Apr 26, 2018
Choosing the right hotel in Asia is a lot like doing business there – it’s all about trust, reliability and consistency. Having a hotel partner you can rely on saves your energy so you’re not distracted from the deal. The best addresses have concierges and support services to smooth interactions in an unfamiliar land. And a prime location is critical – the last thing you need is to waste time in transit.
Rosewood’s first hotel in China, an art-filled, 282-room tower in Beijing’s business district of Chaoyang, feels custom-made for the mahogany-row crowd. Besides some of the capital’s largest rooms, there’s the Manor Club executive lounge packed with perks such as a pool table, bar, meeting room and 24-hour butler and concierge. Club guests also benefit from complimentary laundry service, local calls and catering throughout the day. Events-wise, the hotel has 2620 square metres of function spaces, including a grand ballroom with a courtyard. Arrive (or depart) in style in Rosewood’s Jaguars or Range Rovers.
The Ritz-Carlton,Hong Kong
Power-dressed in glossy marble, glass and chrome, this 312-room property () is the world’s highest hotel. Occupying floors 102 to 118 of the International Commerce Centre, the hotel courts corporates with its Michelin- starred restaurants and oversized accommodations. The 24-hour Ritz-Carlton Club Lounge on the 116th floor has a library and meeting room and offers office support and free-flowing food and drinks, including the hotel’s signature evening dishes such as Peking duck or laksa paired with champagne. Versatile function spaces, including one of Hong Kong’s largest ballrooms, cater for everything from intimate meetings to full-blown trade shows.
The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore
This glass-cased waterfront hotel combines financial- district clout with the historic character of Singapore’s vibrant heritage precinct. Its 100 rooms are kitted out with cutting-edge technology and open onto city- or bay-facing balconies. For pleasure, there’s the rooftop infinity pool; the glorious-by-day, glamorous- by-night Clifford Pier restaurant; French bistro-inspired La Brasserie; and rooftop cocktail bar Lantern. For business, the Floating Event Pods host receptions for up to 40 guests and The Clifford Pier manages grand affairs for 300 to 1000 attendees.
The Peninsula Shanghai
The top address in China’s largest city (pictured at top) has 235 guestrooms and suites that are best in business, featuring essentials such as a coffee machine, multifunction fax/ copier/printer/scanner, wireless chargers and free international calls. The hotel’s dress-circle location on the Bund and its classic Art Deco style are enhanced by dining options ranging from refined Cantonese to Michelin- starred Sir Elly’s. There’s a heated pool with an alfresco terrace, a great gym, The Peninsula Spa and expansive gardens. Rolls- Royce or BMW airport transfers – complimentary with some room packages – seal the deal.
Park Hyatt Tokyo
Yes, that Park Hyatt, star of Lost in Translation, is also a scene-stealer on the Asian hospitality scene. This 177-room Shinjuku drama queen comes with textured guestrooms of green marble and elm panelling that do double duty as a workspace and relaxed residence. The 24-hour business centre, billed as “your liaison with Japan”, promises smooth affairs abroad; the hotel’s crack team can organise everything from itineraries to dream dinners. Unwind at Club on the Park, a duplex health centre with a pool, spa, aerobics studio and gym equipment. Views of Mount Fuji are the icing on this lavish cake.