Just minutes from Hong Kong and within hopping distance from Guangzhou and Macau is a completely different destination: Shenzhen. Already well known to the hi-tech and electronics industries and the banking and financial world, plus fans of contemporary design, gourmands and cultural explorers, this modern powerhouse city is more accessible than ever before – and more welcoming thanks to the opening of the new Four Seasons Hotel Shenzhen.
“Shenzhen is a fascinating city, changing by the minute,” says Arthur WC Ho, who is General Manager of the 8thFour Seasons in China. “International business travellers know it well, but increasingly, it is emerging as one of the country’s most exciting leisure destinations.”
Located in the heart of the vibrant new downtown within just ten minutes’ drive of the Huanggang and Futian borders to Hong Kong, Shenzhen offers a welcome addition to any Chinese tour, especially for those who are travelling to or through other major gateways in the Pearl River Delta. The Hotel is within walking distance of major shopping malls, the Civic Center including the Shenzhen Museum and adjacent Concert Hall, and an MTR station for easy access to the rest of the city.
“Shenzhen appeals to so many interests, whether business travellers looking for some distractions in their down time, families on holiday, art lovers seeking the next big thing, gourmands sampling the famous eight cuisines of China, or even theme park aficionados,” says Chef Concierge Robert Huang, whose team has put together an exclusive 8 Wonders of Shenzhen itinerary to introduce the city to guests of Four Seasons Hotel Shenzhen.
Reasons to Go Now
The city’s biggest events are held at the Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center, which happens to be right across the street from Four Seasons Hotel Shenzhen. On the calendar this fall are the Motor Carnival and Imported/Luxury Car Expo, the China International Logistics and Transportation Fair, the International Gifts and Housewares Fair, the Hi-Tech Fair and the Asia Golf/PGA Merchandise show, just to name a few.
“Plus, the 17th Grand Theatre Arts Festival is on now, and the new Haiya Mega Mall – the city’s largest shopping centre – just opened. And on December 8, the Shenzhen International Marathon is expected to attract as many as 10,000 runners,” says Huang.
As a special welcome to its first guests, Four Seasons Hotel Shenzhen is offering the Experience More package,which includes a food and beverage credit; two Advance Purchase offers with savings on bookings 7 and 14 days out; and the Suite Deal, which includes a range of special benefits.
The Look of Four Seasons Hotel Shenzhen
The Look of Four Seasons Hotel Shenzhen
With its modern design and forward thinking features and amenities, Four Seasons Hotel Shenzhen is right at home in this UNESCO City of Design. Architects Urabanus and interior designers Hirsch Bedner & Associates (HBA) have created a contemporary, light-filled tower with a 6th level reception that overlooks green spaces and water courtyards with panoramic views of the city. Check in is at each guest’s convenience – curbside, at the reception desk or in-room.
Inside, the ambiance is that of a chic private home – a welcome respite for long distance and frequent travellers. Each of 266 light-filled rooms and suites are large – most are 50 square metres (540 square feet) or more - and packed with technological conveniences and thoughtful comforts such a pillow menu. Mini iPads present the guest directory, and rooms also offer Nespresso machines, multiple international electrical outlets at bedside and throughout the space, large flat screen tvs with VGA connection for laptops, and more. For the traveller on the clock, the 15-Minute room service menu is available.
Colourful contemporary art and traditional Chinese motifs of good fortune are in every room, including hand-painted headboards of Auspicious Clouds, a theme repeated in the carpeting. Some offer luxurious soaking baths with sweeping city views.
“Each design detail is unique to this hotel – but it’s our renowned Four Seasons service that truly sets us apart,” says Ho. “Whether an international traveller arriving for the first time or a local dropping by to have a drink with friends, the warmth and hospitality they will feel will surely bring them back to Four Seasons Hotel Shenzhen again and again.”
Meet Me at Four Seasons: Wining, Dining and Entertaining
Envisioned by renowned SPIN Design and meaning “fragrant,” FOO is Shenzhen’s newest destination for those who love to eat, drink and share the experience with others. Creative pan-Asian menus include a selection of shared main courses, and foodies will love the peek-a-boo windows into the series of kitchen studios, where Chef Brian Chan and his team perform their culinary magic.
Accessed via a dramatic floor-lit entrance with contemporary wire sculpture above, the space itself is flexible, depending on whether guests prefer an intimate table for two, lounge seating for informal business meetings, or large outdoor tables by the waterfall for long evenings with friends.
Celebrating the great cuisine of the region, Zhuo Yue Xuan literally means “excellent food,” which is exactly what Chef Tse Man – a Hong Kong native with more than 30 years’ experience in Cantonese kitchens – and his team will present to guests of this high-style restaurant. In addition to the main space, ten private dining rooms-with-views are available for more intimate social gatherings and business entertaining.
“There are many choices for good Cantonese food in Shenzhen of course, but we wanted to take this traditional cuisine to a higher level and showcase the very finest ingredients prepared to perfection and served in an elegant atmosphere,” says Executive Chef Michael Poutawa, who oversees all restaurants and banqueting atFour Seasons Hotel Shenzhen.
For Chinese and traditional afternoon tea and after work drinks, Yi Bar & Lounge offers an oasis for busy shoppers, or a casual environment to entertain colleagues. In the evening, Yi pops the Champagne corks and turns up the music in Shenzhen’s newest destination for international jetsetters and the city’s urban chic with a lively and exuberant atmosphere amid sophisticated décor, innovative lighting and city-view outdoor space.
Doing Business at Four Seasons – and Celebrating Special Occasions
Four Seasons Hotel Shenzhen takes a modern approach to business with myriad innovations in its naturally litevent spaces, such as IBM work tables and flexible do-it-yourself meal options. Two large spaces include the 6th floor Four Seasons Ballroom seating up to 360 guests plus two private pre-function spaces, and the more intimatePeony Ballroom on the 29th floor, where up to 180 seated guests will enjoy sweeping views from floor to ceiling windows. Both spaces offer multi-coloured ceiling lighting to enhance individual event décor, and the main ballroom has the added advantage of an adjacent space for bridal changing and another for VIPs to use as a waiting room or private space during a conference.
Unique to Four Seasons Hotel Shenzhen is Terraces, a 7th level rooftop area of 150 square metres (1,615 square feet) for up to 80 guests in an open air reception freshened by the city’s year-round pleasant breezes – complete with state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment and wired or wireless high speed internet. Additional smaller spaces include several that are divisible for breakouts on the 7th and 29th floors.
For weddings, galas and other social functions, hosts can count on worry-free planning, expert attention to detail and customized events created for each occasion.
To celebrate its grand opening, Four Seasons Hotel Shenzhen is currently offering a Value Meeting package for groups booking ten rooms or more from now through February 15, 2014.
Staying Fit and Relaxed – and In Touch
The 24-hour fitness centre at Four Seasons Hotel Shenzhen allows time zone hopping travellers to keep up their cardio and weight training, or relax in the sauna, steam room and whirlpool.
The indoor pool is an excellent choice for aquatic workouts, while the larger outdoor pool invites relaxation and splashing about with the kids for families on holiday.
For working travellers, Four Seasons Hotel Shenzhen offers the exclusive Executive Club Lounge. Tucked away on the 29th floor, guests will find extra conveniences and perks, including all day refreshments and cocktails, workstations, a fully equipped business centre, dedicated check in-check out and concierge services, wired and wireless internet, and more.
Four Seasons in China
Four Seasons Hotel Shenzhen is the 8th property in a Chinese portfolio that also includes nearby Four SeasonsHotel Hong Kong; Four Seasons Hotel Macao, Cotai Strip; and the just opened last year Four Seasons Hotel Guangzhou. Also in 2012, Four Seasons Hotel Beijing and Four Seasons Hotel Pudong, Shanghai opened, the latter joined sister property Four Seasons Hotel Shanghai and nearby Four Seasons Hotel Hangzhou at West Lake. Additional hotel and resort properties are now in advanced stages of development throughout China.
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