Valuing a company’s most important asset, its people, is something that Deloitte University Asia Pacific (DU AP) is committed to. It is nestled in Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa, an award-winning luxurious and spacious resort.
The venue, where the University has been located for the last five years, was chosen for its location – being in a resort, disconnected from the bustling city, would allow staff to have “protected space and time for professional and personal development,” said manager of Deloitte University Asia Pacific, Janice Tan.
“With the unique and campus-like environment, DU AP aims to develop Deloitte practitioners’ leadership skills while providing enriching learning experiences and tools to deliver service excellence to clients across the region and to ensure that Deloitte remains a place where leaders thrive and ideas prosper,” added Tan.
Besides meeting rooms that have natural daylight, the resort’s spacious outdoor area for activities is conducive for learning. Another draw is its F&B offerings. “Each dining outlet has its unique concept, serving our networking needs. Sofitel and Accor have been a strategic partner to customise to our experience needs, which needs to be very distinct from typical hotel ops,” added Tan.
Cavaliere Giovanni Viterale, cluster GM for Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa, said: “The Resort’s Celebrations and Events Centre (CEC) provides an inspiring space for companies, such as Deloitte University, to hold their meetings as well as for hosting training programmes. We have 12 meeting rooms in various sizes which offer flexibility and ease in catering to groups of different sizes.”
Flexible event spaces
The meeting rooms have floor-to-ceiling glass windows that allow in natural light, and views of the lush greenery and the South China Sea. Besides the meeting rooms, the CEC also has outdoor spaces that overlook the South China Sea. The outdoor areas such as the Straits Veranda and Spice Island Point serve as welcome spaces for breakout sessions or when participants want a quiet moment, and can be customised to create unique event layouts too.
“It is not just about the spaces that make the Resort conducive for meetings and events. The Resort also offers a line-up of programmes that corporate and meeting guests can participate in after their meetings,” added Viterale.
These include whisky tasting and cocktail workshops at LeBar by its mixology team, champagne dinner and pairing at The Cliff, and barbecues on the stage at the Sofitel Pool. Other team-bonding activities that can be arranged include chair yoga sessions within the meeting rooms, or wellness activities near the Sofitel Pool, or at the CEC.
Over the last two years, the resort’s purchasing team has been working closely with local producers to source for items for our kitchens, bar and banqueting events. In March 2023, the Resort was awarded the Singapore Food Agency Farm-To-Table Recognition (Highest Tier), with at least 15% of local produce sourced across three or more food categories (hen shell eggs, leafy vegetables, beansprouts and/or fish categories).
“This inaugural award reinforces our Resort’s commitment to supporting local producers and at the same time, ensures we are part of a resilient food supply chain that is in alignment with the Singapore Green Plan 2030,” said Viterale.
“In addition, it ensures higher quality and fresher ingredients due to a shorter period of transportation and enables the chefs to showcase uniquely created menus that highlight local flavours.”