Category: China

Special introductory rates from the Swissotel Grand Shanghai

Special introductory rates from the Swissotel Grand Shanghai

Stay at the new Swissotel Grand Shanghai between now and August and you’ll get to take advantage of their introductory rate of $178 a night. á This is Swissotel’s third hotel in China, on the back of earlier projects in Beijing and Kunshan. The five-star hotel has á467 rooms and suites and áfour restaurants, and […]

See the Great Wall from your room!

See the Great Wall from your room!

If you’re in China for the Olympics and looking to explore further afield, then take a look at Red Capital Ranch; it áis hidden away in the countryside about an hour from Beijing. The Great Wall is so close you can see unrestored sections of it from your room, and you can walk up it […]

Beijing's hotels continue to open in time for the Olympics

Beijing’s hotels continue to open in time for the Olympics

The Grand Millennium Beijing, which is due to have its grand opening in mid-June, ‘soft opened’ last week. It’s a 5-star hotel with 521 guest rooms, three levels of spa and fitness services, restaurants offering a variety of different cuisines, the latest in meeting and conference facilities and hotel-wide broadband access. á Early opening rates […]

Seven-star hotel in Hangzhou, China

I’ve previously expressed my dislike of seven-star hotels – not because of their standards, but because of their self-accredited classification. á Worldwide, there are no official, national hotel classification schemes that allocate 6 or 7 star awards. á This aside, apparently there’s another one on the horizon, and this time it’s heading for Hangzhou in […]

The Plateau at the Grand Hyatt, Hong Kong

The Plateau at the Grand Hyatt, Hong Kong

The Plateau at the Grand Hyatt – the birthplace of the residential spa concept – is a spa on the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong‘s 11th floor and includes 14 rooms for treatments and sleeping, with thick futons, enormous granite bathtubs, and a compact ryokan-meets-yacht-cabin design. Well-trained therapists deliver spa treatments as though they were room […]

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. á 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. á áTheir 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 áWeekend 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. á 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. á 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 á- is offering special introductory rates for as low as $200 per night until 29th áFebruary á2008. 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 ájust 13 áyears 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 […]

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