Kuningan City : Jewel in the CBD

October 16, 2011 by  
Filed under Attractions, Exotic South East, Luxury Travel

The urban lifestyle of Jakartans continues to evolve, and now, a mall or a shopping center is no longer just a place to buy your everyday needs. But instead, it is now a center of life and activity, a meeting point to gather and socialize, as well as for young executives in between their busy schedules and a place for family recreation.

This is also true for the business lifestyle which differed very much compared to 5 to 10 years ago where formality, monotone and strict dress-codes are the order of the day. The modern business lifestyle is practical, dynamic, semi-formal and most importantly – mobile. Business can be done from wherever you want to, be it from the office, mall, cafe, restaurant, and others. This is true as well when looking for a place to stay, the trend gravitates toward emphasizing a homey atmosphere that is located near a business center.

It is to meet these evolving demands of the modern and future generation that longs for a life that is more practical and dynamic that Agung Podomoro Land undertakes the development project of super-block Kuningan City, which integrates the needs of a worker and businessman with the recreational activities and relaxation that are available to stay true to its tagline – Work, Rest and Play.

Kuningan City was built above a 2,9 hectare landmass, with a total built-up of 384,000 m2, boasting a parking space that can accommodate up to 3,000 cars. The property is divided into six floors of retail, 39 floors of residential towers, as well as 32 floors of The Oval Premium Office Tower which will be known as the AXA Tower in future.

The super-block development boasts an unparalleled portfolio with award winning DP Architects Pte Ltd from Singapore as the main Concept Architecture Consultant. They are the same brains behind various iconic architectures such as the Esplanade, the Singapore Flyer, Paragon and Dubai Mall.

For special lighting, First Concept Technologies by Chris Tju takes over the helm, while the Bennitt Design Group from USA is in charge of the Landscaping. The Kuningan City super-block will soon be a part of the business and commercial hub of International Shopping Belt Jakarta.
Various outlets such as Lotte Mart, Best Denki, Cinema XXI, PT Mitra Adi Perkasa, Trans Mahagaya, Flame Karaoke, Lollipop Playland, Eatery, Amazing Zone, Metrox Group and various other brands have signed up to ensure that the Kuningan City shopping center will be a lifestyle and entertainment destination for modern urbanites.

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.

Equinox Flair – Chefs with Altitude

October 9, 2011 by  
Filed under Exotic South East, Gourmet, Luxury Travel

The iconic Equinox Complex in Singapore is turning 10 this year, and it is celebrating with a bang with the return of the annual Chefs With Altitude from 23 to 30 October 2011. The week-long gourmet festival will feature the best in fine dining, mixology and entertainment. The event will feature the return of the illustrious Chef Bruno Menard to JAAN restaurant, where he will be presenting a special menu and helm an exclusive 9-Course Dom Perignon Vintages Dinner. The event will also ushers in a ground-breaking collaboration with Fifteen restaurant in London – three of their chefs, Dean McClumpha, Andrew Parkinson, Trevor Howard and Robin Soutar will present their signature Fifteen menu and culinary experience for diners and guests.

Paying respect to 10 amazing years, The Equinox Complex is proud to announce “10 TRIBUTES TO 10 FABULOUS YEARS OF THE HIGH LIFE” at this year’s Chefs With Altitude with an array of premium events featuring a stellar list of chefs. Highlighting this event is the return of the famed Chef Bruno Menard to JAAN Restaurant where he will be showcasing his special menu on 24, 25, 26, 28 and 29 October and head a very exclusive 9-Course Dom Perignon Vintages Dinner on 27 October (which will be featuring some of the rarest Dom Perignon Champagnes).

Chefs With Altitude 2011 will also usher in a ground-breaking collaboration with Fifteen restaurant in London. Developed by its inspiring founder and celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, several remarkable chefs will present their signature Fifteen menu and culinary experience for diners and guests at Equinox Restaurant from 23 – 30 October. They are – Head Pastry Chef Dean McClumpha, Executive Head Chef Andrew Parkinson, Senior Sous Chef Trevor Howard and Restaurant Manager Robin Soutar.

“We are very honored and privileged to bring the team behind Fifteen restaurant to Singapore through this year’s Chefs With Altitude event. The philosophy and quality behind this magnificent culinary institution created by Jamie Oliver is inspiring, and the caliber of their Italian–inspired culinary creations is equally mesmerizing. We are confident that our diners at the Equinox Restaurant, which will showcase these talents’ specially-created menu, will be in for a truly epicurean experience,” says Mr. Nigel Moore, Director of Food & Beverage Service, Swissôtel The Stamford.

For reservations and enquiries about the event, call +65 6837 3322 or email dining.reservations@swissotel.com.

Luxurious Pullman Lijiang

July 18, 2011 by  
Filed under Attractions, Hotels, News, Uniquely Far East

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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Maldives, Ultimate Honeymoon

March 22, 2011 by  
Filed under Feature Highlights

To many travelers, the Maldives have long been synonymous with paradise. Whether you’re a honeymooner, scuba diver, or sun-seeking beach lover, Maldives will always be a welcoming place for anyone who visits its beautiful, warm turquoise waters and lush tropical islands. With its picture-perfect scenery, it’s no wonder that this tiny Indian Ocean archipelago has stood out as the ultimate in luxury holiday destinations.

Photo credit - Four Seasons Giraavaru

Photo credit - Four Seasons Giraavaru

The Maldives, sitting in the middle of the Indian Ocean, is a nation of more than 1,200 coral islands, usually grouped into “atolls”. There are 26 natural atolls in Maldives, most of them uninhabited, with the biggest concentration of resorts on Malé (Kaafu) Atoll, and a few other on Vaavu, Baa and Lhaviyani. Alifu (Ari) Atoll has been declared the new Tourism Zone of the Maldives, and the area has undergone recent construction to upgrade and build new resorts for the nation’s thriving tourism industry.

Only about 200 of these islands are populated, with the majority of the Maldivian population living in Male, the Maldivian capital. A few trendsetting restaurants and transit hotels can be found here, but there is no alcohol and little to appeal to the masses of hedonists arriving every week.

Instead, travelers head straight for exclusive island resorts located on islands all over the country, where various luxuries and amenities compete for attention with a brilliant transparent underwater world. Maldives holidays are quiet and private, with long lazy days filled by lounging in the sun, swimming, sunset drinks and the gentle rhythms of the waves merging with the tunes of local music. The Maldives deserve the attention of anyone looking for a uniquely indulgent break, with breathtaking scenery and sheer luxury that stays with you long after your holiday has ended.

Photo credit - Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru

Photo credit - Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru

Fun in the Sea

With access to the sea readily available, it’s not hard to guess that most of the activities here involve the water. You can swim for recreation, play water polo, and go surfing. Every single resort in the Maldives is equipped with a sports centre that provides a wide range of water sports activities. During the southwest monsoon season between June to September, the islands of the Maldives experience massive swells, making it a mecca for surf-enthusiasts from all over the world. The more popular breaks are located in the North and South Malé Atoll, with some other lesser-known breaks accessible through specialized surf cruises offered by cruise operators all over the country.

Thanks to a warm climate, the waters of the Maldives ensure crystal clear visibility that allow you to see fish passing by as far as fifty meters away. Maldives is also home to a series of ancient coral reefs of incredible natural beauty, which are home to over a thousand species of fish and other underwater creatures. In the Maldives you have the opportunity to see all kinds of marine life, from tiny shrimps and crabs to schools of glittering fishes, magnificent mantas and sharks.

Furthermore, you do not have to be a professional diver to enjoy scuba diving in Maldives. Resorts and safari boats provide basic to advanced training to allow even the most reluctant diver to enjoy the beauty of Maldivian underwater life. If you are not comfortable going into the water, you can try the Whale Submarine, a popular excursion which allows visitors to view underwater life on a reef from inside the submarine.

Photo credit - Huvafen Fushi

Photo credit - Huvafen Fushi

Sights to See

While Maldives is famed for its beach, sun and surf, there are also various historical monuments and exceptional cultural relics worth checking out. The Hukuru Miskiiy (Old Friday Mosque), located in the capital of Maldives, is the oldest mosque in the country, dating back to 1656. The exterior of the property does not look very attractive, but the interior is superb and famed for its elaborate woodcarvings.

The small National Museum, a three-storey building in one corner of the Sultan’s Park, is also worth a visit. This is the only remaining part of the original sultan’s palace, and it hosts a large collection of historical artifacts depicting the history and rich cultural heritage of the country.

Photo credit - Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru

Photo credit - Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru

Honeymoon and Romance

The Maldives is the perfect setting for an intimate, secluded, private and most importantly, beautiful honeymoon or romantic interlude. The Maldives have plenty of options for newlyweds to choose from, whether it’s a luxury resort island or a private water bungalow. One common thread, however, will be the seclusion and privacy that you will experience in your celebration of love.

Dine under the stars with the sand beneath your toes and the rhythms of the sea in the backdrop. Head to a nearby-uninhabited island and enjoy it all by yourselves for the whole day. Laze around in your private villa as you enjoy a spa treatment right inside the room. The amazingly romantic and beautiful atmosphere will leave you yearning for more.


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Introducing Dempsey

June 15, 2010 by  
Filed under Attractions, Exotic South East

Dempsey, Eden in the City

Dempsey, Eden in the City

Listen to the cacophony of the traffic dwindle into a distance as you pace your way towards Dempsey Hill. Within minutes, tranquil and greenery unfold with every step up Dempsey road, leading you gently into a hidden paradise right at the doorstep of Singapore’s bustling Orchard Road.

Hardly a hill per se, Dempsey Hill has a history as a nutmeg plantation in its primitive days. It also housed the British army barracks a century ago and it was the headquarters for young Singaporean soldiers serving their national duty in the 1970s. Today, it has become a popular hangout spot for urbanites seeking the perfect escapade from the chaos of the city. Its colonial architectures are delicately preserved and restored, composing a rustic, yet homely aura. Rows of single-storey houses are lined up in an orderly fashion, well spaced from each other with lush flora encapsulating the vicinity.

“Every corner brings you something different!” raved Ms Kee Luah, PR and Marketing Consultant of Dempsey Hill. Over here, a galore of restaurants, galleries, furniture and lifestyle retail stores, bars and cafes keep you entertained. In the day, Dempsey Hill is a place perfect for solitude time away from crowds and the normalcy of life, luring creative individuals to hang around for fresh inspirations. The lunch crowd gathers, but it is nothing compared to how the area transforms as night falls.

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A chill-out place popular amongst the locals, the hill ruptures with life at dusk. Ferraris, Lamborghinis and BMWs fire in and the arena bustles with elites dressed to the nines, all ready to let loose for party-going. Unlike the claustrophobic metropolis, people in Dempsey emanate a festive feel, leaving you feeling refreshed and enlightened.

With over 20 restaurants and bars offering a vast variety of cuisine from all over the world, not only does the natural charm of Dempsey enhance every dining experience, it is also a place where we witness culinary craft of a whole new dimension.

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Culinary Treats at Dempsey

June 13, 2010 by  
Filed under Exotic South East, Gourmet, News

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Did you know that gunpowder can spruce up your palate indulgence? Well, it is so at Dempsey Hill. The Prime Society restaurant has a 150-seater dining capacity. With crimson brick pillars extending to the high ceiling, its ambience offers you a sense of grandeur filled with the thick aroma of pan-Asian spices and, maybe, a tinge of gunpowder.

Australian chef Mr. Damon Amos sizzles with passion as he shares his extensive knowledge on the various cuts of steak on offer, the different cattle-rearing methods and how these methods lend each cut of steak a unique flavor.

“In short, we (The Prime Society) are all about diversity,” says Damon, who affably introduces himself as Dee. This belief is evident in their assortment of steak selections available on their menu. The gunpowder steak is one that captures attention.

Gunpowder is essentially made up of elements such as potassium and magnesium, which are required parts of a balanced diet. The gunpowder that is used goes through stringent checks to ensure that there are no traces of sulphur in its content before serving. The question is, where do they get the gunpowder? “I concoct it myself,” Dee reveals. For those game enough for novelty, this is one dish you’ll have to try.

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Watch how food engages not just our taste buds but entices our visionary and creative senses as well. Gourmet artistry is what The Tippling Club is all about. A blend of aesthetics and science, it is a wonder to see food in an unconventional presentation, yet still taste remarkably good. To enjoy the overall experience, the golden spot is at the bar where guests get to witness the owners in action. Award-winning mixologist Matthew Bax and Chef Ryan brought their expertise from down under Australia, and are now capturing the hearts of the local market with their degage concept tinged with élan.

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