Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts has marked its presence in one of the most exotic and undiscovered destinations in the world Lhasa, which is the administrative center of Tibet.
The new hotel has 289 guestrooms and its design is reminiscent of Tibetan culture, so guests will surely find their stay in the hotel very amusing. Upon arrival at the hotel, guests are offered to participate in a traditional Tibetan ceremony. Guests are given a white silk scarf and barley that should be thrown in a special wooden container. That is the way how local people pray for good harvest. When guests come to their guestrooms, they will be served yak butter tea and traditional Tibetan pots. The hotel’s staff knows how to play local instruments and can perform traditional songs of the region.
Outside the hotel, guests will also find much interesting. The hotel has special Tibetan gates that lead to traditional Linka garden. In the garden, guests will find two large pavilions with local plants. In the evening the pavilions are lit by yak butter lamps. The hotel’s lobby is decorated with a huge 6.5m long chandelier that is made of 61,000 crystal pieces and red fabric. The chandelier itself looks like a prayer wheel. In the reception area, guests will see swirling clouds that are made of bronze. That is a Tibetan symbol of strength. The cloud motif can be seen throughout the hotel.
Currently, not all the facilities in Shangri-La Lhasa are open. For example, Horizon Club Lounge will start working in July. The hotel’s restaurant Shambala will be opened same month. It will offer dishes from Tibetan and Yunnan cuisine. Other dining facilities include Chinese restaurant Shang Palace and the Lodgers Lounge. As for some guests acclimatization to Lhasa climate can be quite difficult, the hotel has a special clinic and an oxygen lounge where the oxygen level is same as in the sea. The spa in Shangri-La Lhasa, CHI, will also offer special treatments and procedures inspired by Tibet. The territory of the hotel will also include an indoor swimming pool, a spa, and meeting space.