Last week, I sat down with Michael Ault – a doyen of the dance-club world with 35 clubs in over 10 cities to his credit – and we talked about his latest party: Pangaea in Singapore.
Pangaea is an ultra luxe lounge that sits beneath the casino complex of Marina Bay Sands (MBS). For three nights a week it hosts the famous, the rich and the obscenely rich for a party till dawn.
At first glance the space seems lush but not mind-blowing. But, the decadence is in the details. Above our heads, sweeping across the ceiling, are 20,000 individual bulbs casting an intimate glow on the Safari-themed exotica that doubles as up furniture. Partygoers rest their drinks on 1000 –year-old saur tree tops or Ralph Lauren tables. They sit on animal skinned sofas – from ostrich to crocodile and they dance on granite podiums that line the 19 tables that dot the room because there is no dance-floor.
This is the private party, perfected.
“Where do the top people party? At house parties – where they have great service, great music and a door they can control so it is safe and the service is fantastic,” explains Ault on the demands of his niche group of clients.
“That’s what we do – we do a high end house party every night.”
He says his 4000 square feet establishment grosses $300,000 weekly for the 3 nights it is opened whereas the top clubs in Las Vegas such as Pure, Tao & Tryst gross approximately $1 million per week and their spaces stretch to around 30,000 square feet.