Festive Season Food Pairing with Rhône Valley Wines

Versatile, easygoing, affordable quality wines of southern France twin perfectly with
delicacies through season of festivities from Mid-autumn Festival to
Christmas and Chinese New Year

Renowned for their versatility and affordability, Rhône Valley wines are the perfect match for all occasions over Hong Kong’s upcoming festive season. From Mid-Autumn Festival to Christmas and Chinese New Year, with delicacies like hairy crab in season in between, Inter Rhône, which represents winemakers from the sun-kissed region between Vienne and Avignon, is suggesting great value-for-money, easy-going wines that pair ideally with every celebration.

“Wine, when all is said and done, is meant to be enjoyed and these fine Rhône wines we have chosen are ideal matches with celebrations over every festive season,” said Rhône Valley Vineyards Marketing Ambassador, Greater China, Mr Brieg Lemétayer.

Stepping into September, the city slowly gets in the festival mood with celebrations on its way, with Mid-Autumn Festival being the first to come. Mooncakes are a quintessential, traditional element of the festival, where every gathering of relatives and friends gather over this auspicious harvest festival when the moon is at its roundest and brightest.

The floral nose of the Muscat de Beaumes de Venise appellation lifts the aroma of the lotus seed paste, with high residual sugar matching its sweetness while softening the saltiness of the salted egg yolk. Suggested vintages are Vidal Fleury Muscat de Beaumes de Venise 2014 and Domaine des Bernardins Muscat de Beaumes de Venise 2013.

Hairy Crab is the most beloved of Chinese delicacies during a season of gastronomic treats from both east and west in autumn. With its own unique herbal aroma, and traditional condiment of Zhenjiang black vinegar made from glutinous rice, the lusciously sweet and sour tastes combination is a match made in heaven with a matured Cote-Rotie, such as Vidal-Fleury La Chatillonne Côte-Rôtie 2009, with its warm spices, earthiness and fresh acidity.

Pairing hairy crab with white wine is an entirely different art – and Clos des Americains Le Blanc Costières de Nîmes 2015, a blend of Roussanne, Marsanne, Vermentino and Viognier, introduces a complexity of flavours that is not overshadowed by the robust flavours of the haircrab, yet bringing a freshness enhancing its delectable taste.

The jovial celebration of Christmas will be incomplete without a traditional roast turkey and all-time favourite gingerbread cookies. For the merriest meal of the year, a roast turkey on its own can be somewhat lacking. The spicy aroma of a balanced Gigondas unveiling the flavor of red and black fruits, such as Château St Cosme Gigondas 2014, is an inspired match. For a more ordinary roast turkey, with less seasoning, settle for the similar but lighter style of Vinsobres, a blend of mainly Grenache and Syrah, such as Domaine Jaume Reference Vinsobres 2013.

Wrap up the hearty feast with cheerful, ever-popular Gingerbread cookies, the traditional pairing is obviously with sweet wine, like for most desserts. But in these health-conscious days, modern Hong Kong versions are baked with less sugar, and additional spices to ginger such as cinnamon and cloves, which pair beautifully with a fruity Rosé or a fresh Côtes du Rhône red.

The wild strawberry nose and the spicy undertones of a Tavel rosé, such as Les Vignerons de Tavel Terroir de Sables Tavel Rosé, enhance the spiciness of the cookies. On the other hand, the generous meaty and spicy notes of a Côtes du Rhône, such as Cor Hominis Laetificat Côtes du Rhône 2010, affectionately enhance the taste of cinnamon and cloves.vine

Chinese New Year is the most important festival on the Chinese calendar where a plethora of traditional delicacies are served, among them is the Braised Dried Oysters with Black Sea Moss – affectionately named as ‘Fat Choy’, after the Chinese term for good fortune.

An aged earthy, smoky Hermitage Red is the standard, time-honoured match for dried seafood. Try pairing it with Hermitage’s Crozes-Hermitage, such as Cave de Tain Les Hauts du Fief Crozes Hermitage 2013, where the notes of fresh fruit and licorice delicately enhance the flavour. Beyond Côtes du Rhône, Ventoux produces rich, spicy and fruit- driven reds, such as Château Pesquié’s top cuvee, Château Pesquié Ventoux Artemia, with an earthy, licorice, black fruit and even smoky sensation that accompanies other dried seafood too.

Chinese New Year cannot be complete with Chinese New Year puddings. Most Chinese festive puddings are sweet, but not the beloved Radish Cake. With its slightly bitter undertone, a pairing with a tannic red wine heralds disaster. The best option is a non-aromatic white, which does not overpower the vegetable aroma. Cotes du Rhone Blanc, blended mainly from Marsanne and Roussane, has a round, rich body, and an aftertaste like almond, which marries nicely with turnip pudding. Two suggestions are Domaine de l’Amandine Côtes du Rhône 2015 and Château de Montfaucon Côtes du Rhône Blanc 2014.

“Rhône Valley AOC wines set the ‘gold standard’ for easy-drinking, approachable, quality wines with a broad diversity and versatility for all occasions and cuisines through every festive season,” said Ms Anaïs Richard, Asia Export Marketing Manager for Rhône Valley Vineyards’ promoting committee, Inter Rhône.

With the region’s modern image and broad appeal in terms of price and flavour, Rhône Valley wines from France’s second largest AOC wine region have in recent years emerged as a ‘dynamic exporter’ and go-to’ AOC choice worldwide, with soaring popularity especially in Asia.

For more information about Rhône Valley Vineyards, please visit www.rhone-wines.com.

7132 Hotel, Vals, Grisons “Sommelière of the Year”: Swiss business journal Bilanz presents award to Amanda Bulgin Wassmer

Straight to the top, step by step – to the highest pinnacle in hospitality at the tender age of 33! An achievement that elicited the following exceptionally generous compliment from the jury at business journal Bilanz: “Congratulations! In our magazine’s ratings this year, your colleague Amanda Bulgin Wassmer was awarded the title ‘Sommelière of the Year 2017’.”

When advising guests on wines which she feels go well with this or that choice of dish, Amanda Bulgin Wassmer evidences a singular linguistic charm. She makes recommendations, but never dictates to anyone. Her delightful blend of Swiss German and Oxford English alone is enough to captivate most guests. Talking to her, one immediately senses the depth of knowledge behind what she says. What distinguishes a good sommelière is not just a finely tuned set of taste buds, but also a time-consuming academic training background.

Bulgin Wassmer is currently completing the second year of her “Master of Wine” course, one of the most highly regarded vinological qualifications there is. Only 80 people in the world passed the grueling entrance examination, and Amanda is the only sommelière working in Switzerland who passed the test. She has already earned a diploma from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET).

A brief résumé of the most important national and international milestones along Wiltshire, UK-born Amanda Bulgin Wassmer’s route to the very summit of international hospitality outlines the blueprint by which she has honed her skills and qualifications: The story began in January 2003. And within a decade, in January 2013, she was already Head Sommelière & Restaurant Manager at the Parkhotel Vitznau on Lake Lucerne. In this position, she was responsible for wine cellar stocks worth something in the region of 25 million Swiss francs. She organized events and dinners covering every aspect of wines of the world, and was also charged with training the team around her.

At the famous Decanter magazine, Amanda Bulgin Wassmer served as Tasting Executive from 2012 to 2013, organizing the European chapter of the Decanter World Wine Awards – the biggest degustation event in the world covering more than 14,000 wines. Alongside these duties, she somehow found time to edit and correct specialist articles, pen wine recommendations and work as a specialist author and columnist, giving readers recommendations on wines for both consumption and investment purposes.

At London’s world-famous Harrods department store, she served as an advisor on the Fine and Rare Wines and Spirits team, supporting clients who invested in the red gold. Swiss stars and copious GaultMillau point scores have repeatedly formed the backdrop to her stunning capabilities: She has been employed as sommelière at the three-star Schauenstein restaurant in Fürstenau and at the Hotel Restaurant Rigiblick in Zurich. Each successive assignment gave Amanda Bulgin Wassmer the chance to further train and develop her palate – not only for wines, but also for cheeses, cigars and other delights.

Bulgin Wassmer is proud of the award presented to her by Bilanz. Hans-Rudolf Rütti, General Manager of 7132 Hotel, sees the accolade as further confirmation of the credo to which hotel owner Remo Stoffel subscribes: “In the long run, Swiss hoteliery and gastronomy can only defend their leading position if they continuously improve their quality.”

The newly crowned prize winner is married to Sven Wassmer (two Michelin stars and 17 GaultMillau points), himself the shooting star of the national and international restaurant scene. For about the past two years, the couple have worked together with 7132 Hotel in Vals, Grisons, Switzerland.

A Journey to the Spa Island at Cheval Blanc Randheli

As the dawn breaks, Cheval Blanc Randheli invites guests to enjoy a full day dedicated to bespoke beauty treatments by Guerlain. The experience starts by setting sail aboard a traditional dhoni to the Maison’s dedicated Spa Island, where six thatched villas overlook the crystal clear waters of the lagoon.

While the sun slowly rises, guests are invited to enjoy a series of exclusive Guerlain treatments. Couples will be able to discover the new Extended Sensorial Experience, an indulgent ritual in the exclusive Orchidée Villa for two with a tailored enhancement.

The guests are invited to choose any one-hour Guerlain ritual for the face and body for a long and intense relaxation, adding an additional 30 minute treatment from the following selection: Ice Bubble Facial Massage, Hand Reflexology, Guided Meditation Session or the Paraffin Hand and Feet Experience.

While the guests enjoy their stay on the Spa Island, they are also invited to taste the healthy dishes of the Spa Bar, to relax in the fresh water of the swimming pool and to enjoy the sun and sand on the island’s private beaches.

For those seeking a sweet little pleasure to include to their treatment and for those in need of a quick remedy to aid their facial needs, Guerlain also presents the new Addictive Rituals:

Sun Ritual – 30 min

This facial treatment prepares and soothes the skin before and after a sunny day on the beach. Gentle exfoliation and an enveloping massage are coupled with a customised mask tailored to each guest, for a truly in-depth repair. Intensely nourished, hydrated and replenished, the skin regains its suppleness and brightness.

Glowing Gaze Ritual – 30 min

With a deep and effective massage, the subtle skin around the eyes finds a new youthful vibrancy. After the application of ultra-hydrating Guerlain eye pads come cool spheres of ice used to decongest – an expert ritual for a radiant face.

Escape Ritual – 30 min

A single treatment to revitalise the scalp. Carefully massaged with a Leonor Greyl ritual adapted to each guest, the scalp and hair follicles regain their vitality. Soft and harmonious massage movements allow guests to fall into a deep state of relaxation.

At the end of the day, serene and full of energy, guests will have the opportunity to enjoy the sunset on the Indian Ocean from a dhoni, sailing back to Randheli island – a perfect end to this rejuvenating day.


INNSIDE by Meliá Debuts in China with INNSIDE Zhengzhou

INNSIDE by Meliá, the upscale urban lifestyle brand of Meliá Hotels International, Spain’s leading hotel group, announced today the opening of INNSIDE by Meliá Zhengzhou, a brand new hotel located in the Zhengdong New District of Zhengzhou, China. The property marks the official launch of the INNSIDE by Meliá brand in China, a milestone for the group, which recently celebrated 60 years in the hotel industry.

The new four-star hotel is the fourth Meliá Hotels International property to open in China, following the success of Gran Meliá Xian, Meliá Jinan and Meliá Shanghai Hongqiao. The newly built property, located a three-minute walk from the Zhengzhou East Railway Station, blends seamlessly into the urban landscape. Keeping in step with the modern aesthetic of the upscale INNSIDE by Meliá brand, all 335 rooms are bathed in light by floor-to-ceiling windows and designed in a monochromatic palette.

“Opening INNSIDE by Meliá Zhengzhou puts us in the very heart of a dynamic city and extends the momentum of Meliá Hotels International in China,” said Bernardo Cabot Estarellas, Senior Vice President of Meliá Hotels International Asia Pacific. “We’re very proud because INNSIDE by Meliá Zhengzhou is the fruition of a longstanding partnership with Greenland, who have been instrumental to Meliá’s success and growth in China.”

Designed to meet the demands of modern day business travelers, Mr. Cabot added, “Our vision is an exciting one: To create a more authentic experience for today’s bleisure travelers, or Work Trippers. For them, they’ve broken away from the strictly utilitarian business travel of old, transitioning between business and leisure seamlessly; we’re confident the INNSIDE by Meliá brand in China will enrich the experience for next-gen business travelers.”

An open-plan lobby design is complemented by Syndeo, the hotel’s all-day dining restaurant. Meaning “connect” in Greek, Syndeo is ideal for work and relaxation, offering a wide variety of local specialties and exquisite international dishes. After work, Syndeo is transformed into a bar, where guests can savor signature cocktails while enjoying magnificent city views.

Guests will enjoy the standard offerings of complimentary Wi-Fi and a 24-hour fitness center, underscored by Meliá’s culture of passion for service. The city of Zhengzhou is fast becoming a key business hub in China. INNSIDE by Meliá Zhengzhou’s central location makes this the perfect locale for business and leisure travelers to the city, and promises to be an urban escape for savvy Work Trippers looking for unique and memorable experiences.

Meliá Hotels International will maintain its robust momentum in Asia Pacific, launching six hotels per year in the region. There are 18 hotels currently in operation and the group is expected to have over 40 hotels by 2022.


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MICHELIN guide Street Food Festival to Debut at Studio City, Macau this October

MICHELIN guide Hong Kong Macau’s first ever MICHELIN guide Street Food Festival is set to debut in Macau’s Studio City entertainment resort this October. From 5 to 8 October, the four-day event will see chefs from Michelin-starred restaurants, celebrated Bib Gourmand and Michelin-recommended eateries across Asia serving their street food creations and signature delicacies. The gourmet festival is free admission and will take place from 12 noon to 8pm daily at Studio City’s Macau Gourmet Walk, which resembles the historic streets of Macau. Food lovers will be able to savour a myriad of flavours from some of Asia’s top chefs under one roof.

Organised by MICHELIN guide Hong Kong Macau and Robert Parker Wine Advocate, the inaugural MICHELIN guide Street Food Festival in Macau is supported by Official Title Partner Melco Resorts and Entertainment. In the nostalgic setting of Studio City’s Macau Gourmet Walk, quaint indoor streets will be buzzing with decorated stalls showcasing some of Asia’s very best street food offerings. Tastebuds will be taken on a journey through the rich, diverse and exciting flavours from the different corners of Asia, including Singapore’s famed hawker stalls, Shanghainese dim sum, Japanese little eats and Macau’s very own classic Chinese favourites.

Festival-goers can eat their way through signature dishes and one-off festival creations at value-for-money prices. Small plates start from just MOP40 and can be bought with Street Food Coupons purchased at the event. A star-studded line-up of eateries from Singapore and Japan will be coming to Macau to cook for the very first time, including the world’s first-ever street food stall to have been awarded a Michelin star, Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle from Singapore. The humble hawker turned Michelin-acclaimed chef, Chan Hon Meng, will be flying in to cook at Studio City alongside fellow Singaporean Wayne Liew from Keng Eng Kee, the popular street food stall known for its fusion of Hainanese cuisine with Malaysian-style Zi Char home-style food. Other talented chefs from Singapore cooking up a storm at the festival will be Manjunath Mural from the one-starred Song of India as well as Han Liguang from Labyrinth which has been awarded its first star in the recently announced MICHELIN guide Singapore 2017. Guests should also look out for Singapore’s Malcolm Lee from one-starred Candlenut, the world’s first and only Michelin-starred Peranakan restaurant, and Japan’s Yoshihiro Tanaka from Kougaryu Honten, who will be preparing his Bib Gourmand-awarded takoyaki in three different flavours.

Three of Studio City’s signature restaurants, one-Michelin-starred Cantonese restaurant Pearl Dragon, Michelin-recommended Shanghainese restaurant Shanghai Magic and Michelin-recommended Bi Ying which serves northern and southern Chinese flavours will also be showcasing creative delicacies specially made for the festival.

Patrick Sauze, Spokesperson at Robert Parker Wine Advocate says, “Asia is recognised as having the world’s best street food and we are thrilled to invite some of our most talented chefs and their teams to cook together in Macau for the very first time. We are very honoured to have the full support of Melco Resorts & Entertainment whose flagship resorts currently offer the most Michelin-starred dining establishments in Macau and have been contributing to Macau’s transformation into a top gastronomic destination. Foodies, families and friends can discover their favourite street eats, soak up the buzzing festival atmosphere and savour flavours old and new. The MICHELIN guide Street Food Festival in Macau will truly be a unique dining experience for all food lovers to mark in their calendars.”

While at Studio City to savour delights from the Street Food Festival, guests can enjoy the thrills of the cinematically-themed entertainment resort such as the world’s first and Asia’s highest figure-8 Ferris wheel ‘Golden Reel’, the 4D simulation ride ‘Batman Dark Flight’, law-defying performances in ‘The House of Magic’ as well as the indoor play center ‘Warner Bros. Fun Zone’.

For more information, and for updates on more exciting restaurant participants, visit: https://guide.michelin.com.hk/en/michelinstreetfoodfest2017.

Underbelly Arts Highlights Revealed – Inflatable structures, complaint department, seagull apocalypse, internet binge and merch stand

Underbelly Arts Festival 2017 has announced artistic program highlights for its 10th anniversary program being presented for the first time at the National Art School in Darlinghurst from 7-8 October.

Showcasing 21 ambitious new projects, the Festival will host 116 artists from around Australia for a two-week Lab period onsite at the National Art School from 25 September until 6 October as they develop their works for the Festival. Public tours will be offered at 6pm each evening during the Lab, allowing ticket holders the rare opportunity to see artists develop new work.

Festival Director Roslyn Helper has revealed five highlights, providing an insight into what to expect: “Our 2017 program highlights include an immersive dance performed in an enveloping pink membrane, a six-hour durational feminist performance work inspired by the internet, a waterfront seagull apocalypse that signifies the impending rising of the seas, a merch stand offering purchasable art collectables by Underbelly artist, and a public complaints service, where peoples’ complaints will be interpreted and performed by an orchestral ensemble.”

Underbelly Arts Festival celebrates experimental contemporary art and spans a diverse range of mediums including installation, performance, dance, sound, visual art, intervention, digital art, radical opera, activist and participatory practices. Highlights include:

· Collaborative duo, Pony Express, led by playwright and performance maker Ian Sinclair and transdisciplinary artist Loren Kronemyer will present Sixth Wave. This work reflects on themes of environment, apocalypse and the future. Each day of the Festival, the collective will perform a waterfront spectacle in the bay at Woolloomooloo, where they paddle a kayak into the water and cover themselves in hot chips, using the power of crowds and seagulls to create a chaotic ocean choreography. The work brings to light our inefficacy in dealing with the impending rising of the seas.

· Harriet Gillies and Natalie Abbott will present a six-hour performance titled WATERMELON that explores their experiences of the internet and the many ways it manifests aesthetically, emotionally and politically, both IRL and online. Expect an image-driven internet-inspired theatrical spectacle that embraces and ridicules our collective obsession with pop culture and the excesses of internet binge culture.

· Complaint Department is an interactive installation and performance in which members of the general public are invited to submit a complaint about anything to the Complaint Department via an online form. Created by musician Angela Garrick, founder of R.I.P Society Records, Nic Warnock and curator, writer and artist, Yarran Gatsby, the work will be performed during the Festival, with a group of musicians assembled as the Complaint Ensemble to respond to the complaints with a short, partially improvised composition. The Complaint Ensemble includes Andrew McLellan, Emma Ramsay, Nicola Morton, Maeve Parker, Daryl Prondoso and John Wilton. Anonymous complaints can be lodged here: complaintdepartment.org.au

· Amrita Hepi, a dancer, dance maker, writer and activist; a Bundjulung and Ngapuhi woman whose work and practice sits in the nexus between pop culture and contemporary dance is working with creative duo and multidisciplinary artists Prue Stent and Honey Long. Together they present the gentle, protective and expansive work, This _______ may not protect you but at times it’s enough to know it’s there. The work involves a soft, membranous structure to protect and hold their audience in an embrace and aims to invite viewers to enter the space of the dance and mingle with the dancers to discover the contradictions inherent in our ideas of utopia.

· Make or Break is an ongoing collaboration between Sydney artists Connie Anthes and Rebecca Gallo. For Underbelly Arts 2017, Make or Break will work with fellow Festival artists to produce souvenir items that will be sold to audiences from a roving Merch Stand during the Lab and Festival.

Key Dates:

· Underbelly Arts Lab and Festival 2017 will take place at the National Art School, Darlinghurst. The Lab will take place from Monday 25 September – Friday 6 October, with the Festival taking place over two days on 7 – 8 October 2017.

· Tickets include access to all Lab events and both days of the Festival and are on sale from Thursday 22 June 2017 at http://underbellyarts.com.au/tickets


Amatara Wellness Resort Earns 2017 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

Amatara Wellness Resort announced the receiving of a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence for the fourth consecutive year. The recipients include accommodations, restaurants and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a quality customer experience.

“It is a great honour for us to receive this prestigious award for the fourth consecutive year in 2017. We have risen to the Top 40 among 762 resorts for Phuket in TripAdvisor rankings and once again recognize all the hard work and team effort by our associates. In the meantime, we greatly appreciate our guests’ kind attention, support. We will continue to work together to continue delivering an excellent experience to our guests in the coming years,” said Eric Weber, General Manager.
“TripAdvisor is excited to announce the recipients of the 2017 Certificate of Excellence, which celebrates hospitality businesses that have consistently received strong praise and ratings from travellers,” said Heather Leisman, Vice President of Industry Marketing, TripAdvisor. “This recognition allows us to publicly honor businesses that are actively engaging with customers and using feedback to help travellers identify and confidently book the right property at the right price.”

The Certificate of Excellence accounts for the quality, quantity and recent reviews submitted by travellers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble ratings of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.


A Festival of Fullness Starts with Conrad Hong Kong’s Mid-Autumn Gastronomic Selections

Every Mid-Autumn Festival, the society reenacts rituals that are fascinating to say the least. While we enjoy moon watching and carnivals dotted with lanterns, food assumes a central role throughout the festivities. At their core, these mouthwatering delicacies are the symbols of togetherness and the family’s well-being. With this in mind, Golden Leaf prepares an array of gastronomic sensations from homemade mooncakes, luxury gift hampers to a hearty festive feast, to let guests send thoughts and gestures of love to the people they treasure. Nothing better captures the spirit of Mid-Autumn Festival than a perfectly baked mooncake.

The five options offered by Golden Leaf satisfy groups with different preferences. The traditional mooncake features balanced flavours with white lotus seed paste and salted egg yolk complementing each other. Those who appreciate reduced sweetness will gravitate towards the low sugar mooncake and mixed nuts mooncake. The contemporary inventions come in smaller sizes: the green tea mooncake with egg yolk charms tea lovers with subtle herbal notes, while its counterpart with egg custard filling oozes sumptuousness in every bite.

Tailored for a lavish moon watching party, Cake Shop’s Mid-Autumn Festival hampers encompass classic and modern treats. Ranging from HK$998 to HK$3,188, inside each exquisitely wrapped leather box are the mooncakes and supreme X.O. sauce from Golden Leaf, as well as fine wines selected by the hotel’s sommeliers, all make for an elegant gift for friends and business partners. Customized hampers and gift vouchers are also available for individual gifting purposes. Making the Mid-autumn delicacies even more attractive, 5% discounts will be given to purchases made before 27 August.

Members of Premium Club can purchases all the mooncakes and hampers at 15% off. Diners looking to delve into the sophisticated cuisine inspired by the festival can head to Golden Leaf, where chef Tony Wan Chung-Yiu devises a sumptuous dinner to be served from 1 to 5 October. The dishes on the menu echo the season and spirit of the occasion. For instance, steamed fresh crab with Chinese rice wine and ginger is warm and comforting to combat the autumn chill, while sautéed prawn with hawthorn herb, pineapple and chilli sauce provides a pop of flavours fit for a lively celebration.

The eight-course dinner is priced at HK$800* per head. Book a table now to experience the exceptional feast and a time of bonding. Subject to 10% service charge

Golden Leaf & Cake Shop

Address: Lower Lobby Level, Conrad Hong Kong, 88 Queensway, Hong Kong Tel: (852) 2822 8870 / (852) 2521 3838 Pricing: HK$368 / box for all traditional and mini mooncake selection



Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts today announced that Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo is set to open on 16 November 2017. The hotel will begin taking bookings from 1 September 2017 for stays from 1 December 2017. Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo will be the second property in Sri Lanka for the luxury Asian hospitality group – joining Shangri-La’s Hambantota Golf Resort & Spa, which opened in June 2016 – and is anticipated to be one of the most prominent hotel launches in Sri Lanka in nearly 30 years.

Located at One Galle Face along the Galle Face Green promenade, which is the most exclusive address in Colombo, Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo will offer uninterrupted Indian Ocean views in most of its 500 guestrooms and suites and 41 serviced apartments. The hotel sits on 10 acres of land that will also soon accommodate an office tower, two residential buildings and a high-end shopping mall, bringing a new level of luxury to the thriving, metropolitan city of Colombo. The hotel is a 40-minute drive from the Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport.

“As tourist arrivals into the island have grown exponentially over the last eight years, Colombo has found its place as the gateway to all this amazing island has to offer,” said Timothy Wright, Vice President & General Manager of Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo. “We aim to set new luxury hospitality standards in Colombo and seamlessly blend Shangri-La’s personalised hospitality with the much-loved traditional Sri-Lankan charm.”

Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo will allow travellers who are beginning their Sri Lankan holidays or in town for meetings to experience a mix of Shangri-La’s Asian elegance and a contemporary style inspired by the country’s abundant nature and incredible beauty. In connecting this concept, the hotel commissioned celebrated Chinese artist Man Fung-Yi to create a life-sized infant elephant metal sculpture to grace the hotel’s lobby and give a sense of place through an exciting blend of modernity and Sri Lanka’s nature.

Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo will unveil a new social and dining scene in the city with five restaurants, bars and lounges offering an extensive selection of local and international cuisine, al fresco dining, daily live entertainment and innovative menus. For those seeking serenity and the opportunity to unwind, CHI, The Spa will be a welcome addition with 9 treatment rooms, a 24-hour fitness centre, and a swimming pool and pool bar overlooking Galle Face Green and the Indian Ocean.

The hotel will feature the most extensive and versatile events venues in Sri Lanka with over 4,500 square metres of space including two ballrooms, an outdoor lawn and several function rooms to host over 1500 guests. Intended to appeal to large conferences and events, the hotel will complement the island’s attraction as a global MICE hotspot, alongside Bangkok and Singapore. The property will also be the perfect host for weddings, social functions and gala dinners, while offering Shangri-La Events Collection expertise and benefits, to create memorable curated experiences and bespoke incentives.

Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo’s introductory offer, Discover Colombo, includes a Sunset Heritage City Walk to explore the colonial charm of the historic Colombo Fort, or a tuk tuk safari of street shopping for hidden gems, dining on native cuisine and more. Priced from US$245 per room per night, the package includes daily breakfast, a dinner for two at the local specialty restaurant, 20 per cent off on food and beverages, and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Business clientele can take advantage of the Business Travel package, which includes return airport transfer, daily breakfast, complimentary laundry and Wi-Fi from US$205 per room per night. The room rates are subject to 30.28 per cent local taxes and service charges. For reservations from 1 September 2017 and stays from 1 December, email reservations.slcb@shangri-la.com or visit www.shangri-la.com/colombo.

Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts currently operates over 95 hotels with a room inventory of over 40,000. Shangri-La hotels are five-star deluxe properties featuring extensive luxury facilities and services. Shangri-La hotels are located in Australia, Canada, mainland China, Fiji, France, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Qatar, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Sultanate of Oman, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. The group has a substantial development pipeline with upcoming projects in Australia, mainland China, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and Sri Lanka. For more information, please visit www.shangri-la.com.


DFS Group, the world’s leading luxury travel retailer, unveiled a new lifestyle shopping experience, Timepieces & Whiskies, within the men’s concept at T Galleria by DFS, Macau, City of Dreams on August 12. Housed within the men’s fashion floor and adjacent to the multi-brand men’s shoe hall, Timepieces & Whiskies is inspired by the collector who travels the world and displays his finds at home. With a curated collection of undiscovered treasures and icon pieces from across the worlds of whiskies and watches, Timepieces & Whiskies elevates the men’s concept at T Galleria by DFS, City of Dreams by bringing fashion, accessories, watches and spirits all in one space.

Inside the lofted library-style lounge, guests can relax and indulge themselves, sampling a cult-favorite single malt at the bar or trying on a classic watch by the fireplace. Stocked with a curated selection of 30 whiskey brands from across flavor profiles including The Macallan, Glenmorangie and Highland Park, the bar at Timepieces & Whiskies offers customers daily guided tastings to help a whiskey novice or even the most knowledgeable connoisseur discover something new. Much of the collection focuses on exclusive or limited edition products, such as Araid Rare Cask Reserve, available only with DFS in Macau and Glenmorangie Legends Collection, a travel retail exclusive. And throughout the year, guests can enjoy whiskey-focused tasting events and seminars from leading Brand Ambassadors, bringing the best of whiskey to the heart of Macau.

“With Timepieces & Whiskies, we bring the classic hospitality tradition into the retail shopping experience. Whether a whiskey lover or simply curious to learn more about the spirit, today’s shopper wants to explore and be taken on a tasting journey,” said Brooke Supernaw, DFS Group’s Senior Vice President Spirits, Wines, Tobacco, Food and Gifts. “By offering a personalized, tailored tasting experience within the comfort of this gentlemen’s-style lounge, our guests will immediately feel at home as our staff help them discover something new with DFS.”

For the watch enthusiast, Timepieces & Whiskies allows shoppers to unwind and peruse an edited men’s watch selection curated to appeal to the collector looking for a unique and fashionable piece. Hand selected by DFS’ watch team as some of the top picks for the season, pieces include classics from iconic brands such as IWC Schaffhausen or Zenith, as well as niche brands like NOMOS Glashütte and Romain Jerome, available only at T Galleria in Macau. Displayed throughout the store amongst watch books, a foosball table and lifestyle accessories, customers can relax, play and enjoy a glass of whiskey as they search for the next perfect piece to add to their collection.

“Building your watch collection is intensely personal,” added Christophe Chaix, DFS Group’s Senior Vice President Fashion, Watches, Jewelry and Accessories. “Timepieces & Whiskies allows collectors not only to explore some of our watch buyers’ favorite pieces of the moment, but to engage in a dialog on the latest trends, niche brands and how to round out your collection. We look forward to building a community of enthusiasts and indulging them in the best of the watch world right in Macau.”

To celebrate the grand opening of the boutique, over 200 guests gathered at Timepieces & Whiskies on August 12. Featuring guided tastings by brand ambassadors from Ardbeg, The Macallan and Glenmorangie, guests explored whiskey-tasting pop-up stations across the floor to discover different flavor profiles. Highlights of the night included The Macallan Rare Cask Black and Glenmorangie Signet, both exclusively available at DFS in Macau.

The grand opening of Timepieces & Whiskies also marked the release of the second chapter of T Galleria by DFS’ Let’s Travel Together campaign. Following DFS’ crew of global adventurers as they explore the most exciting places around the world, the episodes in August feature Malaysian singer-songwriter Yuna as she discovers Singapore, and Argentinian fashion editor Sofia Sanchez de Betak as she visits Okinawa, Japan. Each month, T Galleria by DFS will unveil new episodes letting fans of @DFSOfficial get inspired for their next getaway.

Discover Timepieces & Whiskies today exclusively at T Galleria by DFS, Macau, City of Dreams.

Timepieces & Whiskies
2nd Floor, Men’s Fashion
T Galleria by DFS, Macau, City of Dreams
The Shops at The Boulevard, City of Dreams, Cotai, Macau
Opening Hours: Sunday – Thursday 10:00am – 11:00pm; Friday – Saturday 10:00am – 12:00am
Tel: +853 8791 8300