East­ward-Bund for Shang­hai sur­prise

The Jewish Chronicle - - Life/travel -

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)..

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