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The 8 Luxurious Hotels of the Orient World

For many centuries, history has recorded that the Orient has consistently been among the most opulent parts of the world. From palaces to artisan works, the Oriental world continues this tradition in a way which is still relevant in the modern day. Over the last 10 months, I have been travelling to the ancient city of Byzantium (now is Istanbul), all the way up to 3,000 meter above sea level to another ancient city of Lijiang, down to the shore of the Lhaviyani Atolls in the Maldives, and finally to Singapore to find eight luxury hotels that still keep the spirit of Oriental world opulence.


The St. Regis Shanghai Jingan:
The Bespoke Luxury

It is not easy to be the new kids on the block, especially if your block is part of a city that is known for its history, heritage, and luxury hotels. For a century, Shanghai has been known as the playground of luxury hotels from various international and local brands. Surely, it won’t be easy to be the new contender. However, this year, The St. Regis Shanghai Jingan decided to take part in the competition and I have to say that it is very impressive!

Situated on West Beijing Road in the heart of the Jingan District that is known as Shanghai’s cultural and business centre, the newly opened St. Regis Shanghai Jingan really brings us its own version of a modern classic palatial style by combining traditional east-meets west elements. The essence of Shanghai is successfully captured, for example, in the dramatic combination of finishes and rich detailing in the grand entrance hall.


Designed and conceptualised by G.A Design, based in London, they developed a bespoke signature experience for the hotel by creating a joined lobby lounge and drawing room that features a double height space with a dramatic tailor-made crystal chandelier hovering down from the ceiling. The hotel also commissioned the world-renowned glass sculptor Dale Chihuly to create five glass sculptures to be displayed in the hotel’s public space.


The hotel offers 436 exquisitely styled guest rooms, including 66 suites, and 55 residences with stunning city views. The opulent three bedroom, three-story Presidential Suite is spread over 650 sq meters and is located on the top of the building, featuring a glass ceiling, a spacious living room, fabulous outdoor terraces with panoramic skyline views, a full kitchen with a glamorous dining room, and a lounge area. Luxury in this hotel is created in a very subtle manner through the use of various special materials from white onyx, statuario and grey marquin marble, stingray skin, silk wallpaper, and corrugated glass laid over on a gold mirror.

The final touches and details of the magnificent interior design in this hotel were done by a local agency called ‘Exclusive Design Inc’ (EXDI), who further enhanced the bespoke and uncompromising experience for St. Regis Shanghai guests through luxuriously crafted and sophisticated finishes. As new kids on the block, this hotel is definitely ready to lead the competition in Shanghai’s luxury hotel industry.


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