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By Guest Writer René Mayer
FAIRMONT JAKARTA ‘Best Luxury Hotel in Indonesia’ is part of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, which is a Canadian operator of luxury hotels and resorts.
Now part of AccorHotels, Fairmont operates properties in over 20 countries. Fairmont's portfolio also includes several other landmark and icon properties including The Plaza in New York, the Savoy Hotel in London, the Peace Hotel in Shanghai, and the Makkah Clock Royal Tower Hotel in Makkah (Mecca), Saudi Arabia.
Fairmont Jakarta is the leading hospitality brand in the prestigious development by Senayan Trikarya Sempana, a subsidiary of Kajima Overseas Asia. With unrivalled views of the Jakarta skyline, the stunning property is located in the center of Senayan Square, a ‘one-stop’ complex in Jakarta's Central Business District that combines high-end shopping, entertainment, offices and apartments. The hotel neighbors and provides direct access to Sentral Senayan Office Towers, the 18-hole Senayan National Golf Club, Gelora Bung Karno sports arena and the Jakarta Convention Centre.
The hotel features 488 well-appointed guest rooms and suites, including its famous Sky Suites that offer the best of both worlds – suite-style living in a five-star hotel with the comforts of home. The Sky Suites are equipped with facilities including a living room, full service kitchen and dining area that are convenient for extended stays.
The dining scene at the hotel offers an extensive range of options from international buffet (which is a big trend in Indonesia), an Italian deli, a chic afternoon tea venue, a masculine cocktail
bar, a live music restaurant, an al fresco bar with Jakarta city skyline as its view, an intimate dinner place, to thematic restaurants of fine dining Indonesian, Chinese and Japanese
Ever since the opening in January 2015, Fairmont Jakarta has vastly become the new leading hotel and a market leader in Jakarta. This results the achievement of its first award in 2016 where the hotel was granted as the “Best New Business Hotel in Asia Pacific” by Business Traveller Asia Pacific.
Following the years, Fairmont Jakarta has been winning more national and international awards. In 2018 alone, the hotel was granted as ‘Best Luxury Hotel in Indonesia’; ‘Best Hotel Marketing in Indonesia’; and ‘Best Hotel Marketing in Asia Pacific’ at the International Hotel Awards 2018. The latest addition is the titles of’ Indonesia’s Leading Hotel’; ‘Indonesia’s Leading Hotel Residences’ for its Sky Suites’ and ‘Indonesia’s Leading Suites’ for its Presidential Suites at World Travel Awards 2018.
The hotel has done a number of major marketing initiatives that enables them to gain massive attention from the public. In 2017, Fairmont Jakarta launched its first destination inspired signature events called When Jakarta Meets London, where they flew in chef, pastry chef and mixologist from the SAVOY – its legendary sister hotel in London, to do a series of different events for a full week in Jakarta. It repeats its first success by throwing the sequel, When Jakarta Meets the USA, this year. Each year the events were supported by the respective embassy, and received massive attention from the public and media coverage.
Another major milestone was the worldwide celebration of the 2018 Royal Wedding, where all eyes in the world were on the wedding of Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle. Fairmont Jakarta took this momentum to get people’s attention in Jakarta by throwing a three-day Royal Wedding inspired event showcased in various platforms like wedding exhibition, bridal show by famous Indonesian designers right at their Main Lobby, a royal afternoon tea experience at Peacock Lounge, and of course the live viewing of the Royal Wedding itself in London.
Photos: Courtesy of Fairmont Jakarta
Their signature afternoon tea in Peacock Lounge is also famous for such partnership where the afternoon tea set is themed with a specific brand and reflected on its presentation. Those branded afternoon – such as Kate Spade, BVLGARI, and local luxury brand of Iwan Tirta Private Collection – were quick to become the talk of the town whenever it’s launched.
With more exciting projects in the pipeline, combined with the quality it offers through its facilities and services, as well as strategic location, Fairmont Jakarta has truly become one of the best hotels in town.
INSPIRATION FOR TRAVELLERS
Epoque is a unique concept on the local market of Bucharest with inspiring services for business and leisure travellers. Nestled in an oasis of serenity right in the heart of the busy metropolis, Epoque brings together all the attributes of a de deluxe-experience: suite-only lodging facilities, a fine dining restaurant, a SPA and a premium conference & events center.
The complex was designed to respect the “genius loci” – the spirit of the neighbourhood. It is an eclectic neighbourhood, typical for Bucharest’s kaleidoscope of styles, so the building is meant to coexist and blend naturally in the context. The exterior is basically classical French architecture, a tribute to Bucharest’s “petit Paris” age. The interior becomes a more personal experience, offering a contemporary interpretation of the Neo-Romanian style (the architecture between 1900-WW2). National attributes are the leitmotivs of interior design: clean colours, simple lines, serene columns and arcs, noble materials, a lot of wood. The recurring element, a double teardrop that reminds of our traditional solar wheel, is a signature element personalising furniture, carpets and floors.
Epoque’s lodging structure offers 45 suites with generous living and bedroom spaces that provide full comfort for work and relaxation, creating ideal accommodation for both leisure and business stays. To perfect their stay, guests relish the moments of recreation in the Epoque SPA, enjoying the heated swimming pool, wet and dry sauna, emotional showers, a variety of wellbeing rituals and massages or the well-equipped fitness center.
The Events Gallery is also designed to fit the profile of Epoque’ customers who are familiar with the premium boutique-style service and expect the same standards in the planning of private or business events. Epoque Events Gallery offers premium spaces, full event management, round-the-clock support in the organisation of private and corporate events and its own selection of fine catering solutions.
The fine dining restaurant, L’Atelier, is an invitation toFrench gastronomy in an ambiance of elegance and intimacy. Samuel Le Torriellec, the ExecutiveFrench Chef, is happy to offer a rich and vibrant cuisine d’ auteur, created for the pure enjoyment of the palate. Informal business meetings can be set in the plush Epoque Lounge, where guests can also relax with a drink or by stroking the piano keys on quiet evenings.
Starting 2018, Epoque is the first hotel in Romania to become a member of Relais & Châteaux, the most prestigious hospitality association in the world. / Red.
EASYJET'S FIRST FLIGHT TO BORDEAUX
EasyJet launches first flight to Bordeaux as first of four new routes take off from London Southend Airport.
easyJet, has launched its first flight from London Southend Airport to Bordeaux in South West France. The route which took off yesterday afternoon is the first of four to launch this summer and will be supported by the arrival of a new aircraft at the base.
Operating three times a week, easyJet expects to carry out more than 30,000 passengers on the new Bordeaux route operating on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
easyJet is also set to launch new routes from Southend to summer holiday favourites Prague, Pula and Dubrovnik this summer helping to ensure the airline will carry over one million annual passengers to and from the airport for the first time this year with a 25% year on year rise in passenger numbers. easyJet now operates 20 destinations from London Southend. Text / Red.
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Interview with Captain Kirsten Jansen
On the occasion of today's International Women's Day, our Eurowings colleagues interviewed two women in exceptional management positions. Captain Kirsten Jansen and First Officer Alina Käufer fly for Eurowings and have answered some questions in their office: an A320 cockpit. What motivated them to apply as a pilot? Is it harder as a woman in the cockpit than for the male colleagues? What prejudices exist? And how does a woman manage the balancing act between her job above the clouds and her down-to-earth family life?
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Why are there not more women in management positions and what is Lufthansa Group doing about that? Simone Marshall, Project Manager "Women in management positions", has some answers.
Mrs. Marshall, women's advancement has been discussed for years, but the proportion of women in management positions has not changed. What are the reasons?
Women who start a family are not as actively supported by society in pursuing their professional goals in Germany as they are in France or Scandinavian countries, for example. In addition, the discussion about male and female leadership makes the emancipation process more difficult. Women are primarily associated with characteristics such as emphatic, socially competent and able to work in a team. But they are also assertive, decisive and risk-oriented - elements that are directly linked to leadership - and also to male strengths.
You have been instructed to change this situation and to significantly increase the proportion of women in management positions at Lufthansa Group.
In addition to the cockpit, increasing the proportion of women in management positions is an important goal of the Lufthansa Group. In order to be successful in the future, we must and intend to make even better use of the existing potential. As early as 2011, Lufthansa and other large German companies have set voluntary target quotas to increase the proportion of women in management. By 2021, it is to be increased to 18 percent at first management level and to 24 percent at second management level.
What concrete measures have you taken to achieve these goals?
We are preparing our best female junior executives for their future management role through our so called GoAhead program: Twelve days of program are available for participants to familiarise themselves with career planning, profile sharpening and self-marketing. A mentoring rounds off the one-year curriculum. At the same time, we are also launching a Group-wide women's network this summer, which will also create an internal job market for the placement of talented women. Text./Red.
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WORLD'S FIRST BOEING 787-10 ARRIVES IN SINGAPORE
SINGAPORE AIRLINES welcomed the world’s first 787-10 aircraft as it arrived in Singapore from Boeing’s production facility in North Charleston, South Carolina.
The newest variant of Boeing’s Dreamliner family of aircraft was received at an arrival ceremony at Changi Airport graced by Singapore’s Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure and Minister for Transport, Mr Khaw Boon Wan, together with beneficiaries from the Association for Persons with Special Needs (APSN) Katong School and other invited guests. Guests who attended the event also had the opportunity to witness the unveiling of SIA’s next generation regional cabin products, which will be fitted on the new 787-10s. They include all-new Business Class seats which recline into fully-flat beds.
“The 787-10 is designed with the latest in technological innovations and SIA is proud to be the launch customer for this newest and largest variant of Boeing’s Dreamliner family,” said Singapore Airlines CEO, Mr Goh Choon Phong, who travelled on the delivery flight from North Charleston. “With the unveiling of our new regional cabin products, today’s milestones represent Singapore Airlines’ commitment and dedication to providing our customers with a premium travel experience like no other.”
SIA’s 787-10s will be used on flights up to eight hours and will commence scheduled service between Singapore and both Osaka and Perth in May 2018, with more destinations to be added as additional aircraft are received. Prior to these services, the aircraft will be operated on select services to Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur for crew training purposes. SIA is the largest customer for the 787-10, with firm orders for 49 of the type. The Airline also has a firm order with Boeing for 20 777-9s, which are due for delivery from the 2021/22 financial year. / Text: SIA
STIKLIAI HOTEL 5 Star Luxury Boutique Hotel and Gourmet Restaurant RELAIS & CHATEAUX, housed in the historic building with Baroque and Gothic features standing in the heart of UNESCO heritage’s Vilnius Old Town. Today Stikliai Hotel is a delightful little house with winter garden, courtyard and SPA area. The attentive staff will leave you with a lasting memory of a warm and welcoming Lithuania.
Enjoy finest gastronomy
Main Gourmet Stikliai Restaurant – it is a place filled with a romantic atmosphere and decorated with unique flowers compositions. The restaurant serves palatable and fine dishes, that are created by Stikliai Restaurant Head Chef Mr. Linas Brazinskas.
Opened in 1996 and since the year 2000, the BOUTIQUE STIKLIAI HOTEL is the only member of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux Association in Lithuania.
Having 39 guest rooms and suits, hotel offers you to stay in individually designed and decorated rooms. The interior of a hotel was created by French designers, so it is definitely like a Chateau in the lovely Old Town of Vilnius. The Hotel‘s Garden is a charming and peaceful space to relax and unwind. In the summertime, the picturesque courtyard is often the most popular area among guests, as it is the best place to enjoy a coffee or tea. / Text: Red. cpz
Photo Gallery: STIKLIAI BOUTIQUE HOTEL
Photos: Stikliai Hotel Relais & Chateaux Vilnius
ITS TIME FOR A UNIQUE JOURNEY!
By Viktorija Samarinaite
Hot air balloon is the first successful human carrying flight technology.
And probably is the second best to having wings. If you dream of taking a flight on a hot air balloon, Lithuania is the right place to do it. Unlike in the majority of European capital cities, hot air balloon has become the symbol of Vilnius. On every clear day of summer a city has its skies studded with vivid colours and different shapes.
Try to imagine yourself being in one of the balloons and slowly detaching from the ground… Inch by inch you rise over the picturesque city famous for its baroque architecture and more than a dozen charming churches. Then the stunning 360 degrees panorama unfolds in front of you. This is exactly what people call a bigger picture.
There is no feeling of speed, it looks like you are standing in the air and yet you can see that you are moving. A hot air balloon can fly as low as the surface of water allowing you to spot all the fish in the lake, go up to the treetops, where you can pick a pine cone for a souvenir or rise as high that a city below appears like an anthill. There are no other sounds but the distant bark of dogs, excitement of the fellow travellers and ignition of the burners. The flight feels like a pure meditation without playing relaxing music on YouTube or actually sitting in the meditative position.
The whole experience ends with a bit of the adrenaline released while landing, traditional baptism ceremony and the champagne to celebrate life on the Earth. No matter how many adventures you embark upon afterwards, you will never forget a ride in a hot air balloon. / Text: Viktorija Samarinaite