AHEAD Asia shortlist announced

AHEAD, the Awards for Hospitality Experience and Design, has revealed its shortlist of entries for the inaugural AHEAD Asia awards which will be held in 2017. AHEAD celebrates the very best of design in all its forms and the guest experience it creates in hospitality projects across the region.

The AHEAD Asia awards ceremony will take place on 7 March 2017 during Singapore Design Week at the historic Capitol Theatre, Singapore.

The award categories are: 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; Outstanding Contribution.

Following their completion between September 2015 and September 2016, the following projects have been shortlisted for the awards:

Bar, Club or Lounge

  • Akademi at Kamama – Bali, Indonesia
  • Baa Baa Beach Club at Finolhu – Maldives
  • COO – Singapore
  • Grand Club at Grand Hyatt Hong Kong


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

Hotel Renovation & Restoration

  • Chiva-Som International Health Resort – Hua Hin, Thailand
  • Galle 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
  • Parkside Serviced Suites by Lanson Place – Shanghai, China
  • Park Hyatt – Guangzhou, China

Resort Hotel

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


  • Baba Chews at Hotel Indigo – Singapore Katong
  • Colony at Ritz Carlton Millennia– Singapore
  • MoVida at Katamama – Bali, Indonesia
  • Seasonal Tastes at Westin Jakarta Hotel – Bali

Spa & Wellness

  • Anantara Peace Haven Resort – 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

AHEAD Asia’s panel of judges is comprised of hoteliers, architects, interior designers and industry commentators, who will assess entries on their aesthetic excellence, guest experience and commercial viability, via a rigorous process established over fifteen years of the European Hotel Design Awards.

The judging process for AHEAD Asia has been carefully developed to ensure a rigorous, robust and balanced procedure is followed to select the final winners in each category.

Awards Director, Matt Turner comments: “We are delighted to be building on the success of our existing awards schemes with the global expansion of AHEAD. We look forward to celebrating the fabulous guest experiences that architects and designers create for owners, operators and developers in hotel projects across the world.”

AHEAD covers four regions; Asia, Americas, Middle East and Africa (MEA) and Europe. With Grohe as Headline Sponsor, an annual awards scheme will take place in each region throughout 2017 and 2018. The awards will culminate in a Global Biennale which will see the winners of the eight regional heats compete head-to-head to decide a worldwide winner in each category in 2019.