Compiled by KRISTIE THONG

Boutique city experience

THAILAND Luxury hotel Hansar Bangkok’s new offering brings a new events space combining sophistication and comfort in the heart of bustling Bangkok. The 19th floor Rooftop Sky Terrace, both indoor and alfresco areas, can seat up to 200 people, and is open to private parties, cocktail and networking events, as well as executive meetings complete with dining and coffee break facilities.
Hansar Bangkok also houses a penthouse featuring double storey-high ceilings with natural light and a view over the adjacent outdoor garden. Doused in a living room design concept, it has an indoor capacity of 50 guests.
The hotel comprises 94 suites, with the Studio Suite spanning 60 square metres.

W: www.hansarbangkok.com

 

Heritage style

AUSTRALIA An extensive AUD$215 million restoration in its final stages will see the heritage-listed Brisbane City Hall reopen in April with 12 redesigned indoor function rooms capable of hosting business events, gala and award dinners, exhibitions and concerts for up to 2000 guests.

The main auditorium, Brisbane room, Ithaca auditorium and Balmoral suite will also be re-launched to offer more event options. The main auditorium can take up to 1644 guests, with a newly-restored timber floor, large stage, semi-circular balcony and grand organ surrounded by a decorative frieze by Australian artist Daphne Mayo.
Brisbane City Hall’s outdoor venue King George Square will also leave event planners spoilt for choice, with over 3000 square metres of flexible space. Managed by venue management and catering company Epicure, all events held at the function spaces of the Brisbane City Hall can take advantage of a brand-new commercial kitchen run by Epicure’s executive chef, Russell Armstrong.

W: www.epicure.com.au/Venues/Brisbane-City-Hall-Home.htm

 

Kempinski indulgence

INDIA European luxury hotel brand Kempinski’s next commitment to Asia Pacific is its first independently-managed hotel in the commercial district of Shahdara, East Delhi. The recent launch of Kempinski Ambience Hotel Delhi saw 480 rooms and suites designed in a contemporary style in two towers connected by a sky bridge.
Catering to a blossoming MICE demand in India, the hotel offers over 6500 square metres of banqueting facilities, including India’s largest pillar-less ballroom within a luxury hotel that can accommodate up to 6000 guests. The events offering is accompanied by varied dining options including Indian, Asian, and Italian cuisine. The hotel also has a scenic glass-enclosed bar, two business centres, two outdoor heated swimming pools, fitness centres and a salon.

Commenting on the destination for the property, Kempinski Hotels president and CEO Reto Wittwer said: “Shahdara fits our vision perfectly, through its unique blend of a rustic Old Delhi charm coupled with an early embrace of the most sophisticated modern infrastructure and technology. Asia, as a whole, is a very dynamic region.”

W: www.kempinski.com/delhi

 

One lavish charm

MALAYSIA One World Hotel is an award-winning 438-room five-star hotel located in Petaling Jaya’s business district, just 20 minutes from downtown Kuala Lumpur. It is adjoined to the newly-renovated 1 Utama Shopping Centre that houses exciting retail brands, in addition to the 650 trendy shops across six retail levels for your shopping pleasure.

Only 45 minutes from Kuala Lumpur International Airport, the hotel’s six categories of guestrooms and suites ranging from 40-100 square metres are lavishly furnished with hi-tech interactive services managed via LCD TVs with complimentary in-room 24-hour Wi-Fi access, complimentary shuttle service to Kuala Lumpur; as well as privilege@one shopping privileges in more than 50 retail outlets at 1 Utama Shopping Centre.

The hotel also features seven signature restaurants and world-class meeting and conference facilities spreading over 5000 square metres, including the magnificent pillar-less Imperial Ballroom with variable mood lighting and colour illumination that seats up to 3500 people theatre-style. The ballroom also features seven built-in projections screens, live feed facility, Wi-Fi access and SIS system (simultaneous translation services). 15 other versatile function rooms offer meeting organisers the convenience of venue for smaller meetings, private dinners and weddings for groups of 20-1000 people. Three individual holding rooms for dignitaries and a secretariat room are also available.
For the fitness enthusiasts, work out at the state-of-the-art gymnasium, luxuriate at the outdoor swimming pool or enjoy a relaxing massage at the spa. The newly-opened KidZania edutainment centre for children is just five minutes away from the hotel; adding to the list of leisure attractions around the hotel is Camp5, a gym that features state-of-the-art climbing walls in a breathtaking 24 metre-high glass building.

W: www.oneworldhotel.com.my

 

New star power

AUSTRALIA Sydney now has a new landmark and a state-of-the-art concert and conference venue, The Event Centre at The Star. Built on the rooftop of The Star with views over the Sydney Harbour and the city skyline, the venue has been designed to host A-list performers from around the world in intimate concert settings as well as domestic and international conferences, exhibitions and functions. Aiming to fill a gap in the Sydney entertainment and convention market, the AUD$100 million (US$102 million) venue is the largest of any hotel event space in the city. Multi-purpose in every sense of the word, it is able to accommodate 4000 patrons in concert mode, 3000 with half seating, up to 1200 in a banquet or ballroom setting and 1300 people in conference/business mode.

Designed by world renowned company Sceno Plus, which has also created The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, the 1077 square-metre column-free venue houses the latest technology and production facilities, including a retractable seating system.
The Events Centre boasts sweeping views over Sydney Harbour and the city. Internationally-renowned architects Fitzpatrick & Partners have designed the building’s unique glass structure which is shaped like a jewel with many facets and inspired by reflective city lights.

The Star itself has recently undergone an $870 million redevelopment and expansion to become a one-of-a-kind entertainment destination. The Star offers more than 20 restaurants, bars, entertainment venues and cafes, a five-star boutique lifestyle hotel called The Darling, a 16-room day spa, a luxury retail collection, and upscale gaming areas.

W: www.star.com.au