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16-31 October 2009  
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Chipstead, Taj Coromandel Chennai

Taj Coromandel brings you Chipstead, the new stylish and contemporary bar located off the lobby.

A design team lead by renowned architect and designer Chandu Chadha from Hong Kong, conceived the look and feel of the bar to give it that classic yet contemporary look. Chipstead features a stunning range of classic malts, wines, a large selection of white spirits and rare & old whiskies namely the Ladyburn and Girvan. Also on offer are Absinthe, Armand de Brignac Gold Champagne, Rose Champagne and collection of rare liquor like the Vintage vodkas - Kauffman Vodka Special Vintage 2003 and the Kauffman Inauguration Blend.

Mixologist Jiri Majerik, an expert on the art of cocktail making, has put together a comprehensive list of unimaginable and innovative cocktails. The Bar Snacks include elements of Oriental Asian finger food and Western style Tapas namely Indonesian lamb skewers, butter garlic lemon grass tossed prawn tails, Crisp konchin baby corn and mushroom in sweet chili dip, crisp garden vegetables "pepper salt", pearls of creamed corn cake peanut dip, Pumpkin, spinach and gorgonzola tart with shallot confit, Cajun dusted tofu with Soya and ginger, sage and spinach fritters to name a few and the exotic caviar. Uber trendy glassware from Urban Bar - famed crystal glass makers in the world, designer barware, crockery and cutlery gives the bar an edgy and stylish appeal.

ToTT's and Roof Terrace, The Excelsior Hong Kong

ToTT's brand new outdoor roof terrace offering alfresco wining and dining is now open with exhilarating views of Victoria Harbour and the stunning city skyline. The extension coincides with a renaming of The Excelsior's roof top restaurant and bar to ToTT's and Roof Terrace. ToTT's and Roof Terrace on the 34th floor takes alfresco wining and dining to new heights. Entering through a red glass door, guests will have breathtaking views of the harbour overlooking Hong Kong's skyscrapers through a newly constructed glass parapet, complemented by wooden-decking, rich violet and gold mosaics, accentuated by LED and optical fibre lighting.

Situated in the heart of Causeway Bay, the very centre of shopping on Hong Kong Island, The Excelsior is only a five-minute drive to the city's central business district and 40 minutes by MTR to Hong Kong International Airport. The hotel features four exclusive executive floors with private lounge, a fully equipped Business Centre, state-of-the-art wellness centre featuring advanced fitness equipment and dedicated spa facilities, as well as extensive meeting and banquet facilities.

The Mira, Hong Kong

Showcasing cutting-edge contemporary design styled for today's fast-living urban travellers, chic new lifestyle hotel The Mira Hong Kong opened recently.The new 492-room address on Nathan Road is heralded as one of Hong Kong's most upscale and technologically advanced hotels.The Mira Hong Kong's stunning design was a collaborative effort by an international team including world-renowned lifestyle guru Colin Cowie, who designed Oprah Winfrey's Legends Ball and John Travolta's 50th birthday, and Charles Allem of CAD International.

The hotel is also set to establish itself as a fashionable new dining destination in the heart of the city. Finest European gastronomy is on the menu at signature restaurant WHISK, masterminded by award-winning Chef Justin Quek.

With ebonised wood wall panelling and white stone-top tables, one of the most extraordinary features of WHISK is its al fresco garden lounge. The outdoor terrace with fire and water features is an oasis in the heart of the city; featuring cabanas, flowing waterways, green feature walls as well as private access to some the hotel's suites.Modern Cantonese dining is served at Cuisine Cuisine at The Mira, an extension of the celebrated contemporary Chinese restaurant. These dining outlets are complemented by Japanese-style international all day buffet restaurant Yamm, coffee and chocolate lounge COCO and lounge bar Room One.

There is also The Mira Club, with stylish purple-themed rooms and suites, members have exclusive access to the Club lounge, ideal for business meetings, where guests can enjoy concierge services, private check-in, complimentary breakfast, all day and night nibbles and drinks plus much more. The MiraSpa, to be opened in November, will be a 21st century new spa concept managed by the hotel. Complemented by the indoor infinity-edge pool and fitness centre, the spa will encompass 18,000 square-feet of total fitness, beauty and wellness.

Le Rivage, Hong Kong

Following the highly acclaimed opening of The Putman in 2007, luxury developer, National Properties Holdings has unveiled Le Rivage. This newly-built boutique hotel apartment is National Properties' second collaboration in Hong Kong with legendary French designer Andrée Putman. Le Rivage occupies a glamorous waterfront location in the Western District of Hong Kong with unobstructed Victoria Harbour views. Each of the 50 bespoke suites offer guests a relaxing oasis in the bustling metropolis with understated luxury and uncompromising comfort. The use of blues and whites pay homage to the breathtaking harbour views seen through the large picture windows. The generous 1,000 square foot apartments at Le Rivage each have a private lift lobby and entrance. In addition, two apartments on the third floor of the building have their own private terrace and garden area. The suites come fitted with state-of-the-art gadgets and furnishings including a Toshiba 42" Full HD LCD television and DVD player and a Sony hi-fi system with iPod docking as well as a versatile kitchen, perfect for dining alone or for entertaining. Le Rivage is conveniently located close to the Shun Tak Macau Ferry Terminal and minutes away from the Central business district, Airport Express and the city's main nightlife centres of Soho and Lan Kwai Fong.

IVY Shanghai

Flamboyant boutique hotel IVY Shanghai is closing for five months for a dazzling facelift and re-launch. A stunning indoor/outdoor lobby bar & lounge, loaded with contemporary creature comforts and all-day live DJ sets, is the new spot for all-hours people watching - over champagne, wines and tapas. An authentic, open plan Italian restaurant with al-fresco seating is being created by Italian chef - Michele Rodelli. The hotel's signature Japanese teppanyaki restaurant Kuramastu will also be re-styled and enhanced also. Scheduled to re-launch in the first quarter of 2010, the 46-room boutique property foresees an increase in international and national travellers next year due to the 2010 Shanghai Expo. Located in a surprisingly quiet Jing An district residential street that is right next door to the high-traffic New Factories nightlife zone, the hotel occupies the former 1950's Jiangning Cinema. It is renowned for theatrical rooms and interiors by edgy, young American-French designer Dillon Garris.

 


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