Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. has opened St. Regis’ first resort in China and the first luxury resort in Tibet, The St. Regis Lhasa Resort.
Standing at 12,000 feet above sea level, The St. Regis Lhasa Resort offers superb views of the Himalayas and the Lhasa Valley from each of its 162 guest rooms, suites and villas. Each accommodation features distinctive architectural details and décor that combines modern luxury with traditional Tibetan elements.
The resort offers the St. Regis Butler Service and features three restaurants, a tea room, a wine bar and an 11,700-square-foot Iridium Spa with an ornate gold-tiled pool and meditation garden for yoga, Pilates or meditation.
“With the region’s unrivaled natural beauty and enchanting cultural heritage, Lhasa is one of the world’s most-coveted destinations for global travelers, and The St. Regis Lhasa Resort is destined to be an unparalleled way to discover Tibet,” says Paul James, global brand leader for St. Regis and The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts.
The St. Regis Lhasa Resort offers 150 guestrooms and 12 villas and suites, including the Presidential Suite. Blending Tibet’s culture and natural surroundings, the resort has been designed from the ground up with sustainable features including solar panels, locally sourced produce and herbs for the resort’s restaurants and an underground water-recycling system.
Guest accommodations feature custom-designed furniture and marble bathrooms in addition to linens and amenities such as high-speed internet and plasma televisions.
St. Regis is also introducing its new spa brand, the Iridium Spa, at The St. Regis Lhasa Resort. Poised to be the world’s highest luxury spa, Iridium Spa offers guests completely customized experiences including traditional Tibetan herbal treatments and aromatherapy services using locally cultivated herbs and plants, such as cypress and azalea leaves.
The resort’s restaurant Social features a wide selection of international cuisine, while Si Zi Kang offers authentic Tibetan and Nepalese cuisine. For Cantonese and Sichuanese cuisine, Yan Ting restaurant provides six private dining rooms and a diverse menu.
As the first luxury resort in Tibet, The St. Regis Lhasa Resort also offers Decanter by Haut-Brisson, the first wine bar in the region. The wine bar offers 140 labels of wine, liquors and aged cigars. Also claimed as the first of its kind, the resort’s Tea Room offers different blends of local and imported teas and serves vintage teas aged from 10 to 25 years.
Lhasa, christened “Place of the Gods” by ancient Tibetans, is the spiritual and political center of Tibet. Located in the ancient Barkhor area of the city, The St. Regis Lhasa Resort is close to the city’s most important cultural landmarks. The resort is only a short walk from the Jokhang Temple.
Guests can also rent a hybrid vehicle from the hotel for a short drive to the famous Potala Palace, Sera Monastery, Norbulinka and Drepung Monastery. Other scenic Himalayan destinations such as the Heavenly Lake Namtso and Yandra Yumtso Lake also surround The St. Regis Lhasa Resort.
For more information on The St. Regis Lhasa Resort, visit www.stregis.com/lhasa.
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