[Sponsored Article] Savvy travellers, city explorers, health enthusiasts and foodies should make the newly-opened ALVA HOTEL BY ROYAL (ALVA) situated along the picturesque Shing Mun River in Shatin your destination of choice. An urban oasis Surrounded by lush green mountains, ALVA is a hidden gem, an urban oasis located away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Yet it is easily accessible with Tsim Sha Tsui, Central and Hong Kong International Airport within a 30-40 minute drive, and the nearest MTR station just a few minutes’ walk away, making the hotel the perfect home away from home for both visitors and locals looking for respite and tranquillity. The serenity is reflected in the minimalist and contemporary design adopted by renowned Japanese architectural firm Nikken Sekkei and acclaimed local interior designer Norman Chan. Inspired by the surrounding natural landscape, the hotel exudes a sense of light luxury and comfort that appeals to modern sensibilities. Smart and guest-centric Stay in one of the 618 thoughtfully-appointed guestrooms and apartments ranging from 237 to 517 sq ft in size for a fresh, smart and dynamic experience. Whether you choose a room with a mountain or river view, you will revel in the “Sweet Dreams” chiropractor-approved mattress by Sealy, quality bedding and pillow menu, Premium Waters Therapy Shower system that emits soft water enriched with vitamin C and collagen from a separate handheld beauty shower head, an illy coffee machine, and a smart in-room tablet control system. In fact, the guest-centric technology is part of the brand-new, forward-thinking hospitality concept that ALVA, the new generation of Royal brand hotels, is pioneering. The bespoke SmartHotel Solution designed by SmartTone enables you to check-in and check-out efficiently, get a digital room key on your mobile phone at the self-service smart kiosk and mirror your photographs and videos onto the in-room IPTV, giving you a seamless and user-friendly technology experience. Looking for information and maps? Download them from the handy eConcierge panel at the lobby and get on your way. Embrace healthy living Fitness buffs can stay in shape by making use of the fully equipped gym room and rooftop thermostatic swimming pool, or a bicycle to explore and experience the unique beauty of the Shatin neighbourhood. If the timing is right, join an ALVA Discovery three-hour biking tour held on the first Saturday of every month curated by renowned Hong Kong cycling coach Dorming Chau. Alternatively, go on a walking or hiking tour organised by the hotel. Get social Make work a pleasure at Alva Works, a social and co-working space where you can get friendly and network at the long communal working table equipped with computers, or at the comfortable lounge seating. Tantalise your palate Whether you are a hotel guest or a local resident, make sure you savour culinary delights at the hotel’s four distinctive restaurants. Take the family for a sumptuous buffet at Alva House, the all-day dining venue offering a mouth-watering smorgasbord of international delicacies presented on a 270-feet long buffet table and at live cooking stations. For refined, traditional Cantonese dining with an innovative twist, head to Yat Heen helmed by multi-award-winning Chef Quentin Leung. The elegant restaurant is also an ideal venue for a business or wedding banquet, so bear that in mind the next time you plan one. If Japanese cuisine is your favourite, look no further than Mizutani to satiate your craving. The sleek and stylish interactive rooftop Japanese restaurant is a feast for the eyes and palate, offering panoramic views over the Shing Mun River and lush mountains paired with authentic Japanese cuisine with a contemporary flair. Two Japanese culinary masters helm the Sushi bar and Robata grill counter to prepare the freshest and tastiest morsels of food served in a convivial environment. Live it up at the cocktail bar and outdoor area for a sensational experience. A sports fan? Chill out at PitStop where you can refresh yourself with healthy juices, wellbeing tea and fair-trade coffee with pastries and a light meal at the al fresco area during the day. Come the evening, enjoy beer and wine while watching a ball game on the big TV screen in-door. Make your best vacation a staycation at ALVA With the festive season upon us, why not take your family or loved ones for a staycation at ALVA? Experience the novelty of a new place while eliminating travel hassles and a packed schedule that could deplete your physical and mental energies. Enjoy a luxurious stay and gourmet food, kick back and relax, spend quality time and bond together over fun activities. You will feel refreshed and re-energised going into a new year and a new decade. ALVA is located at 1 Yuen Hong Street, Shatin, Hong Kong. Find out more on www.alva.com.hk For room reservations and enquiries, please call 3653-1188 or email firstname.lastname@example.org . For dining reservations and enquiries, please call 3653-1111 or email email@example.com .