Jacada Travel has launched the Explorer Lounge at its Hong Kong office and Asia hub in Lyndhurst Terrace, Central.
Managing Director and Founder of Jacada Travel, Alex Malcolm, explains the idea behind the Explorer’s Lounge: “With Jacada Travel the fun doesn’t start at the beginning of your trip, but from the moment you step into the Explorer Lounge. Hence, we’ve created a space that reflects the Jacada Travel experience: relaxed, stylish, and inspiring. This project has been exciting throughout for me, watching the space fill up and the Lounge come to life. I believe the lounge will help us to plan even better and more personal trips with our guests, as the setting will bring them away from the bustle of the city and put them in the holiday mood. We love hearing the glowing stories of our client’s experiences upon their return. Likewise, we are eager to share our knowledge and inspiration to start planning their next trip!”
When clients enter the Explorer Lounge, they are met by one of Jacada’s Travel Designers. Over coffee, tea or a glass of wine, the client and travel designer study maps, photographs, and share experiences of some of the world’s most impressive destinations.
“We’ve not only created a calm, comfortable lounge where clients can meet us to start planning their next trip, but we’ve also crafted a carefully designed hideaway to provide a chic and inspiring retreat for Hong Kong’s most discerning travellers”, says Malcolm.
Malcolm appointed Candace Campos and her team at ID-entity Design, a multi – disciplinary design practice, to take care of the interior creative planning and execution. The Explorer Lounge is decked out with vintage maps, trinkets, plush seats, lighting fixtures by the French industrial designer Sergio Mouille, and hand woven tapestries from the Jacada team’s travels. A pair of Kilin armchairs by the late Rio-born architect and designer Sergio Rodrigues adorn the lounge.
Around the lounge, you will also find traditional Khmer scarves from Cambodia, intricate hand-carved Maasai statues and iconic Maasai textiles from Tanzania, a shadow puppet from Vietnam, an African wooden handled fly swat made with real horse hair, a coffee table photography book from luxury safari company Singita, natural beauty products from the Alila hotel group. Campos explains, “It was important for us to create an environment that echos the countries that Jacada’s customers will visit. The Explorer Lounge will be a space where customers can touch, feel, and experience the journeys they will soon take.”
The Lounge has an additional purpose which Cerise Tsang, Asia Marketing and PR Manager elaborates on, “The Explorer Lounge is a concept in itself, the space is not only for consulting and meeting our clients, but to be used for small intimate VIP events. With our prime location and personal space we want to stretch beyond the practice of a tour operator by working with our brand partners and local community on high-value collaborative events and workshops such as gourmet itineraries, wine tastings, family travel, wellness, arts and culture initiatives and more.”
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