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October 30, 2008

Luxury hotels to open in Shanghai’s iconic Himalayas Centre

Shanghai is set to boosted by two new luxury hotels, which will open in spring 2010 in time for the Shanghai World Expo.

Zendai Hotel Yin - an ultra luxury, boutique-style ‘city retreat’ – and Zendai Art Hotel – a five-star business hotel. Both buildings will be based in Shanghai’s latest architectural masterpiece, the ‘Himalayas Centre’. The Zendai Group has invested over £220million in Himalayas Centre which is located opposite to Shanghai’s New International Expo Centre and just 15 minutes from the city’s main financial district in Pudong.

Designed by one of the world’s leading architects, Arata Isozaki who is renowned for his work on the Barcelona Olympics Stadium and the Los Angeles Museum of Modern Art, the Himalayas Centre is being hailed as an ‘archisculptural icon for 21st century China'.


Iconic: The Zendai Group is adding luxury to
Shanghai's Himalayas Centre


Aside from the two hotels, the Himalayas Centre will incorporate the Daguan Theatre with multi-functional auditorium seating 1,600, the Himalayas Mall and Himalayas Creative Complex / Museum Zone.

The boutique-style Zendai Hotel Yin will occupy the top four floors of the dedicated hotel tower. There are 78 spacious guestrooms, ranging in size from the 376 square metre presidential suite to 60 square metre luxury suites, which are accessed via elevators exclusively for use by boutique hotel guests.

The Zendai Hotel Yin has been designed by world renowned interior designer Khuan Chew of KCA International, who is celebrated for her distinctive designs of such international icons as the world’s first 7-star hotel, the Burj al Arab in Dubai, UAE. In her Chinese inspired designs for the hotel, Khuan Chew has based all measurements on the ancient Chinese “Luban” technique.

All guestrooms are equipped with a wireless IP phone whereby calls to their room can be transferred directly to their IP phone.

The spa will be the spiritual core of the hotel, offering a sanctuary of calm and well- being with an outstanding range of Chinese, Asian and Western health and beauty treatments and therapies, some using traditional Chinese medicines, and others originating in the Himalayas. Spa suites are also available for the ultimate combination of health, beauty and hospitality.

The five-star Zendai Art Hotel occupying the first 14 floors of the hotel tower and also designed by Khuan Chew, will feature over 300 rooms and suites in a contemporary Chinese style, with high-tech communications and services, and exceptional dining concepts offering authentic Chinese and International cuisines.

All rooms feature flat screen TV’s with Internet surfing capability, along with complimentary cabled and wireless high-speed Internet access throughout the hotel.
The hotel also features a state of the art gym with a spinning room, indoor pool, hot yoga and rejuvenation pods where guests can sit, relax and enjoy sensory treatments such as oxygen therapy, smell therapy, image treatment and music therapy.

For meetings and events, the hotel features a 864 square metre spectacular, cone-shaped ballroom with a nine metre ceiling, a suite of six private rooms ranging in size from 48-152sqm and an impressive 300sqm roof garden with adjoining events space.


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