The 8th Four Seasons property in China offers state-of-the-art hospitality and opens the door to new experiences in the Pearl River DeltaJust minutes from Hong Kong and within hopping distance from Guangzhou and Macau is a completely different destination: Shenzhen. Already well known to the electronics industries and the banking and financial world, this modern powerhouse city is to become more accessible than ever before with the opening of the new Four Seasons Hotel Shenzhen.
"Shenzhen is a fascinating city, changing by the minute," says Arthur WC Ho, General Manager of the eighth Four 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 Centre 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.
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.
Inside, the ambiance is that of a chic private home. 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 as a pillow menu and mini iPads.
Envisioned by renowned SPIN Design and meaning "fragrant," FOO is Shenzhen's newest destination for foodies. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Two large spaces include the 6th floor Four Seasons Ballroom seating up to 360 guests plus two private pre-function spaces, and the more intimate Peony Ballroom on the 29th floor, where up to 180 seated guests will enjoy sweeping views from floor to ceiling windows.
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.