China's Most Romantic Hotels: The St. Regis Lhasa Resort, Tibet

Culture | by Stephan Larose
Posted: May 13th, 2011 | Updated: May 13th, 2011 | Comments
[showtime] Trying to find China's most sensuous suite can be quite the challenge. With our China's sexiest stays: China's top 10 romantic hotels piece we gave you an idea of what romantic retreats China has to offer. It's a good place to start, but to be sure you're booking the right room for a weekend of love, your knowledge of each hotel's offerings must be more intimate. To that end we've asked each hotel to tell us more about themselves, giving you the info you need to make sure your seductive sojourn goes just as planned... Here we take a look at Tibet, where you can explore the rugged splendor of Tibet's capital city Lhasa while enjoying luxurious accommodations. ChinaTravel.net: What are the most romantic features of the St. Regis Lhasa Resort? The St. Regis Lhasa Resort: There are two very distinctive features that are strikingly beautiful and romantic. As guests go up the drive-way, they pass the courtyard, decorated in crimson hues with a man-made pond in the middle holding a cauldron, a key element in Tibetan Rituals. Upon entering the salon, they are welcomed into a large open space with an over-sized table filled with hand-picked decorative items facing Potala Palace in the background. In the evening, the courtyard lights up, creating a mystical feel that is later enhanced in the salon as a visual is created of two Potala Palaces, the original and the reflection of our mural as the entire area is lit with candles. CT.net: What spa treatments would the hotel recommend to couples? The St. Regis Lhasa Resort: Two of our spa treatments we would suggest to couples are the "Tibetan Journey" and "Tibetan Romance," both of which are 180-minute spa suite programs. The Tibetan Journey starts with a signature drink to welcome guests followed by a heated stone foot ritual. It also includes Tibetan Boli compresses, Tibetan Massage, Shambala Meditation and Tibetan tea. The Tibetan Romance also opens with a signature drink and Anja Point of Light meditation. Guests are given a sweet Artemisia and Himalayan mineral salt scrub and soak in a barley milk bath. This treatment includes a snow rose massage and Tibetan tea. Depending on the season, some ingredients used may change. We also take into account your dominant constitution in determining the most suitable ingredients and oils. CT.net: What is the most romantic room in the hotel? The St. Regis Lhasa Resort: We feel that the Everest Suite is the most romantic suite in the hotel. Situated at the Shiangbala Manor, exquisitely designed with a charcoal color palette infused with subtle Tibetan accents; the 178 sq m (1,915 sq ft) Everest Suite embraces guests in a private world of plush comforts and discerning style. From the living area and the terrace, the view of the Potala captivates the eye and imagination while inside. Accents of fine solid wood lattice and artwork details by local craftsmen compliment cozy sofas and chairs and a private dinning area. A separate powder room ensures the privacy of the host and comfort of the visitors. Whether guests choose to simply cocoon themselves in this inviting sanctuary or to work on business or leisure, the latest technologies provide every convenience and pleasure. Wireless High Speed Internet Access, 42-inch LCD flat screen televisions in the living room and both bedrooms, Bose stereo all add together to complete the entertainment experience; master climate control, mini-bar, a generously sized desk and chair, walk-in wardrobe, and 24-hour St. Regis Butler Service make it possible to live without compromise. Lavish beds furnished with 350-thread-count cotton linens are framed with stitched leather headboards. To wrap guests in the comforts of home, plush St. Regis bathrobes await. Timeless luxury meets modern appointments in the large stone floor; twin vanity counter and Victorian bath with Bvlgari amenities complete the perfect retreat. Glass panels give the separate shower and bathtub areas a light, airy feel. The second bedroom of the suite also includes a full size bathroom. CT.net: Where is the most romantic place to dine in the hotel? The St. Regis Lhasa Resort: Dining on top of the world is even more memorable at The St. Regis Lhasa Resort, Tibet. Featuring three world-class restaurants in addition to the region’s first wine bar and signature tea room, the St. Regis Lhasa Resort has created a culinary program that celebrates the local culture and provides guests with a unique gastronomic experience that both fulfills and inspires. Here are a few suggestions for a romantic meal in the hotel. For a completely unique experience, Si Zi Kang is the first gastronomic Tibetan restaurant featuring authentic Tibetan and Nepalese cuisine in a traditional and relaxed setting with scenic views of Lhasa and the surrounding mountains. The ambience is truly welcoming—an extension of a traditional Tibetan living room—with warm, rich colors and woods and generous, plush seating set upon a sea of colorful, locally-handcrafted carpets. The menu showcases local dishes that utilize local ingredients such as herbs, vegetables, grains, cheeses and Yak beef. Starters include Shabaleb, traditional Tibetan beef patties; and Doenang Dangtsel, locally-grown pumpkins and mushrooms stuffed with Tibetan black barley salad, topped with cheese from Shigatse; and a variety of dumplings. Main courses from the Tandoori oven include Tandoori Chicken, Lamb Seekh Kabob, and Chicken Tikka; and flavorful curry dishes include Himalayan brown Yak Curry; Saag Ghost, a traditional Punjabi lamb dish; and Patiala Chicken. Yan Ting offers sophisticated, modern Cantonese and Sichuanese cuisine amidst a spacious, glamorous setting with a view of the Resort’s calm lake. Yan Ting’s menu features favorites such as Kong Pau Chicken and Ma Po Tofu, and elegant unique dishes like A Yii Abalone, and Bird’s Nest amongst others. Yan Ting also offers six private dining rooms, a perfect place to gather with family, friends or business associates. The restaurants at The St. Regis Lhasa Resort are complemented by the region’s first wine bar, Decanter by Haut-Brisson, serving over 140 labels of wine, liquors and aged cigars. Additionally, the Tea Room will offer dozens of different blends of local and imported teas, and vintage teas aged from 10-25 years. Finally, we offer a special romantic menu the hotel has created for couples to enjoy. CT.net: What romantic things are there to do in the hotel’s vicinity? The St. Regis Lhasa Resort: Couples can take in sunset drinks at the hotel’s Decanter wine bar or enjoy a romantic dinner in their room, with great views of the Potala Palace. Also, we are working with Tibet Artist Association which does statues, sculptures, and crafts which are not available in the market, just in the St. Regis Lhasa Boutique which is located on the 3rd floor Salon level of the St Regis Lhasa Resort. Browse more of China's top 10 most romantic hotels.

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