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THE up­scale Rosewood Ho­tels & Re­sorts has opened its first prop­erty in China, a lux­u­ri­ous 283-room Beijing bolt­hole fea­tur­ing in­te­ri­ors by Mel­bournebased de­sign out­fit BAR Stu­dio, six restau­rants and a soon-to-de­but day spa. Lo­cated in the Chaoyang Dis­trict op­po­site the fa­mous CCTV Tower, the ho­tel fea­tures large, apart­ment-style gue­strooms and suites with comfy win­dow seats to make the most of the build­ing’s down­town views.

Frette li­nen, be­spoke bath­room ameni­ties by Florence-based Lorenzo Vil­loresi, Ne­spresso ma­chine, mood light­ing and selections of books add to the cosy res­i­den­tial mood in the smooth-as-silk rooms where the muted pal­ette has been in­spired by tra­di­tional Chi­nese paint­ings.

Club Floor rooms have ac­cess to one of the best lounges any­where, equipped with a sit­ting room, li­brary and bil­liard den and serv­ing top-flight cock­tails and cham­pagnes. Beyond the usual in­clu­sions of break­fast, af­ter­noon tea and canapés, lounge guests can or­der packed lunches or even an in-room foot­bath.

Ho­tel fa­cil­i­ties in­clude an in­door, heated swimming pool, fit­ness cen­tre and yoga stu­dio. Strik­ing de­sign fea­tures in­clude an en­trance clad in Mon­go­lian blue­stone and a five-storey lobby adorned with an enor­mous paint­ing in­spired by the tra­di­tional Shan­shui land­scapes of the Song dy­nasty.Re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als, in­clud­ing old bricks sal­vaged from de­mol­ished build­ings on the out­skirts of the city, have been in­cor­po­rated into the ho­tel’s de­sign.

A green tea gim­let on the ter­race or in win­ter by the fire in the lobby.

Chef Jar­rod Ver­biak, pro­tege of cel­e­brated New York-based Daniel Boulud, heads the ho­tel’s lively Bistrot B where a large open is­land kitchen turns out both French fare and Asian favourites; think bouil­l­abaisse and foie gras burg­ers along­side black pep­per crab and prawn laksa. Leave room for the Oo­long tea creme brulee. The ho­tel has five more din­ing out­lets in­clud­ing the rus­tic Coun­try Kitchen spe­cial­is­ing in north­ern clas­sics such as wood-roasted Pek­ing duck, Hangzhou aged ham and clay­pot pork belly. Chef Leo Chai’s top-notch team in­cludes a noo­dle master.

Madame Zhu’s Kitchen (con­tem­po­rary Chi­nese); Opera Bom­bana (Ital­ian); Janes and Hooch (cock­tails).

Ex­plore Beijing’s bur­geon­ing con­tem­po­rary art scene in the very un-touristy Caochangdi precinct; don’t miss The Three Shad­ows Pho­tog­ra­phy Art Cen­tre or Pekin Fine Arts.

Time to Dis­cover open­ing pack­age from CNY2188 ($430) for a deluxe room with the op­tion of a CNY500 sup­ple­ment for Manor Club lounge ac­cess. Valid to Fe­bru­ary 28. More: rose­wood­ho­

Raf­fles Makati, Manila; The Penin­sula Shang­hai; Rosewood London.


CHRIS­TINE McCABE AFTER a multi-mil­lion dol­lar re­fit, Samoa’s fa­mous Ag­gie Grey’s is now a Sher­a­ton prop­erty; lo­cated beach­front on the main is­land of Upolu, the Sher­a­ton Samoa Ag­gie Grey’s Re­sort fea­tures 133 gue­strooms, each with a bal­cony or pa­tio • New York-based Aus­tralian Ge­orgie White launches the Ocean Soul Re­treat in Bali’s Seminyak in April, of­fer­ing week-long well­ness re­treats for a max­i­mum of 10 women; pro­grams are based around nu­tri­tion, yoga and surf­ing and of­fer Reiki and spa treat­ments • Mas­simo Fer­rag­amo has handed the man­age­ment of Castiglion del Bosco to Rosewood Ho­tels & Re­sorts; the idyl­lic 800-year-old Tus­can es­tate fea­tures 23 suites, 10 vil­las, a day spa and cook­ing school • Swis­so­tel will open its first ho­tel in Bul­garia in 2018; the 200-room Swis­so­tel Sofia will form part of a new mixed-use de­vel­op­ment in the cap­i­tal and will of­fer three restau­rants and day spa as well as 81 one, two and three-bed­room ser­viced apart­ments • The Bris­bane Mar­riott Ho­tel has ex­tended a Kids Stay and Eat Free deal un­til April 30; 30 per cent off stan­dard rates means a city view room costs $195.

Rosewood Beijing is the lux­ury group’s first ho­tel in China

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