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WYNDHAM GRAND YANGON ROYAL LAKE HOTEL

Yangon - Myanmar’s largest city - is changing rapidly, and attracting more and more tourists and business travellers each year. The new Wyndham Grand Yangon Royal Lake Hotel will help meet that increasing demand, offering a tranquil escape in the bustling city. Located on the banks of Yangon’s famous Grand Kandawgyi Lake, the new Wyndham property is an urban sanctuary that immerses guests in the city’s rich history, culture and landscape.

The design was heavily influenced by the sense of wonder visitors experience when they first discover Yangon and the mountainous landscape of Myanmar. For example, guests arriving through the fourth floor lobby are treated to views of the lake and the shimmering Shwedagon Pagoda in the distance. The city’s characteristic brick red colour and


Burmese vessels are seen in design touches throughout the hotel. A natural tone-on-tone palette blended with atmospheric dim lighting in parts of the hotel creates a calm, resort-like feel, and local materials have been sourced wherever possible.

Creating a sense of discovery

The hotel’s outdoor spaces – and lake views – enhance the property’s peaceful feel and reinforce the connection to nature and local context. HASSELL deliberately created a sheltered walkway between the lobby and the dining area so guests can experience the outdoors before sitting down for a meal. Clever use of planting creates ‘hidden’ areas, adding to the sense of discovery.

The interior design incorporates numerous structural steel beams – a striking element that’s now a memorable part of the space. And in the lobby, the reception table gives the impression of floating in the space.

As part of the mixed-use Kantharyar Centre, the hotel has also been thoughtfully integrated with a residential building, serviced apartments, office tower and retail centre.

The 270-room, 36,000 sqm hotel – which includes amenities such as a swimming pool, spa, gym and international food and beverage offering – is set to open in the second half of 2018.

HASSELL

HASSELL is a leading international design practice with studios in Australia, China, South East Asia, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. We judge the success of the buildings and places we design by the way people use and enjoy them - the clients who commission them, the people who inhabit them. Good design is about helping clients meet their needs and objectives.

It is also about the way people feel when they experience it, a sense of meaning, connection and belonging. www.hassellstudio.com

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Malaysia’s First DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Opens in Penang

Family-friendly seafront resort features inter-connecting rooms, a kid’s club, dining options and event space, plus access to Malaysia’s first teddy bear-themed museum, TeddyVille

PENANG, Malaysia – (May 15, 2018) – DoubleTree by Hilton, one of Hilton’s (NYSE: HLT) 14 market-leading brands, has celebrated the opening of its first resort-style property in Malaysia: DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Penang.


Located in the vibrant beach area on Penang’s north coast, overlooking the Indian Ocean, DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Penang is a family-friendly resort with exceptional facilities for all ages - including access to Malaysia’s first teddy bear-themed museum, TeddyVille.



This upscale resort is just 45 minutes’ drive from Penang International Airport and 20 minutes from Georgetown, the island’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed capital, which is accessible via a complimentary shuttle bus service from the hotel.



“Blessed with a rich history, diverse culture and tropical scenery, Penang is a truly enchanting destination. As the first DoubleTree resort in Malaysia, we are delighted to bring the brand’s warmth and genuine hospitality to the country, as epitomized by the welcome cookie we offer to all our guests,” commented Jamie Mead, Regional General Manager, Hilton Malaysia.

Linda Giebing, DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Penang’s General Manager, added; “We have experienced strong demand since the hotel started operating in January, with high occupancy and interest from the events sector. I am confident that all guests will be captivated by our comprehensive range of facilities and renowned standards of hospitality.”

Overlooking Miami Beach and the turquoise seas beyond, DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Penang features a distinctive design concept that blends contemporary style with classical Peranakan motifs.

There are 316 rooms and suites; all equipped with walk-in rain showers, 40-inch LED TVs and Wi-Fi. Many rooms also feature a private balcony with sea views. Families can opt for two inter-connected rooms, which are linked by a hallway door to create a private sanctuary, complete with double and twin bedrooms and separate bathrooms.

Families also have an array of dining options to choose from, including special children’s buffets at Makan Kitchen, the resort’s lively all-day dining restaurant. Alternatively, guests can pick up light snacks - including DoubleTree’s signature chocolate chip cookies - at The Food Store, or enjoy refreshing drinks at the Axis Lounge.

Children will be kept entertained at the kid’s club, which features a wealth of immersive activities for youngsters, and a baby-sitting service is available. This will allow parents to enjoy their own quality time, perhaps with a revitalizing treatment at the spa, a workout at the fitness center, or simply by relaxing around the tropical outdoor pool, which features its own beach.

All ages can then come together at TeddyVille - a unique attraction that celebrates the origins of the humble teddy bear. With its large, cuddly collection, this delightful museum will captivate children and adults alike. Guests at the resort will enjoy 20% off the entrance fee.

Finally, the resort features state-of-the-art conference space, including three flexible meeting rooms for events of between 12 and 120 delegates, an outdoor terrace and a spacious ballroom capable of handling 550 guests. This makes it the perfect setting for every occasion, from corporate conferences to social soirées and spectacular seafront weddings.

DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Penang becomes the first DoubleTree Resort in Malaysia, and joins three other DoubleTree hotel properties in the country: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Kuala Lumpur, DoubleTree by Hilton Melaka and DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Johor Bahru. It also becomes the 50th DoubleTree by Hilton property in the Asia Pacific region.

The new resort is also part of Hilton Honors, an award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton’s 14 distinct brands. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including free standard Wi-Fi, a flexible cash/points payment slider, an exclusive member discount and point’s redemption for free nights.

For more information or to make a reservation at DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Penang, travelers may visit DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Penang or call +60-4-892 8000. For more news on DoubleTree by Hilton openings, visit news.doubletree.com.

About DoubleTree by Hilton

DoubleTree by Hilton is a fast-growing, global portfolio of more than 510 upscale hotels with more than 121,000 rooms across six continents. DoubleTree by Hilton prides itself on paying attention to the little details that have a big impact, from welcoming guests with its signature, warm DoubleTree Cookie to serving the communities around them. DoubleTree by Hilton hotels offer contemporary accommodations and full-service facilities, including restaurants and lounges, room service, health clubs, business centers and meeting and banquet space. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits. To make reservations, travelers may visit doubletree.com. Connect with DoubleTree by Hilton on facebook.com/doubletree, twitter.com/doubletree and instagram.com/doubletree. Learn about the latest brand news at news.doubletree.com.

About Hilton

Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, with a portfolio of 14 world-class brands comprising more than 5,100 properties with nearly 838,000 rooms in 103 countries and territories. Hilton is dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company by delivering exceptional experiences – every hotel, every guest, every time. The company's portfolio includes Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton Honors. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose exactly how many Points to combine with money, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else and free standard Wi-Fi. Visit newsroom.hilton.com for more information and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube.

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COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT SIEM REAP INTRODUCES GENERAL MANAGER ASHLEY LAI


Miem Reap, Cambodia – Marriott International has announced the appointment of Ashley Lai as General Manager of Courtyard by Marriott Siem Reap, its first Courtyard by Marriott in Cambodia. This represents Marriott International’s first Courtyard Resort in Cambodia, with a second hotel to follow when Courtyard Phnom Penh opens in the capital city later this year.

The brand’s flagship in Cambodia features modern Khmer architectural design, an innovative lobby space and contemporary room design, enabling guests to pursue both their personal and professional interests whilst visiting the seat of the ancient Khmer kingdom.

Ashley Lai has worked with Marriott International for 14 years, initially at the JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton Kuala Lumpur.

In 2013 she transferred to the JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa and as Resident Manager she successfully increased the Brand Standard Audit scores, doubled upsell revenue and improved hotel rankings.

During her tenure, the hotel achieved many accolades and awards, including TripAdvisor’s 2015 Traveler’s Choice #1 Hotel for Families in Thailand and 2015 Top 25 resorts in Asia by Conde Nast Traveler US Reader’s Choice Awards.

The appointment as General Manager of Courtyard by Marriott Siem Reap is an exciting new chapter for Ashley as she brings her energy and passion to Cambodia for the first time.



“We are the only internationally branded mid-ranged resort in Siem Reap,” said Ashley Lai, General Manager of Courtyard by Marriott Siem Reap. “At the same time, the services we provide are second to none. The resort has a beautiful full-service spa and a gorgeous roof top bar that is one of a kind in this town. No one can beat the city views we have with Angkor Wat in the horizon and stunning sunsets to the west.”

Ashley has identified a target customer base of local, regional, and international business and leisure tourists, as well as organized group travelers, with key markets including China, Hong Kong, Singapore, U.S.A, Japan, and Korea.

Courtyard continues to expand into Cambodia with the Courtyard by Marriott Phnom Pehn to open in the bustling capital later this year.

For more information or to make a reservation, please call +855 63 968 888 email: [email protected], or visit www.courtyardsiemreap.com

About Courtyard by Marriott 

Courtyard by Marriott offers a refreshing environment that helps guests stay connected, productive and balanced. Intuitive services and design accommodate guests’ needs for choice and control. With more than 1,100 locations in 50 countries and territories, Courtyard is proud to participate in the industry’s award-winning loyalty program, Marriott Rewards® which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®. Members can now link accounts with Starwood Preferred Guest® at members.marriott.com for instant elite status matching and unlimited points transfer. For more information or reservations, visit courtyard.marriott.com, become a fan on Facebook or follow @CourtyardHotels on Twitter and Instagram. 

About Marriott International, Inc.

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and encompasses a portfolio of more than 6,500 properties in 30 leading hotel brands spanning 127 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts all around the world. The company also operates award-winning loyalty programs: Marriott Rewards®, which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest®. For more information, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com. In addition, connect with us on Facebook and @MarriottIntl on Twitter and Instagram.



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Revinate Partners with Hotelchamp to Bridge Gap Between Email Marketing and Hotel Websites

JUNE 14, 2018.– Hotelchamp and Revinate today announced a new technology partnership that allows hotels to seamlessly link personalised email marketing campaigns to the hotel’s website experience. Marketers can now more efficiently bring entire direct booking
campaigns to market.

The email marketing and hotel website integration between Revinate and Hotelchamp will
allow hotels to ensure intelligent personalisation across the online guest experience, based on data stored in Revinate's Hospitality Marketing CRM.

“We love Revinate’s approach to individualised guest communication and are thrilled to be able to integrate it with the Hotelchamp marketing platform for hotels,” said Hotelchamp CEO Kristian Valk. “Providing the Ultimate Guest Journey on a hotel’s website is a key focus for us – to partner with a category leader like Revinate to enhance this and extend beyond the website is really exciting.”

“We are thrilled to partner with Hotelchamp to streamline complementary technology
solutions for hoteliers,” said Dan Hang, Chief Product Officer at Revinate. “We are fully
aligned with Hotelchamp’s product philosophy. We both build easy-to-use solutions that
thrive on innovation, designed specifically to help hoteliers drive direct bookings and
strengthen guest relationships.”

Revinate joins a number of other industry leaders, including OTA Insight, Hotjar, and Live
Chat, as part of Hotelchamp’s ‘Marketing Platform for Hotels’ – a collection of integrated,
best-in-class technologies that can all be managed within the single online platform.
Managed from the online Hotelchamp Platform, marketers can build, deploy, and measure Revinate Marketing email and upsell campaigns. The increased speed and agility allows for deeper segmentation and testing, helping hoteliers provide the most relevant content for their guests.

About Revinate

Revinate enables hoteliers to transform their guest data into revenue. With Revinate Marketing and Revinate Guest Feedback, hoteliers are empowered to make smarter decisions, resulting in increased direct revenue and guest engagement. The company is backed by leading Silicon Valley investors, including Benchmark Capital, Tenaya Capital, and Sozo Ventures. Headquartered in San Francisco with regional offices in Amsterdam and Singapore, Revinate counts tens of thousands of the world’s leading hotels as customers.  To learn more, please visit www.revinate.com.

About Hotelchamp

As the leading marketing platform for hotels, Hotelchamp empowers hotels with advanced data insights and technology to execute their digital strategies. Working as a smart layer on top of a hotel’s websites and managed through an intuitive online self-service platform, Hotelchamp technology guides visitors throughout the entire booking process to achieve better guest engagement and generate greater direct revenue. Already trusted by over 1500 hotels in more than 50 countries and integrated with more than 80 booking engines worldwide, it’s their ambition to restore a fair balance between direct channels and third parties.


To learn more, visit www.hotelchamp.com.

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Stay Cool at The Shilla Jeju


Mediterranean-inspired resort on scenic Jeju Island launches summer offer


Seoul, June 15, 2018 – Escape the heat on the tropical island of Jeju, Korea, where endless vistas of the magnificent landscape and untouched natural wonders make for a memorable summer getaway.

Renowned for its subtropical climate, Jeju is listed on the UNESCO World Natural Heritage site in recognition of its unique volcanic geology, lava tubes and nature trails. Aside from its famed water sports and hiking excursions, Jeju is also home to an annual Summer Music Festival. Held nightly until August 31st*, the two-hour programme features live music acts, such as Josh Moreland (American Idol) and Janice Freeman (The Voice 2017), and dance performances.

For guests seeking a rejuvenating getaway, The Shilla Jeju offers a range of leisure and wellness facilities. Serving as the ultimate hideaway, Soombi Spa Zone features a year-round heated outdoor pool surrounded by rocks, forest and a waterfall and is connected to an indoor pool. Guests can opt to lounge on the poolside sunbeds or retreat to the private cabanas available for hire where they can browse the menu of refreshing drinks or select reading material from the book trolley. The Soombi Spa Zone also includes a Finnish sauna and Jacuzzi. 

The Shilla Jeju’s Adult Pool, reserved for guests aged 19 and above, is nestled within the surrounding tropical landscape, creating a serene sanctuary. To mark its second anniversary, guests visiting the Adult Pool from 11 June to 11 July are invited to join a lucky draw where they can win dining vouchers to The Parkview’s dinner buffet, Camping Dinner, and discount coupons to the Sauna.



To welcome the summer, The Shilla Jeju launches “Sweet Dream in Jeju”, offering all the essentials for the perfect island getaway:

  • Accommodation in double or twin Standard Mountain View room
  • Breakfast for two at The Parkview (free for minors under 37 months)
  • Complimentary access to Soombi Spa Zone


Room rates for “Sweet Dream in Jeju” start at KRW 290,000 per night, exclusive of taxes and service charge and based on two persons sharing a room.

Located in the coveted Jungmun area, The Shilla Jeju is the ultimate resort destination with its Mediterranean-inspired architecture. Spacious guestrooms, housed in two softly-coloured buildings, are decked exquisite décor with wide windows opening to breathtaking views of the pristine gardens or Pacific Ocean. Pastel colors are iconic to the property, thoughtfully complementing the resort’s natural surroundings and creating a serene ambiance.

*Subject to weather conditions and closed on Tuesdays.


About The Shilla Hotels & Resorts
Established in 1973 as the hotel sector subsidiary of Samsung Group, South Korea’s largest conglomerate, The Shilla Hotels & Resorts is the national leader in premium hospitality services.

Named after the ancient Shilla dynasty, The Shilla Hotels & Resorts was established after taking over Yeong Bin Gwan. A previous state guesthouse, its traditional Korean architecture evokes the grandeur of Korea’s historical past. The group’s flagship hotel The Shilla Seoul opened in 1979 next to Yeong Bin Gwan, and has since been celebrated for its exemplary Korean hospitality in an understated setting where traditional heritage meets elegant luxury. In 2013, the hotel underwent a major renovation under acclaimed designer Peter Remedios.

The Shilla Hotels & Resorts group owns and operates two The Shilla hotels in Seoul and Jeju. One of Korea’s leading resorts, The Shilla Jeju is the ultimate nature destination with its Mediterranean-inspired design and charming vistas of Jeju island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The group unveiled its upscale Shilla Stay brand in 2013, a collection of vibrant and trendy hotels offering streamlined comfort and convenience. There are currently 11 Shilla Stay hotels in South Korea.


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KARMA GROUP ACQUIRES TWO NEW RESORTS IN THE HEART OF THE NORMANDY COUNTRYSIDE IN FRANCE - KARMA MANOIR DES DEUX AMANTS AND KARMA RESIDENCE NORMANDE 

Karma Group currently operates 28 resorts in more than 10 countries, including Australia, France, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and the United Kingdom


Karma Group has announced the acquisition of Karma Manoir des Deux Amants and Karma Residence Normande on the banks of the river Seine in the heart of picturesque Normandy in the French countryside. Comprising 49 apartments between them, the resorts are superbly situated just an hour and twenty minutes from central Paris.

The spectacular location in Normandy offers guests the opportunity to unwind and discover lush landscapes, medieval towns, castles and beaches. The resorts are just outside the charming village of Connelles, deep in Impressionist country, and close to the medieval town of Rouen with its historic castles and cathedrals. The spacious and sumptuously furnished accommodations feature well-equipped kitchens, whilst the leisure complex provides entertainment for the whole family with a heated outdoor swimming pool, sauna and games room.

“There are few more stunning regions than Normandy, with its incredible history and gorgeous scenery so I am delighted to announce that Karma Group has acquired two resorts on the banks of the Seine, in one of the most glorious settings in the world” said John Spence, Founder and Chairman of Karma Group. “We are renovating and refurbishing the resorts to make them even better than they already are and I know they will be extremely popular with our Karma tribe, old and new.”

 
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BACKGROUND ON KARMA GROUP

Karma Group is an award-winning international travel and lifestyle brand offering extraordinary experiences in the world’s most beautiful locations and is headed by Chairman and Founder, John Spence, former Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and member of the 2013 judging panel for the Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur of the Year. John was honoured by the Yale University School of Architecture by being appointed the Edward P. Bass Distinguished Visiting Architecture Fellow and has also been awarded a Distinguished Visiting Fellowship at UCLA as well as working with students from the University of Pennsylvania to design a chateau development in Carcassonne. The Karma Group is comprised of Karma Resorts, Karma Retreats, Karma Royal, Karma Estates, Karma Beach, Karma Spa and Karma Boutique. The Group is currently operating 28 resorts in more than 10 countries, including Australia, France, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and the United Kingdom. There are currently five properties in development and the Group is negotiating three separate acquisitions in Scotland (a golf resort), Cyprus and Bulgaria. In 2016, Karma group and Sanctum Hotel Group announced a joint venture to develop a series of authentic rock ‘n’ roll styled and orientated hotels in strategic locations around the world, accompanied by an exclusive private membership club. In 2017, Karma were awarded the contract to manage and develop the golf course on Rottnest Island in Western Australia and in Greece, RCI, the worldwide leader in vacation exchange, selected Karma Group to manage its operations in the Greek market whilst redevelopment began on Karma Minoan in Crete. Karma Group is a sponsor of the England Rugby 7’s team through the 2017/18 season, the Commonwealth Games and the 2018 Rugby World Cup 7’s in San Francisco as well as the Rosslyn Park HSBC National Schools Sevens, the world's largest school rugby tournament.

www.karmagroup.com



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YOGYAKARTA MARRIOTT HOTEL INTRODUCES MARRIOTT MODERN DESIGN INSPIRED BY JAVANESE HISTORY IN THE HEART OF INDONESIA’S
CULTURAL CAPITAL. 


Yogyakarta, Indonesia – Yogyakarta Marriott Hotel, the first Marriott branded hotel in Indonesia, has opened in the heart of the cultural city, offering guests the opportunity to travel brilliantly by enjoying the sophisticated spaces and experiences of a internationally branded, superbly designed hotel in the city where traditions meet modern life.

The hotel’s 347 guest rooms and suites feature Marriott Modern styled decor with Javanese-inspired accents and inviting views of the pools or city, complemented with premium amenities, marble bathrooms, and 24-hour room service; whilst Suites and Club Rooms offer exclusive access to the M-Club, the largest club lounge in town. Guests can unwind in the Exercise Room, Quan Spa and outdoor pools, and savour local and international cuisines at the three creative dining venues. For shoppers, the hotel is conveniently attached to the largest mall in the city, whilst business travellers can stay connected with free Wi-Fi and convenient workstations. Several meeting rooms and pre-function areas are available to host business meetings and intimate events and the 1,870m2 pillar-less ballroom is the largest in the city.

Marriott Modern Design meets local inspiration – Designed by Jakarta based design firm Domisilium Studio, the 347-room hotel reflects local Javanese culture throughout its interior spaces, drawing design inspiration from the historical Taman Sari, a former royal garden of the Sultanate of Yogyakarta. The elements can be seen on the column and weaving details throughout the public areas of the hotel. The reception background utilizes a parametric design to evoke the water ripples of Taman Sari’s pavilions and pools with a similar concept applied to the ceiling details above the bar area in The Lounge, brought to life with clear white acrylic and sheer fabric. Throughout the hotel, the designers have used a calming and neutral color palette of browns, greys, blacks and whites and the modern, open spaces create a harmonious balance with marble, wood and stone.

“The design brief was to ‘Design Brilliantly’, to create a modern, contemporary hotel that reflects local Javanese traditions and values,” said Alain Rigodin, General Manager of Yogyakarta Marriott Hotel. “Through the use of the Kawung batik motif and the contemporary reimagining of local materials, textures, shapes, and colors, the results resonate with the new generation of traveler. Yogyakarta Marriott Hotel is the first 5-star hotel to open in the city for over 10 years and the modern, contemporary styling throughout sets a new standard.”

A central theme throughout the hotel is Kawung batik, one of the oldest ‘forbidden batiks’. The guestroom corridor carpet features a custom designed Kawung batik pattern inspired by flower petals falling on water. The Kawung pattern also appears on the headboards in the guestrooms, mimicking flower petals scattered by the breeze, and as metal die-cut features in the elevator lobby and guestroom signage.

Throughout the hotel, the design incorporates cool and soothing colours and textures. Marble in shades of white, grey and black invoke the essence of water and balance the warmth of the wood finishes prevalent in the interior spaces. The energetic atmosphere of Yogyakarta Kitchen is enhanced by the use of wood finishes with bold characters and vibrant Javanese-styled fabrics, whilst the more relaxed ambience in The Lounge and M Lounge are reflected in a sophisticated palette with light wood veneer on the furniture balancing with the darker wood floor.

The concept for Taman Sari Bar & Grill was a semi-outdoor area that extends to the outdoor pools with a tropical lounge feeling that remains true to its Javanese setting. The designers specified more textured materials to emphasize the indoor-outdoor feel and added blue geometric floor tiles to give a batik-like expression to the space.

The designers collaborated with a local weaving specialist to develop a unique pattern for the hotel’s M Lounge. Synthetic rattan strips are combined in different scales and colors to transform a simple pattern into a more sophisticated design, whilst the use of a neutral color palette incorporating black, grey and white adds a modern and refined feeling throughout.

The lobby of Yogyakarta Marriott Hotel was designed to be welcoming and encourage interaction between guests by avoiding traditional hotel lobby seating arrangements. The custom designed semi-circular sofa has a functional built-in table and mimics the circular Kawung batik inspired skylight, juxtaposing with the horizontal and vertical lines that dominate the reception area.

Creative destination that inspires brilliance – A city boasting diverse historical influences, Yogyakarta is often considered the heartland of Javanese culture. From contemporary cityscapes to centuries old monuments, the city is becoming an increasingly popular destination for business and leisure travelers. It has a reputation as a shopper's paradise with bustling markets and avenues, where guests can purchase paintings and artworks as well as handicrafts created by Java's finest artisans, who excel in batiks, silver and leather works.

“When visitors come to Yogyakarta they can easily find a balance between business and pleasure,” continued Alain Rigodin. “You don’t have to make a choice. You can come for business and then you can mix in leisure because of Yogyakarta’s incredibly rich and diverse nature. From a cultural point of view, there are the temples, the Palace, the Batiks and the Javanese dancers whilst the food in the city is wonderful. I always recommend visitors try Gudeg, a traditional sweet jackfruit dish, or ayam goreng kalasan , which is chicken made with coconut milk, garlic and coriander. Our friendly team is always available to help organise expeditions.” 

The city is the gateway to some of ancient Asia's grandest wonders, including the great 9th century Hindu and Buddhist temples of Prambanan and Borobudur, together with their subsidiary candis (temples) and shrines. The ornate 18th-century royal complex, or kraton, encompasses the still-inhabited Sultan’s Palace and numerous open-air pavilions that host classical Javanese dance shows and concerts of gamelan music, characterized by gongs, chimes and plucked string instruments.
With a new international airport slated to open next year, Yogyakarta Marriott Hotel’s ideal location makes it the perfect base for visitors to the city. The hotel is directly connected to the largest shopping mall and entertainment centre in central Java and just 20 minutes from bustling Malioboro Street, where guests can explore handicraft shopping stalls, street food and restaurants.
For more information, please visit http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/jogmc-yogyakarta-marriott-hotel/.

About Yogyakarta Marriott Hotel

Yogyakarta Marriott Hotel is the first Marriott branded hotel in Indonesia that sets a new standard in Yogyakarta’s hospitality industry with its record-breaking facilities where business meets leisure. The hotel features the largest pillar-less ballroom and Club Lounge in town, the most guestroom inventory with 347 rooms, and the latest design with an interactive open kitchen concept at the all-day dining Yogyakarta Kitchen restaurant. This is the latest internationally branded hotel in the city where traditions meet modern life. Cultural sites like the Keraton Royal Palace and Malioboro Street are only 20 minutes away, while the largest shopping mall and entertainment center in Central Java is right next door.

About Marriott Hotels

With nearly 550 hotels and resorts in over 55 countries and territories around the world, Marriott Hotels is evolving travel through every aspect of the guest’s stay, enabling the next generation to Travel Brilliantly. Boldly transforming itself for mobile and global travelers who blend work and play, Marriott leads the industry with innovations, including the Greatroom lobby and Mobile Guest Services that elevates style & design and technology. Marriott Hotels is proud to participate in the industry’s award-winning loyalty program, Marriott Rewards® which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®. Members can now link accounts with Starwood Preferred Guest® at members.marriott.com for instant elite status matching and unlimited points transfer. To learn more, visit www.MarriottHotels.com. Stay connected to Marriott Hotels on Facebook, @marriott on Twitter and @marriotthotels on Instagram.

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and encompasses a portfolio of more than 6,000 properties in 30 leading hotel brands spanning 122 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts. The company also operates award-winning loyalty programs: Marriott Rewards®, which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest®. For more information, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com. Connect with us on Facebook and @MarriottIntl on Twitterand Instagram.

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