De­par­ture info

Tuck in in Turin and San Diego, sleep over in Guang­dong and Copen­hagen

Wallpaper - - March -

Four sto­ries

‘There’s some­thing here for ev­ery­one’ tends to be an overused mar­ket­ing tag, but in the case of the Sof­i­tel Fos­han, it is, for once, pretty much on the money. Un­daunted by what must have been a chal­leng­ing de­sign brief, the Hong Kong-based stu­dio CCD gamely di­vides the Guang­dong property’s 325 rooms into four dis­tinct themes – mod­ern, post­mod­ern, neo-chi­nese and clas­sic French, the lat­ter fea­tur­ing a par­tic­u­larly soigné blend of eg­gshell-blue tufted head­boards, tim­ber floor­ing, pale silk rugs and faux-louis XV side ta­bles. The ho­tel of­fers a full com­ple­ment of di­ver­sions, not least a So Spa stocked with L’oc­c­i­tane prod­ucts and tra­di­tional herbal treat­ments, a sky bar and out­door ter­race on the 60th floor, and pasta von­gole at restau­rant Al­le­gria. Daven Wu 3 He­bin Road South, Le­cong, tel: 86.757 2881 2222, sof­i­tel.com. Rates: from CNY1,000 ($156)

Rais­ing the steaks

When a de­signer best known for his high-end hospi­tal­ity fit-outs de­cides to open his own restau­rant, you know you’re in for some­thing spe­cial. Paul Basile has in­dulged ev­ery wish with his $6.5m cus­tom-built steak­house, housed in a for­mer 1930s drug­store and soda foun­tain: there’s a Cal­i­for­nian wal­nut ceil­ing sourced from a sin­gle tree, be­spoke over­sized camel-coloured leather booths, den­dri­form ar­chi­tec­tural ‘blooms’, a glass-en­closed dry-age­ing and butch­ery room, a sus­pended steel and curved wal­nut ve­neer stair­case, a cock­tail bar, and a roof ter­race. Part­ner­ing with lo­cal culi­nary col­lec­tive CH Projects, Miche­lin-starred ex­ec­u­tive chef Ja­son Mcleod en­sures the menu lives up to its glam­orous set­ting. Emilee Tombs 1909 In­dia Street, tel: 1.619 202 4577, bor­nandraised­steak.com

high time Right, the Sof­i­tel Fos­han’s Sky Bar on level 60 fea­tures in­door and out­door spa­ces and panoramic views in the hot seat Be­low, leather booths at the 250-seater Born & Raised steak­house in San Diego’s Lit­tle Italy

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