Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Wilson Associates Designs Exceptional New Five-Star Hotel in Zhuhai

Global interior architecture and design firm unveils spectacular interiors for the St. Regis Hotel, Zhuhai


International interiors firm Wilson Associates is pleased to share the official design of the St. Regis Hotel Zhuhai. Overlooking the waterfront of Wanzai from the top of the iconic Zhuhai Tower, the new five-star property was designed by Wilson Associates’ Singapore studio to bring the grandeur of the first Astor House to China’s emerging Guangdong Province Riviera. Recalling the European Classical inspirations of the Astor aesthetic, this breathtaking destination boasts 251 stunning guest rooms and suites, a host of fine-dining selections, and over 1500 square-meters of grand public spaces, as well as a state-of-the-art spa and athletic club.


“In an age where even the most high-end hotels are designed to follow contemporary trends, our inventive team sought to creatively challenge what we’ve come to expect of luxury,” says Soong In Hui, senior design manager in Wilson Associates’ Singapore studio. “Serving as both designers and historians, we were committed to honoring the legacy of the Astor family, underscoring a firm adherence to a stylistic tradition not normally found in this part of the world.”

Greater Bay Ocean View King Room

Recognized for its familiar Beaux-Arts interior vocabulary, St. Regis’ spectacular 31-story outpost in Zhuhai cleverly translates the language of luxury into a distinct hospitality experience, unique to New York City circa 19th century. Each guest’s arrival is hallmarked by signature standards of the St. Regis brand — bold color palettes, imported fresh flowers, and door-to-door butler service. The lobby’s soft marble interiors draw the eye upward to a massive, glittering chandelier, of which there are over 500 of varying sizes throughout the hotel, hung from an ornately crafted ceiling.

St. Regis Suite - Living Room

As visitors continue to explore the hotel’s lavishly adorned interiors, full-height glazing around every corner capitalizes on sweeping views of the South China Sea and the city lights of nearby Macau. Marrying the European styling with the local culture, Wilson Associates’ design team curated an art program that journeys guests from the early beginnings of Zhuhai as a shipping port to the region’s modern-day activities. This narrative is exemplified through eye-catching murals and custom landscape oil paintings — each piece depicting the locale through history while utilizing Western oil painting techniques — as well as dazzling collections of cut-crystal sculptures and antique artifacts.

Caroline Astor Suite Study Room

Each food and beverage space has its own distinct personality, ranging from casual to upscale. The sophisticated St. Regis Bar and lounge, located on the 41st floor, provides an ambience that is both elegant and moody. Located adjacent to the bar is Social, an all-day buffet inspired by the first-class dining saloons on cruises in the early 1900s. For a more formal dining experience, visitors will find Yan Ting upstairs, serving up classic Cantonese cuisine and sweeping views of the Macau and Zhuhai urban landscapes in a space that recalls the age-old practice of embroidery. An elevator rides to the 71st floor invites guests to La Brezza for stately Italian fare in a setting inspired by the sights and scents of Italy’s southern city of Puglia.

Main Dining Area

After dinner, guests retreat to impressive, private accommodations, each one blanketed in glamorous materials including luxurious, tufted upholstery and polished marble. All standard guest rooms and suites offer expansive floorplans, recalling the magnificence of the Gilded Age mansions frequented by the Astor family. For the St. Regis’ affluent guests in search of even more space, the immaculate Presidential Suite occupies the entire 66th floor of the hotel and comes with a private indoor swimming pool. The 1,100-square-meter room represents the epitome of grandeur, including a grand bedroom, an all-marble bathroom with whirlpool, living and dining rooms complete with a bar and wine cellar, and a private study, as well as a private gym and an indoor pool.

Indoor Pool

St. Regis Hotel Zhuhai has over 1,500 square meters of public space, includingan indoor and outdoor swimming pool located on the 69th and 71st floors respectively, with stunning views of Macau. Two magnificent ballrooms and a variety of meeting and recreation areas round up the space at the St. Regis Hotel Zhuhai.

Aptly suited for astute travelers and distinguished business executives alike, the St. Regis Hotel Zhuhai opened in October 2018.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Feast Like a Sicilian with the Da Maria x Sicily Event Launch

An edible homage to Southern Italy lands at Seminyak’s favourite Italian for a short-time only.


Italy’s largest island isn’t just a haven of picturesque coastal towns and azure waters, but Sicily is just as famed for its fare. Now Seminyak locals and visitors have a chance to get better acquainted with the edible delights of the Italian island courtesy of a very special new menu landing at Da Maria on Saturday, June 1.

Da Maria x Sicily will mark the first in a new event series for the Seminyak Italian haunt, which will explore the different regions of Italian through the delicacies of each district. From June 1, Sicilian delights will take up residence at Da Maria for the months of June and July only. “This menu marks the launch of our next series of events at Da Maria, where we will be exploring each region’s delicacies in greater detail. Working our way from the bottom up, we’ll be kicking things off with Sicily, an island famous for its seafood and its citrus,” says Executive Chef Steve Skelly.


Southern Italian flavours will dominate the new Da Maria menu; expect short pasta, citrus, and seafood aplenty, like plates of lightly seared tuna and steaming bowls of local pasta casarecce. “As short pasta and Southern Italy go hand-in-hand, this dish is an ode to Sicily’s ongoing love affair with casarecce and pork alike. The heaped bowl of pasta is garnished with a creamy eggplant puree, and a hearty dollop of pork ragu, which has been slow-cooked for three hours. A dusting of pecorino (naturally) to finish,” explains Skelly.

Your Sicilian feast is best accompanied by wines local to the region, like Donnafugata Sherazade and Planeta Alastro Bianco. And then there’s no forgetting dessert, which ranges from cannoli stuffed with ricotta and honeycomb to a layered icy orange granita. “On hot days, Sicilians forgo decadent desserts like tiramisu for the refreshing taste of granita,” continues Skelly. “Considering the district is renowned for its citrus, what better way to celebrate the island’s produce than a citrus-based sweet treat like this zesty granita, paired with a tangy Prosecco and lemon semifreddo.”