Kartika Plaza Beach Hotel – Balinese Royal Palace Hotel Design

Although it is the largest resort in Tuban, Kartika Plaza Beach Hotel fits quite harmoniously into this quiet community and offers its guests a full measure of Tuban’s convenience when it comes to airport access, shopping and many entertainment attractions.

The hotel’s vast lobby was designed to reflect the style of Balinese Palace. A majestic central chandelier is mirrored in the polished marble flooring below it. The carefully manicured grounds and gardens spreading out around the reception area add to the impression that rajas, potentates and various other royal personages would feel very much at home here.

Where would visiting royalty choose to stay? The choice at Kartika Plaza Beach Hotel includes 304 ocean-view guest rooms, which includes two President Suites (each of the latter with its very own swimming pool). The hotel also has 82 Balinese-style bungalows. All units at Kartika Plaza Beach Hotel have en suite bathrooms, direct-dial telephone, and safe deposit box, private balconies, and free wi-fi. The hotel stretches a full 525 meters (600 yards) along the Kuta ocean front.

Among the options for wining and dinning are Rejang Restaurant (offering local and international cuisine and open around the clock); Melati (for authentic Indonesian and Asian cuisine); Bamboo Garden (with a splendid Chinese menu); Segara (Italian specialties and ice cream treats); and Kakatua ( the ideal place to enjoy just grilled satays, salads and sunset).

The Kul Kul Bar on the pool terrace provides swim-up service. The Sunset Lounge which overlooks the pool and garden surrounding it, is ideal for cheek to cheek dancing, while the Bali Tavern Pub provides its patrons with food, drink and live musical entertainment nightly. Lively special theme nights feature cultural performance of Balinese dance and music at Rejang Terrace in the evening. The restaurant offers buffets featuring rijstafel, Asian specialties, …

Visiting the Rockefeller Center in New York City

It’s pretty much impossible to miss the Rockefeller Center in New York City. Located in midtown Manhattan, the complex consists of 19 major buildings, the largest of which is the GE Building. Directly in front of this building is a large sunken outdoor plaza which doubles as an ice skating rink in winter and restaurant during the summer months.

During my spring 2008 visit to New York I often found myself in the vicinity of the Rockefeller Center and enjoyed passing the time admiring the skaters, people watching in general, and stopping for something to eat at one of the many restaurants and caf??s in the underground concourse beneath the GE building. For some reason I rarely went to the Center during my 2010 trip to New York City. Maybe it was because I had seen enough of the site previously to feel happy to overlook the area in favour of New York’s many other interesting locations.

Rockefeller Center, or Rockefeller Plaza covers an area encompassing 22 acres (89,000 m2), the borders of which are 48th and 51st streets, and Fifth Avenue to the east, and Sixth Avenue to the west. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1987.

Rockefeller Center was named after John D. Rockefeller, Jr., the only son of his namesake and father, John D. Rockefeller Sr. the wealthy oil magnate. Rockefeller Jr., initially planned a syndicate to build an opera house for the Metropolitan Opera on the site, but changed his mind after the stock market crash of 1929 and the withdrawal of the Metropolitan from the project. Faced with the choice of abandoning the project completely or building and financing the Center himself, Rockefeller Jr., chose to build, turning the construction project into the largest private building project ever undertaken in modern history.

Of …