CONNECTED THROUGH CULTURE
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.parkhyattsuzhou.com
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. www.andazbali.com
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