Enjoy A Higher Class Of Living At Fraser Suites

Whether it’s for a few days, months at a time or even half a year, it’s important to find the right place to stay when visiting Shenzhen. What people wish for above all else is somewhere they can feel safe and secure. Somewhere they can relax and unwind after a long day. Somewhere where there are people on hand to assist at any time. Somewhere just like Fraser Suites Shenzhen.

Fraser Suites is a global brand that offers serviced apartments that are renowned for its sophistication and luxury. Whether in London or Dubai, Fraser Suites is the choice of the most discerning business executives. Now with a new location in Shenzhen, Shenzhen Party were invited on a tour of the city’s newest exclusive accommodation.

Fraser Suites Shenzhen could hardly be more perfectly situated with a prime location in the heart of Futian. The serviced apartments are within comfortable walking distance from both Huaqiang Road and Huaqiang North subway stations, providing access to lines 1, 2, and 7. Across from Fraser Suites Shenzhen is a modern shopping mall complex with designer brands, high-end restaurants, international supermarkets, and cinemas. To the west, the serviced apartments overlook the park, where residents can enjoy an afternoon stroll or go for a morning jog.

Fraser Suites Shenzhen is truly surrounded by many things to do and also offers such easy access to the rest of the city, but in truth, you can find all you need without ever leaving the lobby.

You can dine at Feast on Seven where you can enjoy a quiet meal at brunch or invite friends over to enjoy the buffet in the evening. Choose from a menu, which offers the best of both Western and Eastern cuisine, including Nasi Goreng, Seafood Spaghetti, and a host of healthy salad options.

Grab a coffee downstairs at Centro Café & Lounge or arrange to have a lunch meeting over some cake and tea. The café is located to the left of the lobby and also has outdoor seating available for those who like to watch the world pass by as they sip on their cappuccino.

If you are looking for a place to go for a few drinks with your partner or if you are looking to chill out after a busy week, head up to Ding Sky Bar. The rooftop bar is located on the 7th floor and offers unparalleled views of the area. There are few finer spots in the city to grab a beer or try a cocktail or two.

Also located on the rooftop is what must be one of Shenzhen’s most exclusive swimming pools. The infinity pool offers quite simply breathtaking views as it overlooks the rest of Futian. It’s the perfect way to relax on a sunny day.

But it’s not the only thing to do at Fraser Suites Shenzhen. The management prides itself on providing its residents with ways to chill out and enjoy their time.

On the same floor of the swimming pool, residents can also find the gym, which is equipped with all the latest equipment and also has a room for group classes and one-on-one training. After a long workout in the gym or several laps in the pool, enjoy a well-earned rest in one of the sauna rooms or plunge pool.

If you are looking to improve your handicap, but don’t have time to get out down to the course, hit a virtual round of 18 on the state-of-the-art golf simulator. If you are more of a snooker player, play a few frames on the table on the 7th floor. You can take the family with you too. Your partner can relax in one of the several massage chairs next to the snooker room, while down the hall is a children’s play area that will keep the kids occupied for hours.

Of course, we’ve yet to talk about the most important part of Fraser Suites Shenzhen. We need to mention the rooms. When considering a stay, be it short or long term, the most important factor is the accommodation itself. In this respect, Fraser Suites Shenzhen sets the bar high.

The first thing to strike you is the spaciousness. Suites vary from 48 square meter Studio Deluxe to 168 square meter Two Bedroom Executive Study, but whichever you choose, the rooms have been designed to maximize the space.

The quality can be felt in all the rooms even in the smallest details. From the cozy reading chair set by the window overlooking the park that invites you to pick up that book you were meaning to finish to the deep bathtub that entices you to take a long soak after a long day. The kitchen area is large and well-equipped so residents are free to have fun cooking at home and can do their own washing whenever needed.

So for those looking for a high standard of living in Shenzhen, there really is no other answer. With luxury accommodation, five-star service, state-of-the-art facilities, and one of the top swimming pools in the city, there is no competition for Fraser Suites Shenzhen. Start enjoying a higher class of living at Fraser Suites Shenzhen today.

Address: No. 183 Zhenhua Road, Futian, Shenzhen (深圳市福田区振华路183)

Website: https://shenzhen.frasershospitality.com/en

Tel: +86 (755) 6189 9999

Meet The GM Bringing International Hospitality to New Parts of Shenzhen

When you think of the international and modern hotels in Shenzhen, you probably picture those by the water in Shekou, in the bustling center of Futian, or perhaps near the border in Luohu. Yet the recently opened Courtyard Marriott I am visiting today is in none of those places. It is in the Songgang area in north Bao’an.

Although you would be forgiven for thinking otherwise as you enter the hotel lobby. The design of the lobby is modern and chic, from the subtle and sparse application of color to the clever and minimalist use of space. All the staff greet you with a smile and welcome you confidently in English.

I must admit I am both impressed and somewhat surprised to find such a high level of hospitality in this area of the city. When I meet and speak with Ms. Nicole Hong, the hotel’s General Manager, it’s clear to see why.

We are sat in The Lounge, an area next to the hotel lobby that is perfect for afternoon meetings as much as it is for a couple of whiskeys to help unwind after a day of work.

Ms. Hong is not your typical GM. Some might picture a man in his late fifties when they imagine a general manager of a hotel, but Ms. Hong breaks that stereotype. She is the very definition of a modern manager; young and fashionablewhile also able to switch between English and Chinese with confidence and ease.

“In the past, the area of Songgang primarily consisted of factories. It was an area that was defined by its manufacturing. While the local manufacturing industry was very successful, the rest of the area was slow to develop in other ways.”

“Until now, there was no international hotel in this area. Of course, there are other hotels, but the style is quite different. The design is quite decadent. The cuisine is rather limited. There isn’t such a strong focus on hospitality.”

In recent years, however, the landscape of this area has begun to change. Where before there were only factories, now new projects are emerging. As Ms. Hong speaks, it’s evident she has a strong grasp on the subject.

“There is a trend developing in the west of Shenzhen. Line 11 has seen the subway line extend much further north than ever seen before. Close by, in Fuyong they will open the world’s largest exhibition center in September 2019.”

“In this area alone you can see the change all around you. Across the street is Phase 1. The shopping mall was opened in 2016 and it attracts many local residents for shopping and dining. This hotel is under Phase 2. Nearby, Phase 3 is already under construction, which will provide a significant number of new luxury apartments.”

As the area evolves, so to must the hotels in the area. Where before local business hotels would suffice, now there is a demand for modern international hotels. With the opening of the Courtyard Hotel in Songgang, the area has its first international hotel. Ms. Hong is keen to stress what separates the Courtyard Marriott from other local hotels.

“As you can see, the design of the hotel is modern, chic, but also simple. It’s not only in design that we distinguish ourselves. We are also completely different from other local hotels when it comes to service. Here, we place a special emphasis on the customers’ requirements and satisfaction.”

It’s something that you can see as you begin to explore the hotel. It’s clear to see that Ms. Hong understands the importance of getting the details right to create an overall superior experience.

“We have the Pavilion restaurant where we serve both Western and Chinese cuisine. In the morning, an international breakfast buffet is offered. At lunch, we offer Chinese Dim Sum. In the evening, we have a Western buffet.  Before we opened, there was no real Western restaurant in this area.”

“At the moment, we are in The Lounge. We offer Afternoon Tea during the day and in the night we have a Western band performing live each night of the week.”

It’s clear that the Courtyard Marriott offers a hospitality experience that until now was simply unavailable in this area. Its opening is to the benefit to both business travelers and local residents.

“There are a lot of foreigners visiting that are working with local factories. Before we open, they would have to stay in a hotel all the way in downtown and travel in and out every day. Now they can stay here and have the same standard of hospitality without the long journey twice every day.”

“It’s also important to work with the local community. Of course, we built a good relationship with the government and other local business, but we also want to communicate with the local residents and see what we can do with them.”

“The Dim Sum at The Pavilion helps to attract a lot of locals. There is also the kids’ club next to the restaurant. Most of our diners are locals and so they also bring their families. So we have that space for the kids to play while the parents enjoy their meal.”

This approach of building a strong relationship with the local community is one that Ms. Hong is familiar with and Shenzhen represents just the latest step in a career that has seen her work in hotels across all of China.

“I started to work with Marriott in 2007 at the JW Chongqing. After that, I moved to Beijing and Chengdu. All the big cities. Before I came here I was Director of Operations in aCourtyard hotel in an area nearby Hangzhou.”

“In some ways, it was similar to here. It was not a big city and business was conducted more between local people and through talking with each other. So, we focused on getting to know the local community and we worked together to build a relationship and share our resources.”

Ms. Hong has a lot of experience in the industry and a deep understanding of the industry trends within China. She sees Shenzhen as somewhere where the hospitality industry will continue to grow.

“Right now, the market demand in Shenzhen is good. We are seeing the overall GDP increase. In fact, the entire market is increasing. There is a lot of room for growth for international brands in Shenzhen.”

“It’s something that is happening not only in Shenzhen but all over China. Actually, this year Marriott will open almost 50 hotels. 80% of those will be in South China. Before, Marriott only went into the first tier cities, but in recent years we are even coming into third-tier cities.”

Ms. Hong views the rapid expansion as an opportunity for new leaders to emerge bringing with them a fresh approach and an openness to new ideas.

“In Marriott, we have so many young general managers. When I first joined the group, all the directors were over 50. With the rapid growth in China, there have been more opportunities. Now you can see many directors are between 30 and 40.”

Ms. Hong falls into this category of young and forward-thinking leaders. With her at the helm, Courtyard Marriott is sure to establish itself as the premier hotel in Songgang as the area develops into a new hub of Shenzhen.

Hotel Name: 深圳联投东方万怡酒店 Courtyard by Marriott Shenzhen Bao’an
Place Address: No. 46, Dongfang Road, Songgang, Bao’an District, Shenzhen 518034, P.R.C 广东省深圳市宝安区松岗东方大道46号
Place Phone: + 86 755 2986 9888   Fax: + 86 755 2986 3888

Enjoy Brunch, Beach, And Pool At Sheraton Dameisha Resort

It’s not really in a writer’s self-interest to say that a review is easy or that some reviews write themselves, but you do occasionally have the opportunity to write about a place you are sure readers will love. The Sunday Brunch at Capri at Sheraton Dameisha Resort is one such place.

Living in Shenzhen can be stressful and tiring. We live busy lives in a city that doesn’t seem to sleep. Even the best of us can feel like we need a holiday or a break from it all sometimes. With Capri’s Sunday Brunch, you can feel like you’re taking a holiday without having to leave Shenzhen.

For RMB464, diners can enjoy an all you can eat brunch buffet in the hotel’s Capri restaurant. The brunch runs from 11:30 to 15:00. After which, diners are free to enjoy the hotel’s swimming pools and also the beach for the rest of the day. The brunch at the Sheraton Dameisha Resort is so much more than a meal. It’s an amazing day out. There’s a reason why it’s one of the top-ranked restaurants on TripAdvisor in the city.

As you arrive at the Sheraton Dameisha Resort, you would be forgiven for thinking you’ve entered into a luxury resort in Thailand or Vietnam. Driving into the hotel, you can catch a glimpse of the sun shimmering off the clear blue sea. The waves lap onto the quiet and clean sand. It’s a good day to go to the beach.

Upon entering the restaurant, there is a children’s play area. The kids will be occupied for hours drawing pictures and watching movies. All the while, they are being taken care of by the childminders provided by the hotel. In the middle of the restaurant is the stage where the band plays a hit-filled set and the Colombian musicians provide a soundtrack to the brunch.

The first thing you notice, however, is the restaurant’s stunning, panoramic view of Dameisha beach. With the option too of dining outside on the balcony, diners can really soak in the atmosphere.

All along the other side of the restaurant is the brunch buffet. And what a spread it is.

The buffet begins with the drinks bar as you enter the restaurant. There you will find it generously stocked with ice cold bottled beer, bottles of the house red and white, and the ability to make your own cocktails from the choice of spirits. There are also soft drinks and fresh fruit juices available.

From there we head to the would-be starters. Some highlights include the Greek Salad with Feta Cheese, Roasted Lamb Loin with Cherry Tomatoes, and Marinated Tuna Fillet with Mustard Honey Sauce. The cold cuts and cheese board is worth a visit also. Choose from the likes of Toscano Ham, Smoked Pork Loin, and Capocollo. Pair that with a cheese board offering Camembert, Gouda, Emmental, and Gruyere.

With the sea so near, it’s perhaps no surprise that seafood features heavily on the brunch menu at Capri. And the restaurant does not disappoint.

The sushi station is one of the busiest areas of the buffet and with good reason too. The chef is on hand to make cuts from the selection of the freshest Tuna, Salmon, Sea Bream, and White Tuna. Positioned right beside the sushi and sashimi, diners can find the shellfish chilled on ice. The selection there reads like a wish list of any seafood lover. Choose from Prawns, Conch, Alaskan King Crab, French Oyster, and Scallop, to name just a few. All are presented in the eye-catching centerpiece replica fishing boat.

Capri also showcases local seafood delicacies. One chef stands by a dedicated station where he conjures up local favorite Sea Urchin Fried Rice on the spot, while on the other side, another chef is preparing Abalone dishes.

There are plenty of options too for those who would prefer something other than seafood. Western diners can make up a Sunday Roast to rival that they are used to back home. Choose from Grilled Beef Steak and racks of Lamb with Olive Lamb Jus to pair with Parsley Baby Potatoes, Butter Vegetables, and Grilled Mushrooms.

Meanwhile, there is more Chinese fare to be savored. Try the juicy Shanxi Hamburger, delicious Peking Duck, or make your own bowl at the Noodle Station. Capri even has its Dim Sum so make sure to try the Har Gow or Char Siu Bao.

The staff also provide table service too as they bring round Baked Lobster with Garlic Sauce and chilled bottles of prosecco for guests.

Be sure to save room for dessert too. After all, being at the beach is the perfect excuse to have some ice cream. You might need to get a bigger bowl once you see the flavors on offer from New Zealand Natural. For those with an insatiable sweet tooth, there are still plenty of other desserts to explore from Black Forest Cake and Strawberry Cheese Cake to Walnut Brownies and Napoleon Slice.

It’s truly a brunch to be savored at a leisurely pace. Relax with the family or catch up with friends. With the brunch running for over three hours, there is plenty of time to sample all the dishes on offer and make the most of the open bar.

Once you have finished your brunch, that is where the fun really begins and where Sheraton Dameisha Resort truly distinguishes itself. That is because all diners at the Sunday Brunch can also enjoy all-day access to Sheraton’s swimming pools and also the beach.

So head for a quiet stroll along the secluded beach. Take that rare opportunity to go for a dip in the sea. Play in the giant swimming pool with the kids or grab a drink with your partner at the poolside bar. Alternatively, relax on a lounger poolside and catch up with the latest book from your favorite author.

There really is no other brunch experience like it in the city. In fact, there’s nowhere else in the city where you can relax, unwind, and treat yourself like you can at the Sunday brunch at Capri at Sheraton Dameisha Resort.

Brunch is served on Sundays from 11:30 to 15:00

Buffet + Soft drinks and local beer: RMB464 (Net)

Buffet + Soft drinks and premium alcohol: RMB535 (Net)

For reservation, call 0755-88886688. For 10 people or more, please contact Ms. Ginny Xu.

 

Outdoor pool opening times: 06:00 – 22:00 (Summer)

Indoor pool opening times: 06:00 – 23:00 (Summer)

 

 

The Langham, Shenzhen Presents “Love to Give” Christmas Charity Afternoon Tea

Mercury drops. Our pace turns cheerful and light. These are signs that another heart-warming Christmas is just around the corner. This year, Father Christmas once again will travel in his sleigh to locations with or without snow to turn children’s dreams into reality. Between 1 December and 27 December, Palm Court at The Langham, Shenzhen invites you to join the hotel to create Christmas surprises for children with congenital heart diseases. While enjoying exquisite Christmas desserts, scented coffee and teas, and special Christmas drinks, you can also play a role in making the dreams of a child come true.

Melodic music, aromatic mulled wine, fresh green Christmas trees, and tender shadows cast by the warm afternoon sun are well-known features of Shenzhen’s afternoon tea spot,Palm Court. During Christmas, the hotel’s Executive Pastry Chef Francesco Mannino is ready to turn this location all the more special, making by hand a dazzling array of adorable and much-loved Christmas desserts in either classical, dark green and dark red variations. Such desserts include blackcurrant chestnut tartlet with “Rudolph antlers”, a lovely “Christmas tree” loaded with sweet tropical fruits and fragrant pistachios cake, and Chocolate and long pepper éclair decorated with a fallen “snowflake”, all of which carry special meanings for Christmas. In addition, Palm Court will provide special Christmas mulled wine and eggnog, as well as an array of carefully-selected Wedgwood teas, filling this Christmas with sweet happiness.

In addition to savouring delicacies, Christmas is also a time to give warmth and love. Since its opening, The Langham, Shenzhen has been striving to provide attentive care in order to help underprivileged children grow up healthily. This season, the hotel will join hands with Shenzhen Handpicked Love Foundation in helping children with congenital heart diseases get their wishes. Many of these children come from disadvantaged areas in Xinjiang, Hainan, Hunan and Jiangxi provinces and they were given a chance to provide their desired present for this Christmas. With innocent hearts come simple wishes. It turned out that ordinary, useful gifts such as a new schoolbag, a new down coat, or just a doll or toy, are already enough to make these Christmas wishes come true. To grant them their wishes, you simply need to inform our staff of your participation and the hotel will share half of the cost with you. This seemingly small act can make a big difference in a child’s life.

Christmas is a very magical time of year that brings people both happiness and contentment. Let’s give and contribute. Join us in delivering kindness and promoting charity this holiday season.

Hotel Information:
The Langham, Shenzhen 深圳东海朗廷酒店
Place Address: The Langham, 7888 Shennan Boulevard, Futian District, Shenzhen
深圳市福田区深南大道7888号
Phone: +86 (755) 8828 9888