UPON entering the newly-opened Traders Hotel @ Puteri Harbour in Nusajaya, Johor, guests have literally ‘sailed’ into the nautical and maritime world.
The hotel’s interior revolves on all things related to the ocean such as waves, coral, seashells, bubbles and the cool shades of blue and sandy brown hues.
The interesting visuals and textures of the marine-related interior have created tranquillity and a soothing atmosphere for the hotel.
The beige grooves on the ceiling in the hotel’s lobby have a coral reef-like effect against the backdrop of a wall of abstract watery waves in various shades of blue.
“The bold ceiling features serves to reinforce the running theme of being on a boat on water,” general manager Sigi Bierbaumer said in an interview with MetroBiz.
The wave-like elements incorporated in the furniture, walls, floors as well as artworks further reinforce the hotel’s marine-themed décor.
The remains of an old tree trunk, which previously grew in the vicinity before the land was cleared for development, has been kept in the lobby lounge.
The RM235mil four-storey property was opened on June 1 this year and is located within the award-winning Puteri Harbour Waterfront Development.
Its neighbour is the Puteri Harbour Indoor Family Theme Park — home to characters such as Thomas and Friends, Bob the Builder, Barney, Angelina Ballerina and Sanrio Hello Kitty Town.
“A huge nautical map of past fishing routes etched on a mirror partition and floor covered by indigenous woven mats creates a feeling of being in a kampung house in the traditional fishing village,’’ Bierbraumer said.
Over in the dining area, mementos from the past like tingkat (tiffin carriers), metal flasks, kopitiam cups and lacquered metal trays adorn the racks.
Bierbaumer said the colours adorning the cafe were inspired by different spices to create a warm ambience for diners by triggering the sense of taste, smell and sight.
Contemporary batik motifs are featured in the ballroom and function rooms on the fourth floor on the wall panels and the carpets.
“Batik motifs are synonymous in this part of the world but we decided to give modern twists to the traditional art form,’’ he said.
Bierbaumer added that many of the hotel’s guests gave their thumbs-up to the batik motifs, which they found attractive and blended well with the overall atmosphere of the place.
Large slabs of synthetic wooden carvings of batik patterns also adorn the walls as well as a contemporary corsage, while symbolic jewellery made of stainless steel with a matte finish is used as door handles of the function rooms.
The centre of attraction at the landing area of the function rooms is the 100-year-old merbau tree trunk functioning as a bench.
“Looking up, guests will find baubles of adjustable white lights hanging on the high ceiling, representing bubbles in the river,’’ he said.
Another feature to look out for at the hotel is the Sky Bar pool deck where guests can enjoy a rooftop infinity pool.
In keeping with the hotel’s nautical-themed decor, the bar counter was designed to resemble a boat’s helm that functions as a pulley to incline or decline the large window panels.
Inside the guestrooms, guests would see steel fish hanging above the bed headboard as if they were swimming towards one of the bedside lamps.
“Sandy tones and watery blue-grey shades used in the rooms reflect the maritime concept to help guests get a good night sleep and feel at ease,’’ said Bierbaumer.
Other highlights include the customised fish mobile circling the light imitating a swimming school of fish while the geometric patterns on the walls of the Club Lounge are designed after the fishing net.
Traders Hotels, owned by Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts are located in Malaysia, Abu Dhabi, Beijing, Manila, Shenyang, Singapore, Yangon and Brisbane.
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