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PrincipalPoint ARE HOTELS TODAY A MERE PLACE TO STAY?
“TRAVELLERS ARE ENRICHED WITH
PRESTIGIOUS DESTINATIONS, UNIQUE
EXPERIENCES AND INVESTMENT
- Paul Tan -
ARE HOTELS TODAY A MERE
PLACE TO STAY?
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Recently we have had more than a dozen hotel and resort enquiries in our
office, to design small 3 star hotels all over the Indonesian archipelago.
Not only is there an obvious lack of supply of good, clean and affordable
accommodation in the provinces, but also there are many new developers in
this industry that made their money in other booming businesses in Indonesia.
The onslaught of hotel development in Indonesia is not an isolated event but
part of a chain reaction that started with the burgeoning budget airlines in
Asia. The Jakarta Post recently reported that an additional 50.000 rooms,
shall come into the market in the next year.
I have travelled to remote places for many years since the late 80’s and I
have observed that today, aided by the online reservation, e-tickets, credit
card payment and so on, flying and travelling in general, has never been
easier, cheaper and faster. Privatisation of the once government dominated
airline industry, has spurred new airport construction, as well as hotels and
resorts. Coincidently it is during this time also that the world population has
reached 7 billion and growing!
The competition among hotels is fierce especially when most of the avid
international travellers are going through an economic recession. One only
has to look up Agoda, Trip Advisor or Hotel.com and can virtually see the
choice of hotels available anywhere in the world. For new hotel developers, it
is important to create a strong sense of a potentially unique experience, when
staying in their hotel. Branding, location, reputation, pricing, in that order, are
all important, since most hotels are promising to offer great rooms, spas,
modern or unique designs and locations.
At the other end of the scale, the hotel and resorts that can only be described
with superlatives, are not affected by the recession, as the rich will stay rich.
In this edition of AQ, we have displayed an array of available hotels and
resorts when money is no object. We have also shown hotels with unique
locations or architecture that may be the key to stay ahead of the competition.
In the Indonesian Property Exposition early September in Jakarta, “condotels”
for small investors, were offered in almost every stand. I guess this is the 21st
century version of “time-share”. One basically can own a hotel room or more
and release it back to the operating management to sell it with a minimum
guaranteed annual income. Plus of course the prestige of having a hotel
room on stand-by at all times, at least at short notice. This has drastically
changed the traditional 7-10 years return on investment model, investors
used to struggle with, in the past.
So be prepared for a large number of new and exciting hotels in all categories
all over the world and Indonesia in the next year or so. All hotels are out
doing each other in the superlatives, being the most luxurious, the tallest,
the most unique, the best location and the list goes on. This is good news for
the consumer as even in the budget hotel category, creative ideas and good
design is now, a must.
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THE MOST EXPENSIVE HOTEL
“The most important element of a vacation, aside from the
destination, is the hotel where you spend your downtime. If you’re
going to take a true luxury vacation, of course, it won’t do to have
PRESIDENT WILSON HOTEL - GENEVA
Royal Penthouse Suite -
The most expensive hotel in the
world is located in Geneva, the
Hotel President Wilson. Known
across the world as the most
luxurious, the Royal Penthouse
Suite offer comfort, luxury, and
and windows are all bulletproof.
definitely provide head of state
and celebrity utmost privacy. By
the way, Royal Penthouse Suite
take up the entire top floor as the
suite has its own fitness center,
library, billiard room, Steinway
grand piano, and private elevator.
RAJ PALACE HOTEL - JAIPUR
The Presidential Suite - $45,000
The Presidential Suite is a 4-floor apartment that has a private entrance,
elevator, and victory corridor. The former home of the Maharaja’s is one of
the biggest in Asia, but this is not the only thing that make the suite expensive
but the fact that the apartment is lavishly decorated in stucco ivory and gold
leaf. The Suite also has a swimming pool, roof terrace, and private museum.
President Wilson Hotel, Geneva-Switzerland
Royal Penthouse Suite President Wilson Hotel
Raj Palace Hotel, Jaipur-India
President Suite Raj Palace Hotel, Jaipur-India
FOUR SEASONS HOTEL - NEW YORK
Ty Warner Penthouse Suite -
Ty Warner Penthouse suite is well known
as one of the most opulent in New York
and the world since the cost of the 9 room
suite is around $50 million dollar.
The suite offer 360-degree views of
Manhattan skyline, cosmopolitan decor
and stunning bathrooms clad in custom-
made slabs of Chinese onyx, and sinks
carved from rock crystal. Included in the
room rate the butler, therapist, trainer
and private chauffeur at the beck and call
of the room occupant.
CIRAGAN PALACE KEMPINSKI - ISTANBUL
Sultan Suite – Eur 30,000, $40,000 (excluding tax)
The Sultan’s suite offer guests panoramic views of Bosphorus. Ciragan
Palace has a gorgeous pool, helicopter and boat service and breakfast buffet
But of course, the five star hotel offer more than just amazing amenities but
also an incredible suite that boasts a 12 seat dining table, 32 inch LCD TV,
master bedroom with handmade hammam marble, rain shower and private
steam room, and crystal bathtub facets.
full bar and espresso
machine. Also included
in the rate the round the
clock butler and two-
way airport transfer via
THE PALM - LAS VEGAS
Hugh Hefner Sky Villa – $40,000
The City of Sin’s most expensive suite is appropriately named after the
Playboy Mansion’s famed resident, and it shows in the 250-person capacity
and the extravagant amenities. This suite houses a poker table, wet bar, full
size gym with sauna and spa, and a balcony with a spectacular view of the
Vegas strip as well as an equally spectacular infinity edge jacuzzi. All of this
is centered around an 8-foot rotating round bed.
Four Seasons Hotel, New York-USA
President Suite Ciragan Palace Kempinski, Istanbul-Turkey
The suite ceilings with height of 5.7 m add allure to the beauty of the room,
as well as the two decorative fireplaces, adjustable mattress, sound proof,
The Palm Hotel, Las Vegas-USA
“DESIGN IS A PLAN FOR
ARRANGING ELEMENTS IN
SUCH A WAY AS BEST TO
ACCOMPLISH A PARTICULAR
- CHARLES EAMES -
Soaring high above Downtown Dubai in the iconic
Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, Armani
Hotel Dubai is the world’s first hotel designed
and developed by Giorgio Armani. Reflecting
the pure elegance, simplicity and sophisticated
comfort that define Armani’s signature style, the
hotel is the realisation of the designer’s long-held
dream to bring his sophisticated style to life in
the most complete way and offer his customers
a stay with Armani experience. Every detail in
the hotel bears the Armani signature, beginning
with the warm Italian-style hospitality and moving
to each element of the design from the eramosa
stone floors to the zebrawood panels, bespoke
furnishings and personally designed hotel
amenities. Sophisticated colors, clean lines and
unique textures blend together seamlessly with
the tower’s stunning architecture and natural light
to create an atmosphere of calm serenity where
guests can retreat into a world of minimalist
Nestled in the world’s tallest tower occupying the
concourse level to level 8 and levels 38 and 39
Armani Hotel Dubai offers sweeping views of the
city. With its own dedicated entrance to the tower,
it is easily accessible within walking distance to
the world’s largest mall and some of the region’s
most exclusive leisure and business outlets.
“Fashion is architecture: it is a
matter of proportions.”
- Coco Channel -
inside the new
Armani Hotel Signage, Dubai-United Arab Emirates
Armani Hotel Dubai floorplan
STAY WITH ARMANI
Source : www.burjkhalifa.ae/en/ArmaniHotel/ArmaniHotel.
On a private street between Via Montenapoleone,
Via della Spiga, La Scala and the Accademia di
Brera, in a tastefully renovated 18th- century
Milanese palazzo is the Bulgari Hotel Milan,
situated in the cultural and commercial heart
of a city that, behind its austere façades, hides
delightful and unexpected courtyards and green
one space is the Bulgari Hotel’s 4,000-square-
meter private garden, a natural extension of the
elegance. The quality of the service, magnificent
elements such as the spa, pool and private
screening room, and the distinguished location
beside Harrods and Hyde Park all contribute to
an uncompromising sense of excellence.
nearby Botanical Garden, a restorative oasis of
serenity and relaxation in the midst of Milan’s
The 58 rooms of the Bulgari Hotel Milan, which
include 11 suites, are all extraordinarily luminous,
thanks to ample windows looking out onto
the beautiful garden or an exclusive Milanese
courtyard, thus offering guests an unexpected
sense of tranquility in the center of Milan.
The Bulgari Resort is located in one of the most
exclusive destinations in the world, a veritable
emblem of the tropical exoticism of the Orient,
combining the breathtaking beauty of unspoiled
nature with a sophisticated contemporary design
born from the encounter between traditional
Balinese forms and high Italian style. The quality
of the services along with the views of the Indian
Ocean offered by its magnificent position 150
meters over the sea are the perfect introduction
to the second luxury property from Bulgari Hotels
The new Bulgari Hotel in London is set in the
heart of Knightsbridge, the city’s most prestigious
neighbourhood. It is a perfect expression of the
Bulgari aesthetic of timeless glamour. Innovative
artistry and a lavish use of precious marble and
silver blend harmoniously, exuding an understated
Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy
The luxury giant Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy is opening it’s latest luxury
hotel “Le Cheval Blanc Randheli” in the Maldives, summer of this year. The
resort will boast 46 magnificent villas on the island of Randheli in Noonu Atoll.
Palazzo Versace Hotel Gold Coast creates an elegant haven for discerning
travellers in Gold Coast. Aside from enjoying water activities at the beach
and Sea World Resort & Water Park, vacationers can also marvel at the view
at SkyPoint Observation Deck or learn about local history at Gold Coast and
Hinterland Historical Museum.
Palazzo Versace Hotel Gold
Hotel Palazzo Versace boasts a scenic waterfront setting on Seaworld Drive
near Tedder Avenue in Gold Coast. Visitors can check out the exhibits at
Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Odditorium or shop at Australia Fair Shopping
Hotels turn to artists’touch to lure guests
With escalating competition in
the hospitality industry, hotel
chains are going the extra mile
to stand out among their rivals.
Artotel Indonesia, for example,
has added unique and colorful
decorations to every hotel it
operates, and claims to be the
one player in Indonesia that
makes the best use of art in its
“We fully integrate art in our
hotels since art can create an
value added experience for our
customers. By using art, we
can create a new and different
atmosphere that adds comfort
and convenience,” Artotel
Indonesia corporate general
manager Eduard R. Pangkerego
told The Jakarta Post.
Hotel numbers have continued
to increase in the country’s major
cities. It is estimated that an
additional 50,000 new rooms will
that opened in July 2012. “Response from the market has been good as we
have maintained on average a 84 percent occupancy rate till today,” Eduard
“Since art can create an value added experience for our customers. By using art, we can create
a new and different atmosphere that adds comfort and convenience.”
During the Post’s site visit to
Artotel Thamrin, the firm’s second
accommodation currently under
construction, contemporary art
could be seen in the building’s
rooms and lobby.
The hotel’s exterior stood out
along Jl. Sunda in Central Jakarta
as it had the image of huge squid
painted on it .
Six local artists including Zaki
Arifin, Oky Rey Montha and
Eddie Hara painted as many as
107 rooms in the hotel.
“Each artist designed a floor,
so we have six different urban
contemporary style themed rooms
here. We are doing this because
we want to really integrate the
art in the hotel,” Artotel Thamrin
public relations manager Heni
Juniarti said, adding that the hotel
would launch on Oct. 17 this year.
Artotel Indonesia’s first property
open across the archipelago next year. According to the association of the
Indonesian hotels (PHRI), there are currently about 285,000 star-rated
hotel rooms available. “This is very important because in the end, when
supply in the market is high and people have a lot of choices, they will pick
accommodations that are unique and provide good service.”
The company is currently constructing two properties in Cikarang, West Java
and Sanur, Bali, that are expected to open next year. It plans to expand the
chain to Palembang, Makassar and Kendari over the next few years. Another
player incorporating art in its hotels is Tauzia Hotel Management through its
new brand Yello Hotel.
Tauzia spokeswoman Yani Sinulingga said the company had decided to blend
street art into its Yello accommodation as it was the perfect way to target
the booming middle-class market in the country that sought freedom through
arts. “We want to showcase freedom of expression in addition to urban art.
Our artistic atmosphere with distinctive bright colors and cutting edge design
will bring in a whole new market ,” she said.
Just as with Artotel, Yello will incorporate street art in its lobby, rooms and
meeting rooms. Fourteen Yello Hotel properties are being developed in major
cities across Java and Bali, with its first one, Yello Seminyak (Bali), set to
begin operations in the first quarter of 2014.
The firm was optimistic that its art-themed hotel would pull in a 70 to 80
percent occupancy rate despite the highly competitive market, she said.
A hotel in Jakarta that has included art to help enhance its services is the
upscale Pullman Central Park in West Jakarta.
It was distinctively designed with an “Industrial Raw” concept, a cross
between a modern museum and a designer signature hotel. Pullman Central
Park’s marketing communication executive, Arditiya Chandra Putra, said
the art concept had been a success as the hotel was able to maintain its
80 percent occupancy rate on the weekends when most hotels had seen
THE MOST“ LUXURIOUS“ HOTEL
“ Definition of luxurious is extremely comfortable, elegant, or enjoyable, esp. in a way that involves great expense: “the bedrooms have luxurious marble
bathrooms”. In a simple definition, luxurious is great comfort, especially as provided by expensive and beautiful things. “
- Definition by : dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/luxury, Google definition and summarized by AQ -
This 4,300-square-foot suite dreamed up by architects I.M Pei and Peter
Marino spans the entire 52nd floor of the Four Seasons Hotel, offering an
incomparable 360-degree Manhattan skyline view from four glass balconies
and practically every room.
America’s most amazing hotel pools. There’s an extraordinary four-foot
chandelier, mother-of-pearl inlaid walls, 22k gold fabrics, indoor-outdoor Zen
garden with a floor-to-ceiling waterfall, Chinese Onyx-clad master bath, tiger’s
eye jeweled guest bath, spa room with top of the line exercise equipment and
a bronze-adorned library with grand piano. The rate room is from $40,000 per
With a cupola, Jacuzzi, frescoes and stained glass, the suite is almost
7,000-square feet and has even more outdoor space with balconies and
terraces. At $30,000 a night, it’s nearly 50% more than its 2010 price.
Ty Warner Penthouse, Four Seasons
Hotel, New York
Villa La Cupola Suite, Westin Excelsior,
In this edition, AQ spoke to interior designer, Devy Anggraeny, of Indesign
What is luxury ?
Luxury when related to a hotel, can be understood as a place that gives
extraordinary comfort, is elegant, enjoyable and of high quality.
What determines a hotel to be luxurious ?
Luxurious interior design is determined by its artwork and accessories.
Facilities that pamper the person with comfort. Technology that is applied
lavishly to all the spaces. Reputable hotel operator that manages the hotel.
Based on the above why does Ty Warner Penthouse at the Four Seasons
hotel in New York is classified as a luxurious suite ?
This penthouse is the highest suite in Manhattan, New York, one of the most
popular cities in the world. This penthouse has a 360 degree view of the city
and a total area of approximately 400m2.
Its interiors uses chosen materials such as marble, fabric, sanitary fixtures
and materials that absolutely determines the luxury of this penthouse. The
finishing touches and details on the furniture, walls and floors and accessories
that are gold plated. Artwork that are specifically created by artists such
Deborah Thomas and Francois-Xavier LaLanne to be enjoyed by guests.
The penthouse is equipped with a personal gym and spa. Technology is
applied to such conveniences as remote controlled fire place and lighting.
Four seasons has 43 years experience in the operations of luxury hotels.
Bathroom in Ty
So what about the La Cupola Suite, at the Westin Excelsior in Rome ?
The La Cupola in Rome, Italy, has a view of Via Venetto, one of the most
famous and expensive streets in Rome.
The interiors are inspired by Rome's palaces and villas from the renaissance
period. This suite is also very spacious with a private spa, jacuzzi and a mini
theatre. Starwood, that manages the hotel, also operates other luxury brands
such as Sheraton and W hotel.
One of the luxurious design from Indesign Domus
Living Room of St. Moritz
Master Bedroom of St. Moritz
THE ROTATING TOWER IN DUBAI
Dynamic Tower will be a rotating skyscraper measuring 80 stories high and rotating a full 360
degrees every 90 minutes.
Dubai’s towering and record-breaking skyline
could be about to change once more if plans
for the world’s first rotating tower finally come to
Dynamic Tower will be a rotating skyscraper
measuring 80 stories high and rotating a full 360
degrees every 90 minutes with floors moving
Watch a video of what the building will be like
The idea was originally mooted in 2008 but was
put on hold as the financial crisis shocked the
emirate’s property market.
If successful, the project will be the first real estate
development in the world where apartments are
not categorised by their differing views.
Surprisingly, the man behind the idea, David
Fisher, has never before built a skyscraper, yet
he is planning similar towers for Moscow, Paris,
London and New York.
“I did not design skyscrapers, but I feel ready to
do so,” Fisher, founder and chairman of Dynamic
Architecture Group, said in an interview with
Associated Press. “You can build anything.”
Powering the building’s constant turning will be
several wind turbines on the roof, generating
electricity for the structure’s movement as well
as for its residents.
Penthouse occupants will be able to park their
cars in their apartments, thanks to specially
A UK newspaper has estimated the tower will
cost $541 million to build, although official details
including cost, location and completion date are
yet to be confirmed.
PALACIO DE SAL
Located about 220 miles south of Bolivia’s capital
La Paz, the hotel was built using about 1 million
14 inch salt blocks which were used for the floor,
walls, ceiling, beds, tables, chairs, sculptures
and more. But don’t try to lick the walls; the hotel
has a rule prohibiting it since licks can degrade
the blocks and hence degrade the hotel. The
hotel offers a variety of wonderful amenities to
pamper its visitors including a dry sauna, steam
room, saltwater pool and whirlpool baths. Enjoy
a relaxing massage after your sauna or steam
room sessions at the Palacio de Sal’s marvellous
Palacio de Sal in Bolivia - completely made of salt - Pool
(Courtesy Palacio de Sal )
Built out of salt blocks, the amazing Palacio de
Sal (Palace of Salt to English folks) is located
at the edge of the Salar de Uyuni, the world’s
largest salt flat. The Salar de Uyuni has long been
a popular tourist attraction for travellers around
the world. Due to the scarcity of construction
materials in the area the hotel was created out of
the one material that is plentiful in area.
The first hotel was built between 1993 and 1995
and soon became a popular tourist destination
featuring 12 double rooms, a common bath and
no shower. Due to its original location in the
center of a desert there were various sanitary
and environmental issues that cause the hotel to
be dismantled in 2002.
In 2007 a new hotel was created at a new location,
some 25km from the town of Uyuni and it was
given the name Palacio de Sal.
Palacio de Sal, a hotel made of salt.
The original Hotel Palacio de Sal contains a small museum
and is clearly in disrepair.
If you’re unsure of what to order be sure to try the
hotel’s specialty, Pollo a la Sal (Chicken a la Salt)
for a truly tasty and delectable meal. If you’re
more in the mood for livations, the hotel offers a
Bar/Pub with a great game room to play billiards,
chess and even an auditorium that holds up to
forty guests. The Palacio de Sal is truly a unique
and amazing experience giving you a distinctive
environment to unwind in.
The hotel also features a restaurant that serves
elaborated dishes based on salt, llama meat and
lamb from the local region.
It’s an unusual idea – every year a 5,500 square meter hotel is temporarily
‘borrowed’ from Sweden’s River Torne and come spring, the rooms and suites
are returned to the river to be washed out to sea. The temporal Swedish
ICEHOTEL is a complex built from ice, with a different design every year.
Each winter it hosts guests and houses a collection of bespoke ice-art,
created by selected artists from around the globe.
Quebec Ice Hotel
100 people then set to work, they use ice blocks to partition the labyrinthine
vaults into rooms, while the artists use begin to create their ice-pieces and
sculpted rooms. To ensure quality of construction, the hotel is opened in
sections as it is built, one every weekend throughout December, with the ice
chapel opening on Christmas Day.
When the hotel finally opens, it usually sees between 50,000 and 60,000
guests before closing again in mid-April. For those staying in the hotel, bed-
time entails wrapping-up in thermal underwear, wooly hats and a sleeping
bag, and lying on blocks of ice covered by reindeer hide, safe in the knowledge
that thanks to the density and insulating properties of snice their room will
never drop below a balmy minus eight degrees Celsius (17ºF).
Ninety percent of the material to construct the ICEHOTEL comes from the
river Torne – one of Europe’s last unexploited rivers. The river begins its
annual freeze in October, and by March the ice is thick enough for the people
of ICEHOTEL to descend upon it and start work, filling their warehouse with
4,000 tonnes of ice-blocks.
Photographer: Christopher Hauser
ICEHOTEL all started back in 1989, when founder Yngve Bergqvist organized
a ice-sculpture workshop to attract tourists to the small village of Jukkasjärvi
during the unpopular dark winter months. Their first project was an 60-sqare-
metre igloo, named ARTic Hall. The igloo, proved so popular that it was rebuilt
annually, and eventually people started to ask the obvious question; “Can I
sleep in it?” Since then, ICEHOTEL has grown into a worldwide franchise,
Stored during the summer, some of these blocks make the walls and furniture
of the hotel, which this year has 65 rooms. The structure of the building is
made from 30,000 cubic metres of ‘snice’ – a precision engineered snow/ice,
made from a mixture of air and river water. Once October arrives, large metal
moulds are erected on site and snice is sprayed upon them, hardening and
compacting over a few days before the moulds are removed. Inside, some
containing not only the hotel itself, but also a permanent ’warm hotel’, and a
litter of ICEBARS, dotted around the globe in cities such as Copenhagen and
London, there was even a temporary example in Saharan Niger.
Ice hotel bar in Stockholm
Bandung, West Java, Indonesia
Concept & Master Planning
Design Architects :
Serpong, Tangerang, Indonesia
Concept & Master Planning
PILOT GROUNDING BREAKING
Pilot Site Location
First PILOT Ground Breaking (11/09/13) which was held at GICC, Cikarang,
attended by owners, contractors, and consultants involved in the development
of this project. This event also marked the inauguration of New Factory Pilot
Pen project di Indonesia
Inauguration of the Pilot Pen New Factory project
Mr. Adithia Panduwinata, S.Ars - Project
Architect from Indesign Domus
Mr. Khoirul Soleh - Office Boy from Arkdesign
BEST EMPLOYEES OF THE
BECA 40th ANNIVERSARY
Left to Right: Mr. Freddy Sumanto ST,
Mr. Adhitia Panduwinata ST, Mrs. Devy
Anggraeny ST, Ms. Felicia Gunawan ST,
MBEnv (Sust. Dev), MUDD, Ms. Melinda
Mayella ST, Mr. Ari Dermawan ST
Mr. Greg Love, CEO of BECA Mr. Ciputra and Wife, Sir. Ron Carter -
Advisor of BECA
The event was held at the Ritz Carlton Hotel on 18 September 2013. There are
many people involved in the architecture, property developer and suppliers
attending this event.
Ir. Nanang Faizal
Bachelor in Architecture
Novy Yulianty, ST
Major in Architecture
STIE Bisnis Indonesia,
Bachelor in Economy
Bachelor in Architecture
Imam Depi R
Major in Architecture
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