land sports, join ocean or river excursions, and hike on lush trails, among other recreational pursuits.

All properties will feature Sheraton signature amenities, including Sheraton Fitness Programmed by Core Performance™; Link@Sheraton(SM) experience with Microsoft®; and the Sheraton Sweet Sleeper® Bed, LCD flat panel television and generous work spaces in each guest room.

Entrusted Partnership with Virgin Australia’s Velocity Frequent Flyer Program
Reflecting the growing appetite for both inbound and outbound travel to Australia and the Pacific region, Starwood enriched its loyalty program Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG®) by entering into an alliance with Velocity Frequent Flyer, the loyalty program of Virgin Australia, to reward the growing membership of both programmes with greater benefits.

With this partnership, SPG members now have the option to transfer their Starpoints® to Velocity Frequent Flyer Points for each eligible hotel stay with a 1 for 1 Point transfer rate. To celebrate the launch, SPG offers Velocity Frequent Flyer members an opportunity to earn 2,000 Starpoints for every two-night stay at a participating Starwood property in Asia Pacific. A maximum of 6,000 Starpoints can be earned. To participate, Velocity Frequent Flyer members must register at from now until 31 March 2014. Hotel stays must be completed by 31 May 2014. Velocity Frequent Flyer members who are not SPG members can sign up for the SPG program for free. Also, from now until 31 May 2014, Velocity Frequent Flyer members will be able to enjoy SPG member dining discounts, starting from 15 percent, at participating restaurants and bars in Starwood properties in Australia.

SPA InterContinental Takes Wellness to the Next Level with a Holistically Inspired Treatment

SPA InterContinental is delighted to announce the launch of a brand new treatment that takes a holistic approach to personal wellness. Mindfulness Retreat Journey is a relaxing four-hour experience designed to nurture the body and spirit. It is the only ritual of its kind performed in a Jakarta-based hotel that includes the healing art of Reiki to release the everyday pressures of modern living. SPA InterContinental is the first Spa in a five star hotel in Jakarta providing Reiki service on the treatment menu with all spa therapist are certified.

The journey begins with an uplifting session of yoga in an effort to let go of the built-up stress and tension that we all carry around with us. This is conducted by a skilled Yoga Master who will guide participants through a series of synchronized breathing and stretching exercises.

The rejuvenation continues with a Pearl Detox body scrub followed by time in the sauna and Jacuzzi to eliminate toxins and improve circulation. An intuitive session of Reiki is then performed for a deeply relaxing effect followed by the soothing strokes and applications of pressure of a signature massage. Reiki is the connection between Spa therapist and the guests to transfer CHI (energy), it is also good for stabilizing the energy between human energy, Spa atmosphere energy and universe energy. Reiki is believed to transform bad energy (unhealthy) to good energy (healthy). Finally, after the Reiki session, a soothing head and face massage brings this package to a gentle close along with a platter of fresh fruit.

The Mindfulness Retreat Journey recharges depleted energy levels and promotes healthy lifestyle choices. This treatment gives the skin a radiant glow and promotes restful slumber at the end of a busy day. It can be enjoyed on a weekly basis for optimal results to leave the body looking good and feeling even better.

Exclusive to SPA InterContinental, this replenishing treatment is an opportunity to temporarily escape the hectic pace of the city. Mindful Retreat Journey is an important reminder to us all to slow down in order to truly enjoy the precious gift of each day as it comes. It is priced at just Rp. 1.250.000++ per person and reservation is essential.

About IHG
IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is a global organisation with nine hotel brands including InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo®, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn® Hotels and Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites®, Candlewood Suites®, EVEN™ Hotels and HUALUXE™ Hotels & Resorts. IHG also manages Priority Club® Rewards, the world’s first and largest hotel loyalty programme with over 69 million members worldwide.

IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns over 4,500 hotels and more than 672,000 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries and territories. With more than 1,000 hotels in its development pipeline, IHG expects to recruit around 90,000 people into additional roles across its estate over the next few years. InterContinental Hotels Group PLC is the Group’s holding company and is incorporated in Great Britain and registered in England and Wales.

London, Pasar Perkantoran Termahal di Dunia

  • Permintaan yang kuat dan pasokan yang menurun di West End, London. mendorong harga sewa sebesar 5% 
  • London mengkonfirmasi sebagai kota termahal di dunia untuk pasar perkantoran untuk dua tahun berturut-turut 
  • Hongkong menduduki posisi kedua setelah kehilangan posisi pertamanya dari London tahun lalu 
  • Sewa ruang kantor secara global naik 3%

West End, London adalah pasar perkantoran termahal di dunia selama dua tahun berturut-turut, mempertahankan posisinya dari saingan terdekatnya, Hongkong., menurut hasil riset tahunan Cushman & Wakefield “Office Space Across the World” 

Degan permintaan yang kuat dan menurunnya pasokan akan ruang kantor berkualitas, West End, London mengalami kenaikan harga sewa sebesar 5% di tahun 2013. Selain itu, dengan harga sewa yang umumnya tidak berubah di Central Hongkong pada tahun lalu, membuat perbedaan dari biaya menempati ruang kantor di antara kedua kota tersebut semakin besar. 

“London tetap menarik untuk banyak internasional bisnis karena citra global dari kota London terus tumbuh.  Dengan lokasi ruang kantor yang berkualitas premium berada di West End dan tingkat permintaan yang stabil dari segala sektor, pertumbuhan harga sewa yang signifikan dapat diantisipasi di 2014,” kata Digby Flower, chief executive, Cushman & Wakefield, London.

Sewa ruang kantor secara global naik 3% di 2013, tiga tahun berturut-turut dengan tingkat kenaikan yang serupa.  Sementara di 3 benua secara umum mengalami kenaikan yang melambat selama setahun yang lalu, tetapi di beberapa area, seperti Africa dan Timur Tengah, mengalami kenaikan yang lebih tinggi sebesar 10% di lokasi-lokasi utama mereka.

Daerah CBD kota Moskow naik posisinya dari peringkat keenam ke peringkat ketiga, dengan harga sewa yang tetap di 12 bulan terakhir karena tingkat permintaan yang stabil. Sementara itu, pertumbuhan harga sewa umumnya hampir tidak ada di Asia Pacific dengan Beijing, Tokyo dan New Delhi stabil sepanajang tahun. Tetapi, Connaught Place di New Delhi jatuh dari posisi keempat ke posisi ke delapan yang disebabkan karena nilai mata uang US Dollar dan Euro yang terapresiasi atas mata uang rupee di 2013; hal ini mengakibatkan pergeseran atas posisi New Delhi dalam hal biaya sewa ruang kantor apabila diukur berdasarkan US Dollar ataupun Euro. 

Asia Pacific
Pertumbuhan harga sewa ruang kantor di Asia Pacific sepanjang tahun 2013 umumnya hampir tidak ada pergerakan, dengan  kenaikan secara regional hanya 2%. 

Kondisi ekonomi agak rapuh di enam bulan pertama, walaupun pertumbuhan di pasar-pasar utama seperti Cina dan Jepang meningkat dengan berjalannya tahun. Walaupun demikian, secara regional, Asia Pasifik cukup terwakili dalam peringkat pasar perkantoran termahal di dunia. Hongkong tetap menduduki posisi kedua, Beijing di posisi keempat dan Tokyo di posisi kelima. Kinerja Asia Pasifik di 2014 d antisipasi akan mirip dengan apa yang terjadi di 2013, dengan tingkat permintaan yang lambat tetapi stabil sehingga membuat harga sewa secara garis besar tidak berubah.  Pasar akan menjadi lebih kompetitif dengan insentif-insentif yang ditawarkan.  

Melihat kedepan di tahun 2014, secara regional diharapkan keadaan ekonomi akan membaik dan permintaan ruang kantor akan meluas ke negara-negara lainnya di regional. Perekonomian di Cina dan Jepang di antisipasi yang akan menentukan Asia Pasifik kedepan, dengan tingkat permintaan ruang perkantoran yang akan mencapai momentum terutama di kedua Negara tersebut.    

David Cheadle, Managing Director, Cushman & Wakefield, Indonesia mengatakan,” Di Indonesia, secara umum, permintaan ruang perkantoran di pasar CBD Jakarta diharapkan masih akan berada pada tingkatan yang cukup tinggi seiring dengan kinerja perekonomian nasional yang masih akan tumbuh sebesar 5,8% hingga 6,2% pada tahun 2014. Permintaan kumulatif perkantoran CBD diperkirakan akan tumbuh 5,5% sementara tingkat penyerapan akan mecapai 240.000 m2.”

“Meskipun terjadi pertumbuhan permintaan sebesar 38%, tingkat hunian rata-rata akan mengalami penurunan di tahun 2014 yang lebih diakibatkan oleh masuknya pasokan yang lebih besar ke pasar, namun tingkat hunian masih dalam tingkatan yang sehat yaitu sebesar 88% hingga 91%,” tambah David.

Arief Rahardjo, Senior Associate Director, Research & Advisory, Cushman & Wakefield, Indonesia mengatakan, “Harga sewa gross rata-rata CBD (khususnya di gedung perkantoran Grade B dan C) diperkirakan akan mengalami kenaikan lebih lanjut pada awal tahun 2014, oleh karena pemilik gedung semakin percaya diri untuk menaikkan harga sewa mereka seiring tingkat hunian yang cukup tinggi selama setahun ke depan.”

“Harga perkantoran strata-title diproyeksikan akan mengalami kenaikan kembali namun pada tingkatan yang lebih rendah dibandingkan dengan yang terjadi selama 3 tahun terakhir, oleh karena para pembeli (khususnya pembeli besar), akan semakin berhati-hati menghadapi situasi perkonomian nasional dan global yang akan terjadi pada tahun 2014,” lanjut Arief.

Konsep Mobil Otomatis Akan Merombak Cara Kerja Konvensional

Regus merencanakan revolusi lingkungan kerja yang akan merubah cara orang bekerja, bertemu dan melakukan perjalanan

Sebuah mobil konsep berpilot otomatis sedang dikembangkan, dimana akan merubah mobil menjadi kantor lengkap dengan ruang pertemuan. Waktu yang terbuang untuk melakukan perjalanan dalam mobil akan diubah menjadi momen untuk melakukan bisnis bagi para profesional kerja.

Regus, sebuah perusahaan penyedia tempat kerja yang fleksibel, telah berpartner dengan Rinspeed dalam pengembangan the XchangE, mobil konsep berpilot otomatis yang akan dipamerkan di Geneva Motor Show pada bulan Maret 2014 nanti. Visi Regus untuk membantu para profesional bekerja secara mobile semakin didukung oleh keberadaan mobil auto-pilot ini dan adanya jaringan Regus Express yang tersebar di seluruh jalan tol di benua Eropa. Di kemudian hari, opsi bekerja di “tempat ketiga” (bukan di kantor dan bukan di rumah) akan diperkenalkan di mobil ataupun sarana transportasi lainnya.

Disain inovatif dari the XchangE memungkinkan dua baris kursi depan yang dapat diputar hingga saling berhadapan dengan kursi belakang, menciptakan ruang kerja bergerak dan ruang pertemuan untuk empat orang. Teknologi terdepan dan sistem hiburan yang digunakan pada mobil ini memungkinkan penggunanya untuk terhubung dengan kantor mereka, bekerja secara produktif atau membuat presentasi menggunakan laptop, di kala terjebak kemacetan.

Selain menjadi fasilitas bergengsi, mobil konsep ini akan memberikan fleksibilitas dalam pengaturan jadwal kerja bagi para profesional. Urusan bisnis dapat diselesaikan kapanpun dan dimanapun, tak ada lagi pekerjaan yang akan menyita waktu berharga bersama keluarga dirumah.

Salah satu hasil jajak pendapat yang dilakukan Regus tahun 2013 dari 20,000 responden  pelaku bisnis global adalah 75% responden mengaku bahwa bekerja secara fleksibel dapat meningkatkan produktivitas secara signifikan.

Keterlibatan Regus dalam pengembangan the XchangE menyempurnakan gebrakan untuk merombak sistem bekerja secara konvensional. Dimana sebelumnya Regus telah memperkenalkan fasilitas bisnis walk-in dan sentra bisnis pada tempat peristirahatan di jalan tol, stasiun kereta api, terminal bus, jaringan kereta bawah tanah di seluruh benua Eropa dan pompa bensin Shell di seluruh Berlin, Jerman.

Andre Sharpe, Direktur Global Product and Business Development Regus, mengatakan: “Regus telah lama berkomitmen untuk mengembangkan Cara Kerja Masa Depan. Sekarang, adanya inovasi mobil masa depan berpilot otomatis, akan mengubah waktu yang terbuang sia-sia menjadi waktu yang produktif.

“Para profesional sekarang dapat bekerja dengan nyaman dalam perjalanan karena Regus. Sekarang dengan adanya the XchangE, opsi tempat kerja ketiga Regus dapat mencakup mobil itu sendiri ataupun tempat perberhentian di jalan tol. Seorang konsultan atau sales representatif dapat bekerja secara produktif selama 7-8 jam sehari dengan menggunakan mobil otomatis, pusat sarana Regus di jalan tol dan jaringan sentra bisnis kami. Ini adalah ilustrasi dari komitmen Regus untuk memimpin perombakan lingkungan kerja yang konvensional.”

Frank M. Rinderknecht, CEO dari Rinspeed Inc, menambahkan: “Mobil yang berpilot otomatis membuat pengendaranya tidak perlu selalu melihat jalan ke depan, sehingga penumpang berkesempatan untuk menggunakan waktu mengerjakan hal-hal yang lebih berarti. Keahlian Regus untuk membantu para profesional bekerja secara produktif dan fleksibel menjadikan Regus sebagai partner ideal untuk mengembangkan konsep mobil ini”

Tentang Regus
Regus adalah penyedia ruang kantor fleksibel terbesar di dunia. Jaringan Regus mencakup lebih dari 1,800 business centre di 100 negara yang memberikan kenyamanan, berkualitas tinggi, lingkungan kerja yang full-service, baik untuk digunakan selama beberapa menit hingga beberapa tahun. Perusahaan seperti Google, Toshiba dan GlaxoSmithKline memilih Regus sehingga mereka dapat memiliki fleksibilitas kerja dan membuat bisnis mereka lebih sukses. Kunci untuk memiliki fleksibilitas kerja adalah kenyamanan oleh sebab itu Regus membuka cabang dimana 1,5 juta member Regus membutuhkan fasilitas tersebut – pusat kota, di distrik-distrik kota lainnya, pusat perbelanjaan dan toko retail, stasiun kereta api, tempat peristirahatan di jalan tol, atau bahkan pusat-pusat komunitas lainnya. Didirikan pertama kali di Brussels, Belgia pada tahun 1989, Regus berpusat di Luxembourg dan terdaftar pada London Stock Exchange. Informasi lebih lanjut:

About Rinspeed
Rinspeed adalah sebuah laboratorium mobilitas dan pusat kreativitas untuk industri automotif yang berlokasi di Swiss, telah berdiri selama tiga puluh enam tahun. Inovasi, visi dan kreasi, selalu dipasangkan dengan kepuasan, yang menghasilkan deretan panjang produk yang dapat digunakan oleh pecinta dunia automotif diseluruh dunia. Visi konsep mobilitas, dorongan inovasi, keberlanjutan, jaringan komprehensiv dan kompetensi lainnya dalam komunikasi global menjadi inti dari perusahaan ini. Perusahaan ini secara pribadi dipegang dan dijalankan oleh pendirinya, Frank M. Rinderknecht. Rinspeed membuat masa depan nyata di masa sekarang. Untuk informasi lebih lanjut, silahkan kunjungi website

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Starwood’s Wines of the World

Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort to welcome the arrival of the new selection to the Starwood’s Wines of the World

Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort is pleased to celebrate the new collection of Starwood’s Wines of the World. A wine program offering premium wines by the glass from 30 partners in over 250 hotels throughout Asia Pacific. The shortlisted wine partners include Concha Y Toro from Chile, Beringer from USA and Domaine Pascal Jolivet from France. To reveal their refreshed wine list, Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort hosted a Social Hour session dedicated to newly listed wine partners at The Lounge on 7 February 2014, from 5 pm – 7 pm with great connections being made, rustic food from Bene and live acoustic entertainment.

As one of the forefronts in bringing innovative epicurean concepts to Bali, Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort once again presented an inspiring affair of fine wines and mouthwatering nibbles with farm-to-table artisanal stations at The Lounge specially prepared by the resort’s talented culinary team of Bene, Italian Kitchen. Joined by the resort’s guests, clienteles, local media friends and socialites, this event was held in conjunction with the brand’s signature program, Social Hour, designed to foster social interaction among guests and aimed to introduce a specially curated menu of Sheraton Select premium wines that are available as a permanent resort offering. These wines rated 90+ by Wine Spectator are amongst the best in their category and such wines served by glass in Bali is not only unique, but compares favorably to the more widely available entry level wines listed in comparable venues.

“Through the Starwood’s Wines of the World program, we have contributed in familiarizing some of the most renowned names in the wine industry to travelers in Bali and empowered the guests to easily savor some of the most highly rated wines in the world during their stay. This event is one of the ways to put our resort’s footmark on culinary map in Bali as one of the leading resorts that continuously strives to enhance the guest experiences with new social interactions and believe Social Hour to be a great program for both business and leisure guests”, said Dario Orsini, General Manager of Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort.

‘Wines of the World’ program offers a great variety from both the New World and the Old World. An intense selection of varietals allows guests to choose from a crisp fresh white to a wonderful full bodied red. Long ago wine was always associated with a meal, today, it is increasingly the drink of choice allowing the wine aficionados to enjoy what they like to drink, whenever they wish, and to compare some of the finest available. Internal research has also been conducted by the Sheraton brand during the Social Hour program pilot period found that 66% of guests would be more inclined to purchase wine while travelling if there was a premium wine program offered.

Social Hour at the Lounge – 5 pm – 7 pm
The Lounge at Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort is a spectacular indoor/outdoor gathering place overlooking the Indian Ocean. Guests can sample tasting selections from Sheraton’s premium wine program, refresh their palate with Equil still or sparkling water and nibble on Color Your Plate™ canapés or artisanal cheeses with house-baked breads.

Bene Italian Kitchen
Enjoy spectacular sunsets Italian style on Bene’s rooftop or pool deck alongside Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort’s rooftop infinity pool. This authentic Italian kitchen features both indoor and al fresco dining including a private dining room offering view on both the more than 100 selected wines and oceanic backdrop. Chef Renzelli Rossano’s menu brings the best authentic Italian cuisine to your table right here in Bali. Bene’s relaxed, family-style ambiance lends itself to mingling and lively conversations.

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Starwood’s Wine List

Wine Score: 91

Concha y Toro Terrunyo Carmenere 2009
Colour: Dark and deep red with violet nuances.
Nose: Very elegant, complex, great character of pure Carmenere, plumy, red ripe fruit, spicy and black cherries.
Palate:  Great structure, mouth filling, mineral, sweet tannins, graphite, powerful as delicate, with lots of fruit giving a long finish.

Wine Score: 92

Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay 2011
Colour: Gold yellow nuances.
Nose: Aromas of stone fruits and toasted hazelnuts
Palate: Flavours of ripe tropical fruit and notes of lemon and lime. A generous, creamy mouth feel rounded out by balanced acidity and a lengthy, elegant finish.

Wine Score: 89

Pascal Jolivet Pouilly Fume 2011
Colour: Light yellow with greenish hue
Nose: Aromas of lemon fruits and white peach
Palate: A wine with dazzling character, high mineral. Rich, elegant and full of finesse

Wine Score: 87

Castello Banfi San Angelo 2010
Colour: Light straw yellow
Nose: Very fresh and fruity with pear, banana, peach, anise and honey notes
Palate: Rich, full, round and very persistent

Wine Score: 90

Tenuta Frescobaldi di Castiglioni 2008
Colour: Garnet red nuances
Nose: Rich draughts of red berry fruit lead off on the nose, with raspberry and wild strawberry well in evidence, followed closely by rich blackberry and dark cherry
Palate: Impressive, velvet smoothness, and complex balance, dense but supple tannins are already well integrated into the structure. 

Wine Score: 90

Yering Station Shiraz Viognier 2007
Colour: Purple dark red
Nose: Black pepper and clove spice. Rich Black Forrest cake combining fruit and dark chocolate
Palate: Full bodied a lovely mix of liquorice all spice and exotic dark plums, supple tannins

Wine Score: 84

Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc Private Bin 2012
Colour: Light yellow with greenish hue
Nose: Flavours dominated by passionfruit, fresh citrus, melon and herbaceous aromas
Palate: Enticing palate with a juicy flavour profile, purity and concentration, finishing crisp and clean with an balance acidity

Penfolds Rawson Retreat Chardonnay 2011
Colour: Pale straw yellow
Nose: A citrus notes and floral aromatics rise above layers of freshly cut white peach
Palate: A light to medium bodied Chardonnay with rockmelon and grapefruit, subtle citrus like acid ensures refreshing length on the finish

Penfolds Rawson Retreat Merlot 2012
Colour: Purple Red 
Nose: This attractive Merlot displays varietal aromas of cassis and liquorice
Palate: The palate is fleshy and mouth filling with flavours of plum, sweet spice and creamy

Kim Crawford Pinot Noir South Island 2012
Colour: Light ruby Red 
Nose:  Bright fruit aromas of fresh crushed berries and some forest floor notes
Palate: The palate is rich, with red berry flavours providing some nice fruit sweetness. Soft tannins

Kim Crawford Pansy Rose 2012
Colour: Vibrant pink 
Nose: Aromas of ripe strawberries and ripe red fruit
Palate: The palate is full of sweet summer berries and an off-dry finish.

Wine Score: 89

Domaine Chandon Brut NV
Colour: Light yellow with persistent bubble 
Nose: The wine delivers complex apple and pear characteristics accented by citrus
Palate: Nutty flavours with hints of brioche that build to a refreshingly dry finish

Moet et Chandon Brut NV
Colour: Golden straw yellow with green highlights with persistent bubble 
Nose: The vibrant intensity of green apple and citrus
Palate: Taste of white fruit, fine bubble and soft scent of citrus fruit and gooseberry