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Marco Polo called Suzhou the “Venice of the East” for its charm­ing canals, cob­bled streets, stone bridges, tem­ples, pavil­ions and pagoda. The city’s 2,500 years of his­tory is part of the her­itage which Park Hy­att Suzhou aims to show­case when the ho­tel opened its doors in May. Lo­cated by Jinji Lake and con­ve­niently sit­u­ated in the heart of Suzhou In­dus­trial Park, the ho­tel is a re­fined ver­sion of a traditiona­l Suzhou man­sion, seam­lessly weav­ing crafts­man­ship with mod­ern lux­ury.

There are 178 elab­o­rately de­signed rooms, in­clud­ing 19 suites with sep­a­rate liv­ing rooms. Each is de­signed with mod­ern in­ter­pre­ta­tions of Chi­nese aes­thet­ics, from glass pan­els printed with brush-ink style blos­soms to the preva­lent crab-ap­ple blos­som mo­tif that sig­nify op­u­lence and no­bil­ity in the im­pe­rial in­te­ri­ors. Park Hy­att Suzhou of­fers three restau­rants and bars. Xizhou Hall with its nour­ish­ing Chi­nese and in­ter­na­tional fare, the Liv­ing Room where light re­fresh­ments and premium drinks can be en­joyed through­out the day and Apart­ment 208, an el­e­gant spe­cial­ist of fine meat, sus­tain­able seafood and ar­ti­sanal char­cu­terie. The ho­tel also of­fers five event venues that can ac­com­mo­date 12 to 900 at­ten­dees, as well as well­ness fa­cil­i­ties such as the Pool, Fit­ness Cen­ter and the Suzhou flower-in­spired Spa. www.parkhy­

Sit­u­ated in Sa­nur, a neigh­bour­hood known for its laid-back charm, stun­ning sun­rises and a long stretch of beach, An­daz Bali is set to open by year-end. The sprawl­ing beach­front re­sort is de­signed as a mod­ern Ba­li­nese vil­lage, seam­lessly weav­ing traditiona­l her­itage with the con­tem­po­rary life­style of the is­land. Lo­cal crafts­man­ship, ma­te­rial and art­works are vis­i­ble through­out the re­sort, from red brick ar­chi­tec­ture to hand-crafted ce­ramic teapots in each room.

An­daz Bali of­fers im­mer­sive ex­pe­ri­ences to con­nect with the sur­round­ing lo­cale and cul­ture. With 149 rooms in­clud­ing 18 gar­den vil­las and four beach vil­las, the ac­com­mo­da­tions are built in low-rise build­ings and named af­ter Ba­li­nese wind di­rec­tions. There are three swim­ming pools to choose from: a beach-fac­ing main pool, a kid’s pool and a se­cluded pool sur­rounded by gi­ant trees in a quiet part of the re­sort.

Shankha, a ded­i­cated well­ness com­plex with 10 spa vil­las, sauna, steam room, hot and cold plunge pools, an adult-only pool, yoga stu­dio, and a kom­bucha bar is avail­able. There are four din­ing out­lets, from Jim­baran-in­spired The Fish­er­man’s Club to the lively Vil­lage Square where com­mu­nal seat­ing area and or­der­ing dif­fer­ent dishes from var­i­ous out­lets is en­cour­aged. The re­sort is also equipped with the Studios, four in­ti­mate spa­ces de­signed for events and cel­e­bra­tions.­

An­daz Bali

Park Hy­att Suzhou

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