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Combining aesthetics from two cultures that have been linked since the days of Marco Polo, the newly opened Bulgari Hotel Beijing pairs elegant Italian style with a touch of Chinese tradition. Luxury and opulence take centre stage in its 119 exquisitely furnished rooms that feature marble bathtubs and sculpted door handles. The Bulgari Suite, one of the largest in Beijing at 400 square metres, offers some of the best views over the city. Unwind at the hotel spa’s 11 treatment rooms, work out at the fitness centre or swim a few laps at the 25-metre pool made of shimmering mosaic tiles, before enjoying a meal at the hotel’s fine dining restaurant.  

Shangri-La Hotel Colombo is now available for bookings for stays in December. The luxury hotel, which sits along the Galle Face Green promenade, offers uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean from its 500 guestrooms and suites and 41 serviced apartments. Designs are inspired by the country’s beautiful nature, including a life-sized infant elephant metal sculpture in the lobby. For those seeking serenity, head on to CHI, The Spa with its nine treatment rooms. Other facilities include a 24-hour fitness centre and a pool bar.  In conjunction with the opening, business travellers can take advantage of an introductory Business Travel package, which includes return transfer to the airport, daily breakfast, complimentary laundry and Wi-Fi.

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Joining its sister hotel in Kowloon is the newly opened Pentahotel Hong Kong, Tuen Mun, a trendy 298-room establishment that sports a contemporary decor seamlessly blended with local cultural references. Just minutes away on foot from the MTR, its convenient location offers ready access to shopping, popular local eateries, seafood markets and heritage sites. The opening coincides with the hotel’s global brand refresh, taglined ‘We Don’t Do Normal’, which pushes boundaries with unique and innovative concepts, such as check in at the bar, and the new ‘penta Player pads’, which feature private gamer gadgets in selected suites.                                  

Fairfield by Marriott Kathmandu recently opened in Thamel, offering a convenient and relaxing stay close to popular attractions as well as shopping spots. The hotel has 115 smart and thoughtfully appointed rooms, with facilities that cater to both business and leisure travellers. Hearty local, Indian and international meals are available at the hotel’s all-day dining restaurant, and guests can chill at the lively bar and lobby lounge with a cup of freshly brewed coffee or an array of cocktails in the evening. For business travellers, meeting rooms come equipped with the latest audio visual equipment, and all public areas and guest rooms have high-speed Wi-Fi.

Dutch hotel brand citizenM makes its Asian debut in Taipei, with the opening of citizenM Taipei North Gate. Conveniently located near the popular shopping district of Ximending, the property boasts 267 rooms that come with comfy, XL-sized beds and handy in-room tablet moodpads that allow guests to control lighting, blinds, alarms and room temperature. The lobby is a welcoming space for guests to relax and socialise, with a stylish entrance featuring a spiral staircase, cabinets filled with local items and souvenirs as well as books and inspiring art.