WORLD’S BEST APARTMENT
SEA SENTOSA BY SENTOSA WORLDWIDE RESORTS WINS PRESTIGIOUS INTERNATIONAL PROPERTY AWARD
WORLD’S BEST APARTMENT
At the International Property Awards on the 7th of December 2012 at Grosvenor House in London
London, UK – Sea Sentosa by Sentosa Worldwide Resorts has won the title of ‘World’s Best Apartment’ at the International Property Awards in London. Attendees at the awards included Mr. Saxon Looker, Managing Director and Mr. Ian Duffell CEO of Sentosa Worldwide Resorts.
Sea Sentosa at Echo Beach in Bali is due to open in July 2013. Set on 2.8 hectares of beachfront property, the fully integrated resort will provide guests with a choice of one or two bedroom apartments and three bedroom penthouses. It is a collaborative project between some of the world’s most highly regarded designers, who have put their heads and hearts together to create something extraordinary in luxurious beachfront apartment living.
INTERNATIONAL PROPERTY AWARDS:
The International Property Awards are open to residential and commercial
property professionals from around the globe. They celebrate the highest levels of achievement by companies operating in all sectors of the property and real estate industry. An International Property Award is a world-renowned mark of excellence. The awards are split into 9 continental regions covering Africa, Asia Pacific, Arabia, Canada, Caribbean, Central & South America, Europe, UK and USA. Participants enter at their relevant national level and are judged by a highly experienced team of professionals who cover the whole range of property disciplines. This year, entries were received from a total of 89 countries. The highest scoring winners from each region are automatically entered into the Grand Final of the International Awards, which this year was held at Grosvenor House in London, to ultimately determine the world’s finest property companies.
There were 63 judges on the judging panel headed by the Panel Chairman, Sir David Michels who is the president of the Hilton foundation and has served as the Senior European Strategist of Strategic Hotels & Resorts Inc.
This year judges included:
Graham Watts OBE: Chief Executive and Secretary, Construction Industry
Diana Yakeley: President of the British Institute of Interior Design
Gary Strong: Director of Practice Standards & Technical Guidance
Helen Shield: Editor in Chief of the International Property Magazine Council
Pamela White: CEO of the Interior Design Society
Thijs Stoffer: CEO International Consortium of Real Estate Associations
Jill Keene: Editor of International Property Luxury Collection
Nigel Lewis: Award-winning writer and editor
Rebecca Johnson: Consultant for Bloomberg Television
Will Gibbs: MD, KLC School of Design
John Clarke: Director of Marketing, Great Hotels of the World
Dr Stephen Freudmann: Chairman, Institute of Travel & Tourism
Peter Bolton King: Residential Professional Group Director at RICS
John Cetra: Cetra Ruddy Architecture, New York
Professor Mark Sharp: Chief Executive at the Association of International Property Professionals
SAXON LOOKER: With more than 22 years experience in creating ambitious resort projects, Sentosa Worldwide Resorts Founder Saxon Looker has the unique ability to see a completed development in his minds eye, assembling just the right talent from around the world to realise his vision in everything, from design to culture and service. In 2007, he completed the multi-award winning Sentosa Private Villas and Spa in Seminyak. In 2008 Saxon teamed up with architects Giacomo Passera from Italy and local Balinese rising star Putu Edy Semara.
“I had an idea of where I wanted to go with the concept for Sea Sentosa,” said Saxon, “but knew I couldn’t get there by myself. By bringing together some incredible artistic talent, this project has exceeded my wildest estimations. It is a tremendous honor to have won ‘World’s Best Apartment’ at the International Property Awards and an acknowledgement and tribute to our amazing team.”
IAN DUFFELL: As CEO of Sentosa Worldwide Resorts, Ian brings a wealth of experience and direction to the group. Ian worked with Richard Branson for 12 years, initially as the CEO of Virgin Asia Pacific and then as the CEO of the Virgin Entertainment Group in the USA. Ian has been at the helm of the Sentosa Group as CEO since 2009.
”At Sea Sentosa we have created a model for integrated resorts of the future. We are offering a luxury resort lifestyle whilst remaining sensitive to the natural environment. Our aim in all our projects is to create a lifestyle community,” said Ian. “We are thrilled to have won ‘World’s Best Apartment’ at the International Property Awards. To be acknowledged among the world’s best is already a huge honor. We are enormously gratified and proud that our work has been recognised internationally as the very best in the industry”.
REDDY HARTADJI: The Bahama Group, led by CEO Reddy Hartadji have been key strategic partners in Sea Sentosa . Their vast construction experience and financial resources have enabled the project to realise its full potential.
”At Sea Sentosa we have been able to raise the International standard of a resort lifestyle experience,” said Reddy. “We are so proud of what we have achieved in Bali and I am excited to announce that we are now bringing the Sentosa experience to the very heart of Indonesia with our latest development, Sentosa Residence Jakarta.”
GIACOMO PASSERA: Italian architect Giacomo Passera’s unique style has been appreciated in Italy, USA, China, Russia and the French Riviera, Giacomo has been especially creative in blending Sea Sentosa into the local environment. Each fully appointed apartment is an example of Italian design, coupled with the finest local Indonesian materials. One of the unique abilities displayed by Giacomo as both an architect and an interior designer is in seamlessly blending the interior and exterior spaces.
PUTU EDY SEMARA worked as the project architect on the award winning Sentosa Private Villas and Spa in Seminyak and is arguably the most dynamic young architect working in Indonesia today. His environmental appreciation and sensibility allow him to design with the feeling and sense of sanctuary.
”In Sea Sentosa apartments were clearly going to be the best use of the site, this meant that our challenge was to create the most harmonious apartments ever built in Asia,” said Putu Edy Semara. “My true belief is that architecture needs to be sensitive to its surroundings and express the lasting beauty of the natural environment.”
BARGE 8: The International team is further complemented by the culinary expertise of the Barge 8 group from Australia who will be Principals of the Paper Planes Beach Club featuring a Tokyo Pop cuisine, Panarea House, which has the spirit of an Italian Steakhouse and the Lagoon Lounge Restaurant and function facility. Bondi’s three Barge brothers Matthew, Chris and Tim, plus their adopted Scottish brother Phil, are the brains behind the operation that offers some seriously modern creations from their talented sushi chef.
Barge 8 are masters of playing to every sense simultaneously; great food, atmosphere and the best music are all features of the Paper Planes experience.
PATRICK BLANC is the esteemed French botanist, scientist and designer that pioneered the concept of the vertical garden wall – an innovative technique for growing plants on vertical surfaces without the use of soil. His work can be seen on walls around the globe. Blanc states, “I gather inspiration every day from nature” which is inspiring to the majority of us who are simply not used to seeing buildings adorned with greenery to such an extent. Blanc uses his profound knowledge of the world’s extensive selection of plant life, particularly drawing inspiration from flora found in Thailand, Hawaii and Bali.