Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Flavors of The Archipelago @ Mandarin Oriental, Jakarta

A Culinary Interpretation by Chef Petty Elliott and Chef Thierry Le Quéau

As an ode to Indonesia’s 70th independence anniversary, Mandarin Oriental, Jakarta partners with one of the country’s most celebrated chef, Petty Elliott, in showcasing authentic flavours presented with a modern take.

A sense of place and innovative dining are values Mandarin Oriental pledges to create. Honouring the special Independence Day, an approach to feature the best undiscovered local favourites from different regions has been opted for Cinnamon, the hotel’s restaurant known for its delectable Indonesian cuisines.

With Indonesia being a vast country with many islands, Chef Thierry Le Quéau and Chef Petty Elliott select iconic local dishes, perhaps not always known by those living outside the region, and giving it a different spin; From Aceh - to Medan - to Padang, down to Java, crossing the sea to Bali, up to Maluku and on to Kalimantan.

Highlights include; Gohu Ikan – a dish of tuna sashimi with chilli and basil salsa from Maluku, Rujak Buah – Cinnamon’s own Javanese fruit salad, Sie Itek - duck curry from Aceh, Sate Udang Rica-Rica – Manado’s prawn satay with its famed sambal rica-rica, Arsik – the special Tapanuli style braised barramundi with ginger flower, Mie Ayam - Jakarta’s favourite bowl of noodles and chicken soup, and Konro – Cinnamon’s signature dish of slow braised beef hailed from Makassar.

Making things more exciting, Chef Thierry and Chef Petty have collaborated in creating a signature dessert that combines an iconic French sweets with Indonesian flavour; Mille-feuille Kolak Pisang. The mille-feuille will be layered with palm sugar spread, coconut jam and mousse, banana pureed with cinnamon, and chopped cashew. A deconstruction of Indonesia’s well-loved dessert, it is a play of authentic ingredients and flavours weaved into layers of pastry goodness. Mille-feuille Kolak Pisang is priced at IDR50,000+ and will be available at The Mandarin Cake Shop for one month.
A household name in promoting Indonesian delicacies abroad; Chef Petty Elliott shares her excitement. “I am very thrilled to be invited by Mandarin Oriental, Jakarta and to collaborate with Chef Thierry,” she said, “We look forward to feature different dishes from the many regions in Indonesia not many have explored.” Sharing his enthusiasm, Chef Thierry Le Quéau added, “I am very delighted to be working with Chef Petty, having known her for years and to share her passion for Indonesian cuisines.”

Flavors of the Archipelago – A Culinary Interpretation promotion is priced at IDR 328,000++ and will be available in Cinnamon restaurant from 15 August to 23 August 2015. For further info, please contact +62 (21) 2993 8823 or email mojkt-

About Petty Elliott
Food Writer, consultant and restaurant critic, Petty has been involved in promoting the flavours of Indonesia over the last 10 years since returning from living in the UK, where she participated in the BBC’s Masterchef competition. Championing modern Indonesian cuisine with international audiences, as well as reawakening interest at home, has been her passion. Petty writes regularly for The Jakarta Globe and Now! Jakarta magazine and previously also consulted as head contributor for Miele Guide, Asia’s Best restaurant Guide for 5 years.

About Mandarin Oriental, Jakarta
With the warmth of Indonesian hospitality and the levels of service for which Mandarin Oriental is renowned, Mandarin Oriental, Jakarta offers exemplary personalised service in luxurious surroundings. Located in the heart of the city, the hotel is an oasis of 21st-century luxury with 272 spacious guestrooms, including 24 suites and a variety of award-winning restaurants and bar concepts, which become the meeting place of choice for hotel guests and the local community. The state-of-the-art meeting and banqueting facilities also provide the best venues for both business and social events. For more information and reservations, visit

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Red Planet Hotels Launches New Brand to Redefine Value Hotel Sector in Asia

Red Planet Surabaya
Innovative regional hospitality group Red Planet Hotels has launched one of Asia’s most customer-relevant hotel products by transforming its 24 properties into “Red Planet”, a brand specifically created to redefine the value hotel experience.

Asia is the world’s fastest growing travel market, with visitor arrivals in the region setting new records. Red Planet’s hotels are targeted at the value- conscious traveller by providing a high quality, comfortable, technologically- enabled stay in desirable locations at attractive prices.

Double Room
“It’s all about value,” Tim Hansing, Chief Executive Officer of Red Planet said. “Value for our customers and creating value for our shareholders. When our guests leave our hotels we want them to think they have made a smart decision by staying with us.

“We conducted extensive surveys with many thousands of our guests across the region and, among other things, we established that our new brand is all about giving our customers more of what they want, and less of what they don’t. Almost all of our guests are between 20 to 30 years old, and this online generation is changing the dynamics of the hotel industry.

“To embrace this shift, we have invested heavily in our IT platform and are constantly listening to our customers and responding to feedback. We have significantly upgraded Wi-Fi speeds in all properties to be amongst the fastest in the hotel industry. Being able to access stable and fast Wi-Fi is crucial to our guests.”

Red Planet Pasar Baru Jakarta
A key component of the new Red Planet brand is a highly functional mobile app. Not only is it a simple and efficient booking portal, but when guests arrive at a Red Planet hotel it activates an in-stay mode. The app then feeds information about relevant local events and points of interest directly to guest’s hand-held devices. It also facilitates room-to-room and front desk calling, as well as a chat line, along with many other innovative features.

“No matter what type of hotel we stay in, technology will always play a key part of getting the most out of your stay in the hotel and the city you are in,” Mr Hansing added. “We are always looking to add both value and relevance to a guest’s stay through our investment in technology at all times.”

The new Red Planet concept was unveiled across its portfolio of 24 hotels, consisting of 3,783 rooms in Japan, Thailand, Indonesia, and the Philippines. In addition to the existing portfolio, Red Planet will be opening the new brand’s flagship properties in Tokyo and Bangkok this year.

“Over 50% of our guests have stayed with us more than four times, so we have also launched a loyalty programme called Remembered, aimed at rewarding our guests for their frequent stays,” Mr Hansing said. “We are currently enrolling around 1,000 members a month to this programme and that number is growing sharply over time.”

Since opening its first hotel in 2011, Red Planet Hotels has welcomed nearly four million guests. The company has raised several rounds of capital from private investors and anticipates a future public listing in the region.

Red Planet Bekasi
About Red Planet Hotels
Red Planet Hotels was incorporated in 2010 and is a privately owned regional hotel company focused on Asia’s expanding value hotel sector. The company owns and operates 24 hotels in Indonesia (7), Japan (3), the Philippines (10), and Thailand (4) for a total of 3,783 rooms. Red Planet Hotel’s robust and scalable technology platform provides both advanced reservation software and local attraction guides for customers, ensuring a fast and efficient booking process. Red Planet comprises a stylish value hotel offering, with all of its properties centrally located and featuring high-speed Wi-Fi. Red Planet’s companies based in Jakarta (Red Planet Indonesia - PSKT:IJ) and Tokyo (Red Planet Japan - 3350:JP) are listed on the Indonesian and Japanese stock exchanges, respectively.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Ranna 212 Tangalle Join with Plateno’s Portofino Brand

We are happy to announce that Ranna 212 Beach Resort Tangalle will join Plateno’s Portofino Brand as Portofino Resort Tangalle starting from September 2015.  Portofino Brand is the luxury collection of city hotels, resorts and serviced apartments perfect for guests who are used to luxurious lifestyles and exquisite service and facilities.

Portofino Resort & Spa Tangalle is a trendy Sri Lanka beach resort in the Deep South coast, strategically located just a short distance from Srilanka’s second international airport. The Hotel features 21 suites and 34 Deluxe rooms, fuses a fine selection of restaurants and bars with uncompromising service and spectacular views.  

Plateno is expanding its regional footprint by opening resorts in the prime holiday locations in Southeast asian destinations, signalling a dramatic expansion and displaying its strong position as Hotel Operator abroad with 20 hotels open or under development throughout the region in 8 countries estimated to be finished by the end of 2016.
This is Plateno’s second  hotel in Sri Lanka, the first being  a ZMAX  salted to open in Colombo in 2017

About Plateno Hotel Group

The Plateno Hotels group was founded in 2005 in China beginning with the 7 days Inn hotel brand. Plateno Hotels Group consist of a large family of 14 brands including but not limited to:
  • Maison Albar, Portofino, and H12 hotels, all providing a full service luxury lodging experience.
  • ZMAX, James Joyce Coffetel and Lavande Hotels all providing a midscale select service lodging experience.
  • 7 Days Premium and 7 Days Inn are providing a design driven, lifestyle experience at an affordable budget price.
Plateno Hotels Group is also the exclusive development partner and operator of 400 Hampton by Hilton Hotels to be rolled out accross China over the next five years. Today Plateno Hotels Group is ranked as the number one hotel group in asia and 7th globally in terms of total hotels with over 3000 hotels operating or under development in 8 countries.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Late@ Seniman

Seniman is famous for their incredible range of coffee and design experiences. Quietly they have been establishing themselves as a go-to destination for food and their regular breakfast, lunch and afternoon clientele have long been raving about the quality of the food.

Now Seniman is grabbing the ‘restaurant-bull-by-its-horns’ and looking to make an impact in the dynamic Ubud evening restaurant scene. After careful selection and preparation, Late@ Seniman provides a range of ‘brassiere-style’ food with its new evening menu. Nothing too pretentious, but classic items crafted with passion, quality and the Seniman stylistic touch.

Late@ Seniman also cleverly use coffee in a number of their signature desserts, from espresso Crème Brulee to a Mocha-nut waffle. You can even order their humorous and inventive ‘Death by Espresso’ a sure-fire Instagram favourite.

Even the unconventional format of the evening menu is something that has become a much photographed design object. Easy to use and a little bit weird, the menu is a collection of ‘flash- cards’ featuring images and descriptions on colourful backdrops. According to some of the customers it’s “Worth stealing!” (but please don’t take them home..!)

There is an extensive range of premium beers, wine and of course coffee, chocolate and teas. All of this to be enjoyed in Seniman’s famous Coffee Studio with its unique atmosphere and music playlists taking you into the night.

Seniman’s on-going food development programme will continue to rotate new items and introduce seasonal produce over the next few months. This is just the beginning.

Some of the many new highlights from the Late@ Seniman new evening menu;

Beef Burger Sliders
Served as a taster of 3 styles; McSeniman (Swiss cheese, bacon, mustard mayo), King-Hong- Kong (Black pepper, capsicum, soy sauce), Mediterranean (Tomato and jalapeno salsa) Served with a side portion of triple cooked house-chips with tomato relish and wasabi mayonnaise

Fish and Chips
Fresh snapper fillets with a San Miguel beer batter. Served with a side portion of house chips, minted green pea puree, home made tartar sauce and a wedge of lemon.

Posh House Chips
Triple-cooked chips with extra Parmesean and truffle seasoning

Tuna Tartar
Sashimi grade tuna salad with avocado, cucumber, wasabi cream, spicy crisp bread and soy ginger vinaigrette.

Mushroom Terrine
Assorted mushroom and herb terrine served with a sambal cream sauce.

Crème Brulee Espresso
Vanilla laced crème brulee served with Seniman espresso and coffee liquer sauce. Seniman

Espresso Granita
Frozen crystals of Seniman espresso served with cappuccino ice-cream and fresh whipped cream

Moka-nut Waffle
Single-origin chocolate from Sumatra with mixed nuts in a warm rum-infused waffle. Served with cappuccino ice-cream, honey and warm chocolate sauce.

Death By Espresso
Imagine your head is a disc of frozen espresso, stand headfirst on the precipice of a sea of milk. When ready to make the ultimate sacrifice, dive into the milk and have someone hold your feet and stir until desired strength. (Available as day or night variants)

Seniman Coffee Studio
#5 Jl. Sriwedari, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia 80581
Telephone +62 (0) 361 972 085

Return Ticket to Flavour and Back: A Tasteful Education

Seniman Coffee Studio is at the forefront of transforming the perception of coffee shop culture within Indonesia. Building from the conversation and buzz found at their Coffee Studio in Bali, the team have designed a unique opportunity for residents and tourists to further their interest in coffee.

Always innovating and trialing new creative ideas, Seniman Coffee Studio are unveiling their keenly anticipated ‘Workshop’.

More in common with a cultural cooking class or an evening fine wine tasting, Seniman’s ‘Coffee Journey’ Workshop sets out the argument for a new appreciation in coffee. Demonstrating years of knowledge and global experience, the team has constructed an accessible yet comprehensive journey through the incredible breadth and potential of coffee.

Hosted at Seniman Coffee Studio’s Ubud location, these 2-hour workshops begin with an introduction of coffee through the ages up to the present ‘Third Wave’ specialist coffee shop trend. The Master Roaster, Rodney Glick, will demonstrate his creative vision for roasting to optimize the beans for different styles of brews. Throughout the workshop the teams head Baristas will skillfully craft a range of coffees made on multiple different apparatus including the much coveted yet hard to master Syphon. The workshop is fully interactive with numerous tastings, practical hands-on and opportunity for discussions.

Professionals from within the coffee industry from across Indonesia, Japan, Taiwan, UK and Australia were invited to participate in developing the content led by the Seniman team.

Class sizes are restricted to a maximum of 10 people for high level of engagement with everyone. Bookings are available for individuals or groups.

Seniman offer complimentary events and training that can be built around the core ‘Coffee Journey’ Workshop with the specific aim to develop knowledge and train practical skills.
  • Coffee Journey: Coffee Tasting, Home Barista, Cupping
  • Roasting Experience
  • Pour-over Barista
  • Aeropress Barista
  • Training Courses; Espresso Barista, Manual Barista, Latte Art, Roaster
  • Plantation visits; Harvest season only August/September

Being a barista in Australia’s burgeoning coffee industry, I love overseas travel and new cultural experiences. The combination of coffee and a workshop format for visitors is a great idea. The Seniman crews are incredibly knowledgeable but unpretentious which makes for a great combination of education and fun. I’m sure Seniman will have a great success with this initiative. -  Mike, Professional Barista, Australia.

Seniman are at the forefront of inventive coffee roasting. There are pushing the boundaries of roasting and initiating new conversations around coffee in all its forms. Indonesia needs Seniman. -  Robert, Coffee Roaster, Jakarta

Visitors to Bali always love to see where coffee is grown! Many people have never seen a coffee tree and really enjoy meeting the local farmers. When they see the process of growing and harvesting coffee their appreciation of drinking coffee expands. I love seeing the smile on peoples’ faces when they see the ripe coffee fruit and connect this to the drink they have in the café. My job is very rewarding. -  Kadek, coffee farmers co-op representative from Kintamani, Bali.

Seniman Coffee Studio
#5 Jl. Sriwedari, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia 80581
Telephone +62 (0) 361 972 085

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Berlebaran di Atria Hotel Gading Serpong

MENYAMBUT datangnya libur lebaran setelah menjalankan ibadah puasa selama satu bulan penuh, kemenangan ini biasanya dirayakan dengan saling mengunjungi sanak keluarga untuk saling bermaafan dan silahturahmi. Pada momen ini, biasanya tuan rumah akan menyuguhkan bermacam hidangan khas Lebaran seperti ketupat, opor, sambal goreng, dan lain-lain.

Atria Hotel Gading Serpong pada Idul Fitri 1436 H menghadirkan promo istimewa. ‘Kumpul Ketupat’ berlaku 17-18 Juli 2015 pada waktu breakfast mulai pukul 06.00 – 10.00 WIB maupun brunch dari pukul 11.00 – 14.00 WIB. Dimana para tamu dapat menikmati beragam sajian Indonesia khas lebaran di Mezzanine Restaurant. Hidangan ini bisa dinikmati sepuasnya hanya dengan Rp 110.000++/orang pada waktu breakfast, dan Rp 125.000++/orang pada waktu brunch.

Selain itu, Anda bisa menghabiskan malam bersama keluarga di hotel ini mulai tanggal 17 Juli 2015 hingga 31 Juli 2015 mulai dari Rp 499.000++/malam sudah termasuk menginap satu malam di kamar tipe Superior, sarapan untuk dua orang dewasa dan anak usia dibawah enam tahun, mendapatkan satu kupon undian All New Yaris dan berkesempatan memenangkannya yang akan diundi di akhir tahun.

Paket menginap yang ditawarkan hotel ini tentu saja juga termasuk gratis menggunakan berbagai fasilitas hotel, seperti kolam renang, gym center, dan antar/jemput ke dan dari Shopping Center area Serpong.

“Promo spesial yang ditawarkan menarik orang-orang Jakarta dan sekitarnya yang memilih untuk tidak mudik. Namun, ingin merasakan suasana liburan sesaat dengan menginap di hotel. Banyak juga karena asisten rumah tangga yang mudik,” ujar Anton Susanto selaku General Manager.

Tentang Atria Hotel Gading Serpong
Sejak pertama kali beroperasi di 1 November 2010, Atria Hotel Gading Serpong (AHGS), hotel bintang empat berstandar internasional berkomitmen dengan standar internasional untuk melayani kebutuhan pasar lokal di bidang konferensi dan perjalanan dinas.

Berlokasi di jantung CBD (Central Business District) Gading Serpong, AHGS memiliki 173 kamar elegan dan modern dengan 3 pilihan tipe kamar (superior, deluxe, dan suite), 11 fasilitas ruang pertemuan yang variatif dan grand ballroom berkapasitas hingga 800 orang. AHGS memiliki akses yang mudah melalui 2  pintu tol yakni pintu tol Jakarta – Merak dan lingkar luar dengan akses dari TB Simatupang dan waktu tempuh 25 menit dari Bandara Internasional Soekarno-Hatta, serta berada dekat dengan area lapangan golf dan pusat perbelanjaan (mal) Serpong yang memungkinkan tamu mencapai area hiburan ini dengan berjalan kaki.

AHGS meraih berbagai penghargaan sejak AHGS berdiri. AHGS berhasil meraih penghargaan dari TripAdvisor dan mempertahankannya selama tiga tahun berturut-turut sebagai ‘Pemenang Sertifikat Keunggulan’ di tahun 2013 hingga 2015, Agoda Gold Circle Award 2014, dan tahun ini sebagai ‘The Best Hotel in Service Excellent of the Year’ dari Indonesia International Achievement Foundation.

Tentang Parador Hotels & Resorts
Diluncurkan pada Januari 2013, Parador Hotels & Resorts telah berkembang dan dengan cepat dikenal dalam industri perhotelan. Mendedikasikan diri untuk menjadi tim manajemen perhotelan paling inspiratif yang memiliki tujuan mengelola 99 hotel, resor dan residences pada tahun 2024.

Dari layanan dan kenyamanan terpilih, Parador memiliki lima brand untuk dikelola; Vega Hotels, Atria Hotels, Ara Hotels, Fame Hotels, dan Starlet Hotels yang mana dari seluruh properti ini merupakan perpaduan dari keramahan dan profesionalitas Asia. Berdasarkan komitmen dan inovasi, PHR menawarkan berbagai alternatif bagi para tamu dan memberikan yang terbaik bagi seluruh stakeholder. Kami bertanggungjawab dalam kualitas, memberikan kepuasan kepada para pelanggan, dan juga bertindak dengan integritas penuh dalam setiap hal yang dilakukan. Parador Hotels & Resorts akan selalu menjadi perusahaan yang dapat diandalkan oleh para investor.

Starwood Hotels Debuts Four Points Brand in Indonesia with Opening of Four Points Bali, Kuta

POINT 1: Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) today announced the debut of the Four Points brand in Indonesia, with the opening of Four Points Bali, Kuta. Located on Jalan Benesari Banjar Pengabetan in a serene area of Kuta—just minutes away from the renowned Kuta Beach and its nightlife, shops and restaurants—Four Points Bali, Kuta marks Starwood’s seventh property on the island of Bali.

POINT 2: Owned by PT. Umah Benesari, Four Points Bali, Kuta features 185 spacious and contemporary guest rooms. Guests will enjoy full-service dining at The Eatery, a 24-hour fitness center and kids club, all of the brand’s popular amenities including fast and free WiFi throughout the hotel, complimentary bottled water, and a chance to sample authentic local beers as part of the signature Best Brews™ program. For booking information, please visit

POINT 3: “We are proud to debut the Four Points brand in Indonesia with the opening of Four Points Bali, Kuta, adding to our rapidly expanding list of dynamic destinations across the globe,” said Brian McGuinness, Global Brand Leader, Specialty Select Brands for Starwood. “With this significant opening, we are confident that Four Points will continue to reinvent travel across the globe with its emphasis on stylish comfort and genuine service at an honest value.”

“The opening of Four Points Bali, Kuta is set to meet the increasing demands for mid-market accommodations especially in Bali, given its approachable brand positioning of travel that suits your style,” said Charlie Dang, Regional Vice President, Southeast Asia, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Asia Pacific.

“We look forward to welcoming guests at Four Points Bali, Kuta,” said Masri, General Manager of Four Points by Sheraton Bali, Kuta. “With an ideal location for both business and leisure, our enthusiastic team is all set to ensure a great stay with all the extras that guests will love.”

POINT 4:  Four Points is experiencing incredible growth momentum. With 50 new hotel deals signed in 2014, the most in Starwood’s company history, the brand will surpass 200 hotels in 2015, with more than 25 planned hotel openings this year. The Four Points brand boasts Starwood’s largest and fastest growing development pipeline. Across Asia Pacific, Starwood operates more than 40 hotels under the Four Points flag with more than 45 additional hotels in the pipeline.

About Four Points
Travel reinvented.  With nearly 200 Four Points hotels in more than 30 countries, travelers can find the timeless style and comfort they’re looking for with genuine service and everything that matters most, all around the world.  From Santiago to Shanghai and Milan to Milwaukee, Four Points hotels can be found in big urban centers, by the airport, near the beach, and in the suburbs.  A recent $1 billion invested in renovations, conversions, and new-build hotels has made the brand stronger than ever. Each hotel offers a familiar place with an authentic sense of the local, and friendly genuine service where guests can relax and unwind, watch local sports, and enjoy the brand’s Best Brews and BBQ™ program. Four Points, like all brands within Starwood’s portfolio, is proud to offer the Starwood Preferred Guest® program, the industry’s richest loyalty program. To learn more, visit Stay connected to Four Points on

About Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with more than 1,200 properties in some 100 countries and over 180,000 employees at its owned and managed properties. Starwood is a fully integrated owner, operator and franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences with the following internationally renowned brands: St. Regis®, The Luxury Collection®, W®, Westin®, Le Méridien®, Sheraton®, Four Points® by Sheraton, Aloft®, Element® and the recently introduced Tribute Portfolio™. The Company boasts one of the industry’s leading loyalty programs, Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG®), allowing members to earn and redeem points for room stays, room upgrades and flights, with no blackout dates. Starwood recently announced plans to spin off its Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc. business, a premier provider of world-class vacation experiences through villa-style resorts and privileged access to Starwood brands, into a standalone public company by the end of 2015.  For more information, please visit

From NEO Gatot Subroto to NEO Denpasar

As of July 2015, Archipelago International is changing the name of its NEO Gatot Subroto hotel to become the rebranded NEO Denpasar.

The rebranding of the hotel aims to strengthen the brand name by honing in on the more widely recognized Denpasar name, in comparison to the lesser known street location of Gatot Subroto. The rebranding shall also optimize search engine results for guests who are looking for a great quality hotel in the heart of Bali.

The newly named NEO Denpasar first opened in 2014 as an eco-friendly hotel with 112 modern rooms and suites, all of which are non-smoking. Business travelers can make use of the three meeting rooms, free high-speed Wi-Fi, express check-in & check-out and ample parking space. Down time can then be enjoyed at the hotel's swimming pool and the signature “Noodles Now” coffee shop. Additional facilities include a hotel laundry service, security key card systems as well as 24 hour front desk services & security.

“We are delighted to be rebranding our NEO Gatot Subroto hotel to become NEO Denpasar. Not only will the hotel be more recognizable to the domestic and international markets, it will also help our guests in their seach for a great quality and centrally located hotel in the capital city of Bali.” Said Mr. Yohanes Sulistiyono Hadi, Regional General Manager of Archipelago International.

About Hotel NEO
The new NEO concept aims to open doors to a world of wellbeing and sensual satisfaction. Designed in a stylish and contemporary style befitting the latest trends in hotel design, NEO Hotels offer uncluttered open spaces for an atmosphere of relaxation and tranquility within these chic yet reasonably priced new-build hotels and resorts.

The brand has been described as "hip and new," with aesthetics reminiscent of cutting-edge fashion designs. Customer Focus Groups have credited Archipelago International for “bringing sexy back”, hailing NEO Hotels as a brand fit for savvy young travelers and Generation Y parents alike. Images of NEO Hotels can be found at the website

About Archipelago International
Archipelago International is one of Indonesia’s leading hotel operators with a portfolio of over 100+ hotels and 15,000 rooms. As a continually expanding brand, Archipelago International has a development pipeline exceeding 95 properties in Indonesia, the Philippines, and Malaysia.

Archipelago International brands include: favehotel, NEO, Quest, Harper, Aston, Alana and Kamuela. Archipelago International’s properties range from ultra-luxurious villas with private pools to select-service, economy-class hotels to serviced-apartment residences, thus offering Indonesia’s largest and most comprehensive hospitality network.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Lebaran Istimewa @ Fairmont Jakarta

Fasilitas lengkap serta pelayanan Fairmont yang telah diakui, jadikan libur Lebaran semakin istimewa

Guest Room
Menyambut datangnya Hari Raya Idul Fitri 2015, hotel bintang lima Fairmont Jakarta yang terletak di kawasan Senayan menawarkan paket menginap untuk pengalaman yang tak terlupakan.

Sepanjang libur Lebaran para tamu dapat memanfaatkan waktu berkumpul bersama keluarga dan menikmati kenyamanan dengan menginap di Fairmont Jakarta. Para tamu dapat memilih menikmati ragam pilihan kamar dan suites. Dengan luas antara 49 sqm hingga 172 sqm, kamar di Fairmont memberikan ruang yang leluasa untuk keluarga. Bagi keluarga besar, fasilitas connecting room tersedia untuk mendukung kenyamanan. Sementara itu, kamar Sky Suites menawarkan fasilitas lengkap termasuk dapur, ruang makan dan ruang keluarga.

Selama menginap, lewatkan hari-hari bersama keluarga dengan melakukan aktifitas di luar ruangan dengan berenang, bersantai di gazebo atau Jacuzzi, atau memanjakan diri di Willow Stream Spa atau belanja di Plaza Senayan melalui akses langsung bawah tanah. Mulai 16 hingga 21 Juli, para tamu dapat menikmati penginapan selama tiga hari dengan membayar hanya untuk dua hari, dengan harga mulai dari Rp. 6.000.000,- net per kamar termasuk sarapan untuk dua orang di Spectrum.

“Perayaan Idul Fitri yang dirayakan bersama keluarga dan kerabat merupakan momen istimewa yang tak dapat dilewatkan. Melalui kenyamanan fasilitas hotel dan juga keramahan pelayanan yang diberikan oleh seluruh kolega kami, saya berharap Fairmont Jakarta dapat menjadi destinasi baru untuk melewatkan Libur Lebaran yang menyenangkan dan tak terlupakan bersama keluarga dan kerabat,” ujar Tate Husband, Director of Sales & Marketing di Fairmont Jakarta.

Dengan lokasi strategis dan fasilitas lengkap serta pelayanan Fairmont yang telah diakui, jadikan Ramadan ini momen yang tak terlupakan bersama Fairmont Jakarta. Info lebih lanjut, hubungi 021-2970 3333 atau email

Tentang Fairmont Jakarta
Terletak di kawasan Senayan dan dekat dengan Area Pusat Perkantoran (CBD), Fairmont Jakarta adalah hotel bintang lima yang memiliki 488 kamar. Hotel ini berada dalam complex Senayan dan memiliki akses langsung ke Plaza Senayan dan perkantoran Sental Senayan melalui terowongan bawah tanah. Diantara fasilitas yang dimiliki adalah Sky Suite, yaitu apartemen untuk tamu yang tinggal dalam jangka waktu lama (long stay), 10 restoran, lounge dan bar serta tempat pertemuan seluas 3,500sqm yang dapat digunakan untuk resepsi pernikahan dan konvensi dalam skala yang berbeda. Fairmont Jakarta juga memiliki Willow Stream Spa dengan sembilan ruangan treatment. Beragam fasilitas mewah siap melayani Anda.

Untuk informasi lebih lanjut dan reservasi, kunjungi

Tentang Fairmont Hotels & Resorts
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts menghubungkan para tamu dengan hal terbaik pada setiap destinasi di seluruh dunia, dengan memberikan pengalaman traveling berkesan melalui layanan personal dan penuh perhatian serta kemewahan fasilitas hotel yang tak terlupakan. Setiap properti Fairmont merefleksikan energi lokal, budaya dan sejarah yang dituangkan melalui hidangan bernuansa lokal, bar dan lounge yang trendi serta desain dan dekor yang unik. Lebih dari 65 hotel tersebar secara global dan property lainnya yang masih dalam tahap pengembangan, hotel landmark di bawah bendera Fairmont meliputi hotel-hotel legendaris di dunia seperti The Plaza di New York, The Savoy di London, Fairmont Peace Hotel di Shanghai dan Fairmont Le Château Frontenac di Québec City. Fairmont bernaung di bawah bendera FRHI Hotels & Resorts, sebuah perusahaan hotel ternama yang mengoperasikan lebih dari 125 hotel dan residential di bawah merek Fairmont, Raffles dan Swissôtel.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Tim Ho Wan Jakarta Hadirkan 5 Menu Spesial Baru

Special Menu
Restoran Dim Sum berbintang Michelin, Tim Ho Wan di bulan Juli 2015  menghadirkan 5 menu spesial baru khusus untuk para pecinta Dim Sum di Jakarta dan sekitarnya. Gerai Tim Ho Wan yang berlokasi di Pantai Indah Kapuk, Jakarta ini  meluncurkan hidangan istimewa baru berupa Shrimp Wonton with Spicy Sauce (Pangsit Udang Saus Pedas), Kway Teow Siram Seafood, Fried Seafood Balls with Apricots (Baso Seafood Goreng dengan Aprikot), Steamed Chicken with Fish Maw (Tim Ayam dengan Perut Ikan) dan Lemon Grass Jelly with Strawberry (Jelly Sereh dengan Strawberry).

Direktur Tim Ho Wan Indonesia, Michael Goh menyampaikan, “Tim Ho Wan merasa bangga dan senang untuk dapat selalu menghadirkan kreasi-kreasi baru yang istimewa bagi pelanggan setia kami. Bulan Juli ini, kami mempersembahkan 5 menu baru sekaligus yang bukan saja disiapkan dengan bahan-bahan segar dan bekualitas, namun juga menawarkan cita rasa yang spesial. Silahkan datang ke gerai kami dan rasakan kenikmatannya!”

Fried Seafood Ball with Apricots
Shrimp Wonton with Spicy Sauce
Lemon Grass Jelly with Strawberry
Gerai Tim Ho Wan pertama di Hong Kong adalah sebuah restoran kecil dengan peralatan makan sederhana. Meski tampil apa adanya, kelezatan hidangan terbaik yang mereka suguhkan membuat restoran ini dibanjiri pengunjung yang rela antri karena kecilnya ukuran restoran.

Meski tampil tidak bergelimang kemewahan, restoran ini berhasil memperoleh bintang Michelin karena hidangannya yang tak kalah mewah dengan yang disuguhkan di hotel berbintang. Harganya yang amat terjangkau membuat pemrakarsa restoran ini menyebut Tim Ho Wan sebagai “restoran berbintang Michelin paling terjangkau di dunia”.

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Porsche Indonesia Adakan Dua Event Akbar di Penghujung Tahun 2015

PT. Eurokars Artha Utama selaku agen pemegang merek dari Porsche di Indonesia, untuk pertama kalinya akan mengikuti ajang motor show di Indonesia. Di ajang Gaikindo Indonesia Internasional Auto Show 2015 nanti, Porsche Indonesia akan memajang mobil-mobil terbaik yang tersedia di Indonesia. Keikutsertaan Porsche di ajang GIIAS 2015 kali ini adalah untuk membuktikan eksistensi Porsche di dunia otomotif di Indonesia.

“Untuk pertama kalinya Porsche Indonesia mengikuti ajang autoshow di Indonesia, hal ini diharapkan menjadi sebuah nilai positif bagi perkembangan brand Porsche di Indonesia. Kami juga berusaha agar para penikmat otomotif bisa lebih mengenal line up produk kami, tidak hanya Porsche Macan dan Porsche 911 yang memang sudah sangat popular di Indonesia saat ini,” jelas Christoph Choi selaku managing director Porsche Indonesia.

Keseriusan Porsche di dunia publikasi juga ditunjukkan dari berbagai event yang melibatkan media di Indonesia. Seperti ajang New York Auto Show 2015, Porsche GTS Launch di Malaga, dan berbagai event regional yang diadakan di wilayah asia tenggara.

Selain mengikuti ajang Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show 2015 pada 20-30 Agustus 2015, Porsche juga berencana untuk mengadakan event Porsche World Road Show (PWRS), 11-20 September 2015 di Sentul International Circuit. Di event kali ini, porsche akan mendatangkan 20 mobil dari seluruh line up produk Porsche.

“Porsche World Road Show terakhir kali diadakan oleh Porsche Indonesia sekitar 11 tahun silam, atau tepatnya pada tahun 2004. Saat itu kami fokuskan kegiatan hanya untuk konsumen Porsche, namun untuk event kali ini kami juga turut melibatkan rekan-rekan media. Dan yang perlu diketahui bahwa event PWRS tahun ini merupakan event motorsport terbesar yang pernah dibuat oleh Porsche Indonesia,” tambah Christoph Choi.

Ajang PWRS 2015 ini juga dijadikan kesempatan oleh Porsche Indonesia untuk memberikan kesempatan kepada para calon konsumen Porsche untuk dapat melakukan test drive berbagai varian Porsche. Dalam acara ini, Porsche Indonesia akan melibatkan professional driver sebagai instruktur berkendara.

Digital Era

PETA bisnis transportasi di Jakarta dan beberapa kota besar di  Indonesia, agaknya memerlukan definisi baru setelah muncul jasa pelayanan transportasi model GrabTaxi, GrabBike, Go-Jek, Uber, yang memanfaatkan aplikasi di ponsel. Itu hanya salah satu contoh, bahwa meningkatnya tren digital dan perangkat mobile telah mengubah perilaku konsumen.

Gadget, termasuk ponsel, sudah menjadi bagian yang tak tak terpisahkan dalam keseharian masyarakat saat ini. Menurut laporan IDC “Always Connected” dua tahun yang lalu, sebanyak 79 persen pengguna smartphone selalu membawa ponsel mereka dalam berbagai situasi. Selain  sebagai kebutuhan untuk berkomunikasi, orang mulai memanfaatkan platform digital untuk yang melakukan berbagai kegiatan – termasuk transaksi bisnis.

Sebuah penelitian menunjukkan sebagian besar pengguna digital lebih suka mengakses internet melalui  smartphone, bahkan melebihi yang melalui desktop (laptop termasuk di dalamnya).

Selain itu, penggunaan aplikasi oleh konsumen juga terus meningkat. Masyarakat memilih platform digital berdasarkan pencarian mereka di browser ponsel. Oleh karena itu, produsen (atau publisher untuk media) harus melakukan lebih dari sekadar membangun sebuah aplikasi dan berharap konsumen (atau pembaca) akan menggunakannya.

Itu sebabnya, setelah muncul di iPad dan Android Tablet – juga di laptop dalam bentuk PDF, MALE pun hadir pula di smartphone (iPhone dan Androidphone). Ini tak lain, karena kami ingin hadir di semua platform agar bisa menjangkau pembaca yang labih luas.

Kemampuan majalah digital memang tidak bisa dibandingkan dengan majalah konvensional. Perkembangan majalah digital tentunya berkaitan dengan perkembangan teknologi informasi yang menjadi device atau alat untuk mengakses majalah tersebut. Majalah digital isinya tidak sekadar teks dan foto, tapi bisa memperkayanya dengan video, suara, fitur interaktif, serta tautan web, yang memungkinkan pembaca surfing ke tempat lain. Welcome to digital era!

Sumber: MALE Zone, MALE Magazine 144