A fresh face

Shangri-La’s Far Eastern Plaza Ho­tel re­vi­talises and up­grades its of­fer­ing in Tai­wan’s cap­i­tal city

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Taipei’s tallest ho­tel, Shangri-La’s Far Eastern Plaza Ho­tel, re­cently com­pleted a NT$1.5 bil­lion ren­o­va­tion to all its rooms and suites, as well as the Hori­zon Club Lounge and many other ar­eas of the ho­tel. This ma­jor re­fur­bish­ment, which lasted 18 months, has added ex­cit­ing new el­e­ments to a ho­tel that is al­ready fa­mous for its el­e­gance and wel­com­ing at­mos­phere.

Sung dy­nasty-in­spired cus­tom art­work can be found through­out the ho­tel, from the high­light Along the River dur­ing the

Qing Ming Festival by Tai­wanese artist Shen Cheen, to a fresh new twist on wood­work within the rooms, which is fash­ioned af­ter tra­di­tional Chi­nese-in­spired win­dow frames into eye-catch­ing de­tail­ing around the en­trance, on the ceil­ing and in the mini­bar area. Large pic­ture win­dows in each of the spa­cious, well-ap­pointed gue­strooms al­low sun­light to flood in and also of­fer un­par­al­leled views over Taipei. Mean­while, the 36th-floor Hori­zon Club

Lounge has been reimag­ined and now of­fers a lux­u­ri­ously un­der­stated am­bi­ence in tones of shim­mer­ing grey, with over­sized win­dows that max­imise the city panorama. It’s a great place for guests to en­joy daily break­fast, re­fresh­ments or cock­tails from the cen­tral bar, or for busi­ness trav­ellers to host small meet­ings in the pri­vate meet­ing room.

One of the ho­tel’s great strengths is the di­ver­sity of its din­ing op­tions, with some­thing for ev­ery culi­nary taste. Cre­ative flair is on show at ibuki by Tak­agi Kazuo, Tai­wan’s first Ja­panese restau­rant to op­er­ate with a Miche­lin-starred ap­proach; mean­while, Shangri-La’s sig­na­ture Shang Palace serves au­then­tic Can­tonese cui­sine, and Shang­hai

Pav­il­ion on the 39th floor is re­puted to be the best Shang­hainese restau­rant in the city. One floor be­low on level 38, Marco

Polo is a trendy Ital­ian eatery, and all-day din­ing is avail­able in Café at Far Eastern on the sixth floor, boast­ing a daz­zling buf­fet and à la carte spe­cial­i­ties. Re­lax­ing drinks are avail­able in Li Bai Lounge and the charming Lobby Court, while in the

Marco Polo Lounge a wide se­lec­tion of cre­ative cock­tails are pre­pared by res­i­dent mixol­o­gist Kevin Luo, who can also con­jure up tai­lor-made con­coc­tions for all tastes and pref­er­ences.

Head to level 40 and you’ll find our spec­tac­u­lar rooftop swim­ming pool with panoramic views of the city and sur­round­ing moun­tains, as well as Qi Shi­seido Sa­lon and Spa, a serene space of­fer­ing ther­a­peu­tic treat­ments to soothe body and soul.

See­ing the city from on high is inspiring, so take the time to ven­ture into vi­brant Daan district that sur­rounds the ho­tel. Within easy walk­ing dis­tance you can find shops sell­ing fas­ci­nat­ing lo­cal hand­i­crafts, antiques and fur­ni­ture, bookstores, and imag­i­na­tive pa­per and sta­tionery stores. There’s also a host of restau­rants serv­ing de­li­cious snacks, Tai­wanese and Ja­panese cui­sine in stun­ning architectural lo­ca­tions, as well as stylish bars and cafés, plus, of course, a bustling night mar­ket. All on your doorstep.

Rooftop swim­ming pool Hori­zon Club Lounge Hori­zon Premier Room

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