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March 2, 2016

Jacada Travel Launches The Explorer Lounge in Hong Kong

By Zahra Al-Kateb

jacadaLeading boutique tour operator and experts in luxury private guided travel, Jacada Travel, are delighted to launch The Explorer Lounge at their Hong Kong office and Asia hub in Lyndhurst Terrace, Central.

In a rare and sophisticated space in the eminent neighbourhood of Central, the team at Jacada Travel Hong Kong welcome all discerning travellers to this tastefully hidden city oasis filled with artefacts from the company’s travels around the world.

Enter a world where bespoke adventures and dream holidays are carefully crafted and made possible by a team of worldly Travel Designers.

What is The Explorer Lounge?

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!”

The experience starts at first contact

When entering The Explorer Lounge, clients will be met by one of Jacada Travel’s highly experienced Travel Designers. Guests can take a seat and make themselves comfortable over a coffee, tea, or even a glass of wine. Then it’s time to talk travel. Pour over maps, be inspired by striking photographs, and let the Jacada team share their experiences of some of the world’s most impressive destinations. Forget the stress associated with planning a vacation: they take care of the details, so customers can just sit back and start looking forward to their big trip.

Where is The Explorer Lounge?

The Explorer Lounge is in a unique space in Hong Kong: a thoughtfully designed, intimate oasis in the city, focused on exciting luxury travel. “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.

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The design

Malcolm appointed Candace Campos and her team at ID-entity Design, a HK based multi – disciplinary design practice, to take care of the interior creative planning and execution. The Explorer Lounge is decked out with vintage maps, interesting trinkets, comfortable 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. With their leather sling-seats, they were chosen not only for their safari feel, but also crucially for their association with Rio de Janeiro – the city in which the concept for Jacada Travel was born. The Brazilian designer also worked with the wood from the jacaranda tree, which was the inspiration behind the name ‘Jacada’.

Around the lounge, 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 are featured. 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!”

Jacada Travel aspire to extend the experience from beginning to end like a contagious smile ear to ear, knowing clients are well taken care of by real travel enthusiasts that will genuinely care for their comfort and wellbeing during their trip of a lifetime.

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