Opened just last November, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide have launched yet another luxury getaway, the St. Regis Lhasa Resort in Tibet. It is St. Regis’ first resort in China and the very first luxury resort to come to Lhasa. Referred to as the “roof of the world”, it rests 12,000 feet above sea level with spectacular views of the Himalayas and Lhasa Valley.
The resort offers an 11,700 square foot Iridium spa that incorporates locally cultivated herbs and plants into traditional Tibetan herbal treatments, along with an ornate gold-tiled swimming pool and a meditation garden for Pilates, yoga and meditation. There are three world-class restaurants to choose from with dishes made from local ingredients. These include Social, which provides all-day dining and is the resorts signature restaurant, and Si Zi Kang, a gastronomic Tibetan restaurant and the first ever of its kind. The decor is similar to that of a traditional Tibetan living room with warm colours, woods, plush seating and locally-handcrafted carpets. The signature tea room is filled with different blends of both local and imported vintage teas and the wine bar, Decanter by Haut-Brisson, which is the first the region has ever seen, offers over 140 labels of wine, liquors and aged cigars. Other perks of staying here include the availability of the famous St. Regis butler service and the resort being close to many of the cities most cultural landmarks for the guests to explore in rented hybrid cars that are available at the hotel.
The decor is a woven charm of modern luxury and traditional Tibetan elements with custom-designed furniture, marble bathrooms, high quality linens, high-speed internet and plasma televisions in each of the 150 guest rooms and twelve villas and suites to choose from. In collaboration with Jean-Michel Gathy, Principal Designer of Denniston International Architects, the design of the resort is inspired by Tibet’s culture and landscape, incorporating artifacts and materials sourced from local craftsmen and women. The resort uses solar panels and an underground water recycling system, with the natural surroundings encircling the resort illuminating the reasons for this eco-friendly method. Other ventures of Denniston International Architects include the One & Only Reethi Rah in the Maldives and the Fuchun Resort in Hangzhou.