Rosewood Sanya, scheduled to open in the second quarter of 2017 as the first Rosewood Hotels and Resorts brand resort in China, was recently named “Most Expected Hotel in China” by Voyage magazine at an awards ceremony held on Dec 10. Under the aegis of Literary Escapes, a program launched by Sofitel to invite writers to publish short stories inspired by their stays in Sofitel hotels, the Best Foreign Book Prize was awarded recently to Helen Macdonald for H is for Hawk in the novel category. Samar Yazbek won in the essay category for her piece, The Crossing: My Journey to the Shattered Heart of Syria.
Jan Buttgen has been appointed general manager of Grand Millennium Beijing. Fairmont Chengdu, which opened in the capital of Sichuan province on Wednesday Regent Beijing Hotel offers a five-course holiday set menu at 988 yuan ($142) for two persons, including Boston lobster and Australian beef, to celebrate Christmas Eve at its Daccapo Italian restaurant. 010-8522-1888 Ext 3826 Chinese chef Pan Dongcai at Yu restaurant in the RitzCarlton Beijing has prepared a set dinner menu for Spring Festival Eve at 688 yuan ($99) for four persons and 888 yuan for six to eight persons. Casserole, steamed spotted grouper, chicken soup, grilled lobster with black truffle and braised pork trotter are included in the menu. 010-5908-8111 Sunrise Kempinski Hotel, Beijing and Yanqi Island is attracting leisure customers as a new winter destination with its fresh snow, cool mountain air and breathtaking scenery. The Huaibei International Ski Resort, reportedly the largest ski resort in Beijing, is 20 minutes’ drive from the hotel. 010-6961-8888