The Only Local Hotel in Jakarta CBD

October 12, 2011 by  
Filed under Exotic South East, Hotels

The Grand Sahid Jaya Hotel in Jakarta, Indonesia, is a hotel with a colorful past. The five-star hotel boasts more than 37 years of history and experience that dates back to 1974, when it opened its doors with 439 guest rooms. Today, the hotel has blossomed into one of Jakarta’s most reputable hotels with more than 670 units consisting of several room categories including superior rooms, deluxe rooms, deluxe suites, executive suites and presidential suites.

Hotel facilities include 26 meeting rooms that can be used for small and large scale events, a swimming pool, fitness center and spa, Internet services, a business center, barbershop and beauty salon, drug store, money changer, travel agent, wedding consultant, daily laundry and dry cleaning service, 24-hour room service and round-the-clock in-house doctors.


To better meet the needs of guests, the hotel also boasts 4 different restaurants, a cake and pastries shop, as well as a bar and lounge, all of which maintains a unique sense of cuisine and service offerings to complement the luxurious turn-down service.

The Bengawan Solo Restaurant, founded in 1991, provides original flavors of Indonesian cuisine from each region of the archipelago. Andrawina Restaurant, located in the hotel lobby, is open 24 hours a day, serving a buffet of a wide variety of cuisines, from Indonesian to Chinese and Western dishes.

There is also the Sahid Ah Yat Seafood Restaurant, which offers more than 80 types of seafood imported from various countries, as well as the Bushido Japanese Restaurant. All in all, you’ll find yourself spoiled for choice when staying at this prestigious hotel.

New Luxury – Guangzhou

October 10, 2011 by  
Filed under Hotels, Luxury Travel, Uniquely Far East

Sofitel Luxury Hotels has proudly opened its first address in Guangzhou with the opening of Sofitel Guangzhou Sunrich. The property is located strategically in the heart of Tianhe, just 1km away from CITIC Plaza and a few minutes from the East Railway Station. The hotel boasts 493 rooms and suites, with decor that elegantly blends contemporary Asian design with Parisian chic. Five bars and restaurants will serve guests of the hotel, with the highlight of the five being Robata Grill & Bar, a fine-dining restaurant which combines a classy steakhouse with modern Japanese Izakaya. The Sofitel Guangzhou Sunrich also has 17 meeting rooms that can be adapted and personalized.

Perfectly situated in the heart of Tianhe, Guangzhou’s dynamic financial and business area, the Sofitel Guangzhou Sunrich is less than 1km away from the iconic skyscraper CITIC Plaza and just a few minutes away from the East Railway Station, a transport hub that connects Guangzhou to Dongguan, Shenzhen and Hong Kong. The hotel boasts 493 rooms and suites, whose decor elegantly refers to both modern Asian design and classic Parisian hipness. All rooms boast a view of the magical skyline of the Tianhe district.

The property features five bars and restaurants. The highlights of them include the fine dining restaurant “Robata Grill & Bar”, “Le Chinois” which highlights famous Cantonese gastronomy and the “8 Faubourg” which reproduces an elegant bar with the typical décor of a Parisian flat. The “Mar-Tea-Ni” lounge bar is the an excellent place to savor fine French pastries beside rare teas. Like this, Sofitel creates a link between French culture and Chinese culture, a value dear to the brand.

Luxurious Pullman Lijiang

July 18, 2011 by  
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The luxury hand of Accor Group, the upscale five-star Pullman, is back on the headlines with the recently opened Pullman Lijiang Resort & Spa in China’s southwestern Yunnan Province. The new property is located in Lijiang, a city often called China’s Forgotten Kingdom. This is the fourth Pullman resort in the country, with two in Sanya and another in Zhangjiajie, and the property boasts a tranquil resort setting with magical views of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. The property is located just a few minutes away from downtown Lijiang, as well as adjacent to Shuhe Ancient Town. Another nearby attraction is the Dayan Ancient Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is well worth the visit.

“Yunnan is one of China’s most attractive destinations for tourists due to its breathtaking natural scenery, mild climate and rich ethnic cultures. We are very excited to bring the Pullman brand to Yunnan,” shared the Senior VP of Accor Greater China, Robert Murray.

The upscale hotel consisted of 79 villas and 51 deluxe rooms. The architecture is inspired by the local Naxi ethnic minority traditions, with elements of contemporary Chinese expertly mixed into the interior design. The resort is a full-service hotel, set in the middle of lush gardens with canals and a lake which functions as a destination in and of itself.


The resort is home to five restaurants and bars, all created to pamper even the most discerning of palates. There is the Xi Western Restaurant, which serves an international buffet spread as well as ala carte selection of international cuisines. There is also Zun Chinese Restaurant, which serve Chow Chou cuisine with inspirations from the local ethnic traditions and cultures.

Other than that, there is also the ultra-cool MIST Lobby Lounge and Bar, boasting a casual, plush and relaxing atmosphere, while those looking enjoy the stunning views of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain can do so from the comfort of 1919 Bar. Finally, another highlight is the Mandara Spa, which serves up unique and exotic spa treatments. All in all the Pullman Resort at Lijiang promises to be your perfect destination away from home.

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Centara Announces Third Property in Bangkok

July 16, 2011 by  
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Centara Hotels and Resorts has announced the launch of its third hotel in Bangkok, the Centara Watergate Pavillion, a four-star hotel located further right above the Watergate Pavillion Shopping Complex. The announcement comes at the heels of the June 7 announcement which sees Oversee Construction Co Ltd, the owners of the project, sign a management contract with Centara Hotels and Resorts.

Centara Hotels and Resorts boast two other property in Bangkok, both oh which are located near a prime-district shopping center. This was a positive factor in securing the management contract, with both Centara Grand and CentralWorld and Sofitel Centara Grand Bangkok providing ample proof of the capabilities of Centara Hotels and Resorts. The project is estimated to be opened in the second quarter of 2012, with approximately 700 million baht in investment cost.


“Centara Hotels and Resorts are very proud and delighted in the confidence shown in placing this impressive property under our management,” enthused Suthikiati Chirathivat, Chairman of the Executive Board of Centara Plaza Hotel Public Company Limited. “The property is the perfect addition to our portfolio in Bangkok. With our current properties, guests are able to enjoy the best of shopping and entertainment facilities. This will also be the case with Centara Watergate Pavillion in Bangkok.”

The hotel and shopping complex are located inside a recently constructed 20-storey building. The hotel will be taking up a total of 10 floors, spanning a total of 288 guest rooms. Facilities planned will include an all-day restaurant capable of seating 300, a rooftop restaurant for 100, as well as a rooftop bar with 80 seats. There will be a spa with 9 treatment rooms and a 56 square meter fitness center, as well as two meeting rooms.

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Luxury at the New Kupu Kupu Jimbaran Suites

July 12, 2011 by  
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A unique concept was recently sprung on the center of Jimbaran fishing village. Kupu Kupu Jimbaran Suites was opened on the 1st of April 2011. The hotel aims to be a focal point for guests staying at Jimbaran, boasting 28 suites in 4 categories of spacious rooms in modern contemporary design fused with charming Balinese interior of bengkirai wooden floor, marble walls, teakwood furnishings, coconut shell paneling and beautiful local fabrics.

Style and Luxury

Kupu Kupu Jimbaran Suites offers the height of luxury and aesthetically pleasing Uluwatu Suite, Muaya Duplex Suite, Balangan Suite, and the Jimbaran Family Suite, complete with the luxurious amenities from À L’OCCITANE. A variety of shopping boutique within its own lobby complements the resort, making Kupu Kupu Jimbaran Suites as a paradise for stylish shopping lovers.

Top notch dining experiences await at the ground level of the hotel; Topeng Restaurant and Bar is ready to whet your appetite with the finest International cuisines with a touch of French flair by the executive chef, Yehudi. Another dining venue is the fabulous Jimbaran Beach Club that is planned to open on the 1st of July 2011.

“We are strategically located near to the sandy beach of Jimbaran, which is famed for its fish market and grilled fish restaurants scattered along the beach. Guests will be spoilt for choice, with the Jimbaran Beach Club promising an unforgettable dining experience with Mediterranean and Tapas foods, tropical cocktails, mocktails and a comprehensive wine list,” exclaimed Ketut Darmiyati, the Director of Sales of Kupu Kupu Jimbaran Suites.

The Bamboo Spa

The Bamboo Spa by À L’OCCITANE en Provence is another excellent service at Kupu Kupu Jimbaran Suites, as À L’OCCITANE’s only second spa venture in Bali. The Bamboo Spa features 14 luxurious treatment rooms for single and double occupancy, a private steam room, as well as À L’OCCITANE’s own
retail boutique.

The spa boasts an exceptional concept where body well-being and beauty-enhancing rituals are performed in Zen style, bamboo constructed spaces. Unique to The Bamboo Spa, “The Verbana Bamboo Fushion Therapy” is a specialized massage using traditional bamboo sticks associated with À L’OCCITANE’s Verbena formulas to stimulate the flow within the body. You are transported to a peaceful space in which bliss and wellness are integrated to the art of the living.

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Hotel Tugu Malang – Charming Classical Java

July 2, 2011 by  
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Malang is a city that is often called the loveliest town in South East Asia during the colonial times, surrounded by the beautiful treasures of Java and the remains of temples of the Majapahit and the Singosari kingdoms. This was where Dutch planters and civil servants used to retire to a life of ease and luxury, surrounded by serene hilly apple and tea plantations.

It is here in Malang that we have found the heart of East Java – the small, intimate Hotel Tugu Malang is bursting with atmosphere. A rare gem distinguished by its blend of Indonesian art and history, Hotel Tugu Malang is an elegant mansion that tells the stories of Indonesia’s forgotten heritage and houses priceless collection of antiques in every corner of the hotel.

Together with Hotel Tugu Blitar, the Hotel Tugu Malang is the most authentic, richly cultural accommodation in East Java which also serves as the only interesting departure point for an early morning trip to the magnificent sunrise at Mt. Bromo, as well as to explore the hidden exotic beauty of East Java.

The masterpiece suite of Hotel Tugu Malang, the Apsara Residence, portrays the romantic legend of prince Jayawarman II, who once upon a time asked for a beautiful wife to cherish. The Gods sent the most beautiful Apsara dancer from heaven to dance for the Prince over three full moons. The dancer fell in love with the prince and remained on earth. Their love inspired many through generations.

The Apsara Spa at Hotel Tugu Malang celebrates the romantic relationship between Indonesia and Cambodia hundreds of years back. The Apsara Spa is an oasis of peace, secluded from the outer world. One of Apsara Spa’s specialized body treatment packages is ‘Day Dream in Angkor’: a thorough 4-hour, romantic couple treatment that uses special recipes that contain various kinds of herbs, traditional spices and local exotic flowers.

When the sun sets behind the mountains, sit back and enjoy the 101 dining experiences available at Tugu Malang. At Tugu, every meal transports guests back to different periods of Indonesia. Every dining room features not only different food concepts, but themes, rituals of service and atmospheres which are unique from one another.

The Sugar Baron Room, for example, commemorates the memory of the most famous sugar baron of Southeast Asia who lived in Java, and features very rare and exquisite Chinese-Indonesian antiquities. The Silk Road Pavilion, for the romantics, is a feast for the brilliant thoughts of the world’s great artists from the Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods.

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Kuala Lumpur Berjaya Times Square Hotel

June 23, 2011 by  
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Towering high majestically over the skyline of Kuala Lumpur, the Berjaya Times Square Hotel is a hub of entertainment and shopping. It is located smack in the heart of the city, and is a mere 15 minutes away from the world famous Petronas Twin Towers. Heavily influenced by the New York style in America, this all-suite hotel brings new meaning to the term ‘urban living’ Nikolas Tjhin

A Stellar Hospitality Experience

With a total of 650 suites, the Berjaya Times Square Hotel is the perfect choice for both your corporate and leisure travels. The rooms are furnished with the usual comforts you would come to expect, but more than that, its the small little details that makes the experience an unforgettable one.

Like the en suite bathroom with a separate shower and long bath, or the various snacks and generous fruit basket on offer. And need we mention the view? Full-length windows give you an excellent view of the capital of Malaysia during the day, and make for a glitzy lightshow at night as you tuck into your comfortable bed.

The hotel features four categories of suites, ranging from the modest Studio Suite to the two-room Brooklyn Suite, with 110 new corporate suites which span across five corporate floors. These corporate suites feature a new sleek design and include added exclusivity such as private check-in, a dedicated breakfast venue and special corporate club benefits for its guests.

“We’re actually planning a step-by-step addition of even more suites and amenities exclusive for our corporate guests,” enthused Abel Nelson, Berjaya’s Director of Marketing & Communications.

A Versatile Location

The various amenities and facilities for corporate travelers are certainly remarkable. With the hotel surrounded by Kuala Lumpur’s major shopping centers and connected via monorail to most parts of the city, it is the preferred location for conventions, receptions, corporate meetings, events and product launches.

The iconic pillar-less Manhattan Ballroom stands at an awe-inspiring 1,746 meter square, and is one of the city’s largest ballrooms. It can accommodate up to 2,000 guests for a cocktail receptions, or 1,400 guests for a seated banquet dinner. There are also eight other function rooms for smaller meetings, receptions or business lunches requiring a more intimate setting. With the help of a dedicated catering team to assist you throughout, managing your event at the Manhattan Ballroom should be an effortless excursion into the world of event planning.

The hotel’s business centers has everything you need for your work, with printers, photocopiers, fax machines, internet access and even courier and transportation services ready at your beck and call. The staffs are also specifically trained to handle your business needs, and will readily help you with your problems.

Leisure Amenities

After a long day at work, you need to spend some personal time to unwind and refresh. Berjaya Times Square Hotel has the answer to that, with the rooftop Central Park on Level 15 built exclusively with a children’s playground, swimming pool, steam and sauna room, fitness centre and two squash courts. A dip in the pool will give you a magnificent view of the city, but do mind the sun and don’t stay out too long!

The JoJoBa Spa is the hotel’s dedicated wellness center that offers an extensive list of treats that will pamper your senses and help you relax. Indulgent spa packages are designed exclusively to cater to the different needs of both men and women, and address concerns such as tension relieving, grooming and body toning. Two of the more popular treatments are the Tongkat Ali treatment and the Dragon Fruit Paradise treatment.

Alternatively, you can also head next door to the Berjaya Times Square Shopping Mall for eight stories of shopping extravaganza, up to 900 shopping outlets, 14 thrill rides in the indoor Como’s World Theme Park, 65 food and beverages outlets and nine Cineplexes!

Delectable Delights

The Berjaya Times Square Hotel boasts not two, but three outlets to offer you the best in gourmet treats. At the Big Apple Restaurant on Level 14, you can indulge yourself in a range of American favorites, as well as local and international delights, all while savoring the spectacular view of the city center.

The Broadway Lounge, located right next door, is an excellent place to unwind with a glass of good wine. Finally, there is also 7th Avenue, a business lounge exclusively prepared to cater to the Hotel’s Corporate Club Floor guests. If anything else, there is always the 24-hour room service when you’re too tired to head out.

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