* Indonesian brokerage beats out competition from 14 other countries to take first prize at Asia’s most-respected real estate industry awards
* Spread across 14 hectares of beachfront and hillside land in South Lombok, the luxury resort project broke ground this year and is scheduled to open in 2023
* Judges selected Invest Islands’ signature resort ahead of more established international resorts based in Penang, Malaysia and Greater Niseko, Japan
Lombok, December 8, 2020 — Torok Hill Resort by Invest Islands, with its panoramic Indian Ocean views and luxury facilities on the south coast of Lombok island, has been named ‘Best Hospitality Development’ at the PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards 2020. The ambitious project gave Indonesia the prestigious award ahead of fellow finalists from Japan and Malaysia.
Set for completion in early 2023, the high-end destination will be built over 14 hectares and broke ground earlier this year. It features 22 duplex beachfront villas and more than 80 one-, two- and three-bedroom properties located on a stepped hillside. Using sustainable design and locally sourced materials, all villas come with panoramic views and private swimming pools. The development is being constructed with the help of Bali-based heavyweights Tunas Jaya Sanur (TJS).
“We are absolutely delighted to win this award, especially as we felt a little pressure representing Indonesia on a continental stage” said Jack Brown, co-founder of Invest Islands. “Myself and my business partner Kevin Deisser created the company only a few years ago, so to get such recognition so early in our journey is amazing. We are very proud of the project and of all those involved, so must thank our staff, partners, and all our Indonesian and international clients.”
Invest Islands is one of the fastest-growing property development companies in Indonesia. Based in Kuta, Lombok, it qualified for the Asian finals after winning in the ‘Best Upcoming Hotel Development’ category at the PropertyGuru Awards for Indonesia in early November.
Sustainability is one of the pillars of Invest Islands and each of the 100+ units at Torok Hill Resort will feature energy-saving features such as rainwater catchment tanks, greywater reuse systems, and solar roof panels. Its two-storey 700sqm Waves Beach Club and Restaurant will be constructed from locally sourced bamboo and recognize indigenous architecture.
“To win a PropertyGuru Asia award is a dream come true for us, but to beat such esteemed and established competition while staying true to our principles is unbelievable,” said Mr Deisser, whose development was selected by judges ahead of Courtyard by Marriott’s Tropicana 218 Macalister in Penang, Malaysia, and the Vale Rusutsu in Greater Niseko, Japan.
“We designed the Torok Hill Resort with the intention of creating a luxurious option that could also have genuine, positive impact on Lombok and we believe the final design achieves this,” added Mr Deisser. “Half residential, half resort, the project combines Lombok’s traditions with photogenic fea tures that should create global exposure in a modern, connected world. It will also employ 80 per cent Indonesians and bring wider exposure to our charitable arm, the Invest Islands Foundation.”
For the first time, the 15th annual PropertyGuru Asia Awards Asia ceremony was held completely online because of the pandemic, yet featured a virtual gala event and awards presentation. It was broadcast live online as a virtual gala event and awards ceremony.
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About Invest Islands
Founded by Kevin Deisser and Jack Brown in 2015, Invest Islands is a fully licensed property brokerage company. Registered in Lombok as PT PMA Invest Indonesian Islands and Hong Kong under AIG Asian Is land Group, the privately owned company offers foreign investors a secure ownership structure in Indonesia. Invest Islands’ vision is to find undervalued plots of land, then delivering clients secure and affordable financial products through property investments. The company’s core beliefs revolve around sustainability and realistic growth in line with the natural development of the market.
About the PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards
The PropertyGuru Asia Property Awards were established in Thailand in 2005 to distinguish the top proper ties and development firms in Southeast Asia. The awards programme has since expanded to honour the finest properties and development firms in mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macau; Australia; South Asia
(India, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives); and Japan. With a professionally run judging system supervised by BDO, one of the world’s largest auditing and accountancy firms, the Asia Property Awards is the gold stan dard in real estate. Presented by global brand Kohler, the 6th Annual PropertyGuru Indonesia Property Awards are the most respected and most sought-after real estate industry honours.