Luxury nightlife and dining establishment
Ce La Vi, which sits atop
Marina Bay Sands, is taking its
brand of glitz to breathtaking
heights in other cities.
It is expanding later this year to
Kuala Lumpur, where it will overlook
Petronas Towers, and Taipei
and Dubai next year.
Mr Ravi Thakran, chairman and
managing partner of L Catterton
Asia, which has a controlling stake
in it, told The Straits Times: “Ce La
Vi is one of our signature companies
in the portfolio and is now starting
to accelerate its position and global
expansion in a big way.”
He is particularly proud of the upcoming
Ce La Vi in Dubai, which
will be on the rooftop of The Address
Sky View Dubai Hotel in the
downtown area, describing it as a
double “wow” venue in “the heart
of Dubai, where the bulk of activity
in retail, fashion, music and food
and beverage is centred”.
“This puts the asset into a new
league altogether. We’re also in discussion
with major players in Shanghai
and Chongqing (in China).
Chongqing is building a phenomenal
project which almost looks like
Gotham City, with five buildings
and a major rooftop location,” said
Mr Thakran, referring to the city setting
of the Batman comic series.
He also said that talks to open
are going on in London and Paris,
“where we might have an opportunity
with some of our own group
L Catterton Asia has also built up
Ce La Vi’s leadership team to
strengthen the brand.
“We’ve brought international
talent from Las Vegas, New York
and London, we’ve renovated the
restaurant, and all the designs are
meant to wow people.”
The dust also seems to have finally
settled for Ce La Vi, which was
beset by trademark and other legal
issues, and had to be renamed from
KuDeTa in June 2015.
The Straits Times understands
that those matters have been resolved,
which has cleared the way
for Ce La Vi to expand much faster
across the globe.
While he did not comment directly
on Ce La Vi’s past issues, Mr
Thakran noted: “Even some of the
assets, where we had some issues –
I always maintain that any company
you take will have issues – but
we stay the course and our job is to
add value and build the companies.
“Now we’ve complete control of
this company, we certainly are looking
to driving it with gusto and
building something spectacular.”
Source: The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission