2) The Shangri-La Lhasa- April 2014
Nestled in the heart of the Himalayas, the luxury urban resort of Shangri-La Hotel, Lhasa is a paradise for travellers. Not only does it offer them luxuriant sanctuary in one of the world’s highest cities, the hotel’s unique oxygen lounge and reflexology pavilion ensure they adjust to the altitude of Lhasa. The cool patio of the Lodgers Lounge overlooks the city and majestic mountains, and the hotel’s 262 contemporary guestrooms and 17 suites boast Tibetan architecture.
All the lodgings also come with spectacular views of the Potala Palace, a breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage Site and traditional residence of the Dalai Lamas as well as surrounding Himalayas. From here, you can travel by car to each of Tibet’s magnificent holy lakes and return to meet friends at Shambala for a taste of local barley wine and authentic Tibetan-Yunnan tapas.
The hotel is set to open in April 2014 with rooms at $400 a night as part of their opening offer.
1) Yanqi Lake Kempinski Hotel, Beijing- Mid 2014
European luxury hotel company Kempinski’s 20th and largest property in China also seems like the grandest in the mainland. Scheduled to open in mid-2014, the resort, set on 14-square-kilometre grounds in the heart of scenic Yanqi Lake, Beijing, includes hotels, spas, restaurants, bars and MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Exhibitions) facilities. A total of 595 guestrooms and suites are spread across, with 306 rooms at Yanqi Lake Kempinski Hotel Beijing, located on the main land, as well as 111 rooms at the State Guest House.
The remaining 178 rooms span 12 Boutique Hotels, on a private island taking the union of European hospitality and Chinese tradition to another level of luxury. Then there is the venue’s culinary volley of 14 food and beverage establishments including German restaurant and bar, Paulaner Brauhaus, besides the many cuisines on offer, ranging from various types of Chinese to authentic European recipes. But the best facet still remains and it’s not the 18-hole golf course.
It’s the hotel’s shape of the rising sun that besides being extraordinary symbolizes harmony, unity and infinity.