with Stephen McCarty
Pearl of the Orient
The Portman Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Shanghai is running a Pearls and Silk Experience package it says is based on the city's 'reputation as a shopping haven for lustrous pearls and quality silk'.
Included are a pearl necklace and cufflinks; a silk bed sheet, duvet, duvet cover and four pillow cases, all for a king-sized bed; a bespoke traditional silk zhongshan jacket and silk qipao dress; his and hers silk robes; executive-suite accommodation with 24-hour access to the Club Lounge and a dedicated concierge; an hour's complimentary use of the Club meeting room; in-room breakfast; round-the-clock butler service; a 45-minute traditional Chinese massage in the health club; a butler-drawn Chinese herbal bath; a four-course Italian dinner; and chauffeured round-trip limousine airport transfers.
The package is valid for a minimum two-night stay until the end of the year and costs 28,000 yuan, double occupancy, excluding 15 per cent service charge. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.ritzcarlton.com for more information.
When it comes to high-flying, the sky's the limit in Bali. Leave the limousine behind and enjoy airport transfers from Denpasar airport by helicopter courtesy of the Legian in Seminyak when you book a three-night Blissful Escape package or five-night Beachside Bliss deal in its one-bedroom Beach House.
The packages include a five-course gourmet dinner and a bottle of Laurent-Perrier Ultra Brut champagne while guests are serenaded with ethnic bamboo music performed by a rindik ensemble. Visitors choosing the five-night package will also receive a private day tour of Ubud and a picnic lunch. Two personal butlers are assigned to Blissful and Beachside guests, who may also take advantage of a complimentary private bar, daily champagne afternoon tea and unlimited limousine chauffeur service within Seminyak, Kuta and Legian.
The Beach House (right), complete with a 16-metre swimming pool, is in a private walled garden fronting a tranquil stretch of beach. All facilities at the Legian Hotel, including the gym, sauna, bars, spa and restaurant, are also available to Beach House residents. Packages cost US$2,250 a night for a five-night stay, based on two people sharing, and US$2,500 a night for the three-night deal, exclusive of tax. See www.lhw.com.
Dubai's Jumeirah Beach Hotel aims to cast a spell on its young visitors (and their parents) with its summer Magic of Dubai package. Budding wizards and witches staying at the Arabian Gulf property until August 18 will receive a complimentary hardback copy of the seventh and final book in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, a mystery 'wizard welcome gift', entry to daily magic-school classes and the chance to go on several 'wizard adventures'.
Most of the turning of hotel towels into toads will take place in and around Sinbad's Kids Club (above) and the Wild Wadi Water Park adjoining the hotel. Meanwhile, the Dubai Ministry of Magic has ordered extra broomstick parking outside the property. Families wishing to book the package should conjure the website at www.jumeirah.com or send an extra-sensory message through the number 971 4 406 8500.
Gotta love it
If your love life is in need of a little rejuvenation you might like to call the JW Marriott Bangkok for help. The hotel's That's Amore Romance package, based, of course, on two people sharing, includes luxurious accommodation, breakfast (in the room if preferred), a box of chocolates, a bunch of roses, a bottle of champagne and a one-hour aroma fusion body massage for two. The package is available for two, three or four nights. A two-night stay in a deluxe room costs from 19,990 baht (HK$5,000) and four nights in an executive room cost from 37,000 baht. The offer is available until the end of the year. Call 66 2 656 7707 or e-mail email@example.com for reservations.
Deal of the week
Aero International's two-night package to the South Korean resort town of Pusan starts at HK$2,550 a person based on two guests sharing. Accommodation is at the Busan Tourist Hotel (www.pusanhotel.co.kr); more upmarket are the Novotel (www.novotelbusan.com) for HK$2,750, the Westin Chosun (www.westin.com) for HK$2,990 and the Paradise Hotel (www.paradisehotel.co.kr) for HK$3,250. Economy-class return flights with Dragonair are included in these prices, which are guaranteed until September 30 (with an HK$110 per passenger surcharge to August 29). Call Aero International on 2545 6669 or see www.aerohkg.com.