LUX* Resorts & Hotels Announces LUX* Tea Horse Road As The Cornerstone For China Expansion

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    LUX* Resorts & Hotels has recently announced the LUX* Tea Horse Road (LUX* Chamadao) as the foundation for its planned expansion into China. On account of its largely undiscovered yet spectacular natural beauty, unparalleled diversity of peoples and thriving ancient cultures, the Greater Shangri-la region is set to become one of the world’s most desirable destinations for discerning luxury travellers seeking unspoilt beauty and authentic customs and tradition.Conceived as a 30-room luxury boutique hotel, situated on two neighbouring sites in the heart of Li-jiang Ancient Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, Phase One (10 rooms) of LUX* Lijiang opens on September 09, 2014. Phase Two (20 rooms), which will incorporate the brand’s signature Café LUX*, a bakery and a localised interpretation of the established LUX* Me wellbeing philosophy, should open in mid-2015.

    Under the terms of a long-term management agreement, executed in March 2014, LUX* Lijiang will be the first in a circuit of distinctive regional luxury boutique hotels. Initially located across the abundant South West provinces of Yunnan and Szechuan as well as bordering Tibet, the complete circuit of individual properties and bespoke experiences will be known collectively as the LUX* Tea Horse Road. The circuit is being developed by Lijiang Yulong Tourism Corporation Limited, which will own the properties as well as being responsible for their design and construction, in partnership with LUX* Resorts & Hotels who will be the manager.

    Positioned at a major crossroads of the ancient Tea Horse Road, in the home of the Naxi people, LUX* Lijiang will encourage guests to engage with the rich history and culture of this unique locale throughout their stay – from the authentic architecture and design to the customisable menu of daily excursions and experiences that will be offered. LUX* favorites will be complemented by new experiences that celebrate the local culture, affording travellers a true insight into this undiscovered world – from the rituals that surround the world-famous Pu’er tea, to the distinctive cuisines of the Naxi, and the Tibetan people and the spiritual mysteries of a truly multi-faith society.

    Paul Jones, CEO of LUX* Resorts & Hotels is leading the conceptualisation and design of this exciting development. He explains why LUX* Tea Horse Road is the perfect new destination for the growing company’s innovative brand:

    “China’s economic progress, continued stability and the growing ease of travel have made the continent increasingly attractive to trend-setting travellers who are looking for unspoiled destinations rich in original and genuine experiences. It is no surprise that LUX* found it equally irresistible.

    As a young and dynamic organisation, we have determined to grow our brand presence in China and to open a window onto one of China’s most spectacular and untouched wonders: the Tea Horse Road. Thanks to our partnership with the Lijiang Yulong Tourism Corporation Ltd., this ambition will become reality.

    In a comparatively short time, we have built a strong and growing Chinese customer base for our existing operations in the Indian Ocean. Our intention now is to create the journey of a lifetime for these guests in this most special part of their own country. My personal goal is to ensure we offer to all our guests the opportunity to become part of an exclusive, happy and harmonious hotel family. I am confident that we can achieve that within the beautiful world of LUX* in China.

    We are hugely excited to launch LUX* Tea Horse Road – A Passage through Place and Time and to invite the world’s most adventurous travellers and luxury connoisseurs alike to come experience, savour and appreciate the natural, cultural and spiritual wonders of the greater Shangri-La region.”

    Mr He, Chairman of the Yulong Tourism Corporation Ltd, also expressed his delight with the partnership:

    “Having a proven track record in delighting sophisticated luxury travellers from around the world, we are delighted to announce our cooperation with LUX* Resorts and Hotels. Together, we are going to chart a new chapter in the history of tourism and hospitality in the legendary region of Greater Shan-gri-La. We are proud today to be opening LUX* Lijiang, the first stop in what we intend to become one of the great journeys of the world.”

    Daniel Fountain / 23.07.2014

    Editor, Hotel Designs


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