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Shortlist revealed for inaugural AHEAD Asia hospitality awards

Dezeen promotion: a Bali hotel with in multi-hued brick walls, and a waterfront hotel for the Winter Olympics in South Korea are among the shortlisted projects for the inaugural AHEAD Asia awards for hospitality experience and design.

The AHEAD Asia awards celebrate the best in hospitality design and architecture.

The Katamama hotel in Bali by Indonesian architect Andra Matin has been nominated

Projects are split across 15 categories: Bar, Club or Lounge; Event Spaces; Guestrooms; Hotel Renovation & Restoration; Landscaping & Outdoor Spaces; Lobby & Public Spaces; Resort Hotel; Restaurant; Spa & Wellness; Suite; Urban Hotel – Conversion; Urban Hotel – Newbuild; Visual Identity of the Year; New Concept of the Year; and Outstanding Contribution.

Also among the 39 nominated hotels are projects in the Maldives, Malaysia, Thailand, Sri Lanka and Singapore.

Winners are selected by a judging panel made up of hoteliers and architects, as well as interior designers and industry figures. Each project will be assessed on its aesthetic execution, guest experience and commercial viability.

Richard Meier's first project in South Korea – a waterfront hotel for the Winter Olympics – is also on the shortlist

Finalists will be announced at the AHEAD Asia awards ceremony, which takes place on 7 March 2017 during Singapore Design Week at the Capitol Theatre in Singapore.

The AHEAD Awards cover four regions – Asia, Americas, Middle East and Africa, and Europe. Each of the awards will culminate in a global event in 2019, which will see the winners of the regional heats compete to be a worldwide winner for each category in 2019.

Read on for the full shortlist:


Bar, club or lounge

Akademi at Katamama – Bali, Indonesia
Baa Baa Beach Club at Finolhu – Maldives
Coo Singapore and Grand Club at Grand Hyatt – Hong Kong



Akyra Manor Hotel – Chiang Mai, Thailand
Grand Hyatt – Hong Kong
The Langham – Haikou, China
The St Regis Langkawi – Malaysia


Hotel Renovation & Restoration

Chiva-Som International Health Resort – Hua Hin, Thailand
Gallee Face Hotel – Sri Lanka
Six Senses – Ninh Van Bay, Vietnam
The Edison George Town – Penang, Malaysia


Landscaping & Outdoor Spaces

Akyra Manor Hotel – Chiang Mai, Thailand
Katamama – Bali, Indonesia
Keemala – Phuket, Thailand
The St. Regis Langkawi – Malaysia


Lobby & Public Spaces

Four Seasons Hotel – Seoul, Korea
Grand Hyatt – Chengdu, China
Park Hyatt – Guangzhou, China
Parkside Serviced Suites by Lanson Place – Shanghai, China


Resort Hotel

Alila Anji – China
Katamama – Bali, Indonesia
Keemala – Phuket, Thailand
Seamarq Hotel – Gangwon-Do, South Korea



Baba Chew at Hotel Indigo – Singapore Katong
Colony at Ritz Carlton Millennia – Singapore
Movida at Katamama – Bali, Indonesia
Seasonal Tastes at Westin Jakarta Hotel – Indonesia


Spa & Wellness

Anantara Peace Haven Resort – Tangalle, Sri Lanka
Four Seasons Hotel Seoul – Korea
Mala Spa at Keemala – Phuket, Thailand
The Cove Club at Finolhu – Maldives



Ambassador Suite at Grand Hyatt – Hong Kong
Four Seasons Hotel Seoul – Korea
Katamama – Bali, Indonesia
Presidential Suite at Grand Hyatt – Hong Kong


Urban Hotel

Canberra Airport Hotel – Australia
Hoshinoya Tokyo – Japan
Hotel Indigo – Singapore, Katong
Msocial – Singapore