Shangri-La unveiles its new Lhasa hotel near the top of the Himalayas
Sleeping in the Tibetan sky
According to ancient Tibetan Buddhist scriptures, there is a mythical lost kingdom - between the physical world and the beyond – sometimes referred to as 'Shambhala' or 'Shangri-La' which is believed to have existed in the Tibetan Himalayas.
Today, the famed luxury hotel company has attempted to recreate the sense of place that inspired its brand name, by opening its doors to the new Shangri-La Hotel, Lhasa near the famous Asian mountain range.
The tranquil hotel is located in the same area of the famous UNESCO World Heritage site, Potala Palace, which was once the official residence of the Dalai Lama.
Comprised of 289 rooms at 3,650 metres above sea level, the urban resort features unique elements to help its guests with the elevation change, such as its Oxygen Lounge in their CHI Spa. Shangri-La states it is the first of its kind, made up of a sealed glass-wall treatment room that is pressurised to match the air density at sea level.
Each room category highlights the vibrant colours and delicate details found in Tibetan culture, dress and art. Upon arrival, guests are even welcomed with an offering of 'hada', a traditional ceremonial white silk scarf.
"It is extremely important wherever we operate hotels that we embrace the local community and culture and our hotels reflect this authentically in both their design and offerings," said Ester Marcaida, general manager of Shangri-La Hotel, Lhasa.
There are four F&B outlets at Shangril-La's new hotel, including two signature restaurants, Shambala, which specialises in Tibetan and Yunnan cuisine and a Chinese restaurant, Shang Palace, that serves Sichuan and authentic Cantonese.
Engulfed by mountains and glaciers the Shangri-La Hotel, Lhasa also offers extensive event and conference facilities, as well as holding the city's largest ballroom and an event terrace overlooking Potala Palace and the surrounding magical landscape.