SOUND THINK­ING

DestinAsian - - GOOD TO GO - — Christa­belle Palar

Ever the youth­ful and spir­ited child in the Star­wood fam­ily, W Ho­tels has turned up the mu­sic with its first-ever Sound Suite, a pri­vate record­ing stu­dio at W Re­treat & Spa Bali. The space is largely the brain­child of the brand’s North Amer­i­can mu­sic di­rec­tor, DJ White Shadow, who wanted to ad­dress is­sues faced by trav­el­ing mu­si­cians. “I’ve run into many chal­lenges in­clud­ing costly stu­dio rentals, the risk of dis­turb­ing other guests, and not be­ing able to find a suit­able place to lis­ten to or cre­ate mu­sic,” he says. The 50-square-me­ter stu­dio com­prises a mix­ing room and lounge along­side a vo­cal room with di­rect ac­cess to a gar­den. It’s in­tended as a place to nur­ture lo­cal tal­ent, while cater­ing to those from Sin­ga­pore and others pass­ing through the re­gion. Look­ing ahead, W is slated to open mu­sic stu­dios at its prop­er­ties in Hol­ly­wood, Barcelona, and Seat­tle by the end of the year ( wre­treat­bali.com; dou­bles from US$295).

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