2010-03-31

Taipei’s Boutique Art Hotel – Hotel Éclat

HOTEL ÉCLAT 怡亨酒店

Taipei’s Elegant New Boutique Art Hotel

Discreetly located in a quiet part of Taipei’s most fashionable district, Da-An(大安區), is Hotel Éclat(怡亨酒店), an eclectic, elegant new boutique art hotel. The French word “Éclat” literally means “glorious accomplishment and honour”, and this aptly describes this stylish, avant-garde new hotel with lavish furnishings, priceless artworks, eclectic contemporary design and among the most opulent guest room amenities of any hotel anywhere.

A member of the prestigious Small Luxury Hotels of the World(SLH), the 60-room hotel is owned and conceived by sophisticated Hong Kong entrepreneur George Wong, who created and owns the legendary luxury apartment complex Hong Kong Parkview. The hotel is designed by Charles Robertson of LKF designers Limited, whose work includes stylish projects such as the ultra cool Le Meridien Cyberport Hotel in Hong Kong, Starworld Hotel & Casino in Macau and Four Seasons Shanghai.

Scented with bamboo and lotus fragrance, the elegant Éclat Lounge sets the tone and features two original Salvador Dali sculptures worth over several million US$ each, lavish velvet sofas and drapes and vast glass hanging light sculptures in various shades of purple by noted Czech glass artist Jitka Skuhravá, Lasvit. So the afternoon tea at The Éclat Lounge has already become a “must do” for those in the know in Taipei.



All 60 guest rooms are luxuriously equipped with state-of-the-art luxury amenities including 42-inch LCD televisions and internet TV keyboards, Bang & Olufsen CD and audio systems, Nespresso coffee machines, Montblanc desk sets and pens, Philippe Starck desk chairs, Riedel glassware and Salvatore Ferragamo toiletries featuring not the usual three but seven different amenities. A unique glass wall divides the walk in rainforest shower from the living area and can be frosted or defrosted at the touch of a switch, and every room features an original work by Chinese contemporary artist Tang Yuen Hei.


The signature Éclat Suite – already the choice of celebrities visiting Taipei – includes a lighted marble dining table, Swarovski chandeliers, Murano glass sculptures and a Hasten bed from Sweden favoured by royalty and costing a cool US$48,000.

Hotel Éclat’s location could not be better. The hotel is in the heart of the fashionable Da-An district just minutes from the world famous landmark tower Taipei 101, the Tun Hua South Rd luxury shopping district, Taipei’s famous 24-hour Eslite bookstore, and cool nightspots such as the Anhe Road bar street and Taipei’s most chic night club Room 18, which Hotel Éclat’s guests can enjoy complimentary entrance to.

GM Roger RAF Marten, a veteran hotelier, working professionally with his exclusive team raising standards of excellence and making Hotel Éclat the most stylish boutique hotel in Taipei.

For further information, please visit www.eclathotels.com/taipei

2010-03-02

Skal Taipei Organizes New ToastMasters Club

On 27 February, the SKALTaipei Toast Masters Club (STTM) was officially chartered during the SKAL International Taipei Club’s Spring Toast banquet at the Grand Hotel in Taipei. Dr. James Lin, District Governor of Toast Maters International District 67, officiated the ceremony and presented the Charter Certificate to Mayumi Hu, president of the new club.

The founder of the STTM, Edward Lo, encouraged Skal members to consider STTM a means of improving the public speaking ability of their employees. In her inaugural speech, Mayumi Hu pointed out how STTM can improve communications and leadership skills of employees, thus directly contributing to the formation of a better next-generation of tourism leaders. The new ToastMaster’s Club is also seen as a source of potential Young Skal members.

President Hu also pointed out that the Club’s first aim is to win recognition for the club and boost its membership growth while maintaining member satisfaction. Although organization of the club got under way only in October 2009, it already has 28 members.

Lieutenant District Governor of Education and Training, Mike Yang, extended heartfelt congratulations on the chartering of the club, and his feeling of honor at being able to play a role in the chartering process. He expressed the hope that the club’s members will become better communicators and successful leaders of the tourism industry.


Yang also emphasized District 67’s theme for this year: Dig More, Reap More! As members dig more from Toastmasters training, they will learn more and gain more self-confidence and personal growth. After finishing his speech, he presented certificates of appreciation to the new club’s sponsors, mentors, sponsoring clubs, and club founders.

The ceremony was concluded by Lieutenant District Governor of Marketing Grace Shih, who delivered a speech and officiated over the officers’ installation ceremony. She asked each officer to hold the gavel as she briefly explained his or her duties and asked for commitment to the furtherance of the ToastMasters movement.


Skal International
The first Skal Club was founded in 1932 in Paris by travel managers, following an educational tour of Scandinavia. The idea of international goodwill and friendship grew and, in 1934, the “Association Internationale des Skal Clubs” was formed with Florimond Volckaert as its first President, who is considered the “Father of Skal”.
Skal International today has approximately 23,000 members in 525 Clubs throughout 90 nations. Most activities occur at local levels, moving up through National Committees, under the umbrella of Skal International, headquartered at the General Secretariat in Torremolinos, Spain.
The organisation is governed by an Executive Committee of seven members, elected by delegates to an annual General Assembly, held during the World Congress, hosted by a different country each year. This allows members first-hand observation of the travel and tourism potential.