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April 27, 2011

Lhasa and Bangkok: Two St. Regis Hotels Debut

By Departures Dispatch | Travel


April 1 was a big day for the St. Regis franchise, as it added not one but two stunning new hotels to its fold. The St. Regis Bangkok, a 47-story tower situated in the heart of the city, was designed by Brennan Beer Gorman Architects, whose past projects include Bangkok’s Peninsula hotel as well as the Smyth Tribeca in New York. The 227 rooms—including 51 suites—are the most spacious in Bangkok, with floor-to-ceiling windows, natural wood floors and an urban-Zen feel. Also on site are three restaurants (one is ZUMA, the sister restaurant to the eponymous London sushi spot), a wine bar called Decanter, a drawing room for afternoon tea and the famed St. Regis bar. Try the Siam Mary, the hotel’s Thai chili-infused twist on the traditional Blood Mary. The hotel is also home to the only Elemis spa in Southeast Asia. About 1,200 miles northeast, in Tibet, the St. Regis Lhasa Resort officially opened its doors. Situated atop the Roof of the World at 12,000 feet above sea level, it is the first international luxury hotel in Tibet and the first St. Regis property in China. The 150 rooms have spacious marble bathrooms and are accented with local artifacts, and the restaurant Si Zi Kang serves Tibetan and Nepalese cuisine. To ease any altitude sickness, the Iridium spa offers Tibetan herbal treatments, a gold-leaf immersion pool and yoga classes in its meditation garden. It’s also a green hotel, employing a fleet of hybrid cars and making use of solar energy and underground water to save on diesel fuel consumption. And true to St. Regis tradition, both properties have ever-present yet unobtrusive butler service. St. Regis Bangkok rooms from $465 at 159 Rajadamri Rd.; 66/2207-7777; StRegisBangkok.com. St. Regis Lhasa Resort rooms start at $580 at 22 Jiangsu Rd.; 86-891/680-8888; StRegisLhasa.com.

Photo Courtesy of St. Regis Lhasa