Why More Hotels in the Philippines are using Custom Contract Furniture

Customised furniture in the Philippines is getting to be a growing trend. This includes hotel furniture in the Philippines, as well as furniture for restaurants, bars or cafes.

There are many reasons why hotels might opt for custom contract furniture, rather than off-the-shelf or ready-made furniture.

Some of the main benefits of choosing customised furniture include getting urgent projects done on time, finding a unique solution to your needs, or working together with a reliable team that can deliver according to your requirements.

 

Onestop Customised Hotel Furniture Philippines

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Choosing the right partner for fully customised furniture can be a daunting task. That’s why our custom furniture consultants focus on providing top quality service, to guide you through each step of the way.

From the initial discussion till project completion, our team is ready to provide input in design, material selection, shipping and assembly.

Affordable Shipping Rates from China to The Philippines

Onestop maintains a fully owned and managed furniture factory in Guandong, China. The factory employs over 200 craftspeople and highly-skilled artisans.

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Shipping your furniture from China is extremely cost effective due to free trade agreements between China and the Philippines. With 19% of all goods imported to the Philippines coming from China, and Philippines being part of the ASEAN Community, a number of taxes and duties are greatly diminished, and shipping costs can be close to zero. Usually, the shipper would only need to pay taxes and land charges for goods imported to the Philippines from China.

 

Our Custom Contract Furniture projects in the Philippines

Over the years, Onestop has provided custom furniture solutions for a range of leading hotels and resorts around the world. Some of our projects in the Philippines the prestigious I’M Hotel – the first 5-star hotel in the Poblacion district of Makati.

 

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At I’M Hotel, Onestop assisted in providing complete furnishings for the all-day-dining restaurant. Putting food as a central gathering point for the establishment, the restaurant provides delectable cuisine in a setting for guests to indulge and interact.

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We worked closely together with the hotel’s owners who wanted to design the furniture themselves. With guidance and consultation, we were able to produce a finished result exactly in line with the owner’s desires.

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Due to the hotel’s pre-opening dates, we had just a few weeks to confirm work and deliver for this custom contract furniture project. Despite the short time, we were able to successfully process this urgent request and deliver the items on time.

If you have a hotel, resort, or restaurant in the Philippines, and are looking for a reliable partner for customised hotel furniture, get in touch! Drop us a message and one of our consultants will be in touch with you soon.

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Shaffiq & Yang, Founders of Onestop

This article was originally published on Hotelier Maldives, 13 October 2018.

 

We spoke to the founders of Onestop, a Singaporean custom furniture manufacturer supplying premium furnishings to one-third of resorts based in the Maldives, on their foray into the region that is now 10 years in the making.

 

Hotelier Maldives: Onestop actually began as a two-man show, so how did you get started? Were there any challenges in the beginning?

In the beginning, we had to do everything ourselves. Literally, we were both working in separate companies, and we would meet after-hours to discuss this potential business we were building, which was Onestop.

We got our first contract in the Maldives by proving we were not just all talk, but that we could do the job as well. When our first client expressed reservations about our capabilities, we told them: “Don’t give us the contract first. We’ll do up a sample, and if you like it, then you can decide to engage us.”

This kind of attitude built a trust between us and the client, because it shows how we believed we could do the job so well to the extent that we would produce a prototype without any concrete order. When we got the furniture pieces into the Maldives, the client liked what he saw, and that’s how we initially got our start.

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HM: Does Onestop’s background as a Singaporean company pose any advantages in the Maldives?

A hundred per cent. One advantage is in terms of geographical location. We are four hours away from both the Maldives and China, and two hours away from Indonesia—right in the centre, and in-between these three countries that we trade majorly with.

Being based in Singapore, and comprised of staff hailing from various different ethnic backgrounds, also broke barriers for us. It allows us to communicate with clients and manufacturers alike, who are of different nationalities. Our Team speaks to our clients in English, to the Indonesians we work with in Bahasa Indonesia, or Hindi to Indian clients, and converse in Mandarin with our Chinese manufacturer.

 

HM: Are there any special considerations or challenges to keep in mind when supplying furniture to the Maldives?

The Maldives possesses some harsh weather conditions in terms of its humidity and salinity. Any furniture piece that is to be placed outdoors would need to be resilient to these conditions. Designing furniture for the Maldives thus requires a balance between design, functionality and durability.

So, this is where we come in, where we advise clients when a certain material may not work so well in a certain environment. Clients and designers alike listen to us on this aspect due to the experience we have.

 

HM: Onestop seems to emphasise its “one-stop” concept frequently. Why do you think this aspect of being well-rounded is important to the company?

At the end of the day, when you are developing a property—be it a hotel or a resort or even an F&B establishment—you prefer to just give the project to one company who can take care of it all, while ensuring quality, that the goods are made according to your specifications and deliveries arrive on time, for a small premium.

Thus, we are able to offer a much-needed service to our client at a reasonable price. So, that’s probably why we call ourselves Onestop, where we do everything from fabrics to special finishes, lightings.

To date, we’ve also invested in and have full ownership of a custom furniture factory in China, overseeing its running to improve quality control. We also own a soft furnishings company that does fabrics, curtains and wallpapers, and work very closely with our lighting suppliers and Indonesian counterparts—the same people that we work with from day one until now, so they’ve grown together with us in the past 10 years. Logistics is important to us as well, because it is, essentially, the make-or-break factor in a project.

Two good examples of projects that we were totally involved in are the Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort and Kandima Maldives, where we were in charge of most of the furnishings: the lights, the furniture, and the special finishes.

 

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HM: How do you go the extra mile for your clients?

We are always in touch with contacts in the Maldives, embarking on monthly visits to the Maldives for sales and after-sales purposes. Once we’re here, we’re engaging with people and finding out what’s happening. Whenever we hear of any new developments, we make it a point to reach out, let them know what we can do and do frequent follow-ups.

Value engineering is also something that we’re very strong at. This element has only strengthened over the years because we now have a soft furnishings company that does fabrics—which accounts for a huge portion of our furnishings

For projects that have been delivered, we engage in after-sales support. We speak to the project manager about any issues that have occurred and resolve them in the shortest time possible before more guests come onto the property. This is an area that garners appreciation from our clients because we make an effort in our identification and rectification of any issues. Ultimately, it boils down to the fact that we want our clients to get what they pay for, and more.

It’s a constant, proactive approach. For us, it’s all about being proactive rather than reactive, as the job isn’t all done and dusted at the moment of delivery.

 

HM: Are there any unique projects that Onestop has taken on?

Every project is so unique and special, due to the fact that we get so personally involved in the projects we take on.

But one of the more unique projects we’ve undertaken is Niyama Private Islands Maldives, specifically supplying loose furniture to its underwater bar, Subsix, which was designed by Poole Associates. For the chairs, which were designed to resemble the sea urchin, we experimented and then finally settled on common everyday material like rubber piping—but used it to create a piece of art.

 

HM: Do you have any repeat clients? If so, why do you think they go back to Onestop again and again?

Yes, and all our clients tell us the same thing: it’s a hassle-free process with Onestop. They can rely on us to successfully deliver according to project timelines, without discounting on product quality or service.

We guarantee our clients that we will manage any problem that comes up within 48 hours. We have successfully resolved almost all the problems that we’ve encountered in our 10 years in the business, be it major or minor. And that’s what every client wants to know: that at the end of the day, they can rely on us to solve any problems they have.

Most importantly, along the years, we’ve become friends with all our clients. There are hardly any formalities now. They can just pick up the phone and give us a call because they know that it will be taken care of.

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HM: Do you have any expansion plans?

We’re always growing in terms of strengths, sales, and clientele, but Onestop is currently looking into expanding to a different market within Asia. This year, we have expanded to the Philippines and Thailand. We have investment plans for the Maldives as well, in areas of development and real estate.

Another area we’ve already expanded into, service-wise, is ID works, which will cover installation works of wall panels, countertops and feature walls in lobbies and waiting areas. This involves setting up an on-site workshop within reach of the project, and with the installation overseen and supported by our own specialised team.

Of course, we are constantly embracing new technology and exploring different manufacturing techniques, investing in the latest equipment to improve efficiency and quality. On top of that, we are in the process of setting up an Indonesian facility that will be owned and managed by us.

 

HM: Are there any guiding principles that Onestop abides by?

Honesty is our main policy. We tell our clients up front whether we can or cannot do something. Once we’ve taken on a job, what’s important is the commitment that we have to the client and the project.

We also believe in not giving up. We don’t leave our clients in the lurch; we go down the path of helping them tackle the problem. I think if you put enough time and effort into it, anything can be resolved.

Finally, we’re really in the business of building a relationship than anything else. It’s about the relationships we’ve built in the Maldives and around the world—that we want to keep.

 

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4 Easy Tips To make your Teak Furniture last longer

Teak is an exceptionally durable wood and is a popular choice for hotel and resort furniture. The wood is particularly ideal for outdoor use, such as patio and garden furniture. Teak is stronger than many other hardwoods due to its natural oil finish. This helps it to withstand harsh weather conditions better than other kinds of wood, and even protects it from moisture as well as insects.

Because of its unique properties, teak is much sought after. Teak furniture is often used in tropical or coastal climates, such as in the Maldives, Philippines, Singapore and more.

 

Indoor and Outdoor Teak Furniture for Resorts

Teak furniture can be used for a number of uses, both indoor and outdoor. It can also come in different finishes, whether natural, oiled, sealed & varnished. Although teak is very strong and durable, it still requires care in order to last even longer.

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Of course, outdoor furniture would require a little more care than indoor teak furniture.

 

Caring for your Teak Furniture

There are several important steps that you can take to ensure your teak furniture lasts a long time. A little maintenance can go a long way Here are just a few tips you can follow.

 

1. Cleaning

Keep your teak wood clean. This can be done using a soft cloth, sponge, or brush. Keeping your teak free from a build-up of dirt is just the first step to making your teak last longer.

 

2. Following the Grain

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When cleaning, always be sure to follow the direction of the wood grain to prevent unnecessary scratching. Also avoid using rough brushes or cleaning equipment that may scratch your wood.

 

3. Oiling your Teak

This is not necessarily to do with maintenance, but rather in helping your wood to retain its colour. Oiling your teak is more applicable for indoor furniture. Before beginning, ensure that you have thoroughly cleaned your furniture to remove old oils. Once this is done, re-oiling can help to restore its original look.

 

4. Natural Colouring

Outdoor teak furniture will eventually change from a deep brown to an elegant silver-grey. On the other hand, indoor teak furniture will gradually become darker brown over a period of perhaps a year. these are natural changes which do not affect the quality or durability of your teak.

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In summary, while teak furniture may be a very durable and long-lasting type of wood, its important to know how to care for your teak furniture properly to keep your teak looking beautiful for years to come.

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Hospitality Trends: Design meets Health & Wellness

Health and wellness as part of daily life seems to be a growing trend. But, perhaps it’s much more than that. The conditions of our environment play a big role in our physical and mental wellness, for healthier and happier lives. While it may be fairly easy to create a desired environment in our own homes, this may not be as easy in public spaces.

For hotels and resorts, recognizing the need for health and wellness during travel can help to create an improved guest experience. With the stress that comes with travel – whether work or leisure – an innovative hotel that pays attention to health and wellness could keep guests coming back again and again.

 

Pro-Health Hotel Facilities

It’s easy for hotels to fall into the rut of ‘standard designs,’ which may not offer much value for their guests. However, recent hotels are beginning to feature more out-of-the-box pro-health facilities. A gym, spa, or swimming pool are the most common hotel facilities in relation to health and wellness. But it doesn’t need to just stop there.

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New innovations and ideas are helping to make hotels and resorts more catered to individual needs. One notable increase is in the hotels and resorts that provide space and facilities for yoga. Others also include things like kickboxing, pilates, or meditation.

 

Healthy Food and Drinks

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Creating a health-focused hotel or resort is not limited to what facilities or amenities you may offer. Another way to promote healthy living is through readily available healthy food. Many hotels are beginning to offer a variety of healthy foods, including fresh fruits and vegetables, organic ingredients, vegan and other healthy dishes.

 

Health and Design

Certain types of design elements have been shown to reduce stress and increase overall well-being. Incorporating these into your hotel or resort may help to improve guest experience during their stay. One such design element is natural light, such as large windows or skylights. Another is spaces that build social interaction between guests. One more aspect of design that can reduce stress is a connection with nature. This can be created by incorporating things like gardens, courtyards, and natural materials.

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These are just a few ideas of how hotels and resorts can play a meaningful role in enhancing guest experience during their travels. What other things do you think hotels can do to improve health and wellness? Leave a comment or drop us a message to let us know.

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Going Green: 7 Tips for an Eco-Friendly Hotel

These days, many more travelers are considering the environment when making their travel plans. This could include everything from how people pack, to what they buy, to finding eco-friendly hotels or resorts to stay in.

Eco-tourism is not just a trend, but has become a movement which is increasing every year. Businesses are also choosing to be more environmentally conscious. These changes are made in both big and small ways. It could be anything from serving drinks without straws, to constructing entire properties made of materials that have less impact on our environment.

That being said, choosing to Go Green can help hotels and resorts to stay competitive, attract more customers, and contribute to supporting our planet.

Here are just a few things that hotels and resorts can do to promote sustainable living.

 

1. Reusing Linens

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This is a strategy that many hotels and resorts have adopted. With this policy, guests can choose to reuse sheets and towels rather than wash them every day. Guests can let the staff know if they will reuse their linens, or if they need them washed. This is a great way to cut back on water used for washing, or electricity used for drying.

 

2. Serve Dishes made with Local Ingredients

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Environmentally-conscious travelers may make a point to dine in places that serve healthy and sustainable cuisine. Offering seasonal and locally produced food can ensure fresh and delicious food that also helps the environment. Locally sourced ingredients can also help guests to experience the local culture.

 

3. Eco-Friendly Hotel Furniture

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From the lobby to the bedrooms, hotels and resorts need a significant amount of furniture. One way to consider the environmental impact of your furniture, is to choose furniture that is built with materials that promote sustainability.

 

4. Conserving Engergy

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The use of skylights is a great way to enjoy natural light while also saving on power during daylight hours. Other ways to reduce power is to opt for power saving light bulbs such as LED and tube lights, as well as power saving air-conditioners. Solar powered water heating can also go a long way.

 

5. Natural shade

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Plant shady trees or add overhangs on walls. This can help reduce the load and power used for heating or cooling.

 

6. Recyling

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Consider including special bins for recyclable goods in the guest rooms. These should be used for paper, tin cans, plastic or glass.

 

7. Environment-Friendly Gift Shop

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Does your hotel have a gift shop? If so, you could consider including items made with recycled goods, or items that support fair trade and sustainability

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Tips on How to Care for your Rattan Furniture

Rattan furniture is a lightweight and stylish addition to your interior design. Rattan furniture in Singapore, Maldives, or other tropical countries, may be used either indoors or outdoors. As rattan is a natural material, it is known for creating furniture pieces which are strong and durable.

 

What is Rattan?

Rattan is a species of climbing palms, best known for their flexible and woody stems. These plants are widely used in the production of furniture, including tables, chairs, and more.

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The raw rattan plant is processed into strands which can be woven in a vast variety of designs using different weaving techniques. As rattan is a natural kind of wood, it can be painted and stained into various colours.

Rattan is consistently sought after as a furniture material. It’s strength and flexibility makes it an excellent choice for lightweight yet durable furniture.

 

Pros & Cons of using Rattan Furniture

Some of the benefits of using rattan furniture are:

  • Rattan furniture is extremely versatile in use, and can be suited for both indoor or outdoor settings.
  • Rattan is generally inexpensive to purchase and maintain.
  • It’s lightweight!
  • It’s strong a durable.
  • The flexibility of the material makes it exceptionally comfortable.

Although rattan has many benefits, there are also a few cons to be aware of, such as:

  • As rattan is made of organic matter, it is particularly susceptible to mold and mildew.
  • Rattan is generally best used in warm and dry places and may not do so well in damp climates.
  • Extended use of your rattan furniture may cause loose fibres which can poke you when you sit down!
  • When used outdoors, wicker may suffer from significant wear and tear due to the elements.

That being said, the average lifespan of a rattan seat is about 25 years. But how can you ensure that your rattan lasts as long as you would like it to? Here are a few tips in caring for your rattan furniture.

 

1. Keep your rattan furniture free from dust

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Keeping your rattan or wicker furniture clean can help to lengthen its lifespan. Clean your rattan occasionally to ensure that it is free from dust and mildew. If left too long, these may cause your rattan fibres to decay. Simply wipe your rattan with a soft, damp cloth. You can also add a little dishwashing liquid or mild detergent.

 

2. Use a brush or vacuum

When cleaning your rattan, its essential to remove dust or mildew that may build up within in the fibres. Remove the dirt from the harder to reach places using a soft brush or a hand held vacuum cleaner. This can be done on a weekly basis for best results.

 

3. Keep your rattan dry

This is one of the most important things to note about your rattan furniture. If you have cleaned your rattan with a damp cloth, make sure to dry it immediately – either in the sun or with a hair dryer. And of course, if you are using your rattan outdoors, be sure that it is not left in the rain, which may leave it permanently damaged.

 

4. Remove any spills on your rattan immediately

What can you do if you spill something on your rattan furniture? The best move is to clean it as soon as possible before it has a chance to seep into the fibre. If any liquid of any kind spills onto the piece, clean it immediately with a damp cloth. Even substances such as red wine or oil can be removed with a damp cloth if done in time.

 

5. Avoid Direct Sunlight

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While rattan furniture may be used outdoors, it should not be placed within direct sunlight. Direct exposure to the sun may weaken the material and cause it to become dried out or brittle. If you are using your rattan for garden or patio furniture, remember to keep it out of direct sunlight. The same applies to other direct heat, such as a fireplace.

These are just a few simple steps in caring for your rattan furniture. If followed correctly, these can help you to protect your rattan and ensure that it stays in great shape for a long time.

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4 Fantastic Restaurant Interior Designs in Singapore

When it comes to cafés and restaurants, interior design can be just as important as serving good food and drinks. This is especially true in Singapore where local restaurants and bars are in constant competition to stand out from the crowd.

So what does it take to make a super stylish awesome restaurant? It’s not as easy as you might think. There are so many factors involved when it comes to your café or restaurant interior design. This could include choosing the correct theme and style that is aesthetically beautiful, but also practical. Is it comfortable? Is it conducive for your staff to work? And when all that is said and done, you need to find the best restaurant furniture supplier for your needs.

When you think about the time and effort that goes into creating restaurant, you may appreciate these just a little more should you ever pay a visit. That being said, here are a few pretty impeccable restaurant furniture designs in Singapore.

 

1. 12 Ann Siang

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This unique rooftop bar promises refreshingly unique cocktails together with artsy film screenings. This multiconcept F&B joint tastefully combines delicious food, with a casual setting, and a love for the arts. Can’t decide between dinner and a movie? Well, why choose one when you can have it all. 12 Ann Siang’s restaurant furntiure design looks just like a home away from home. A great place for a romantic evening or to hang out with friends.

 

2. The Proof Flat

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Tucked away on the 2nd floor of a shop house on Hong Kong Street, this fabulously elegant bar is like stepping into a living room – a very luxurious living room. With plush leather sofas and wooden floors, Proof Flat creates a very intimate setting with a masculine “gentleman’s club” theme.

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3. Yellow Pot

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This modern Chinese Restaurant is located in the Six Senses Duxton Hotel. Unlike many Chinese restaurants which are fairly bright, Yellow Pot features a dim, intimate, and mysterious setting. The walls are tastefully adorned with a personal collection of calligraphy wallpaper, and as its name suggests – yellow pots are literally everywhere. With striking black and yellow accents, Yellow Pot combines classic and innovative design with delicious food.

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4. So France!

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As its name suggests, this unpretentious French Bistro provides a taste of Paris – thousands of miles away from France. Combining modern and traditional elements, So France invites you into a warm and friendly ambience with an elaborate authentic menu and even a wine bar!

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Paradise Redesigned: 4 Amazing Maldives Hotel Interiors

The Maldives as a destination is best known for its beautiful sandy white beaches, sunny weather, and breathtaking surroundings. And of course, none of this would be complete without a vast array of luxury island resorts to choose from.

When it comes to the Maldivian hotel scene – think panoramic terraces, over water villas, and fantastic tropical architecture. With a combination of amazing natural surroundings and award-winning design, Maldives is home to an elaborate display of some of the most spectacular island resorts.

As a hotel furniture supplier, we’ve selected some of our favourite furniture and interior designs from around the Maldives.

Here are a few of our top picks for Maldivian hotel interiors.

 

1. Jumeirah Vittaveli.

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For an idyllic island stay, Jumeirah Vittaveli combines spacious guest rooms with complete privacy for an uninterrupted stay in the Maldives. With a warm and tropical vibe, the resort provides an inviting stay surrounded by lush tropical gardens and direct access to the beach.

 

2. Niyama Maldives

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This exceptional luxury Maldives resort is nestled amidst the enchanting ocean and the lush greenery of an island paradise. Set across twin private islands, Niyama offers the ultimate setting for intimate and one-of-a-kind experiences. Pick your perfect sanctuary just steps away from the crystal clear Maldivian oasis.

 

3. Hideaway Beach Resort

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Offering luxurious boutique accommodations in Northern Maldives, Hideaway provides an incredible home away from home – an ideal choice for a family vacation, honeymoon, or romantic getaway. This award-winning destination boasts some of the largest beachfront destinations in the Maldives, and is a prime location for snorkeling and scuba diving.

 

4. Velassaru

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Imagine gentle sands leading you to the water’s edge, surrounded by soothing vistas and a spectacular turquoise lagoon. At Velassaru, minimalist contemporary chic meets comfortable natural elegance in your own private hideaway. Choose your perfect bungalow, tucked away in gardens, sitting along the beachfront, or perched overwater. Each of the contemporary-styled villas and bungalows provides a calm and tropical getaway, equipped with everything you need for a comfortable stay.

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Custom vs Ready-Made: Finding the perfect Furniture Solution for your resort

Selecting furniture for your resort is an exciting process. There are so many styles and manufacturers to choose from, and each item you pick will shape the look and feel of your property. Deciding between ready-made and custom pieces may be the first step you take on this journey. There are several factors worth considering when choosing your resort furniture.

1. Don’t forget the climate

Many luxury hotels and resorts are located in places known for their hot, sunny weather, like Hawaii, Bora Bora and the Maldives, and Seychelles. However, humid air, salty sea breezes and endless bright days can quickly destroy furniture that’s not made with the climate in mind. To avoid having to replace tables, chairs and other pieces every few months, ordering custom made resort furniture from a company familiar with your local environment is a smart move.

 

2. Resort Furniture, Just the way you want it

Every piece of furniture should enhance a resort’s ambience . This is something pre-made items can’t always do. After all, a bed picked from a catalogue can’t match the appeal of an ornate four-poster model designed to fit perfectly under the high ceilings of a luxury suite. If your property has a specific theme or incorporates local culture into its look, you may find industrially-manufactured furniture doesn’t capture its spirit. For instance, a mass-produced chair probably won’t mesh with a tapa cloth from Fiji or an ornate Balinese carving.

 

3. When you can’t wait

How about if you need to order something fast? This could be a replacement for a broken dining table, perhaps. Ordering a bespoke piece of furniture might not be a wise idea. Ready-made items are often available for immediate shipping and will arrive at your property in a few days or weeks. A custom order, however, may require much longer. The exact time would depend on the complexity of the piece and the availability of the craftspeople you hire.

 

4. Differences in Resort Furniture cost

Pre-made furniture is often less expensive than something bespoke. Replacement parts for mass-produced items are usually easier to find and cheaper, too, so review your budget before placing an order. However, don’t forget that custom-made pieces are often stronger, making them better value over time.

No matter what kind of furniture you invest in, always make quality your top priority. If you go the custom route, ensure you’re working with a professional outfit that produces pieces as durable as they are appealing. For ready-made items, ask if they have tested them to reflect typical use over time. Don’t forget to enquire about warranties, either. Knowing you’re covered if something goes wrong provides peace of mind money can’t buy.

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Going Green: How Hotels & Resorts can Support Sustainable Tourism

These days, sustainability is more than a buzzword. Preserving the beauty of popular destinations is necessary to maintain sustainable tourism. What’s more, many visitors prefer hotels that do their part to Go Green. After all, many people travel to enjoy stunning natural attractions. If these aren’t flourishing, or a property is clearly engaging in behaviours harmful to the environment, there’s little reason to invest time and money in travelling to a far-flung destination.

 

Promoting Conservation in Seychelles

Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa

Many resorts know much of their appeal comes from their gorgeous surroundings. Therefore, they use eco-friendly policies as a selling point. The Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa website ensures guests the property’s remote island location is a protected area and promises one of the “richest biodiversity hot-spots in the western Indian Ocean.” By promoting conservation so directly, the resort connects with visitors desiring an authentic experience that agrees with a green lifestyle.

 

Natural Cooling at Park Royal Hotel, Singapore

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Other places are taking things a step further by using sustainable tourism features to stand out. And not just that, but even to save money and help the planet! At the Park Royal Hotel on Pickering Street in Singapore, lush greenery spreads across the property’s exterior. These tropical plants help cool guestrooms while decreasing energy use. The landscaped sections of the hotel are reliant on rainwater and require few resources to thrive. The creative use of living design elements enhances the hotel’s ambiance as well. This natural facade definitely helps it rise above the competition in a crowded marketplace.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle at Naumi Hotel, Singapore

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At Naumi Hotel on Singapore’s Seah Street, plants are also used to control the building’s temperature. This cuts AC use, reducing harmful emissions. Naumi encourages guests to re-use towels and linens before replacing them. Garbage is also carefully separated to prevent recyclable items from going to a landfill. These steps are helping Singapore meet its zero-waste goal. The brand’s other hotel in the city, Naumi Liora, is located in a historic 1920s building that includes original windows and flooring, as well as antique tiles. These vintage details look stunning and demonstrate a commitment to reusing and recycling instead of disposing of things that can be given a second life.

 

There are dozens of other ways hotels are going green and attracting eco-minded guests, including on-site gardens of organic food, reef preservation projects and custom-built recycling centres. In the years ahead, we expect these kinds of features will grow in popularity and become must-haves for successful resorts around the world.

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