Peninsula Hong Kong goes wild with luxury nature excursion

The Peninsula Hong Kong unveiled a luxury nature excursion in honor of its 80th anniversary. The program is designed to introduce guests of the iconic hotel to Hong Kong’s pristine wilderness, which comprises 40% of the region’s territory.

The excursion departs the Peninsula’s rooftop helipad by private helicopter to some of Hong Kong’s most remote wilderness areas, normally accessible only by sea or air. A champagne lunch aboard a luxury yacht is followed by a return trip to the hotel via chauffeured Roll-Royce. The excursion is priced at $7,822.

For more information or to book, call (866) 382-8388 or visit

Opposite attracts

New contemporary luxury hotel the Opposite House, designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, is set to open this summer in Beijing’s Sanlitun district as part of new shopping destination the Village at Sanlitun, developed by Swire Properties. 

It is the first in a series planned for China by Swire Hotels, a division of Swire Properties. 

The Opposite House is designed, according to Swire Hotels, to reflect simplicity, light and open space. The 99 rooms will include 10 suites, measuring more than 750 square feet each. Bathrooms will feature deep oak soaking tubs, rainfall showerheads and under-floor heating. On-site restaurants and bars will be operated by Shanghai-based restaurateur David Laris.

Swire also plans a 117-room luxury hotel in Pacific Place, Hong Kong, in summer 2009 and a 100-room hotel in Guangzhou in 2010. In addition, Swire will manage East, a 343-room “lifestyle business hotel” to open in Hong Kong in 2009. For more information, go to

Hyatt grows in China

Hyatt Hotels & Resorts takes the wraps off three new hotels in China this year. The Grand Hyatt Guangzhou opens in April, and two Park Hyatts debut, in Beijing and Shanghai, in July.

The 174-room Park Hyatt Shanghai will be the world’s highest hotel, on floors 79 to 93 of the 101-story Shanghai World Financial Centre. Hyatt also plans Grand Hyatts for Macau and Shenzhen in 2009; Hyatt Regencies in Beijing, Nanjing, Suzhou, Hong Kong and Chengdu; and a Park Hyatt for Ningbo.

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