Indonesia in the spotlight as hotels lay expansion plans

Accor, Banyan Tree, IHG and Marriott are planting flags in Southeast Asia's biggest market.

HW Pullman Bandung Grand Central
The 279-key Pullman Bandung Grand Central is set to open in December 2020, making it Accor's second opening in Indonesia this year.

Banyan Tree draws up expansion plan for Indonesia

Banyan Tree Group has unveiled plans to roll out five new hotels in Indonesia as part of its regional expansion strategy, singling out the country's Indonesia’s long-term potential in attracting both overseas and domestic markets.

“We are more than confident in the enormous potential of the Indonesian market and are directing our business development plans accordingly. A few years ago we made the strategic shift to a design-driven, multi-branded portfolio, differentiated by our brand DNA of wellbeing and sustainability; our pipeline in Indonesia is one example that shows this is paying off,” said Ho Kwon Ping, executive chairman of Banyan Tree Holdings.

The new builds include Banyan Tree Nipah, Lombok; Angsana Saranam, Bali; and the group’s upcoming new brand Banyan Tree Escape – which will potentially see three resorts planted in the provinces of Bali, West Nusa Tenggara and North Sumatra.

First to open is Angsana Saranam, Bali, in Q2 2021. The 82-key resort will highlight Angsana’s wellbeing focus, targeting families and travellers with health and mindfulness in mind. Guests can check into the Angsana Spa, fitted with wellbeing facilities such as the multifunctional activity centre, and vitality pool for hydrotherapy sessions and aqua activities. For the foodies, it’s possible to explore the in-house organic farm for harvest-to-dish activities, which later, will be included into meals too.

Second in the lineup is Banyan Tree Nipah, Lombok, slated to open in 2022, offering 72 keys comprising suites and villas with infinity pools. Oceanfront views are presented at the hilltop lobby and multi-event space, while the trio of dining venues will show off views of Lombok’s Mount Agung and evening sunsets. The spa will also come with wellness suites and hydrothermal facilities – a first on the island.

The first Banyan Tree Escape property will debut in Ubud, Bali in Q2 2021, with unique-to-brand signature features such as a ‘no walls, no doors’ concept, distinct indoor-outdoor living areas, and reinventing the basics of food, sleep and in-resort interaction. Future brand footprints are planned for Lombok and North Sumatra, Indonesia.

Marriott plants first flag in Batam

Marriott International has opened the doors of Batam Marriott Hotel Harbour Bay on 2 October, making it the brand’s debut on the Indonesian resort island that is a popular weekend destination just 40 minutes away for visitors from nearby Singapore.

Located near the Harbour Bay Ferry Terminal – Batam has two entry-exit points – the five-star hotel is also the island’s first, and the second Marriott branded property in Indonesia.

Offering 216 guestrooms and suites, guests can expect the brand’s signature lush bedding, spacious work desks, 55-inch LED TVs, high-speed internet, bathrooms with rainfall showers and a M Club-level for those seeking additional luxury points, including lounge access. Recreational amenities span an outdoor pool, kids’ pool and pool bar, in addition to a 24/7 fitness centre and the Quan Spa.

Goji Kitchen & Bar offers all-day dining options for guests, while Double Ikat serves up authentic Indonesian and regional Asian cuisine using fresh ingredients from the hotel's own organic garden. For light bites and tea there’s boutique deli Mill & Co, or the hotel lobby Lounge for business exchanges, snacks or cocktails. On the rooftop sits Altitude, a semi-open air lifestyle lounge inspired by a New York apartment terrace, featuring a raw seafood bar, Asian tapas and signature cocktails.

Pullman checks into Bandung

Pullman Bandung Grand Central is set to open in December 2020, making it Accor's second opening in Indonesia this year.

Offering 279 keys, the five-star hotel is located near the prime area of Gedung Sate, just 17 minutes away from Bandara Husein Sastranegara and Bandung train station.

Business travellers may utilise the two ballrooms taking up to 900 guests banquet style, or for smaller events there are 21 function spaces for bookings.

Indonesian and international flavours can be had at Sadrasa Kitchen and Bar, which closes late at 10.30pm. Mad Cow Wine and Grill has a New York-style grill and casual urban wine bar setup, while T-Box offers light snacks and coffee perk-me-ups. Come night, rooftop bar Akasa offers live performances amid 360-degree views of Bandung city.

First Hotel Indigo is coming to Jakarta

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), as part of ongoing plans to position Indonesia as a key market, has confirmed its first Hotel Indigo property in Jakarta.

Slated to open its doors in 2022, the 200-key Hotel Indigo Jakarta Pantai Indah Kapuk is a 15-minutes’ drive from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport and 40-minutes to the city centre. The hotel's prime address in northern Jakarta’s exclusive remixed development on Golf Island PIK offers a dynamic neighbourhood scene: a golf and country club, waterpark, luxury mall, and other hotels.

Business travellers can book the hotel’s 1,076sqm function room holding up to 375 guests, or look to Golf Island PIK for offices or other hotels with events facilities.

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