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Next up in our Sweet Suite series is this gem from the Hotel Indigo Shanghai on the Bund. Now, we've fallen in love with this place before—specifically, the lobby, with its book-lined shelves, curvy walls, and that lonely yellow bicycle.
But today, we're heading upstairs to the Glamour Suite, which is one of three "Icon suites" located inside the hotel. How did this one get to be so glamorous, you ask? The designers had originally wanted to create three major suites (Shanghai past, present, and future), but the hotel decided to "take things to the next level," and ended up naming the suites Shanghai Deco, Shanghai Glamour and Shanghai Future.
As you can see from the photos, everything—from the mirror-paneled nightstand to the turquoise couch to the marble martini bar—is way over the top. But in a good, life-is-short-so-why-not? kinda way.
The fixtures are designed to "reflect contemporary Shanghai's glamour".
They're also meant to make you feel more glamorous. For example, if you suddenly get inspired to throw a private cocktail party, you can gather in the 12-seat dining room, which has giant windows overlooking Pudong. On top of that, there's also an outdoor terrace that can hold up to 20 people, with views over the Bund.
Ever feel like glamping would just be sooo much cooler if your tent was completely see-through? Well, a France-based company called BubbleTree has gone ahead and designed one. It's called a "Bubble", and it's made of clear vinyl that allows plenty of sunshine (or, in other cases, nosy neighbors) to filter through.
To acquaint Chinese customers with the product, RocketNews reports that BubbleTree installed one of their bubbles on a street corner in Chengdu last weekend. And to make things really realistic, there was even a young girl living inside it for two days, going about her business like reading an iPad and reclining on the bed.
Unsurprisingly, the stunt worked: the bubble hotel sparked the interest of hundreds of passersby (and just as many iPhone cameras).
Inside, the girl sprawled out in her fully-furnished, 100% see-through hotel room (bed, table, dresser, armchair, ottoman all included) and showed the world how wonderful it was to be seen by…the world.
Kinda makes you think twice about the expression "killer view", doesn't it?
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When we mentioned at the beginning of the year that Aman Resorts would be opening a third property in China, very few details were available other than its location in the city of Lijiang, in the western province of Yunnan, towards the border with Myanmar (Burma).
We’ve since talked about the June opening of Aman Canal Grande in Venice, and now we have a few more details on what will be called AmanDayan, as well as word on two additional properties in Vietnam and Jordan.
While some in the travel industry are promoting wellness retreats as group-style getaways on isolated resorts that include daily workouts and a dumbed-down diet, the Banyan Tree brand has its own plan to help lower your blood pressure: They combine the local nature and culture, stick you in a suite, and close the door behind them.
It's true. Space and privacy are big selling points of Banyan Tree properties, such as the five-star Macau resort with in-room private relaxation pools. As it reads right on its homepage, "The philosophy behind the hotels, resorts, residences, spas, retail galleries and destination club is based on rejuvenation of the body, mind and soul – a Sanctuary for the Senses."
Opening this summer, the Banyan Tree Chongqing Beibei 0 will take things to the next level. Set amongst the alleged healing waters of the North Hot Springs outside of Chongqing, this baby is essentially built into a hillside and will feature 107 suites and villas with private hot spring pools (using the water from the North Hot Springs). There will be 48 Hot Spring Retreats and 59 Hot Spring Villas as well as seven different indoor/outdoor springs throughout the property. As you can see from the photo, this will be a retreat in every sense of the word.
The Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong gets into the Easter spirit by asking the age old question--which comes first--the chicken or the egg?
To be honest, we prefer not to get into such debates. Instead, we'll focus on the cute as hell eye candy brought to you front-and-center from the hotel's delectable Mandarin Cake Shop.
Sing it now, "rubber ducky, your the one..." What, you don't know this song? Gah! To the corner with ya!
[Photo: Instagram/Mandarin Oriental Hotels]
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As we learned from our extensive coverage of Anthony Bourdain’s “The Layover” show, a stopover in a city can be as fun as you make it. And if you’re a savvy traveler (which we know most of you are), many of you will plan your flight arrangements to include a break in a city that you love or want to cross off your bucket list. Certain routes seem conducive to extended layovers—Beijing being one of them.
But instead of holing up in an airport lounge of one-of-the world’s most historic and exciting cities, the Four Seasons Hotel Beijing has come up with a better idea--the “Experience the Best of Beijing in 72 Hours” package.
For the first time ever, tourists can spend up to 72 hours in Beijing sans visa. So, now a hotel staff member will arrive at Beijing Capital International Airport, tuck you into a FS car (either limo or BMW 5, hand you a steaming cup of traditional tea, then whisk you away to the hotel to get freshened up.
Between a Japanese public toilet, an English yellow submarine, a beer barrel, and a Tasmanian morgue, we have seen a lot of hotels that are, let’s say, a little different. Whether it’s just for the novelty factor, or to make a particular statement, we usually take an approach that says: whatever floats your boat – if there are guests out there willing to pay for it, then here’s to you.
This week’s oddball that’s doing the rounds everywhere from CNN to Inthralld is the Haoduo Panda Inn in China, and as much as we appreciate and support wanting to draw attention to the endangered panda, we kind of can’t decide: is this cute or creepy?
Luxury hotels are opening left, right, and center in China; our recent archives are full of them. So humor us for a second, imagine we’d ask you to close your eyes and describe a new luxury hotel opening in a major Chinese city. How would you do it?
If you’re like us, it would go something like this: glassy high-rise, say, attached to a high-end mall? Check. Interiors done up in a mix of whites, greys, and woods, with a dash of contemporary Asian? Check, check. Large rooms, a Club floor, a mix of restaurants (both Chinese and Western, ideally some fusion in there) with a hip bar? Triple check.
Maybe some business and conference facilities, with the latest technology, as well as a swanky spa? Check, check, CHECK – and...welcome to the new Mandarin Oriental Guangzhou.
The boutique brand will feature a burnished bronze "dragon" that will wrap around the facade of the new building acting as a screen for shielding the interior from heat and harnessing solar power.
Each of the 138 rooms is individually designed to reflect the flare of the historic Wan Chai neighborhood. Keeping with Hong Kong's colonial heritage, the rooms will marry both Asian and European influences with a modern touch. Along with the unique design, the entire property will offer complimentary WiFi throughout.
This week couldn't end without discussing a new Shangri-La hotel, could it? Of course not!
So, besides gushing about the über-plush and attentive service the hotel chain will bring to their newest property debuting in March in Qufu, East-central China, we'll detail their elaborate and unique opening celebration.
The 502-room behemoth will be the first international hotel chain for the city that's better known as Confucius' hometown. While the folks at Shangri-La will be wowing guests with luxury amenities and comfy guestrooms, we like the the events surrounding the ribbon cutting because it involves beautiful food, and, in this case, a food roadshow!
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Aman New Delhi
As of February 1, Aman New Delhi will be rebranded as The Lodhi, leaving the Aman brand behind. You wouldn't expect it perhaps based on the hotel’s exterior, but the nine-story building contains just 31 rooms and eight suites, all in a very contemporary and subdued style. Each room comes with its own private terrace, while suites sprawl out over 1,800 square-feet. A lower structure contains an additional 14 Lodhi suites, and Lodhi Pool suites, with up to three bedrooms, have access to their own private pool (prices for these come with the label "on request").
China is hot in the world of hotels, as we all know. There’s the dizzying number of properties being opened or announced on a near daily basis, and then InterContinental Hotel Group went and created an entire brand (Hualuxe) just for the Chinese market.
It’s perhaps no surprise then that another new premium hotel brand dedicated to China will be showing up in the next few years: Ahn Luh Resorts & Residences. But, there are a number of reasons why we are intrigued by Ahn Luh, not least among which is the fact that one of the people behind it is Adrian Zecha, founder of drool-worthy (and bank-account busting) Amanresorts and co-founder of GHM Hotels.