21 February 2018

Mövenpick Resort and Spa Jimbaran Bali is the Heaven for Family: Horst Walther-Jones

I feel very happy to have the chance to sit down and talk with Horst Walther-Jones, the General Manager of Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali. We discuss about Mövenpick, its services, Bali, and himself.  

When I ask about the profile of Mövenpick, Horst says that Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts is a hotel management company headquartered in Baar, Switzerland. It started from restaurant business then expand to hotel and resort business. 
(Note: Jakarta has already two Marché Restaurants, a part of Mövenpick Group, in Plaza Senayan and Grand Indonesia).

Mövenpick Hotels and Resorts started its business in Switzerland and Egypt, and now it expands its hotel and resort business worldwide. It operates more than 80 properties of hotels and resorts in Middle East, Europe and Asia. By 2020, it will build 30 more properties, especially in Asia. Mövenpick Hotels and Resorts takes Asia seriously as Asia is the market of the future and the economy in Asia is rising.
Well, I am very proud to be an Asian! Yeay! 

Talking about the history of Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali, Horst says that Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali was opened in January 2017. It establishes itself as the resort for family. The biggest part of its facilities in the resort is for family around the globe.

Services of Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali

Horst explains that Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali is different from the other hotels in Bali because of its services. As a resort, it is truly a great destination for family while it also provides room for non-family guests. As a true family resort, the family can come with clothes only and Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali will provide the rest of the needs and the equipments for the family. It provides more privilege for the children as Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali believes that the Mother and the Father are happy when their children are happy. The kids can play in the area of Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali, while the parents can have their private time at the same time and place. 

Services for the Children  

Horst describes that the Kids Club in Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali is the best kids club in Bali with special officers trained in the United Kingdom. It also has Baby Swimming Pool where the pool is shallow as it is made in baby size. Other facilities for the children that can make them happy are: 
  • Mövenpick Children Program,
  • Teenage swimming pool,
  • Indoor playground,
  • Strollers and other children equipments, 
  • Safety chair, 
  • Small tables and chairs for kids,  
  • Special breakfast package for kids, 
  • Special price for kids,
  • and many more.

Services for the Whole Family

For the Parents and the whole family, Horst says that Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali has Special Family Program that can make the whole family enjoy their holiday. It starts from the choices of room for family where children can sleep upstairs and family can sleep downstairs. 

For relaxation, it has Arkipela Spa that will pamper the guests with secret ingredients from all over the cities in Indonesia. 

For dining, the guests can go to Above Eleven Bali that has been chosen as one of the Best 5 Indonesian Restaurants in Bali. The restaurant has a rooftop bar where the guests can see the sunset at Jimbaran Bay - the best sunset spot in Bali. Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali is only 2 minutes away from the Jimbaran Bay, the place for temples and other interesting spots.
(Note: Above Eleven Bali is just one of the 5 restaurants located inside Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali).  

Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali also offers Everyday Chocolate Hour where the guests can taste Balinese Chocolate between 4 to 5 o’clock in the afternoon at its lobby. Chocolate is picked to be the jewel of Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali because Mövenpick comes from Switzerland where it is famous for its chocolate, but it changes the chocolate to the Balinese Chocolate to respect its location in Bali.

Other facilities that the whole family can enjoy in Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali are:
  • Cinema,
  • Special world famous Coffee from Switzerland,
  • Mövenpick Ice Cream,
  • Swimming pool with tropical garden atmosphere,
  • and many more.  

Through the Family and Children Program, Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali has attracted more family to come to its resort, mostly from Asia, Australia, China, Singapore, Germany, Switzerland, and Italy.

Horst believes that the service of Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali is one of the best one in Bali.

I myself can feel the warm welcome, the cozy lobby, the huge number of guests as I enter the lobby of Mövenpick Resort and Spa Jimbaran Bali. So yes, he is right! 

Business of Mövenpick Hotels and Resorts in Indonesia 

Horst explains that Mövenpick Hotels and Resorts is a holding company, and its business consists of Mövenpick Fine Food, Mövenpick Ice Cream, Mövenpick Wine, Mövenpick Hotels and Resorts, and many more. As it keeps growing following the business trend, the company has a commitment to expand more in Asia. In Indonesia, Mövenpick Hotels and Resorts plans to build 4 to 5 more hotels, including in Jakarta, Bandung and another one in Bali. 

In terms of service, Horst says that Mövenpick Hotels and Resorts has a solid standard of service, but still adaptable. It is more relax and fun for resorts, but it will come with different style of service if it builds its properties in business areas. 

Corporate Social Responsibility in Bali 

Talking about the Corporate Social Responsibility, Horst says that one of Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali’s missions in Bali is to take care of the community in Bali. He believes that Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali would not be there without the role of the community. 

To give back to the community in Bali, Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali has done some donations, like donating 50 million rupiah and other things for the victims of Mount Agung eruption in Bali and donating blood too. For the last Christmas 2017 event, it presented a Christmas Choir from the blind children to sing and celebrate the Christmas at the resort. Recently, Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali donated some special computers for the blind children in Bali. Most of the donations are from its own initiatives, while it is always opened for its guests to participate in this social mission.

Horst himself has one foster kid from SOS Children.

Personal Life of Horst Walther-Jones  

Horst has been living in Bali for 2 years to watch over the development and the construction of Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali and also to manage the resort. He arrived in Bali on January 2016. He has some experiences in the hotel pre-opening management, including the hotels in Dubai and Germany.

As Horst and his family - one wife and 4 children - love Bali very much, he believes that Bali can do so much more. He believes that Bali has a good future and has still more potentials to reach. Amen for that! 

Video of the Interview

You can watch my interview with Horst Walther-Jones, the General Manager of Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali, at my Youtube channel here:

Thank you very much, Horst Walther-Jones and Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali, for having me at your resort! All the information you share are very valuable, and I appreciate it! I hope to see you all again very soon! 

Enjoy Bali! 
Bali is safe!

Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali
Jl. Wanagiri No.1, 
Jimbaran, Kuta Sel., 
Kabupaten Badung, 
Bali 80361
Website: https://www.movenpick.com/en/asia/indonesia/bali/jimbaran-bali/overview/

19 February 2018

Celebrating Christmas at Mandarin Oriental Jakarta

What do I think about Christmas Season? It is a season of holiday and happy time! Woho! As I always say again and again, Christmas is my favourite time of the year. Yeay!  

On the Christmas Day in 2017, I was very happy to attend the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Mandarin Oriental Jakarta. The Christmas Tree was placed at its main lobby. The theme of the celebration is White Christmas’ Wonderland. The most exciting part was when I saw the official Christmas Tree Lighting moment to welcome the season of joy and happiness. After they lighted up the Christmas Tree, a choir called Serenata Voce sang some Christmas Songs. 

Watch the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and the Christmas Carol here: 

Watch the Serenata Voce Choir singing Jingle Bels here: 

Watch the Serenata Voce Choir singing Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas here: 

During the event, the management of Mandarin Oriental Jakarta introduced a charity initiative ‘Pick A Fan’ to share the Christmas joy with around 200 children with special needs. The guests and colleagues could choose a fan card containing name of a child and his/her Christmas wish. This initiative was in cooperation with Emmanuel Foundation, a non-profit organisation dedicated to the education and health of the less-fortunate people in Jakarta and West Java.

After the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony was finished, the guests were asked to taste the special dishes that the hotel created for the Christmas Season at the Cinnamon Restaurant. The restaurant presented the a la carte gourmet menu and buffet package with classic holiday specialties such as selection of Cold Cuts served with Artisanal Bread, Swiss Raclette Cheese, Veal Zurichoise, and Potato Roesti. Yummy!

After the big Christmas Dinner was over, the guests were able to enjoy the Christmas Sweet Delights. The Mandarin Oriental Jakarta was proud to present its best sweet cake started from Stolen Bread, Candied Fruit Cake to delightful holiday cookies.

The Christmas Celebration might be over, but its spirit never leaves my soul. I hope that everyone has the Christmas spirit and joy everyday, so they can spread the love inside them to the people around them. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2018!

Mandarin Oriental Jakarta
Jl. M.H. Thamrin,