STORY BY SANDRA HERNANDEZ

Where business meets leisure at The Stones Hotel Legian, Bali – Asia’s debut of Autograph Collection.

The modern open lobby concept of The Stones Legian, Bali, warmly depicts the character of the property and the people behind it. It welcomes with open arms. With a distinct hotel design and ambience that exude lavish facilities and signature services, The Stones Hotel immediately transcends a lasting impression – the kind you hope for that stays in your good books. Thoughtful staff members offer guests an unexpected but totally welcome respite from the sweltering afternoon upon check-in; a refreshing popsicle of three different local flavours into one. Instantly, a guest feels at ease – comfortable and assured that one’s in for a memorable stay.

Autograph Collection’s first in Asia

The Stones Legian, Bali, is Autograph Collection’s (Marriott International’s exclusive portfolio of independent hotels) first property in Asia. It is the 36th hotel to be added to the collection’s rapidly expanding roster of independent hotels in key destinations throughout the United States, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe and Asia. Each Autograph Collection hotel possesses its own distinct identity and appeals to discerning travellers who are looking for a creative experience that only an independent hotel can deliver.
“It’s a very unique and exciting experience to open the first Autograph Collection Hotel in Asia Pacific. Marriott’s Autograph Collection is a collection of Independent Hotels, each one with its own unique personality, and character – so we have been able to create a unique lifestyle hotel/resort, with great meeting facilities. In addition, Bali is a wonderful destination, and we have assembled a great team to launch the hotel and the brand in this part of the world,” says The Stones Hotel general manager, Mr Peter Brampton.
With nearly 40 Autograph Collection hotels worldwide, this exclusive collection is an evolving ensemble of strikingly independent luxury hotels. Each of the hotels has been selected for its bold originality, rich character and uniqueness.
“We see Asia Pacific as a key growth area for the Autograph Collection of hotels, and there will be more hotels joining the collection in the near future,” reveals
Mr Brampton.

Creating a distinction

Located at the southern tip of Legian Beach, The Stones Hotel infuses an invigorating addition to the rows and rows of hotels and resorts in the Kuta area. With an iconic architectural design that stands out on its own, the hotel sets itself apart by bringing to its guests many unexpected, yet, pleasant experiences.
Mr Brampton elaborates on this distinction explicitly, “I would say our difference is our difference. Bali has a great number of quality hotels and resorts, but there seems to be a ‘sea of sameness’. The Stones hotel is architecturally striking, very modern, urban and chic in its approach. We build on this with our unique service delivery and concepts within the hotel – so our customers enjoy a unique and somewhat unpredictable experience. If you think about it, the experiences we remember the most are those that seize us unexpectedly, more so than those that are planned. So part of our focus is to put unexpected delights into the guest’s journey or within the customers’ interaction with the hotel.
“We also have tremendous meeting space. Our ballroom is the largest on this side of the island – 1500 square metres – so we can target group, conference and meetings business that previously couldn’t be hosted in Legian. We have an additional five meeting rooms and great breakout space. We see this segment as being key to the success of the hotel – we are very focused on the MICE market, and offer unique concepts and experiences for our conference delegates.”
Even the dining experience at The Stones Hotel can be pleasantly unusual. They have the 24 Hours Gourmet Express which is the equivalent of room service in other hotels, except that the delivery guys are in their nifty uniforms with red delivery boxes. They don’t waste a single minute to bring the ordered food to the guests as soon as food is prepared. Meals are served in stylish packaging that can be enjoyed in the room or can be taken out while exploring the island or the beach.

“Located at the southern tip of Legian Beach, The Stones Hotel infuses an invigorating addition to the rows and rows of hotels and resorts in the Kuta area.
With an iconic architectural design that stands out on its own, the hotel sets itself apart by bringing to its guests many unexpected, yet, pleasant experiences.”

Pushing meetings and events to a higher level

With five spacious ballrooms that can accommodate from 600 to 2200 people, The Stones Hotel has certainly upped the ante for hosting large scale meetings and events at Legian. The place can be easily identified as an ideal venue for an important business event or celebratory gala.
The meeting spaces are flexible to accommodate anywhere from 10 to 2200 delegates. The grand ballroom is 1493 square metres with an impressive ceiling height of 8.25 metres.
Since opening in December 2012, The Stones Hotel has been host to some very big events. Mr Brampton shares, “The largest one that comes to mind was how we were delighted to host APSA – the Asia Pacific Seed Congress- two weeks after we opened the hotel, for a five day event. This event hosted over 750 delegates from South East Asia, Europe, the Middle East, the USA, and Latin America. It was a great event that enabled us to showcase the hotel to so many so soon after opening. With such a successful event right after opening the hotel, it lets all our MICE partners know we are really open, tested and ready for business.
“We have also hosted several domestic conferences and other MICE business, particularly from South East Asia. We are very pleased with the response to date; given the hotel has only been open for such a short time. Our culinary team enjoys working with the meeting planners to tailor events and bring the culinary side of the conference to life; to make it memorable for both the client and delegates.”
Bali, no doubt, is bursting with great venue offerings from end to end. The new Stones Hotel, however, makes for a relaxing stay with its intuitive service, vertical gardens, oversized pool, entertainment deck, spa, f&b and stylish guest rooms. On top of this, the property has put into place a first in this part of Bali – MICE facilities that can accommodate the most intimate of business meetings to the grandest of corporate events.