Saturday, April 30, 2016

Meliá Announces Its New Hotels in Africa, Indian Ocean, and Central Asia

Meliá Hotels International remains firmly committed to emerging markets, which already account for 71% of its hotel pipeline 

Meliá Hotels International announces the signature of three spectacular hotels at the Arab Hotel Investment Conference (AHIC) last week in Dubai:
  • Gran Meliá Maldives, Indian Ocean – it will offer a mixture of luxurious private villa and guestroom living within one of the best fishing and diving destinations in the Maldives 
  • Meliá Serengeti Lodge, Tanzania, Africa – The first state-of-the-art sustainable hotel by MHI, the hotel will offer ‘off the grid’ living and the perfect viewpoint for the annual migration of one million blue wildebeest, lions, leopards and zebras 
  • Meliá Almaty, Kazakhstan, Central Asia - the first hotel to be signed by Meliá Hotels International in Kazakhstan - a wealthy country located in the heart of Eurasia (countries situated within the borders of Europe and Asia) - it will bring to life a new city hotel concept for corporate travellers and congresses

Gran Meliá Maldives, Maldives
Gran Meliá Maldives will be a resort located in Kalhudiyafushi in Thaa, an atoll located 40 minutes from Male International Airport, as well as a short ride by speedboat or seaplane from the domestic airport at Kaadhedoo. Scheduled to launch October 2017, Gran Meliá Maldives will be amongst the very best of the luxurious international resorts, operated by brands such as Shangri-La, Park Hyatt and Jumeirah, as guests can experience one of the best fishing destinations in the Maldives.

Set amongst virgin coral reef, the Gran Meliá hotel will offer 95 private villas, including 100 rooms, as well as three restaurants, a bar and café, spa, leisure centre and several retail shops. The hotel will also be able to arrange and host exclusive private events and romantic dinners on a smaller nearby island. 66 per cent of Maldivian visitors are honeymooners or guests who wish to enjoy an idyllic beach holiday with exceptional diving.

During the contract signing, Maria Zarraluqui, Director of Expansion for Meliá Hotels International, commented, "Opening a Gran Meliá hotel in the Maldives has been a dream for us for a long time, but we were always waiting for the right project to come along. This hotel meets all our expectations. We are confident that our unique Gran Meliá brand will enhance the magic of these privileged islands, giving a new meaning to the concept of luxury."

The Maldives consists of more than 1,192 islands in the Indian Ocean, formed of two rows of 26 atolls running from north to south. Both chains of atolls (the largest with an area of only 8 km2) are located approximately 700 km from Sri Lanka and 400 km south-west of India. Due to its unique features and exceptional beauty, the Maldives has become one of the most exclusive havens for tourism, mainly from Europe and Asia, which now generates over 25 per cent of the country’s GDP, followed by fishing which generates 60 per cent of foreign exchange receipts. 

Meliá Serengeti Lodge, Tanzania
The future Meliá Serengeti is scheduled to open in June 2017, and is located on the natural terraces on the southern slopes of the hills of Nyamuma, with spectacular views over the peaceful valley of the Mbalageti River. The hotel is about 45 minutes from Seronera Airport in the Serengeti National Park, the oldest and most popular National Park in Tanzania, on the western border of Lake Victoria, considered a World Heritage Site.

Built 700 meters below the peak of the hill, the hotel allows a perfect viewpoint for the annual migration of one million blue wildebeest, thousands of lions and leopards and 250,000 zebras, which pass through the valley every year in search of rains and cooler pastures.

The grounds of the lodge or safari-hotel consist of three natural terraces that descend from an elevated plateau, with the lodge built on the middle terrace, adapting its architectural design to the gentle curves of the land, creating an intimate link with the vegetation and rocky outcrops. The entire design of this unique hotel is inspired by integration with the natural environment, with Suites that provide a unique and privileged African experience in a secure and luxurious environment.

The Meliá Serengeti will provide 50 rooms: 25 „Meliá Forest‟ rooms, 23 „Meliá Hills‟ rooms and 2 „Serengeti Suites‟, with public areas such as lounges and restaurants overlooking the sunny terraces around the infinity pool and the pool bar, open areas for barbecue, with stone and vegetation masterly mixed to ensure an attractive structure at the perfect temperature.
100% environmentally-friendly hotel

The Meliá Serengeti will be the first Company hotel designed to operate completely „off the grid‟, with its remote location and total absence of services in the area making it the perfect opportunity to create a state-of-the-art sustainable hotel which will depend solely on fossil fuels for emergency energy supply.

The rooms have been designed with an intelligent approach to insulation and ventilation, and will provide fans rather than air-conditioning, no television, and all of the building materials will be evaluated based on the carbon footprint they generate, replacing tiles, for example, with concrete with local pigments and wood.

The creation of an „off the grid‟ resort requires resources such as photovoltaic panels to generate electricity and accumulators to store the electricity, complemented by a biogas generation system fed by a wastewater treatment plant. Water will be collected from rainwater and made drinkable using the most modern and environmentally- friendly techniques and equipment.

For Gabriel Escarrer, Vice Chairman and CEO of Meliá Hotels International, “Meliá Serengeti is an opportunity to respond to the challenge of offering the „real‟ African experience that all travellers desire, combined with the safety and comfort of the most exclusive and secure environment.”

The senior executive of the Company thanked specially the owners and promoters of this spectacular project, Albwardy Investments Group, for renewing their confidence in Meliá Hotels International with this project, ensuring the Company would successfully rise, as ever, to this new challenge.

Meliá Almaty, Kazakhstan
The announcement of the first hotel operated by Meliá Hotels International in Kazakhstan, a huge and wealthy country located in the heart of Eurasia, is a further example of the vocation for international growth of a Company which now operates in 42 countries.

The surrounding mountains of Tien Shan, Altay, or Ulytau make it a paradise for winter sports, and it is also blessed with vast natural resources, mainly oil, gas and mines. Kazakhstan also has other attractions such as a traditional culture evolving from the eternal relationship between the Kazakh people and nomadic tribes, and influenced by the Russian occupation in the 18th century. The country received 5 million visitors in 2013, and expects to receive 8 million in 2024.

Almaty was the capital of the country until 1997, and is the largest city in Kazakhstan, a country that aims to become one of the top 30 economies in the world by 2050. Almaty generates around 20% of the national Gross Domestic Product and is a major financial hub in Central Asia. Added to its industrial, commercial and business activity, and the fact that it is home to all of the most important embassies and headquarters of companies operating in Kazakhstan, this make it the ideal destination for a Meliá hotel specializing in corporate travel and congresses.

Meliá Almaty will open in 2019, located north on Abay Prospekt and west on Mirsoyan Street in one of the most exclusive areas of the city of Almaty, and will provide 250 rooms, including 50 Suites and Junior Suites, with cutting-edge architectural design and a structure of steel and glass. It will also provide a restaurant, bar, lounge, spa and fitness centre, as well as meeting rooms. This full range of services and facilities together with the high standards Meliá applies to its urban hotels, combining the urban and leisure experience (bleisure hotels, business + leisure), will undoubtedly make the Meliá Almaty one of the leading hotels in the city, in competition with other major international hotel chains.

During the signature, the Director of Expansion for Meliá, Maria Zarraluqui, thanked the hotel owners, ASICO, for their confidence in Meliá, and explained how satisfied Meliá Hotels International is with the addition of this hotel. “Meliá Almaty is our long-awaited first hotel in Kazakhstan, with the right product and the right brand for this city, and we hope the hotel will play a key role in the powerful growth of the city,” she said.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Brunch It Up!

Sunday Brunch @ grandkemang Jakarta

grandkemang Jakarta has launched the new concept their weekly Sunday Brunch called as Brunch It Up! grandkemang Jakarta creates a “big easy” atmosphere where guest can enjoy the brunch with family and friends at both venues – indoor; the Sperta Dining and also outdoor; the Vibar Pool Terrace while children can swim and have fun day at the same occasion.

The new brunch buffet introducing more varieties and selections of food and beverage using finest ingredients ranging from European specialties with a spread of Asian cuisine, Western Carving Station, Italian Pasta Corner, Dim Sum Station, Sushi Sashimi Corner, Indonesian Corner, wide selections of the best French bread and cheese, dessert and pastries, and complemented with beverage station in every week. Talk of the town will be the Raclette Cheese Corner (“roasted cheese from France and Switzerland”), complemented with Parma Ham selections. As the new experience, the outdoor Beef and Seafood grilled, Mongolian BBQ and bar by the pool.

Together, those unforgettable relaxing Sunday experiences, the brunch comes with new name - Brunch It Up! Every Sunday, 12 – 3.00 p.m., buffet price for only IDR 325.000++/person, incl. free flow of juices, ice lemon tea, coffee or tea, water. By only additional of IDR 250.000++/person on the brunch price, you may enjoy the free flow of house wine/sparkling wine/cocktails/beer. Children below 110cm height dine for free, children 110cm – 140cm pay 50% off above price, children 141cm and above pay the adult price. Children can enjoy activities available in Kids Corner with coloring/drawing or watching children movies and of course the fun of swimming at pool.

grandkemang is a contemporary hotel and the preferred residence in Kemang, the heart of urban living in South Jakarta. Conveniently and strategically located in the hub of great shopping, dining and entertaining venues, the hotel is just minutes from Jakarta’s main business district. The hotel offers 203 guest rooms and residence suites for both travellers and long stay guests, complete with newly renovated luxurious facilities, featuring International standards of comfort and convenience.

grandkemang Hotel Jakarta
Jl. Kemang Raya 2H, Kebayoran Baru, Jakarta 12730
Phone: +62 21 719 4121 ext 8127, Fax: +62 21 719 4205

Generation-G Gelar New Generation in G-Style Launching Party

Generation-G menggelar pesta peluncuran bertajuk New Generation in G-Style yang mempersembahkan penampilan istimewa DJ Oliver Nelson dari Swedia yang tampil pertama kali di Indonesia. DJ Oliver Nelson yang tampil di banyak party di berbagai belahan dunia dan dikenal sebagai pengusung Nu Disco ini menghadirkan musikalitasnya yang khas dalam nuansa ambience Generation-G. Bukan itu saja, untuk memastikan kesemarakan event ini, sejumlah performer muda lokal yang sedang populer tampil seperti Teza Sumendra, Kimokal, dan Teddy Adhitya membawakan sejumlah hits yang membuat seluruh party goers ikut bergoyang menikmati musiknya.

Dave Ependi, penyelenggara event menyampaikan, “Who is Generation-G? Generation-G adalah anak muda urban dan modern, yang tidak takut untuk menjalani masa muda dengan maksimal. They live their youth life to the fullest by expressing themselves through music, art, style and hobbies. Generation-G know how to have fun, and they’re never afraid to showcase who they really are.”

Lebih jauh Dave menjelaskan bahwa New Generation in G-Style diadakan untuk merayakan kelahiran dari para Generation-G. Berlokasi di Foundry no 8, Jakarta, 22 April 2016, New Generation in G-Style mengundang para anak muda influential untuk merayakan masa muda mereka. Berbagai konten menarik bisa diikuti oleh semua undangan, seperti Music Installation Booth, Hobbies Installation Booth, Style Installation Booth, dan Art Installation Booth.

Acara ini juga dimeriahkan dengan kehadiran Nadila Eresta, Mario Irwinsyah, Rani Ramadhany, Nabila Putri, Nino Fernandez, Leona Agustine, Chrissie Vaneesa, Jerry Likumahuwa, Fauzan Nasrul, dan Vicky Monica.

Menjadi muda adalah sebuah pengalaman yang harus bisa dirayakan semaksimal mungkin. Kami mengajak para Generation-G untuk menjadi diri mereka sendiri. Untuk tidak takut mengekspresikan diri mereka melalui music, art, style and hobbies.

For more info, go check at dan follow Instagram @_Generation_G

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The Ritz-Carlton Brings Contemporary Luxury to Budapest, with the Opening of First Hotel in Hungary

A blend of modern and elegant design in a historic building reflecting the vibrancy of the city

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. revealed its first hotel in Hungary, with the much-anticipated opening of The Ritz-Carlton, Budapest, 12 April 2016. Located in the heart of the cultural and shopping district, the property is literally on the doorstep of Budapest’s heralded historic sites and minutes away from the glittering Danube River.

“It is an absolute privilege to open the first Ritz-Carlton hotel in Hungary” said Herve Humler, President and Chief Operations Officer, The Ritz-Carlton. “The Ritz-Carlton service standards are globally recognised and we’re delighted to bring them to a new market. Budapest is an extraordinary city and perfectly placed to welcome the newest property in our portfolio”.

There are few cities in the World that can rival Budapest’s setting, history and culture. As separate towns of Buda and Pest until 1873, each side of Hungary’s capital still retains a unique atmosphere and identity. Whether guests choose to wander the meandering cobbled streets of the World-Heritage listed Buda Castle district, take to the rejuvenating water from one of the city’s many thermal springs, or simply enjoy tasting the renowned Hungarian cuisine and wines, Budapest maintains its hold as one of Europe’s most alluring cities.

The Ritz-Carlton, Budapest, is housed within a protected historic building, located on Elizabeth Square, with views over St Stephens Basilica. Constructed in 1914 as the headquarters for an Italian insurance company, the building has seen many incarnations, but today it opens as a luxury property with 170 elegantly appointed rooms and 30 suites. Whilst many of the building’s original architectural details have been retained, including elegant statues on the exterior walls, the interiors offer guests a spacious and relaxed contemporary environment, inspired by the cool colours and swirling water of the Danube River. The Ritz-Carlton Club Level is situated on the 8th and 9th floors of the property, allowing guests an elevated experience and an additional sanctuary, with dedicated concierge, plus complimentary food and beverage presentations running throughout the day.

Introducing two new restaurants and a bar to the Budapest scene, the unrivalled Deak Street Kitchen provides a relaxed and atmospheric environment. It serves a variety of Hungarian-inspired dishes, created using local seasonal ingredients, and freshly grilled meat & fish, alongside one of the city’s finest selections of indigenous Hungarian wines and beers. With an elegant outside terrace overlooking vibrant Fashion Street, with its designer stores and colourful market, it provides the perfect location to people- watch, whilst enjoying al fresco dining.

The Kupola Lounge, situated beneath the building’s iconic stained glass cupula and grand crystal chandelier, is ideally placed for a leisurely farmer’s market breakfast or light lunch overlooking the hotel lobby. The Ritz-Carlton, Budapest, also houses a fresh, contemporary bar. Combining sleek finishes with the building’s uncovered original architectural columns, the Kupula Bar focuses on serving innovative cocktails in a metropolitan, sophisticated ambiance.

The property’s facilities are completed with the ballroom, situated on the lower ground floor. Seating 180 people and the perfect new Budapest location for milestone celebrations, it is adjacent to five flexible meeting rooms, which combine contemporary interiors with state of the art technology.

The Ritz-Carlton Spa and Fitness Centre flooded with natural light on the top of the building, creates an unrivalled haven for guests to unwind, recharge or simply escape. This urban spa, with indoor pool and three treatment rooms, offers a full range of beauty and body therapies, including The Ritz-Carlton signature treatments, and sits alongside a professionally equipped fitness centre, which remains open 24/7.

“The ‘Pearl of the Danube’, Budapest is perfectly located as the European gateway to travellers whether coming for business or leisure,” continued Herve Humler. “But not only are we looking forward to welcoming our guests and sharing our vision and service standards; we are also excited to become an integral part of the thriving, vibrant city itself”.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Akademi, Centre of Mixology and Cocktail Bar in Bali

Created by award-winning bartender and author Dre Masso, Akademi is a hub for the world’s most celebrated and innovative mixologists and a centre for the craft. Located in the lobby of Katamama, PTT Family’s first hotel, Akademi offers patrons a curated selection of unique libations, utilising the finest local ingredients.

The focus of Akademi’s menu is the exploration of Indonesia’s fine tropical offerings. In addition to one of the biggest collection of premium spirits in the country, the bar houses a vast range of infused locally produced arak made from coconut, rice and cane. Dre and his team have worked with island tribes and local artisans as well as permaculture experts to grow the best produce on the hotel grounds, all to create drinks that showcase the best of Indonesia. Akademi plans to contemplate, dissect and transform a different indigenous ingredient every month in its quest to innovate while still respecting the local flavours.

Roasted Pineapple Mojito 
Also a learning lab, Akademi welcomes a roster of international mixologists who will explore local flavours and create innovative cocktails as well as help train a new generation of local bartenders to international standards by passing on their knowledge and experience. Visiting experts already confirmed include Zdenek Kastanek of Singapore bar 28 Hongkong Street, Soran Nomura of Fuglen in Tokyo and Samuel Ng of Black Pearl in Melbourne.

Designed by the PTT Family in-house team, Akademi pushes the boundaries of constructability and explores the natural material of terrazzo. On entering the space guests are greeted with four shades of terrazzo, brass accessories and royal blue seating upholstery. Taking centre stage within the space is Akademi’s bar station designed by Dre with a vintage ’70s pendant light by Gaetano Sciolari.

The Akademi experience is complete with bespoke ceramic, wood and copper cocktail vessels made by local artisans and a vinyl turntable with a Klipsch hi-fidelity audio system. In addition, a library of rare and fascinating drinks literature, including a first edition of ‘The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks’ by David A. Embury, originally published in 1948 and a 1947 edition of the ‘Bartender’s Guide’ by Trader Vic is available for reference.

Opened on 7th January 2016, Akademi’s high regard for its indigenous ingredients as well as its commitment to education and community values makes it not only unique to Bali, but unique to the hotel world.

About Dre Masso
Now recognised as one of the leading figures in the bar and mixology scene internationally, Dre began his career in London. Over 20 years in the industry, Dre worked in some of the most famous bars in London including the Atlantic Bar & Grill, Lab Bar and Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen. In 2004 Dre formed The Worldwide Cocktail Club, which consulted on the beverage programs for such legendary bars as Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club and Amy Sacco’s Bungalow 8. He has been named UK Bartender of the Year three times and in 2005 published his first cocktail recipe book, ‘Margarita Rocks’.  He has been with PTT Family since 2013 and recently published his second book ‘Classic Cocktails at Home’.

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About Katamama
Katamama is a 58-suite hotel by PTT Family opening in April 2016. Set against the ocean in the upscale Seminyak region of Bali, Katamama showcases architecture and design inspired by local Indonesian influences and furnished with unique, handcrafted furniture pieces and objets d’art. Collaborators include the MoVida restaurant group from Australia and award-winning mixologist Dre Masso. Katamama is a member of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts Legend Collection.

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About PTT Family
PTT Family is an Indonesia-based hospitality and lifestyle company that currently runs operations in Jakarta, Bali and Singapore, including Potato Head Beach Club Bali, Lilin Restaurant Bali, Three Buns Jakarta & Singapore, Potato Head Folk Singapore and Potato Head Garage Jakarta. 2016 will see the opening of its first hotel in Bali and a new venture in Hong Kong, plus two more hotels scheduled to open in 2018 and 2019. Through a set of core values, hospitality management expertise, and original concepts and ideas PTT Family continues to foster collaborations with both local and international groups from the realms of architecture, design, music, fashion, art and craftsmanship.

Nusa Daiquiri
Jl. Petitenget No 51B, Seminyak, Bali
T: +62 (361) 302 9999

Exclusive Room Offers @ The St. Regis Bali Resort

Indulge in extravagant luxury at Bali’s finest address. Located on the coastline of Nusa Dua beach, your stay experience at The St. Regis Bali Resort will provide lasting memories. The resort welcomes discerning travellers with its three exclusive room promotions: Stay Longer for Less, Advance Purchase and Indonesian and KITAS holder benefit.

Each package includes complimentary roundtrip airport transfers and the legendary signature St. Regis Butler Service. Combined with warm and genuine Balinese hospitality, the butler service promises a smooth vacation with St. Regis signature services that include: packing and unpacking, 24-hour coffee and tea service, e-Butler, Butler Service Desk and complimentary pressing upon arrival. Guests are welcome to experience the resort’s exemplary facilities including the award-winning restaurants Kayuputi and Boneka, and the blissful Remède Spa.

Stay Longer for Less
Receive 20% off or get free nights when booking a longer stay. Stay 2 nights and get 20% off, stay 3 nights and pay for 2 nights only, stay 4 nights and pay for 3 nights only, stay 5 nights and get 25% off, stay 6 nights and pay for 4 nights only. Offers start from IDR 5,300,000++ for St. Regis Suite, and include sumptuous breakfast at Boneka for 2 persons.

Advance Purchase
Plan ahead your next escape to Bali’s finest address by saving up to 20%, when you reserve 60 days in advance. Inclusive of daily sumptuous breakfast for two persons at Boneka Restaurant, luxury roundtrip airport transfers and complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the resort. The offer starts from IDR 5,347,000++ per room per night for a St. Regis Suite.

Indonesian & KITAS Holder
Designed for the benefit of Indonesian and KITAS holders where a valid ID is required upon check-in, guests may save up to 20% on rooms. The offer includes daily sumptuous breakfast for two persons at Boneka Restaurant, luxury roundtrip airport transfer and complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the resort. Rates from IDR 5,614,000++ per room per night in a St. Regis Suite.

About The St. Regis Bali Resort
Located on the pristine beach of Nusa Dua, The St. Regis Bali is nestled in the heart of the noteworthy “Garden of Bali”. Exuding understated barefoot elegance and Balinese-inspired living, the Resort offers infinite panoramic ocean views on a generous 9 hectares of lush gardens, a strand pool with a swim up bar and 3668sqm of crystal blue lagoon to its lavishing guestrooms. Captivating in every detail, the beautifully appointed 123 Suites and Villas welcome guests with all the comforts of a contemporary refined Balinese home with striking interiors, complimentary Wi-Fi, and The St. Regis heritage of uncompromising luxury:  bespoke 24-hour Butler Service. The resort promises culinary excellence with 3 distinctive restaurant venues and 2 bars spread across the expansive property. Indulge into blissful treatments at Remède Spa or unwind at the fitness center. In its own tropical park, the Children’s Learning Center features intelligent fun-filled activities for youngest connoisseurs. For more information on The St. Regis Bali Resort, please visit

Monday, April 18, 2016

Katamama: Handcrafted Hospitality

PTT Family, the Group behind Potato Head Beach Club, launches all-suites boutique hotel.

A refreshing addition to the Bali hotel scene, Katamama is a 58-suite boutique hotel located on one of the last parcels of land in Seminyak, Bali’s most prestigious oceanfront district.

Now open, Katamama embodies “handcrafted hospitality”, with all aspects of the design and experience centered on this concept. Every facet of the hotel has been personally designed and created by Indonesia’s finest craftsmen, utilizing the rare arts and artisan practices that connect guests to Indonesia’s culture and heritage.

The hotel is the creation of PTT Family whose award-winning restaurants and bars in Indonesia and Singapore include the internationally acclaimed ‘Potato Head Beach Club’ in Bali, a 20-villa estate renowned for its cutting-edge environmental design and a leading contemporary Indonesian art gallery.

Overseeing the Katamama project is Ronald Akili, one of Indonesia's leading entrepreneurs who has now broadened his hospitality horizons to Katamama, the first of three hotels to be built on prime Bali beachfront locations. The second landmark project – collaborating with world-renowned architecture practice OMA, headed by Rem Koolhaas - will open in 2018 with the third following shortly afterwards in 2019.

Katamama offers guests the chance to experience real luxury and Indonesian culture through a contemporary context.  Inviting architecture, modern artisanal design, and exciting international brand collaborations from the disciplines of design, fashion, music, art, mixology and the culinary arts enhance the hotel experience.

Contemporary design elements pay reference to the Balinese lifestyle and lush green gardens reflect the natural beauty of the island. Renowned Indonesian architect and long-time PTT Family collaborator Andra Martin has designed Katamama, with interiors a partnership between the owners and the Singapore-based design company Takenouchi Webb. The hotel is finished with Indonesian materials such as Balinese bricks, teak, hand-made tiles from Java and terrazzo made on site.

With only 58 suites, Katamama is intimate and serene, offering some of the largest living spaces of any hotel in Bali, in each of its categories. The suites are filled with curated artwork, handpicked furniture and cherished collectibles, many of them originally part of the owner’s personal collection. All suites boast outdoor spaces, whether balconies, secluded gardens or individual pools. The Rooftop Suites embody premium luxury and provide the ultimate escape. Measuring 268 sqm, these two-storey suites offer internal access to a rooftop garden complete with stunning ocean views, a spa bath and rain shower and dining and lounge areas, complete with their own bar.  The crowning glory of the hotel is the The Katamama Suite, housing two bedrooms and a private rooftop garden with picture perfect ocean views.

Katamama forms the core of a community of like-minded businesses, a neighbourhood that is fast becoming Bali’s creative hub. These local establishments include Potato Head Beach Club, Escalier - Indonesia’s leading independent luxury fashion boutique, Alchemy, the island’s first 100% raw vegan cafe & juice bar and Canaan, a curated home and living gallery and retail space, showcasing the best handcrafted artisanal products from Indonesia and Japan, including textiles, linens, ceramics and clothing.

In addition to these neighbouring establishments, two more are situated within the hotel itself and already open. MoVida restaurant is a unique collaboration that combines MoVida's Spanish cuisine and Potato Head’s design and distinctive architectural expression. With five sites across Australia and best-selling cookbooks to its name, this restaurant is MoVida’s first international venture. Also housed within the hotel space is Akademi, a bar created by award winning mixologist Dre Masso. Akademi is a hub for the world’s most celebrated mixologists and a centere for the craft, offering patrons a curated selection of cocktails using the finest Indonesian tropical ingredients, many of them previously overlooked.

Free from formality but uncompromised when it comes to five-star service with a personal touch, modern artisanal design and bespoke experience, Katamama showcases Indonesia’s rich culture and traditions through PTT Family’s lauded contemporary outlook.

About Katamama
Katamama is a 58-suite hotel by PTT Family. Set against the ocean in the upscale Seminyak region of Bali, Katamama showcases architecture and design inspired by local Indonesian influences and furnished with unique, handcrafted furniture pieces and objets d’art. Collaborators include the MoVida restaurant group from Australia and award-winning mixologist Dre Masso. Katamama is a member of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts Legend Collection.

About PTT Family
PTT Family is an Indonesia-based hospitality and lifestyle company that currently runs operations in Jakarta, Bali and Singapore, including Potato Head Beach Club Bali, Lilin Restaurant Bali, Three Buns Jakarta & Singapore, Potato Head Folk Singapore and Potato Head Garage Jakarta. 2016 will see the opening of its first hotel in Bali and a new venture in Hong Kong, plus two more hotels scheduled to open in 2018 and 2019. Through a set of core values, hospitality management expertise, and original concepts and ideas PTT Family continues to foster collaborations with both local and international groups from the realms of architecture, design, music, fashion, art and craftsmanship.

MoVida, Blend of Traditional and Modern Spanish Cuisine

PTT Family, the group behind the Bali institution Potato Head Beach Club, and Frank Camorra of MoVida, the acclaimed Spanish restaurant group from Australia, have partnered on an innovative Bali venture with the launch of MoVida in Seminyak, Bali.

With five establishments in Australia, MoVida is the proven leader of Spanish cuisine throughout the country and has now established its first overseas outlet. Combining MoVida’s blend of traditional and modern Spanish cuisine and Potato Head’s signature aesthetic with the island’s tropical surrounds, MoVida in Bali showcases the best of its parent companies while presenting brand-new ideas and concepts.

MoVida Bali is located within the Katamama hotel, the PTT Family group’s first hotel, which will fully open in April 2016. Reflecting the exotic setting, the restaurant’s architecture and interior design have a distinctly modern aesthetic. The restaurant showcases a unique and contemporary style of craftsmanship within the Bali context, featuring traditional Balinese bricks, rattan and teak with the furniture and interiors handcrafted by Bali’s finest craftsmen and artisans. The restaurant interior design also features classic and vintage furniture, handcrafted artisanal pieces and original designer collectibles.

The MoVida Bali menu takes inspiration from its new island location and climate, whilst retaining the Spanish character it is renowned for. MoVida co-founder Frank Camorra and MoVida Bali head chef Jimmy Parker have worked with local island producers who have respectful and passionate engagement with the land and sea to develop the menu. Local Balinese producers are currently growing ingredients native to Spain especially for MoVida Bali, a move that blends the restaurant’s commitment to authenticity and its appreciation for its new location.

“As part of the culinary approach for our Bali venture we will be tailoring a number of our signature dishes to reflect the tropical landscape – our dishes will still feature distinct MoVida flavours, highlighting the best produce Bali has to offer,” said Camorra.

The menu includes unique ingredients and offerings, such as gourmet conservas and cured meats imported directly from Spain, lighter creations to reflect the island atmosphere, and signature MoVida dishes recreated with local ingredients. MoVida Bali’s impressive bar showcases a selective, but solid, list of cocktails based on celebrated classics, including at least four different types of sangrias available by the glass, and a wide range of fine Spanish wines.

In addition to the gourmet tinned seafood and fine hams imported from Spain, dishes served in the restaurant include Tapas, such as Anchoa (Cantabrian anchovy, crouton, smoked tomato sorbet) and Tartar (Wagyu tartar, whipped roe, sesame crisp); Raciones, such as Bacalao (saffron-battered cod, mojo verde, piquillo pepper), Cecina (air dried beef, truffle foam, poached organic egg) and Arroz (seafood and saffron bisque wet rice); as well as dishes from the Josper oven, including Pescado (whole baked halibut with a burnt butter sauce, hazelnuts and capers), Cordero (Central Javanese suckling lamb shoulder with saffron potatoes) and Bistec (Wagyu flank steak, white anchovies and horseradish).

MoVida Bali also features desserts that highlight the best of Indonesian ingredients, including Flan (Spanish Cream Caramel with Spiced Pestiños Pastries), Gazpacho (Pineapple Gazpacho with Coconut Sorbet and Tropical Fruits) and Gazta Tarta (Burnt Basque Cheese Cake with Strawberry Sorbet).

A site-specific collaboration that showcases the best of both partners, the restaurant opens seven days a week as part of the Katamama hotel, a venue which is set to become Seminyak’s landmark food, beverage and cultural destination.

Jl. Petitenget No 51B Seminyak, Bali
T: +62 (361) 302 9940

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Sensasi Tak Terlupakan dengan Promosi Harian di Pastis Kitchen & Bar

Pastis Kitchen & Bar adalah restoran utama Aston at Kuningan Suites yang merupakan tempat bersantap kelas atas dan minuman yang didisain dengan nuansa restoran yang stylish dan elegan. Berlokasi strategis di pusat Jakarta, Pastis Kitchen & Bar berkomitmen untuk memberikan kepada anda cita rasa yang menggiurkan dari hidangan makanan hingga kombinasi layanan dan suasana yang hangat.

Aroma yang kontras dengan variasi tekstur makanan ini, dimasak dengan sayuran yang segar dan pasta yang dibuat dengan buatan sendiri, daging premium dan keju akan selalu menjadi perhatian utama untuk makanan yang berkualitas dan hidangan makanan yang atraktif. Menyediakan variasi wine dan aneka minuman.

Pastis Kitchen & Bar menawarkan sensasi yang tak terlupakan dengan spesial promo harian kami setiap harinya. Beer Festival yang berlaku dari hari Senin sampai dengan minggu mulai dari pukul 4 sore sampai dengan pukul 8 malam. Customer akan mendapatkan 1 gelas bir gratis setiap pembelian satu gelas bir, selain itu customer juga bisa membeli wine yang disajikan dengan gelas seharga Rp 60.000++. Tambahan promo pada hari Kamis sampai Sabtu adalah Spirit by Shot dengan harga Rp 36.000++ dan buy 1 get 1 free cocktail seharga Rp 144.000++ mulai dari pukul 7 – 10 malam. Pada akhir minggu, customer akan mendapatkan diskon 10% jika mengikuti akun media sosial Aston Kuningan Suites dan Pastis Kitchen dengan minimal pembelanjaan Rp 200.000++.

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Friday, April 15, 2016

Meliá Hotels International Wooing Chinese Traveler

Last year, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organization, 83 million Mainland Chinese spent $102 billion abroad – overtaking Americans and Germans – making them the world’s biggest tourism spenders. A closer look uncovers the reason: there were 107 million outbound Chinese travelers in 2015, an increase of almost 20 percent on the previous year.

The growth in number of Chinese travelers, both from China as well as Chinese people from other countries including Indonesia, has been making headlines. Hotels and hospitality businesses around the world have rolled out new products and services to adapt to and address this market shift.

Foreign and Unfamiliar
Surrounded by foreign sights and sounds, especially when traveling out of the country for the first time, many may yearn for a taste of home. To make Chinese travelers feel comfortable, it is important to create for them a home away from home; part of creating this experience is to understand the cultural nuances and expectations of Chinese travelers.

For example, Chinese consider dining in large groups auspicious. Many restaurants overseas arrange separate dining tables. For those traveling in large groups, dining in such settings – in the Chinese sense, in isolation – is an unfamiliar, almost alien, cultural norm. And for most, the sight of Chinese food, after many a western meal is a welcome respite – and a fond reminder of home.

Peng You by Meliá Programme
Throughout our 60-year history, Meliá Hotels International has been at the forefront of the hotel industry both in products and services. And because we are family-grown hotel group, we know the importance of having a place to call home.

To provide these travelers with familiar comforts, attention must be paid in both the overall experience and details.

Gabriel Escarrer, Vice Chairman and CEO Meliá Hotels International explained, “Extending this experience to our hotels, we recently launched Peng You by Meliá globally. Peng You by Meliá is a consistent benchmark of amenity and service standards to meet the unique needs and expectations of Chinese travelers when they travel overseas.”

He added “All seven brands in Meliá Hotels International portfolio can choose to enroll in the program. Asia Pacific, as well as those Meliá Madrid Princesa and Meliá Barcelona Sarria, have rolled out the initiative. Gradually we will introduce this to 80 hotels around the world by this summer, in line with our expansion.”

Currently all our hotels in Peng You is the Chinese word for friend; Peng You by Meliá is a genuine undertaking to create a welcoming experience for our Chinese guests, from the check-in process, in-room amenities, culinary offerings and services, to preferred payment modes.

Guests are greeted at the front desk by Chinese-speaking staff. Our guest accommodations are outfitted with amenities, such as tea stations and slippers. For breakfast, guests have the choice of traditional Chinese items, such as congee, fried noodles, dim sum, and dough fritters. “In 2016, Meliá Hotels International celebrates its 60th Anniversary and we are proud to be doing so in a position that is stronger than ever before. And we certainly look forward to welcoming Chinese guests – to their home away from home,” said Garbriel Escarrer.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Kushiyaki Promotion @ Sumire, Grand Hyatt Jakarta

Makanan Jepang bukan hal yang asing lagi bagi penduduk Jakarta. Datanglah ke Sumire, Grand Hyatt, di situ tersedia aneka makanan khas Negeri Sakura. Sumire dirancang sebagai rumah makan ala pedesaan tradisional di Jepang, menggunakan interior dengan aksen bambu, bebatuan, dan juga kertas kaca. Cita rasanya yang ditawarkan sungguh otentik dan konsisten dari sejak restoran ini dibuka hingga sekarang.

Menggunakan dapur terbuka, sehingga para tamu  menyaksikan para chefs beraksi sebelum menyguhkan jamuan untuk Anda. Pilihan duduk para tamu bisa di sushi bar, meja teppanyaki, atau juga di konter tempura atau kushiyaki. Di mana pun Anda memilih tempat duduk, suasanya sangat homey.

Sumire menawarkan menu bento yang praktis. Isinya terdiri dari salad rumput laut, daging ikan mentah, telur goreng ala Jepang, oyster, daging yakiniku, dan tentu saja nasi putih.  

Jika Anda datang pada bulan April 2016, ada program Kushiyaki Promotion. Kushiyaki adalah sate a la Jepang yang dimasak secara slow cook di atas set pemanggang atau robata, disajikan dengan saus spesial.

Promo kali ini terdiri dari tiga paket, yakni:

Kushiyaki Beef Set
Mixed Salad Yuzu Dressing
Beef Tenderloin, Beef Tounge, Beef Roll
Sticky Rice Ball, Red Beans, Coconut Milk

Kushiyaki Seafood Set
Mixed Salad Yuzu Dressing
Prawn, Scallop, Salmon
Sticky Rice Ball, Red Beans, Coconut Milk

Kushiyaki Chicken Set
Mixed Salad Yuzu Dressing
Chicken Wings, Chicken Liver, Chicken Meatballs
Sticky Rice Ball, Red Beans, Coconut Milk

Kushiyaki Seafood Set
Grand Hyatt Jakarta Hotel Level 4 Kav. 28-30,
Jl. M.H. Thamrin, Jakarta
Telepon: (021) 29921431