August 16 2013
In August, Plume Voyage will be bringing you news on luxury hotel groups and their latest offerings. This week, we take a look at the Peninsula.
Traditional Chinese moon-shaped pastries known as Mooncakes are offered during the mid-Autumn Moon Festival. This year, the renowned Chinese Chef Yip is trying his hand at revamping them. Fundamentally made with red bean paste, dates, pineapple or soybean purée, covered with salted egg yolk that gives them the color of the moon, these cakes are shared amongst families and enjoyed whilst staring at the cosmos. In his version, Chef Yip has made the Mooncakes lighter with a delicious egg custard and golden puff crust. More than 400,000 of these delicacies will be hand-made by the chef and his team.
In November the Peninsula Hotel Bangkok will be celebrating its fifteenth anniversary. Since its opening, it has won numerous awards: number one in the “Top City Hotels” in Asia in 2012, one of the finest hotels by Condé Nast Traveler’s Gold in 2013 and the spa has been voted the best in the world by Global Traveler. For this crystal anniversary, the hotel has given its lobby a fresh new look with a spectacular crystal chandelier, new rooms and a new table of Chefs. In addition, in partnership with the FBLC association which helps disadvantaged children, The Peninsula Bangkok has opened up the doors of its new library to children between 7 and 18 years of age.
A year of celebration has been planned to celebrate the 85 years of the hotel in Hong Kong, known as the “finest hotel east of the Suez”. From the unveiling of the exceptional new guestrooms in the Original Building to the celebrate of sixty years of gastronomic excellence at the Gaddi’s restaurant, a “tribute to the city of Hong Kong” menu at the Spring Moon and the reintroduction of the “Afternoon Tea Dance “in the lobby, the Peninsula Hong Kong is honoring its legacy with a range of festivities.
The Peter Grill Restaurant, located on the 24th floor of the Peninsula Tokyo offers the very best varieties of meat, fish and salads. With its 180° view, the restaurant at the Imperial Palace Gardens and Hibiya Park provides a totally exclusive experience. Traditional Japanese “nasu” colors such as purple, eggplant, lavender and noble materials, like wood and steel, make up the magnificent décor.
Intended to present culture, lifestyle, food, and art history through individual courses, tours and innovative activities, the program returns to the nine hotels in the group. Adults and children can enjoy unique experiences like an elephant ride in a Thai vineyard, a day at the beach on a private estate in Malibu, a retro tour around old Shanghai and an exclusive visit to a New York fire station. An ideal way to give visitors a taste of the local culture of each destination.