Esteemed Illustrator Checks in to Capture Iconic Hotel Guests
Claridge’s, the Art Deco landmark in London’s exclusive Mayfair, announces the appointment of David Downton as Fashion Artist in Residence. Downton, known for his classically elegant, yet highly contemporary illustrations of style icons such as Carmen Dell’Orefice, Cate Blanchett and Dita von Teese, will establish his atelier at Claridge’s, drawing some of the hotel’s most illustrious guests. This collection of drawings will be on permanent public display, creating a timeless addition to Claridge’s historical art collection.
Claridge’s has long been recognized as a London favourite of  the fashion, art and cinema world. Marc Jacobs has used the hotel as the inspiration for his latest Louis Vuitton collection and regular guests such as Christian Louboutin, Diane von Furstenberg, Paul Smith and Carolina Herrera name Claridge’s as their home in London. The partnership with David Downton marks the first time in Claridge’s 113-year history that the hotel has worked with a famed illustrator to capture some of its most iconic guests.
Commenting on his role, David Downton said: “Glamour and an effortless assurance are the hallmarks of Claridge's. I am excited and honoured to be the first ever artist in residence at high fashion's home from home.”
Claridge’s General Manager Thomas Kochs said: “Over the years, some of our most iconic guests have been captured on camera and we feel David’s drawings will add another dimension to the already established archives of Claridge’s. David Downton has been a long time friend of the hotel and we have admired his work for many years. It is a pleasure to share David’s talent with our guests!”

HK$2.38 million bottle of wine one of priciest ever sold in Hong Kong

HK$2.38 million bottle of wine one of priciest ever sold in Hong Kong, new ‘big boy’ bottle arriving soon

Harlan Goldstein’s dazzling wine cellar at Lan Kwai Fong restaurant Gold is celebrating its priciest sale since opening – a cool HK$2.38 million!
The pride of one of Hong Kong’s most prestigious wine lists, a 1945 Chateau Mouton Rothschild Jeroboam, was snapped-up by a tycoon from Beijing. One of only 24 such rarities in the world, the collector’s item headlined Gold’s wine list under the aptly-named category ‘Crazy Stuff’ where wines start from HKD15,800.
Other collector’s items include a 1961 Petrus Pomerol at HK$148,000 and DRC Romanee Conti Grand Crus (1985 & 1971) from HK$180,000.
The restaurant’s prestigious collection extends to ‘Kings of Bordeaux’’, priced from HK$2,800 to HK$80,000, headlined by 1982 Chateau Petrus Pomerol and 1953 Chateau Lafite-Rothschild Pauillac. ‘Knights of Rhone Valley’ include a 1990 Chateau Rayas Cheateuneuf du Pape (HK$26,000) and extremely rare 2000 Jean-Louis Chave Ermitage Cuvee Cathelin (HK$26,000). ‘Nectars of Burgundy’ start from HK$2,500, rising to HK$90,000 for a 1985 Domaine G. Roumier Bonnes-Mares Magnum.
No less spectacular are ‘Noble Whites’ priced from HK$3,200 for a 2004 Chateau d’Yquem to 1989 and 1990 DRC Montrachet Grand Cru at HK$70,000. Spanish gems are highlighted by the renowned Vega Sicilia Unico, priced from HK$7,000.
A wide section of vintage champagne includes Dom Perignon, Krug, Louis Roederer, with non-vintage bottles priced from HK$880. Exquisite dessert wines include 1999 Clos Haut Peyraguet Sauternes (HK$580).
Despite the elite stars of the cellar, wine by the glass starts from just HK$88 – with a large choice of white wines from France, Italy, New Zealand, South Africa and Spain, plus red wines from Australia, Argentina, Chile, France, Italy, New Zealand and the United States. Grappas from HK$118 and ports from HK$88-248 are also on the list.
Harlan Goldstein takes personal responsibility for recommending fine wines at Gold, one of Hong Kong’s most fashionable restaurants and pre-dinner cocktail venues ‘to see and be seen’.
“I know the food and the taste and textures of everything on the menu and it’s my goal to have my diners take a mind-blowing culinary journey of drinking wine and eating food,” he says. “If it’s a hot summer day, I’ll start of with a friendly Shaw & Smith Sauvignon Blanc from Australia. For a more serious diner I recommend Wente Riva Ranch Chardonnay, Peter Michael la Carriere Chardonnay, Jermann Chardonnay or Giaconda Estate Vineyard Chardonnay. I recommend them with a carpaccio of scampi with figs and orange and citrus dressing, or oysters on the half shell with three different dressings, or steamed clams with Iberico hams and crispy garlic and basil and chilli.”
Cabernet Sauvignon pairs well with many of his dishes. With ragu of wild boar or charcoal grilled beef florentina, he recommends a French wine Chateau le Gay Pomerol 1989, which “goes unbelievably with a lamb dish or roast chicken”.
Goldstein continues, “I tend to lean towards richer more full body wines from Italy for main courses which are a bit richer and heavier – for example, 2007 Grattamacco Bolgheri Rosso Superiore. I love researching and discovering new treasures to constantly add to the wine list. I think many restaurants do it backwards, offering customers the wine list first, and after they have ordered the wine, ask them to choose the food.
“But it should be the other way round. The wine complements the food so pick the food first then think about the wine. And when the wine and food matches, it blows your mind. My biggest pleasure is to see good food paired with good wine, knowing my customers are enjoying it. Of course, while I can’t be there to recommend for everyone, our staff are also trained in wine.”
With its own outdoor lounge terrace overlooking Wyndham Street and Lan Kwai Fong, Gold transforms into a late-night cocktail bar after 10.30–11pm with visiting DJs from as far afield as Ibiza, London and Australia.
During ‘Happy Hour’, spirits, wines and select house cocktails are priced at just HK$55 on Monday-Friday from 5-9pm.
Gold by Harlan Goldstein is located at Level 2 LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong.
For reservations, please call (852) 2869 9986.

Golf Clinic at Thailand Open 2011

Emirates continues as Official Airline of the prestigious tournament

Emirates, one of the world’s fastest-growing international airlines, the Official Airline of Thailand Open 2011, organised a golf clinic led by Michael Campbell to give a group of interested kids aged between 7-15 years old a chance to get up close and personal with and receive expert advice from their star player.
Apart from sponsoring major high-profile tournaments around the world, Emirates also extends its support for golf by allowing passengers to check in a set of golf clubs free of charge in addition to their normal checked baggage allowance, in any class of service on all Emirates flights.
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Michael Campbell, a reputable golfer posed with participating children and cabin crews.

The Singapore HR Awards 2011 – CEO Michael Sengol


Michael Sengol, Chief Executive Officer of Meritus Hotels & Resorts, was conferred the prestigious Leading CEO Award at The Singapore HR Awards 2011 presentation gala held at The Ritz Carlton, Millenia Singapore. The event was attended by key executives and Human Resource champions from prominent organisations in Singapore.

Michael Sengol (second from right) with the Meritus team
Organised yearly by the Singapore Human Resources Institute (SHRI), The Singapore HR Awards is the first recognition framework introduced in Singapore to mark successes and accomplishments in the HR arena. On top of awards that honour organisations and HR professionals across both the public and private sectors, individual HR Awards are bestowed on individuals who have demonstrated outstanding contribution to the HR needs of an organisation’s business, profession, employees, industry, and in essence, the nation – in that the creation of a vibrant human capital industry is critical for determining Singapore’s economic progress.
Michael Sengol was selected for the distinction by SHRI’s illustrious panel of judges after a rigorous 4-month long judging process that included workplace assessments. Amongst the key criteria for Leading CEO Award is the clear illustration of the CEO’s ability to support, champion and endorse effective and innovative HR and people management practices as an important business outcome. The CEO should also exemplify personal leadership and integrity in driving diversity and flexibility in the organisation.
“I am truly grateful for this honour,” said Michael. “It is particularly gratifying given that the distinction comes as we at Meritus continue to grow our iconic hospitality brand to a global level and bringing with it all that is proudly Singaporean – the best talent, delivering at world-class standards.”
Always championing the fundamental mindset that PEOPLE are an organisation’s greatest asset and that their effective management is the surest way to cultivate organisational excellence, Michael was brought in to head Meritus Hotels & Resorts, the hospitality division of Mainboard-listed Overseas Union Enterprise Limited, in early 2010. In the short time since then, he has continued to drive the organisation to unprecedented employee and customer satisfaction ratings, and excellent financial performance.
In April this year, Michael was also recognised with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Asian Gastronomic Awards of Excellence 2011 for his exceptional vision and significant contribution to the promotion and growth of excellence in the industry.
SHRI’s Leading CEO Award is yet another testament to the seasoned hotelier’s dedication to people development, a passion he has faithfully pursued in his more than 30 years in hospitality.

The Macallan At Tiffany

Tiffany’s New York Bar introduces the fashionable and contemporary way of whisky drinking experience by The Macallan Perfect Serve to discerning single malt whisky lovers.

Inspired by the Japanese tradition of serving hand-carved ice with premium spirits, the flawless ice ball, created as The Macallan Perfect Serve, brings you the unique and sophisticated whisky experience by cooling the spirits quickly and evenly, while its integrity is maintained.

Take a sip on the rich, full-bodied yet ultra smooth finish of the single malt whisky serving with the perfect sphere of ice to refresh the evening. A collection of over 100 delicate and exceptional single malt Scotch whiskies including: 

•    Highland Single Malts
•    Lowland Single Malts
•    Islay Single Malts
•    Island Single Malts
•    Speyside Single Malts

Available until further notice.

To enjoy the impeccable whisky experience at Tiffany’s New York Bar, please dial (852) 2721 5161 extension 2545 for reservations.


‘Prince of the Piano’ Yundi in World Debut Performance of ‘Red Piano’ at ‘The House of Dancing Water’ Anniversary Show

First-ever performance of Chinese repertoire in Macau caps an extraordinary year for the world’s largest and most spectacular water-based extravaganza
City of Dreams, an integrated entertainment resort in Macau, today announced that Yundi Li, known as the prince of the piano, will present the world debut of his new album, ‘Red Piano’, at the anniversary show of ‘The House of Dancing Water’, on Friday September 16, 2011.
‘The House of Dancing Water’ Anniversary Show will be Yundi’s first-ever performance of Chinese repertoire in Macau and will cap a resoundingly successful year for ‘The House of Dancing Water’. Since its grand opening in September 2010, this spectacular extravaganza has become a phenomenal attraction and has earned plaudits from audiences and critics alike. With 340 shows in 10 months, ‘The House of Dancing Water’ has recorded over 90% occupancy and has amazed over 600,000 spectators from all over the world.

“Best of Awards of Excellence” 2011

WINE SPECTATOR Honours Three of InterContinental Hong Kong's Celebrated Restaurants with "Best of Awards of Excellence" 2011

Three of InterContinental Hong Kong’s celebrated restaurants have been honoured by the prestigious Wine Spectator Magazine (USA) with the “Best of Award of Excellence” in its 30th annual “Restaurant Awards” issue, which comes out on August 31, 2011. (
The 1-Michelin star SPOON by Alain Ducasse, the 1-Michelin star Yan Toh Heen and The STEAK HOUSE winebar + grill are three of the 19 restaurants in Hong Kong recognized by Wine Spectator for their exceptional wine lists.
This is the 6th consecutive year that SPOON by Alain Ducasse has won this award and the 4th year that THE STEAK HOUSE winebar + grill has received this accolade. In 2010 Yan Toh Heen was the first and only Chinese restaurant in Hong Kong to be honoured by Wine Spectator for its outstanding wine list.
As per InterContinental Hong Kong’s Director of Food & Beverage Bryan Chiu,”We are delighted that three of our five restaurants have received this prestigious award. Our hotel is acclaimed for the exceptional diversity and quality of its restaurants. Now, we are delighted that our hotel’s restaurants are also recognized for their exceptional wine selections. With Hong Kong now recognized as the wine hub for Asia, we are thrilled to have our restaurants honoured for having some of the very top wine offerings in the city.
SPOON by Alain Ducasse
Wine Strengths (as per Wine Spectator): France, Australia, Italy
Cuisine: Contemporary French
Sommelier: Nicolas Deneux
The SPOON wine cellar, headed by Nicolas Deneux, is dramatically showcased within the restaurant. It includes approximately 6000 bottles with 650 different vintages, with approximately 70% French wines and the remainder from the rest of the world.
SPOON also showcases a range of exclusive international Magnum and Jeroboam (double magnum) wines by the glass, served in individual 25cl decanters designed especially for SPOON by Gerard Margeon, Chef Sommelier for Alain Ducasse’s restaurants globally.
  THE STEAK HOUSE winebar + grill
Wine Strengths (as per Wine Spectator): France, Australia, Italy?Cuisine: Steak house
Sommelier: NG Tit Fai
?The intimate THE STEAK HOUSE winebar features over 550 labels and 4.500 bottles of superb international wines, including a large selection of US wines. Its wine collection from Washington State is the most extensive in Hong Kong.  It is also named one of the “Best for Wine Lovers” in the Hong Kong & Macau Best Restaurants 2011 Guidebook.
THE STEAK HOUSE winebar + grill has recently introduced big format wines (3L Double Magnums, 5L Jeroboams. and 6L Imperials) with the largest selection of big format wines available in the city (with 20 different big format wines available on a rotating basis.)
Sommelier NG Tit Fai is showcasing both New and Old World wines by 500 ml carafe and 750 ml carafe. Guests can now enjoy this unique opportunity to try top quality wines, in these oversized formats which are made from only the best vintages and also age better due to the larger volume size of the bottles.
Yan Toh Heen
Wine Strengths (as per Wine Spectator): Bordeaux?Cuisine: Chinese
Sommelier: Andy Au
The Yan Toh Heen wine list features a large selection of international wines ranging from Old World style fine wines from France, Italy and Spain, to New World Wines from New Zealand, Argentina, Australia & Chile. The list also includes a selection of famous Chinese Spirits.
The Yan Toh Heen wine collection showcases over 480 Labels and approximately 2000 bottles, with 68% Old World wines, 29% New World wines and 3% Chinese Spirits
Under the direction of Sommelier Andy Au, in 2010 Yan Toh Heen was the first Chinese restaurant in Hong Kong to receive Wine Spectator’s prestigious “Award of Excellence”.  Now the restaurant is proud to receive the “Best of Award of Excellence” in 2011.
For further information and reservations, please contact our Restaurant Reservations Hot Line at 2313 2323.

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InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Tibet’s First Airline Begins Service

Tibet now boasts the highest airline in the world, with its fleet of one Airbus A319 based at an altitude of 2,438 meters (7,998 feet).

While starting out modestly with domestic services, the airline plans to offer direct flights to Tibet from Europe within 4 to 5 years.  Such a service would have a major impact on the tourism industry in Tibet as people could come for much shorter trips since they won’t need to transit.

Tibet has also had an upgrade to its major highways in the past decade and road work continues.    Thus the region is in the position to handle an increase in foreign and domestic visitors.

The China Guide regularly organizes private tours to Tibet for its guests.  This can be part of a complete China itinerary.  For more information please contact The China Guide, our English, French, German and Spanish speaking staff can advise you on the best options for your trip.


Emirates Opens New First Class Lounge at Dubai Airport

Emirates has opened its second dedicated First Class Lounge at Terminal 3 – Dubai International Airport, making it the fourth dedicated premium Emirates Lounge in Dubai.

The new Emirates Lounge, located at Concourse 1 in front of the Business Class Lounge, will facilitate easy and seamless travel for First Class passengers who may be departing from any of the 14 gates located in Concourse 1. Passengers now have an additional choice and can access a lounge more conveniently located to their departure gates.

The lounge design is modern and in keeping with Emirates’ multi-award winning First Class Lounge in Concourse 2, embodying the airline’s dedication to providing its passengers with superior service and quality. With a contemporary design aesthetic, and a timeless colour palette that has evolved from Emirates’ international lounge design, the new lounge is an oasis of luxury and comfort

“The opening of the new Emirates First Class Lounge allows us to provide our customers with a consistent, high-quality Emirates experience both on the ground and in the air, starting from their exclusive chauffeur drive airport transfer and dedicated airport check-in counters, to luxurious lounge facilities and then our award-winning service onboard,” said Mohammed H. Mattar, Divisional Senior Vice President, Emirates Airport Services. “Lounges are an integral part of the Emirates experience, and reaffirm our dedication to offering the very best to our customers.”

The 1058 Emirates lounge boasts a wide array of passenger amenities including a quiet zone with eight recliners, two 55 and 65 inch LED TVs, plush leather armchairs, a choice of formal or relaxed seating, two dining areas, shower facilities, a business centre with four individual work stations, wireless LAN connectivity within the lounge, a water feature, contemporary artwork, a smoking area and the hallmark courteous service from dedicated lounge staff that completes the distinctive experience.

Passengers can enjoy an a-la-carte service from an extensive menu of complimentary hot and cold gourmet dishes having the choice of formal or informal seating in the dining area, accompanied by a full bar service including premium beverages.

The new lounge facilities are available to all Emirates’ First Class passengers and features Italian marble flooring, high-quality leather sourced from Europe, and gold-plated Rolex wall clocks from Geneva. The lounge also offers a custom-made Braille/tactile signage for the visually-impaired.

With the opening of the new First Class Lounge, Emirates now operates 29 dedicated lounges around its six-continent network including lounges in Auckland, Bangkok, Beijing, Birmingham, Brisbane, four lounges in Dubai, Delhi, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, Kuala Lumpur, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, Manchester, Munich, Melbourne, Mumbai, New York – JFK, Paris – Charles de Gaulle, Perth, Singapore, Sydney, Shanghai and Zurich.

Award of Excellence Given As Recognition for Fourth Consecutive Year

Morton’s The Steakhouse Receives Top Honors from Wine Spectator Magazine for all 77 Worldwide Locations
Wine Spectator Magazine recently announced Morton’s The Steakhouse has once again received the prestigious “Award of Excellence” at all 77 worldwide locations including Hong Kong, marking the fourth consecutive year the restaurant has been recognized with this accolade in the magazine’s Restaurant Awards issue.
The Restaurant Awards issue of Wine Spectator recognizes restaurants whose wine lists offer interesting selections that are well suited to their cuisine and appeal to a diverse group of wine enthusiasts. The designation of an “Award of Excellence” is achieved by restaurants whose wine lists offer a carefully chosen selection of the finest quality wines that is a thematic match to the menu in both price and style. Additionally, the menu of restaurants that receive an “Award of Excellence” must offer at least 100 different wine selections.
“We are pleased to be among the prestigious restaurants honored by Wine Spectator for the fourth consecutive year,” said Tylor Field III, Morton’s Vice President of Wine & Spirits. “Morton’s is constantly striving to raise the bar with its Wine & Spirits program and is extremely proud of the newly appointed Sommelier Team, headed by Certified Sommelier Sara Fasolino and  comprised of 12 handpicked passionate and highly knowledgeable sommeliers from within the company who are committed to the field.”
Additionally, Morton’s unveiled this year a new “Sommelier Selections” section of the wine lists that provides boutique and “Rare Gems” including Ladera Cabernet Sauvignon (Howell Mountain 2005) and Fremark Abbey Cabernet (Napa 2002) available only at Morton’s domestic locations.