SUITE AL­MATY

Pres­i­den­tial Suites in Kaza­khstan

Jetgala - - CONTENT - By Gay Hsiu Ping

This vi­sion is fu­elling am­bi­tion, es­pe­cially in its for­mer cap­i­tal, Al­maty. It is a city with a long his­tory — its for­mer name, Alma Ata, means “fa­ther of ap­ples”, as it is be­lieved to be the first place on earth where ap­ples grew.

Today, Al­maty re­mains the cul­tural heart and fi­nan­cial cen­tre of the coun­try, with wide streets, cool foun­tains and mu­se­ums stand­ing be­side new fi­nan­cial tow­ers. The con­trast of rick­ety marshrutka minibuses along­side shiny new SUVs is just one sign of the con­tem­po­rary vibe con­verg­ing on the city. In win­ter, ur­ban dwellers make their way to the Zailiysky Alatau moun­tain range, which stands on the bor­der of the ur­ban land­scape.

Al­maty is now gain­ing more at­ten­tion from tourists and in­vestors alike, and its spot along the route of the planned 8,445km Western Europe-Western China Ex­press­way is ex­pected to at­tract even more vis­i­tors. Whether you’re just stop­ping over for re­fu­elling or scout­ing for busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties, you can find top-tier com­fort in some of the city’s best ho­tels.

THE RITZ-CARL­TON, AL­MATY

The Ritz-Carl­ton Suite, the premier ac­com­mo­da­tion choice at

The Ritz-Carl­ton, Al­maty, is nes­tled on the 27th floor of one of the tallest build­ings in the city. Tak­ing full ad­van­tage of its al­ti­tude, the suite fea­tures floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows, of­fer­ing views of both the com­mer­cial cen­tre and the Alatau moun­tains.

With a floor space of 240 square me­tres, the suite com­prises a bed­room, liv­ing room, din­ing room, meet­ing area, kitch­enette and bath­rooms. Warm beige tones are com­ple­mented by dark fur­ni­ture made of stone and wood. Suite guests en­joy per­son­alised shop­ping and but­ler ser­vices.

A DECADE AGO, ITS LAND­LOCKED GE­OG­RA­PHY DID NOT GIVE KAZA­KHSTAN MUCH REA­SON TO BOAST. NOW, THE CEN­TRAL ASIAN COUN­TRY SEES IT­SELF AS AN IM­POR­TANT LINK AMONG EUROPE, ASIA PA­CIFIC AND SOUTH ASIA.

IN­TER­CON­TI­NEN­TAL AL­MATY

Its lo­ca­tion makes the In­ter­Con­ti­nen­tal Al­maty a con­ve­nient base for ex­plor­ing the city’s cul­tural des­ti­na­tions. A 10-minute walk brings you to the Cen­tral State Mu­seum of Kaza­khstan, while a five-minute car ride takes you to the Repub­lic Palace, the Zenkov Cathe­dral and Kok-Tobe Moun­tain. The ho­tel it­self ex­udes a sense of el­e­gance from a dif­fer­ent time, with palm trees lin­ing the lobby.

The Sul­tan Suite on the 11th floor fol­lows the same mood, com­bin­ing nos­tal­gic sen­si­bil­ity with mod­ern com­forts. Dark wooden fur­nish­ings con­trast with robin-egg blue cov­ers, and Victorian-style cur­tains frame a view of the Tian Shan Moun­tains, one of the long­est moun­tain ranges in Cen­tral Asia. The suite of­fers a mas­ter bed­room, din­ing room with full kitchen, sit­ting area, work desk and liv­ing room.

MU­SE­UMS STAND BE­SIDE NEW FI­NAN­CIAL TOW­ERS

ROYAL TULIP AL­MATY

The Royal Tulip Al­maty opened its doors in 2010 but its ar­chi­tec­ture re­flects older eras. The ho­tel build­ing fea­tures a blue dome perched atop a series of Ro­man pil­lars, while in­side, a bright lobby wel­comes vis­i­tors with ivory floors, gold leafac­cented pil­lars, and chan­de­liers hang­ing from a tall ceil­ing. Mo­saic and mar­ble abound through­out the in­te­ri­ors.

Shades of sand and beige dom­i­nate the ho­tel’s Pres­i­den­tial Suite, which com­prises a liv­ing area, din­ing room, two bed­rooms and two bath­rooms. The ho­tel is en route to the Tian Shan Moun­tain range and is just min­utes away from the Abay Opera House and the Medeo ice skat­ing rink.

AL­MATY RE­MAINS THE CUL­TURAL HEART AND FI­NAN­CIAL CEN­TRE OF KAZA­KHSTAN

RIXOS AL­MATY HO­TEL

Sit­u­ated at the heart of the city and close to em­bassies, Rixos

Al­maty Ho­tel — with its vin­tage white and yel­low façade — is hard to miss. In­side, it is an oa­sis of trop­i­cal fo­liage and cool mar­ble floors with a touch of Art Deco on the edges. Its Pres­i­den­tial Suite oc­cu­pies 220 square me­tres and two floors, com­pris­ing three bed­rooms, three bath­rooms, a din­ing room, lounge, kitchen and bal­cony with moun­tain views. The in­te­rior theme is a study of colour and tex­ture — think de­tailed car­pets over wooden floors, or Victorian sil­hou­ettes paired with min­i­mal­ist up­hol­stery. The renowned Rixos Al­maty Spa fea­tures a Turk­ish bath dec­o­rated with tra­di­tional Ot­toman mo­saics.

The Rtiz-Carl­ton, Al­maty is lo­cated atop the Esen­tai Tower, one of the city’s most con­tem­po­rary high-rises

The In­ter­Con­ti­nen­tal Al­maty boasts a cen­tral lo­ca­tion in the city

The Royal Tulip Al­maty is known for its ex­tra-spa­cious rooms

BE­LOW

Rooms at the Donatello Bou­tique Ho­tel of­fer con­tem­po­rary art and quirky fur­ni­ture

The Rixos Al­maty ex­udes an el­e­gant vin­tage charm both in its façade and in­doors

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