Eastward-Bund for Shanghai surprise
THE Kadoori family, which has played such a huge role in the development of a slew of Far East cities, opened its newest hotel, the Peninsula Shanghai, this month. Its ninth property fronts the city’s historic Bund with spectacular views of the Huangpu River. Its 235 guest rooms, including 55 suites, are some of the largest in Shanghai, with interiors crafted from mahogany and ebony. The hotel has five restaurants and bars, including the Lobby serving the celebrated Peninsula Afternoon Tea, and Sir Elly’s Rooftop restaurant, bar and terrace, named in honour of family patriarch Sir Elly Kadoori. There is also an ESPA retreat, a 25-metre pool, fitness centre and shopping arcade with 25 of the world’s most luxe brands. The hotel is running a special rate to celebrate the opening for guests visiting until the end of February: £180 per night for a double room, including American breakfast and complimentary round-trip airport transfers in a 1934 Rolls Royce Phantom 11 (www.peninsula.com or call 00800 2828 3888).
CHANUCAH shoppers and fashionistas will love the shopping break at Fawsley Hall in leafy Northamptonshire and just 40 minutes from designer shopping outlet, Bicester Village. The one-night break costs £199 per person, based on two sharing, and includes breakfast, dinner at the brasserie, return chauffuer-driven car to Bicester Village and a £25 food voucher to spend there, plus use of the VIP lounge and a personal shopper. And when you return, there is a 30-minute treatment at the hotel’s new Grayshott studio spa to revive you (01327 892000; www. fawsleyhall.com).
AS Europe prepares to mark the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Iron Curtain, Marriott Hotels are celebrating the 20th anniversary of their first hotel in the former Eastern Bloc, the Warsaw Marriott, with discounts on hotel rooms across the region. The “Go East” package features Marriott properties in Berlin, Budapest, Bucharest, Prague and Warsaw, and offers a 20 percent discount on the room-only rate. On the first night only, the rate includes free breakfast and 20 percent off other food and beverage. It also includes sightseeing passes to some of the significant sights in Cold War history, such as the Berlin Wall Museum at Checkpoint Charlie, the House of Terror Museum in Budapest and the Warsaw Uprising Museum. Offer valid until March 20 (www. marriott.co.uk; use the promotional code S09).
FOR those who prefer their East European culture in the form of classical music, the uberchic Cornish property, the Tresanton Hotel in St Mawes, is running a music package for the weekend of November 20 to 22. The break includes two nights’ accommodation with breakfast and dinner (including a private dinner with the musicians) and four chamber music concerts performed by the Waldstein Ensemble in St Mawes Georgian Chapel. The price is £370 per person, based on two sharing (01326 270055; www.tresanton.com; www. musicattresanton.co.uk).
IF, on the other hand, you quite like the idea of Cornwall, but prefer art to music, Sail Lofts-St Ives, the luxe self-catering apartments and townhouses at Porthmeor beach, is offering short breaks for art lovers in November and December, with further dates being added for next spring. Working with the renowned St Ives School of Painting, they are offering art workshops run by senior tutors for groups of up to six, at a supplement of £95 per person. As well as classes, the course includes a visit to a local studio and guided visit to Tate St Ives. Three nights’ accommodation from £279 for a one bed, two-person apartment, to £740 for a premium three-bedroom apartment (www. thesaillofts.co.uk; 01736 799 175)..