Chinese Beauty Brands Put Focus on Eco-Friendly Ingredients

Apr 29, 2013  |   Contributor: Nicolle Keogh

After celebrating Earth Day last week, we’ve become much more aware of the kinds of chemicals, toxins and other harmful ingredients that are commonly used in health, beauty and fragrance products. We now have a whole new appreciation for eco-friendly beauty products— that’s why we’re more than thrilled to learn that China’s beauty industry puts a huge emphasis on health and safety benefits in their tubes, compacts and bottles. So if you’re interested in natural alternatives to the items that are currently in your beauty bag, there may be no better example than the one that China is setting.... Read More

Chinese Jewelry Brand Chow Tai Fook Gives VIPs the Star Treatment

Jan 17, 2013  |   Contributor: Annalisa Solari  |  1 Comment

Seriously, who isn't a sucker for bold baubles and decadent jewels? This season, lavish statement necklaces have been making their rounds on the runways and luxury brand Chow Tai Fook’s latest collection of jaunty jewels is already catching the eyes of style mavens worldwide.... Read More

Chanel Exhibit Celebrates Designer's Involvement in the Arts

Jan 15, 2013  |   Contributor: Nicolle Keogh

A new exhibit that celebrates the work of luxury fashion maven Gabrielle Chanel at China's Guangzhou Opera House is unlike the label's Beijing and Shanghai exhibits in the same country. While the latter two take a biographical approach to commemorate the iconic designer, the new exhibit, which will run today through March 3, is thematically based on a ballet called Le Train Bleu,for which Chanel designed the costumes. The display is meant to showcase the designer's modern lifestyle and involvement in the arts by featuring 400 pieces, including Chanel jewelry and apparel— both new and old— as well as sketches, books, and manuscripts from other artists and writers and accompanying photos and videos of Chanel and her friends.... Read More

New Ritz-Carlton in Chengdu, China Set to Open Summer 2013

Dec 19, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. announces that The Ritz-Carlton, Chengdu, located in the heart of the capital of Sichuan province, will become the luxury hotel operator's first flag in Southwest China, when it opens in summer 2013.Sichuan is renowned globally as the home of the giant panda, one of China's national treasures, while the city of Chengdu enjoys a rich history dating back over 2,000 years as a cultural and trading hub. The Ritz-Carlton, Chengdu, in Tianfu Square, is home to one of the city's largest commercial districts. The hotel will have 353 rooms, including 55 suites, taking interior design cues from the style of a traditional courtyard home which can be found in parts of the old city. "China is already one of our most significant international markets.... Read More

Exclusive Benefits for Ritz-Carlton Rewards Members in Collaboration With Mercedes-Benz

Dec 18, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. has announced their collaboration with luxury automotive brand, Mercedes-Benz in China to offer exclusive benefits to members of Ritz-Carlton's frequent stay program—The Ritz-Carlton Rewards. Ritz-Carlton Platinum Rewards members will receive complimentary access to the Mercedes-Benz VIP Lounge and Airport limousines in Beijing and Shanghai. Rewards Members will have the opportunity to attend events such as Fashion Week, Auto Shows and Art Fairs sponsored by Mercedes-Benz.... Read More

From Singapore to Bangkok, Discovering What Makes Shangri-La Hotels of Asia So Iconic

Dec 18, 2012  |   Contributor: Katherine Bond

In 1933, British writer James Hilton dubbed "Shangri-La" as the whimsical, cloud-topped Tibetan mountain area in his book, Lost Horizon. While Shangri-La was fictional in Hilton's depiction, Robert Kuok decided to make the term a real-life utopia, by opening his first luxury Shangri-La property in Singapore in 1971.... Read More

Find Urban Solace at Shanghai's Newest Luxury Hotel Twelve at Hengshan

Dec 11, 2012  |   Contributor: Sally Farris

Located in the “Paris of the East,” Shanghai’s hottest cosmopolitan area, the Twelve at Hengshan is enveloped in cafes, boutiques, galleries, restaurants and restored art-deco buildings. The building itself was designed by Mario Botta, who is also responsible for the iconic San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, using eco-friendly materials. The architecture stands out among the historic surroundings in its contemporary design, but Botta dressed the façade in natural terracotta, which is popular along the streets of Hengshan. The 171 luxury guest rooms encase a Chinese-style secret garden to promote Zen-like awareness of the environment.... Read More

HNA Tourism Publicizes First and Largest Luxury Cruise Ship out of Mainland China

Dec 4, 2012  |   Contributor: Sally Farris

As if China hasn’t been producing enough goods lately, they are now making their mark on the cruise line industry. HNA Tourism recently founded the first Chinese cruise company to own their own vessel. The ship “Henna,” the mainland’s largest cruise ship ever, is set to make its appearance onto the wild blue yonder January 26, 2013. The ship contains 739 rooms and can hold up to 1,965 passengers. As interest in Asia increases among the world’s traveling elite, HNA Tourism Cruise and Yacht Management President Zhang Hao anticipates that the cruise industry in China will grow rapidly, and he and his company obviously hope to remain at the top of the pyramid. Other foreign cruise companies have offered tours through the mainland for quite some time, but HNA is the first locally owned and ope... Read More

Where to Stay, Eat & Sightsee in Beijing | Guide to China's Capital

Nov 21, 2012  |   Contributor: Eric Rosen

Shanghai might have the fashion flair and Hong Kong has the finance factor, but don’t discount Beijing. The Chinese capital has to be one of Asia’s most fascinating destinations thanks to a history that dates back to ancient times, proximity to picturesque sections of the Great Wall, cutting-edge arts and architecture, and a steadily improving food and nightlife scene.... Read More

New Swissôtel to Open in China 2014

Oct 16, 2012  |   Contributor: Carly Zinderman

International hotel group Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts is continuing to expand in China, with the Swissôtel Changsha due to open in 2014. The luxury hotel will feature 400 spacious guestrooms, five restaurants and bars, over 21,500 square feet of meeting and banqueting space and recreational facilities including a Pürovel Spa. Mr. Lv Dong Sheng, the Chairman of Enough Group says: “Swissôtel Changsha is our first international Five-Star hotel project in Hunan. Our goal is not only to build a global flagship property, but also to incorporate the hotel with culture industry and green industry, and to establish a new standard for hotel industry in Hunan Province and in China.”... Read More

New $2.5 Billion Macau Casino Coming to Cotai Strip

Sep 25, 2012  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

What happens in Macau stays in Macau. I’m assuming they’ll start taking on that catch phrase since the Chinese city is quickly become the new Las Vegas—and with investments rolling in from billionaires like Sheldon Adelson, it’s bound to get bigger and better as the years go on.... Read More

Number of Luxury Hotel Rooms in "Oriental Hawaii" to Triple by 2013

Sep 19, 2012  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team  |  2 Comments

If you're planning to travel to Sanya, known as China's Hawaii, in the next few years, your hotel room options are going to increase significantly. In 2009 there was a plan set to develop the area in which Sanya is located into a much larger vacation destination. By early 2013, the southern Hainan province will see 21,000 luxury hotel rooms compared to the 7,000 available last year.... Read More

Asia to Have Nearly 3 Million Millionaires by 2015

Sep 19, 2012  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team  |  1 Comment

Though many in the States are suffering from the current economic crisis, not everyone around the world is feeling the same impact. A recent report stated that Asia continues to produce more and more millionaires, and will eventually result in the wealth of those high net worth persons with assets totaling $1 million or more to triple in by 2015.... Read More

Live Like a Chinese Emperor

Sep 19, 2012  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

China may not have emperors anymore but you can certainly still live like one thanks to the country's luxury real estate development, The ThaiHot Mansion and Courtyards. ThaiHot Mansion, overseen by The Beijing Taihe Real Estate Development Co., is considered to be the most expensive you can find in China, with the cheapest apartment available priced at $4.7 million.... Read More

Hard Rock Hotels to Open in China in Shenzhen and Haikou

Sep 19, 2012  |   Contributor: James Rothaar

Hard Rock International announced that two new Hard Rock Hotels in China are set to open in Shenzhen and Haikou, in 2015. The new hotels are a collaborative effort between Mission Hills Group, a leading golf brand and force behind China's sports and leisure industry, and the Hard Rock. Both new hotels will feature the patented rock 'n' roll design elements and music-inspired amenities for guests. The 22-story, 280-guestroom Hard Rock Hotel Shenzhen, which sets on approximately 10 acres, will feature luxury suites on the top floor. The hotel also will include a Body Rock fitness center, signature restaurants, an entertainment lounge, a recording studio, and a nightclub. The 250-guestroom Hard Rock Hotel Haikou sets on more... Read More

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