Jumeirah, the Dubai-based hospitality group, will add to Shanghai’s ever-growing hotel scene on March 30, 2011, with the opening of the Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel – the brand’s first venture into Asia-Pacific. Nestled within the new arts and culture Himalayas Centre, the product brings to Shanghai the luxury usually synonymous with the Jumeirah group mixed with an oriental touch. Business Traveller Asia-Pacific got the first look before the opening.
Initially, the property was signed to fall under Jumeirah's new lifestyle boutique brand - Venu. However, Jumeirah has now put the brakes on this idea. Akram Touma, regional vice president of Jumeirah Hotels and Resorts and general manager of the Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel Shanghai, said: " In June 2010 we announced the signing of an agreement to manage VENU Himalayas Hotel Shanghai. Following a review of its business strategy and recognising the quality of hotel, Jumeirah Group has decided to focus its growth on a single brand: Jumeirah Hotels and Resorts."
Located in the heart of Pudong directly opposite the Shanghai New International Expo Centre, the 401-room property is attuned to high-end business and leisure travellers. The entire hotel revolves around a contemporary Chinese theme, presenting guests with both modern and traditional decor.
For corporate functions, the hotel offers a total of 1,939sqm of meeting space including two ballrooms, the biggest measuring 864sqm, and seven multi-functional meeting rooms all of which are equipped with audio-visual facilities.
The Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel also has several recreational facilities: three dining options, a lounge, a 24-hours gym, a hot yoga studio and an indoor swimming pool.
The Himalayas Centre itself, which houses the hotel, is a landmark in Shanghai designed by the world renowed architect Arata Isozaki. The entire centre encompasses the 1,100-seat DaGuan Theatre, an art museum, a luxury mall and a 5,000sqm rooftop Infinity Garden. The large rooftop garden can serve as a unique al fresco meetings venue or as a recreational facility.
This hotel reflects the group's ambitious plans to expand its presence in Asia-Pacific. Currently, the group plans to add 1,300 rooms in the region by 2013 (see story here).
For more information, visit www.jumeirah.com