Mini-break barom­e­ter

The dos and don’ts of a whistlestop week­end away

Hong Kong Tatler - - Life | Travel -

A clas­sic re­born

grand hy­att taipei Twenty-five years af­ter open­ing, the Grand Hy­att Taipei un­der­went a ma­jor ren­o­va­tion last year, which saw a to­tal re­design of its 853 rooms and suites, the Club Lounge and many of its in­door and out­door fa­cil­i­ties. Two new restau­rants—yun Jin (serv­ing Chi­nese cui­sine) and a steak­house—have been added to its im­pres­sive ros­ter of nine din­ing venues. A high­light is the break­fast buf­fet, where three dozen chefs helm a plethora of show kitchens, with 168 culi­nary op­tions on of­fer—not one for the in­de­ci­sive break­faster! If you can, book the stun­ning new 2,400-square-foot pres­i­den­tial suite, which of­fers fairy-tale views of the iconic Taipei 101 Tower. All in all, it’s a su­per-slick and civilised city-break des­ti­na­tion. taipei.grand.hy­ pack like a pro Roll your clothes, stuff your shoes and, ladies, to pre­vent your pressed pow­der or eye­shadow from crack­ing, place a flat cot­ton wool pad be­tween the pressed pow­der and the lid. You’re wel­come.

a stitch in time... Time is of the essence on a short break, along with com­fort. For­get shut­tle buses, trains and taxi queues at the air­port. You’re not back­pack­ing! That uni­formed chauf­feur with your name on a card—he’s got an idling Bent­ley wait­ing for you.

...saves nine And why not keep the car at your beck and call for the whole week­end? You de­serve it. Even if you never use it, just know­ing it’s there will drive your stress lev­els south. brekkie buf­fet snobs Look, we all know a good break­fast buf­fet is the most joy­ous thing about a ho­tel stay. So ig­nore the eti­quette stick­lers and feel free to mix sweet with savoury, pile mul­ti­ple plates, and get up and down like a yo-yo. It’s all part of the fun.

know-it-alls Don’t for­get to put the concierge to the test. They can get tick­ets to sold-out shows, and or­gan­ise per­sonal guides for mu­se­ums, gal­leries and pri­vate shop­ping.

mon­day skivers Your col­leagues know you left at lunchtime on Fri­day to catch a flight. Don’t mag­i­cally de­velop a Mon­day-morn­ing ill­ness just so you can ex­tend your trip a lit­tle longer. No­body likes a fib­ber.

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