Continuous hotel developments across Asia have gifted planners with plenty of new options for residential meetings and events. By Karen Yue
AC Hotel by Marriott Melbourne Southbank, Australia
Opened in July, the 205-key AC Hotel by Marriott Melbourne Southbank brings a touch of European soul and Spanish roots to a vibrant part of Melbourne.
The design-focused property features 576m2 of flexible meeting space, which comes with floor-to-ceiling windows providing natural light, along with an outdoor covered terrace and pool bar. Planners are welcome to craft pre-function socials on the terrace for up to 200 guests in a cocktail format.
Event attendees residing in the hotel will enjoy the AC Lounge, a signature of the lifestyle brand. This modern co-working space is ideal for creative gatherings in the day and transforms into a social hub offering European-style tapas at night.
Intimate gatherings over a shared meal can be hosted at various dining venues – Sorolla, Triana Bar, and Bar de Buceo by the pool. The signature AC Gin Tonic experience is not to be missed.
For recreation, the hotel offers an outdoor, infinity-edge swimming pool spanning the width of the building, and a 24-hour fitness centre.
DoubleTree by Hilton Shah Alam i-City, Malaysia
Located a 10-minute drive from i-City Convention Center and offering easy access to the city’s prime manufacturing hubs and recreational destinations, DoubleTree by Hilton Shah Alam i-City is an ideal hotel for business meetings.
The 300-room hotel offers nearly 1,600m2 of function space, with the largest venue being the 1,170m2 grand ballroom for up to 1,000 guests. Planners looking to host smaller meetings can choose from 10 flexible function rooms that are outfitted with advanced audio-visual and technical capabilities as well as high-speed Internet.
Dining destinations in the hotel include Makan Kitchen, Tosca Italian restaurant, Axis Lounge, and The Koffee.
Hilton Singapore Orchard
Armed with 1,080 keys and 2,400m2 of function space spread across 16 venues, the new Hilton Singapore Orchard is Hilton’s largest hotel in Asia-Pacific.
Taking over from the former Mandarin Orchard Singapore, the hotel underwent a S$150 million (US$110.2 million) comprehensive renovation to give it a new look.
Planners have two pillarless ballrooms to choose from – the Grand Ballroom which accommodates up to 900 guests, and the multi-tiered amphitheatre-style Imperial Ballroom which comes with city views. Both are fitted with state-of-the-art LED walls, and lighting and sound technologies to create memorable event experiences.
The hotel is home to five F&B concepts – Osteria Mozza by celebrity chef Nancy Silverton; all-day dining restaurant Estate; the Ginger.Lily lounge for afternoon tea and cocktails; two-Michelin-star Shisen Hanten by Chen Kentaro; and Chatterbox restaurant, known for its elevated take on local Singapore dishes.
Park Hyatt Jakarta, Indonesia
Occupying the top 17 floors of the 37-storey Park Tower within Jakarta’s CBD, the 220-key Park Hyatt Jakarta boasts a prime address, especially for planners of business events.
The hotel takes in 10 function rooms, where each space features an open kitchen and bars in the welcome foyers. Spread over four levels, spaces include the Ballroom duplex on levels two and three, and the level 22 Salons overlooking Menteng. The Observatory on level 36 boasts open-air terraces and panoramic views of Jakarta.
Planners can spill social gatherings into Park Hyatt Jakarta’s Kita Restaurant & Bar where Japanese dining and cocktails are served from its perch on level 37. Kita also offers private rooms, including tatami rooms and a large VIP room with a private kitchen. The bar is located on level 36, where drinks and a DJ spinning live sets can be found.
Attendees of residential meetings can look forward to unwinding at the hotel’s spa and fitness centre.
Radisson Hotel Danang, Vietnam
The new-build Radisson Hotel Danang is the brand’s debut in the Vietnamese city, and the latest offering for meetings and events in the destination.
The 270m2 Cyan Ballroom is supported by state-of-the-art audio-visual technology and set against a backdrop of tropical palms and ocean views. The space can comfortably accommodate 300 people in theatre-style or be divided into two smaller venues.
For social gatherings, planners can consider the Vivid Rooftop Bar & Pool. Team dinners can be hosted at The Market Place where authentic Vietnamese dishes are served.
Radisson Hotel Danang features 182 rooms and suites with views of the city, ocean or peninsula, across seven room categories. Event attendees with accompanying family will find the hotel’s 70m² Family Room to be a comfortable retreat.
For the convenience of guests, the hotel operates an airport shuttle to the nearby Da Nang International Airport.
The Westin Yokohama, Japan
The Westin Yokohama is one of the newest hotels to rise in the Japanese port city, taking a spot in the new Minatomirai CBD.
The hotel’s collection of event venues spans more than 1,000m2 of space, comprising a Grand Ballroom, four meeting rooms, and The Westin Garden with the city’s skyline as backdrop.
With 373 guestrooms, the hotel is suitable for residential meetings.
There are five F&B venues on-site, including signature restaurant Iron Bay which offers a private dining venue.
Resident event guests are assured of continuity in their healthy pursuits, as the hotel features a dedicated wellness floor of 900m2, which includes Japan’s first Heavenly Spa by Westin with four treatment rooms. There is also a heated indoor swimming pool, state-of-the-art gym, as well as a RunWestin programme that provides jogging routes around the Minatomirai waterfront area.