SEMINYAK ~ One of Bali’s leading developers, PT Hanno Bali, was awarded a prestigious innovation award by the central government at the weekend, honoring the firm headed by Canadian Hanno Soth and Bali director Wayan Tana for its high-tech approach to villa construction.
In March the company launched its upscale C151 Resort Seminyak, in the high-end area of Kuta renowned for luxury properties, fine dining and arguably one of Bali’s most internationally renowned nightspots, Ku De Ta.
“This award was very unexpected and we feel very proud, very honored to receive the Citra Insani award from the Ministry of Justice,” Soth told a press briefing in Bali on Wednesday, after a trip to Jakarta to receive the honor.
Innovative: PT Hanno Bali director Wayan Tana, left, and president director Hanno Soth receive their award in Jakarta at the weekend.
The Citra Insani award has been given out annually since 1999, and pays tribute to people’s innovation, especially in contributing to the development of Indonesia. No one from Bali has previously been awarded the prize.
“This award can motivate our efforts in our future endeavors,” said Tana, whose company is developing a string of islands near Singapore into luxury private getaways as well as ultra-modern residences on Bukit Bandung on the southern tip of Bali.
“It is an interesting thing bringing state-of-the-art technology – to a ricefield,” said Soth of the 2-hectare development that comprises 21 “SMART” villas.
The villas feature cutting-edge technology from around the world, including underwater speakers in every swimming pool; a home theater replete with massaging beds; high-speed internet; electronically controlled curtains; computerized lights, spas and steam rooms that usually illicit the word “Wow” from the average 300 visitors the view the C151 show villa monthly, Soth said.
“It’s the best of both worlds: a high-tech, modern environment amid Bali’s famed culture,” he said. (BT)