Someone asked me recently what collectibles I like to buy. I thought for a while, then replied that I don’t really collect things, but I collect experiences.
When I travel, I don’t like staying in a hotel that looks like it could be from any other country.
Touches of local culture, such as a well-placed portrait, sculpture or a prop for guests to admire and take photos of can make us feel a bit closer to the country we visit.
I’m learning more about the hospitality of the hospitality industry worldwide, and would like to share with you how Hotel Indigo® lets you experience a comfortable stay and capture local culture all at the same time.
Lose yourself in a Secret Garden at Hotel Indigo Bali Seminyak
Hotel Indigo Bali Seminyak combines centuries of Balinese tradition and contemporary lifestyle in its design.
The luminous golden ornate carvings that embellish the hotel pays tribute to the traditional Balinese Songket weavings, which were historically reserved for nobles.
The property’s secret garden pool surrounded by Bali’s iconic lush jungle greens has traditional Balinese sculptures in the background.
Hotel Indigo Phuket Patong’s Fabulous Walls
Designed stylishly to mirror Patong’s vibrant scene of tropical forests, bright neon lights and fishing village heritage, Hotel Indigo Phuket Patong hotel lobby’s wall appears to be just another cool backdrop for your next photo, but upon closer inspection travellers will discover various local trinkets reminiscent of the neighbourhood’s heritage.
This is one of the many design features infused with hues of the island’s natural environment, tracing back to Patong’s humble beginnings.
From motifs on the walls inspired by Patong’s fishing village and Sino-Portuguese architectural elements, Hotel Indigo Phuket Patong combines cultural experience with stunning designs.
Modernity X Tradition at Indigo Bangkok Wireless Road
Wireless Road is where one of Thailand’s earliest radio transmitter stations was born. Today, it is an urban epicenter of heritage and culture that is constantly evolving; and Hotel Indigo Bangkok Wireless Road is located right in the middle of the hustle and bustle of this iconic neighbourhood.
Surrounded by an eclectic mix of modern architecture and historical motifs, the design of the hotel celebrates the love for music.
The iconic hotel lobby wall not only makes the perfect photo spot but also pays homage to the neighbourhood’s history with various old and modern devices ranging from televisions to computers and radios.
You can even pose with a retro tuk-tuk that is on display in the lobby.
Experience Peranakan Heritage at Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong
Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong sits in the heart of Joo Chiat, the first designated Heritage Town of Singapore, and is housed on the site of the former Joo Chat Police Station.
Joo Chiat is a neighbourhood heavily influenced by the Peranakans, Straits born Chinese with a unique heritage that borrowed elements from the fusion of their ancestors’ cultures and created their own culture.
The old school hotel rooms transport guests to a Singapore of yesteryear, using carrom board as a coffee table and a reused Singer sewing machine to prop your vanity desk.
The décor also features icons and motifs that are inspired by the Baba and Nonya culture, staying true to the Peranakan roots of Joo Chiat.
Every spot in this property, the Peranakan restaurant Baba Chews, hotel lobby or even your room, will make your holiday photos look uniquely local with artworks and décor by home-grown artists and illustrators.
Coming from a Peranakan culture myself (the 10th generation since my ancestor from China arrived), it is the attention to details that I appreciate, to make the local culture an everyday affair even for hotel guests.
All photos courtesy of Hotel Indigo.