Category: China

The most luxurious train in the world?

According to the AFP, the most luxurious train in the world could be beginning operations in China later this year: China will launch “the most luxurious train in the world” to ply the route from Beijing to Tibet’s capital Lhasa, state media reported Sunday. However, a ride on the train, which will begin operations on […]

Nick Faldo Golf Package from Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa, Siem Reap

Nick Faldo Golf Package from Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa, Siem Reap

$251 per person will buy you the Nick Faldo Golf Package from Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa, Siem Reap. It includes 2 nights accommodation in a superior room, airport transfers, and a round of golf (caddy included) on the new Nick Faldo golf course close to Angkor Wat.   This leaves you with ample remaining […]

A landmark year for The Peninsula Hong Kong

A landmark year for The Peninsula Hong Kong

The Peninsula Hong Kong is running a number of themed activities this year, to celebrate its 80th anniversary of service excellence.    Their 80th Anniversary Rejuvenation Package is for 2 people, using the Private Spa for Two, and includes a 30-minute salt and oil full body exfoliation, an 80-minute Aromatherapy massage and Oriental head massage, […]

Wine and chocolate heaven at Hong Kong's Landmark Mandarin Oriental

Wine and chocolate heaven at Hong Kong’s Landmark Mandarin Oriental

Tailor-made wine and culinary programmes are being launched at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, later this month. Their first  Weekend Connoisseur package takes place on the weekend of 21st-24th March 2008 and includes 2 nights’ deluxe accommodation, a bottle of Ruinart Champagne, a 3-course lunch, an 8-course dinner, a Champagne brunch, daily breakfast, a […]

Beijing's Water Cube

Beijing’s Water Cube

Look out for the Water Cube at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.   This national aquatics centre was official unveiled last month and will host diving and swimming events between 8th and 24th August 2008. The complex cost over 1 billion yuan (that’s a little shy of $150 million), covers 65,000 square metres and will […]

Seduction at St. Regis

Seduction at St. Regis

Embrace romance in an alluring setting where even the smallest gesture creates indelible memories. Celebrate with Champagne, and wake up to breakfast in bed surrounded by the scent of fresh flowers. Participating St. Regis Hotels & Resorts include the St. Regis Hotel, New York, St. Regis Grand Hotel, Rome, The Lanesborough, St. Regis Hotel, Beijing […]

Shanghai’s most anticipated hotel opening

Honoured as Shanghai’s ‘Most Expected Hotel’ by a panel of professional media specialists, members of the industry elite and World Traveller Magazine readers, the Jumeirah Han Tang Xintiandi will boast several unique attractions once completed – including a purpose-built wedding pavilion and signature Chinese restaurant – to complement the super-luxury guest rooms and service for […]

The most popular destinations for adventure travellers?

The most popular destinations for adventure travellers?

iExplore, named the Best Adventure Travel Website by Forbes Magazine and Travel + Leisure, has announced a list of top 10 world travel destinations as determined by purchases made by adventure and experiential travellers.   Egypt retains its number one spot, but South Africa jumps to the number 2 spot (from 19th position the year […]

Hyatt on the rise

Hyatt on the rise

Between early 2008 and late 2009, Hyatt will open three hotels in imposing structures currently being erected in Beijing, Shanghai and Moscow. Since the opening of the Grand Hyatt Tokyo in Mori’s Roppongi Hills or of the Grand Hyatt Shanghai in the striking Jin Mao Tower, the Hyatt name is becoming increasingly synonymous with ambitious […]

Special introductory rates from The Ritz-Carlton, Beijing

Special introductory rates from The Ritz-Carlton, Beijing

The new Ritz-Carlton, Beijing – the company’s third property in China, and a timely addition given the forthcoming summer Olympics in the city next year  - is offering special introductory rates for as low as $200 per night until 29th  February  2008. Designed by the renowned design consultants, Hirsch Bedner Associates of Atlanta, the hotel’s […]

The amazing growth of Banyan Tree

The amazing growth of Banyan Tree

From just one property in 1994, in  just 13  years Banyan Tree has expanded to more than twenty properties today. But perhaps all the more impressive is the awards that it’s picked up along the way. Over the past decade and more, Banyan Tree has received an incredible 340 awards. Mostly recently, Banyan Tree Lijiang […]

Great post-Thanksgiving deals from My WishList

Great post-Thanksgiving deals from My WishList

In the spirit of post-Thanksgiving shopping, some limited-time luxury travel deals will be available starting next week on My WishList, American Express’ popular, seasonal e-tail web site.    Their storefront offers all card members the opportunity to buy limited quantities of the season’s most wished-for items at discounts of 24-80% (Ultimate Wish Giveaways discounted 100%) […]

The Great Wheel of China

The Great Wheel of China

You’re probably already familiar with the likes of the London Eye and  the Singapore Flyer, but you might not have yet heard that a similar project is underway in Beijing. The Great Wheel of China, situated in Chaoyang Park to the north-east of the city centre,  will be the world’s tallest ferris wheel (and about […]

Big expansion plans for Marriott in China and India

Big expansion plans for Marriott in China and India

At the moment, Marriott International has some 25 hotels in China, but it’s been suggested by the chairman J.W. Marriott that that figure could rise to 100 in “five to six years”.   No longer is the company focussing on the big cities such as Beijing and Shanghai, but instead they’re looking to expand to […]

Shangri-La Hotel, Huhhot

Shangri-La Hotel, Huhhot

Less than half an hour’s drive from Baita International Airport, Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts has opened  a new hotel: the Shangri-La Hotel, Huhhot.   It’s the Chinese city’s first five star international deluxe hotel, offering 375 guest rooms and suites, as well as 11 spacious apartments for long term guests, some with views of Qingcheng […]

The continued global growth of the luxury hotel industry

Luxury  travel seems to have prospered in recent years and luxury hotels in the US are enjoying high levels of occupancy, enabling them to push  prices up rapidly –  up 7.3% this year, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers. As Starwood Capital Group develops the Crillon chain and the new Baccarat Hotels & Resorts, Marriott International is bringing […]

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