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Introduction

China’s A major city on the southeast coast of China, Xiamen is known for its stunning seascape, natural scenery, and pleasant climate. No matter whether you want to get an authentic taste of the slightly spicy Fujian cuisine, pay tribute at the Nanputuo Temple, or are simply seeking respite, the gate of China has been thrown open to welcome you.

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Introduction

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Eat

Xiamen is a treasure trove of fresh seafood thanks to its coastal position. Bedecked with antique jewels and traditional artifacts, Zen5es at the Westin Xiamen (www.starwoodhotels.com/westin, +86 592 337 8888) offers authentic Cantonese cuisine and signature seafood dishes, like bacon-wrapped goose liver, and sautéed scallops, as well as the innovative SuperFoodsRx™ menu, featuring dragon fruit salad with blueberry yogurt sorbet. Be sure to match your meal with a pick from the wine list or an inventive cocktail shaken up at the bar. A true integration of traditional Chinese culture and European delicacies, Temple Café (www.templecafe.com, +86 592 209 6780) is a hidden culinary gem in Xiamen that cannot be beaten. Housed within a Chinese family shrine, the café serves up a range of excellent European specialties, including its signature pizza, spaghetti Bolognese, and fresh-squeezed lemonade with honey. Enjoying a glass of wine or a pint of beer with an altar as a backdrop is without a doubt a unique experience. The first authentic American steakhouse in Xiamen – and probably the best in Asia – the Jacky Angela Steakhouse (http://www.jasteakhouse.com/, +86 592 6016038) will sate your carnivorous appetite. Featuring traditional curing and in-house dry-aging, the seasoned culinary team, Jorge Salazar, John Sau, and Carolina Salazar serve up the finest Australian Angus beef in a chic yet homely ambiance. Finish up by indulging your sweet-tooth in a traditional treat like banana bread pudding, tiramisu, or New York cheese cake. Offering all-day dining, Latest Recipe at the Le Meridien Xiamen, (http:// www.starwoodhotels.com/lemeridien, +86 592 770 9999) presents a diverse array of cuisine ranging from Chinese and Thai to Indian and Middle Eastern. You can pick your favourite from the live cooking stations then sit at the al fresco area overlooking lush green hills. Sample a signature Jean Georges Vongerichten Breakfast, guaranteed to delight your taste-buds and prepare you to conquer new challenges. www.jetsetter.hk


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Sleep

Introduction

Situated on the fringe of the Bailuzhous Park and Yundang Lake, the Pullman Xiamen Powerlong (www.pullmanhotels.com, +86 592 518 8888) houses 297 well-appointed rooms and suites, replete with all the amenities you would expect from a deluxe urban haven. Take a stroll in the surrounding area, as the business district, cafĂŠs, restaurants and bar streets are all within walking distance. After a day-long tour or hectic meetings, pamper yourself with a refined tea or a thirst-quenching cocktail in the Cha Lounge to relax your weary mind. More than just a restful slumber, the Westin (www.starwoodhotels.com/ westin, + 86 592 337 8888) has a wide variety of amenities to assist with your work or help you relax, including high-speed internet access, 42-inch flat screen LCD TVs, and iPod docking stations. Before laying your head on the signature Westin Heavenly bed, head to the state-of-the-art gym for a sweat session, or enjoy a healing journey at the Heavenly Spa, which provides a range of signature soothing massages and invigorating body treatments. Only a 15-minute drive from the airport, the Macro Polo (www.marcopolohotels.com, +86 592 509 1888) is a home-away-from-home at the heart of the city, overlooking the tranquil beauty of Yuandang Lake. To provide the best, each of the 300 rooms is well-equipped with modern furnishing, while the 24-hour business centre will help you with any business emergency. Be sure to experience the intimate lounge, cocktail in hand, while enjoying the live music. Located on the slope of Xianyue Hill, the Le Meridien (www.starwoodhotels.com/lemeridien, + 86 592 770 9999) offers a welcoming respite with breathtaking views of Xiamen Bay. All guest rooms command a peaceful hillside view or a courtyard view showcasing the serene natural beauty. From meditation on the hill slope and yoga in the lush garden, to massages at the Touch Spa, the Le Meridien caters to your physical and mental wellness. Famous for its meticulous service and a variety of recreational facilities, the Sheraton (http://www.starwoodhotels.com/sheraton, +86 592 552 5888) is a heavenly retreat in this thriving city. It houses 360 guest rooms, including 57 Club Level rooms and 48 lavishly-appointed suites; 24-hour concierge service is provided to make sure you are well taken care of. Unwind at The Spa by having an indoor or outdoor spa treatment or dipping into the hot and cold plunge pools to improve circulation. www.jetsetter.hk


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Play

Cigar aficionados should pay a visit to the Loong Bar at the Sheraton (www.starwoodhotels.com/sheraton, +86 592 552 5888) the first cigar lounge and vintage wine bar in Xiamen. Unwind in an intimate, cozy area decked out with stylish, contemporary furnishing as you enjoy a luxury cigar in one hand and a soothing drink in the other. At the Westin’s Qba (www.starwoodhotels.com/westin, +86 592 337 8922), you can turn an ordinary evening into a fiery Latin adventure. Featuring a spicy, exotic menu, the open grill kitchen dishes up a variety of signature tapas, like jamon Iberico – cured Spanish ham – with manchego cheese, all served up in a chic and colourful environment which exudes Cuba’s vibrant culture. As night falls, the relaxing atmosphere heats up with live music and a seductive cocktail menu punctuated with reinvented classics like the Mo. Mo. Mojito. With a premium position in Haiwan Park and a spectacular coastal frontage, the Me & You 2 Bar (www.meandyou2.com, +86 592 685 3747) is packed with locals and expats, any time of the day. Happy hour starts at 4 pm, with all beers at half price. Be sure to grab a beer and a seat on the spacious wooden terrace in time for a stunning sunset; girls, be ready to dress up and get half-priced drinks on the weekly ladies’ night.

Experience

Known for its temperate climate, pristine beaches and clear water, Xiamen is a hub for kite surfers. If you are new to this adrenaline-fuelled sport, sign up for a course at the China Kiteboarding Centre (www.59fly.net, +86 592 881 1177), which covers wind theory, safety training, and the basic skills necessary to harness the kite and the board effectively. They also provide equipment leasing and maintenance for your convenience. The ‘Island of Music’, Gulangyu (www.xiamenguide.com, + 86 592 5185 603) is a pedestrian-only destination which you can reach by ferry in about 15 minutes. Renowned for its architecture, winding lanes, and beautiful beaches, the island also houses the only piano museum in China. Rather than taking an electric tourist buggy, relish this stunning island by boat. By paying 10 RMB, you can sit back and relax, and the guide will tell you the intriguing stories behind the local attractions. Right outside the Danan Gate at Xiamen University, the Nanputuo Temple (www.nanputuo.com, +86 592 208 8554) is a well-known monastery housing 120 monks and 20 buildings, including four axial halls – the Heavenly Emperor Hall, the Heronic Treasure Hall, the Great Benevolence Hall, and the Budhist Scripture Repository. When you climb to the summit, you can enjoy a spectacular view of Xiamen harbour, and glimpse hundreds of small Buddhist statues in a small cave during the climb. Get out and create your own adventure by renting a bike and ambling along the Island Ring Road (www.xiamenguide.com, + 86 592 5185 603), a journey that will take you past gorgeous beaches, green parks, and several tourist attractions. Start your trip at Xiada Baicheng, enjoy the sun and soft breeze, and visit the Taiwan Folk Village, the Music Park, and the Hulishan Fort along the way. For added romance, rent a tandem bike with your beloved, and ride till the sun goes down.

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t could be reverse logic that states a great start to the working week begins with a great weekend, but that’s the way The Westin Xiamen sees it with its new promotion to wash away those Monday blues. The hotel has introduced a special weekend break feature to gives guests more flexibility and freedom to make the most out of their getaway. The mainstay of the new programme sees guests being allowed to personalize their weekend experience, including a late 3pm Sunday check-out, extended breakfast hours all weekend and more. The extravagant weekend promotion is part of a global initiative by Westin Hotels & Resorts to make Mondays better for hundreds of deserving individuals. The Westin Xiamen tells guests that the weekend has arrived through a number of subtle moves, including changes in lighting, music and décor. Each guestroom has the brand’s signature Heavenly Bed bathrobe placed on the bed accompanied by a list of favourite Xiamen attractions to officially welcome guests to their weekend. The hotel is strategically located in Xiamen’s central business district, offering spectacular views of the scenic Yundang Lake, the lush Xianyue mountains as well as its bustling and vibrant cityscape. Within a walk is the cinema, art center, science and technology museum, exhibition halls, retail shopping mall and multiple purpose sport centers, while the hotel is just 15 minutes by car to the Gaoqi International Airport. The city’s business areas as well as local attractions, such as the Xiamen International Convention Centre, or the famous café street, Haiwan Park, Gulangyu are all also easily accessible within 15 minutes from the hotel. Guests are encouraged to linger in bed longer with a late 3pm Sunday check-out and extended breakfast hours on Saturday and Sunday since “Westin Weekends” are designed to inspire well-being, from a good night’s sleep on the Heavenly Bed and SuperFoodsRX dining options to convenient exercise through the RunWESTIN and New Balance gear-lending programmes. Also featured is the new Sunday Funday brunch, available to the people of Xiamen as well as in-house guests. The hotel’s signature restaurant, Seasonal Tastes, is transformed into a place abundant of food, beverages and entertainment, with management encouraging people to wake up late on Sunday morning and invite friends or simply come with the family to enjoy a brunch to remember at The Westin Xiamen. In addition to incredibly tasteful food and beverage, live Latin music by Cuban house band AGUACERO is on offer. There is also plenty for the kids, with fantastic close-up magic and balloon performing shows and a specially-designed kid’s corner with Xbox and Wii games. The Westin Xiamen hopes to whet your appetite by serving oysters, Alaskan crab legs, rich caviar, fresh Boston lobster, delicate goose liver and roast suckling pig. Delicacies are accompanied by fine wines and unlimited Mumm champagne to add spirit add vitality to wash away those Monday blues.

The Westin Xiamen aims to create weekends to remember on the way to the office


398 Xianyue Road (Xianyue Lu) Xiamen, CHINA www.westin.com/xiamen • (+86) 592 337 8888


For business travellers, staying connected is essential, and Le Meridien Xiamen acknowledges that with its full-service Business Centre which offers printing, photocopying, scanning, secretarial services, equipment rental and shipping. The centre also features a sleek, glass-encased meeting room which can accommodate up to ve people, and is available by reservation.

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No. 7 Guanjun Road, Hu Li District, Xiamen, China www.lemeridien.com/xiamen • (+86) 592 770 9999


An Opulent Choice

A luxurious hotel with sumptuous rooms may be fine for a restful slumber, but why settle for good enough when you can experience comfort and the soothing luxuries of home? Macro Polo Xiamen is not just a five-star deluxe hotel, but a real home-awayfrom- home for business travellers craving respite from exhaustive schedules, frenzied itineraries and bustling city life.

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erfectly positioned in an excellent location, the Macro Polo Xiamen is only 15 minutes from the international airport, which is easily accessed with the hotel’s complimentary airport shuttle service. Nearby, the bustling coffee and bar streets of Xiamen provide endless choices for visitors to Xiamen, who will also enjoy 10 minutes driving distance from the famous shopping district of Zhongshan. Other local attractions, like the Nanputuo Temple and the Xiamen Culture and Arts Centre are just 10 to 15 minutes by car, and can be worked into even the most tightlyscheduled itineraries. Boasting a gorgeous lake-front location at the heart of Xiamen, the Macro Polo Xiamen boasts 300 rooms and suites, each offering panoramic views of the Yundang Lake or a dazzling city vistas. All guest rooms are sumptuously designed and equipped with essential modern furnishing, including central air-condition system, an executive desk, broadband internet access, LCD television, satellite television with English, Chinese and Japanese channels, a mini-bar and an in-room safe; the en suite marble bathrooms contain a bathtub and separate showers. For the discerning traveller, each room also comes with complimentary newspapers and shoe-shine service. More than just a place to sleep in, Marco Polo Xiamen also offers a host of recreation facilities, including a gymnasium, an outdoor swimming pool, and a fitness centre to make sure you maintain your exercise routines; and a spa and beauty salon to pamper your mind and soul. Guests can also delight in an epicurean journey with the hotel’s famous Japanese restaurant Shogun, which offers a wide array of authentic Japanese cuisine amid traditional décor and spectacular lake views. The restaurant features individual teppanyaki, robatayaki and sushi counters, as well as 10 exclusive VIP rooms which are perfect for private celebrations or working dinners.

Diners will be treated to signature dishes like Kobe Beef, Alaska Crab, Tempura and Robatayaki. As well as Japanese cuisine, the Marco Polo Xiamen offers a fine selection of Cantonese fare at its Lotus Court Chinese Restaurant, while the casual Café Marco serves breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets featuring international cuisine including Singapore specialties, Indian curries, pasta and pizza. Before turning in for the night, guests can unwind in the spacious ground floor Lobby Lounge which features specialty wines, top shelf liquors and signature cocktails along with live music performances and inspiring views of a eight-storey atrium. Acknowledging the fact that guests may be coming from different time zones and might need to stay connected while on the road, the Marco Polo Xiamen’s Business Centre is open 24-hours a day, and is staffed by

a seasoned team who are on hand to assist with any kind of business requests. Facilities include fax, photocopying, computers with broadband access, laser and colour printing, and two private meeting rooms. In addition, customized functions are catered to by experienced event managers who can arrange anything from business conferences and seminars to cocktail receptions and exhibitions. Rounding out the range of comprehensive services, the Marco Polo Xiamen also features a 24-hour front desk, room service, an airline office, baby-sitting services, concierge services, foreign exchange, car rentals, a travel desk, and a ticketing centre. Offering comfort, convenience, and privacy, the Marco Polo Xiamen is the city’s ultimate accommodation choice for both business and leisure travellers.


Address: 8 Jianye Road, Hubin Bei, Siming, 361012 Xiamen Telephone: (+86) 592 509 1888 Website: www.marcopolohotels.com


Sheraton Xiamen

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A Convenient Choice

ffering well-appointed, luxurious guestrooms and top-quality service, the Sheraton Xiamen fully embodies its core values: warm, connected and community. Providing a warm, homey retreat, building close, strong connections, and creating a delightful community, the Sheraton Xiamen Hotel promises a comfortable sojourn for both business travellers and holidaymakers. Located at the heart of the city, the Sheraton Xiamen enjoys a convenient location close to the city’s business, commercial and retail hubs, as well as several must-see tourist attractions, including the pedestrian-only island of Gulangyu, which is only a 20-minute ferry ride from the hotel. Not only will the hotel’s convenient location give you more time for exploring, but it will also give you a little more time to enjoy your signature Sheraton Sweet Sleeper™ bed before making the dash to the international airport or Xiamen railways station, both of which are just a 15-minute drive away. Even better, private car transfers and package tours are available from the front desk for your convenience. The Sheraton Xiamen houses 360 spacious guestrooms, including 57 Club Level rooms and 48 lavishly-appointed suites. Pamper yourself with a bubble bath in the deep soaking bathtub, before laying your head on the signature Sheraton Sweet Sleeper™ beds and enjoying a wide selection of local and international television channels, as well as the high speed Internet access. If you feel the need for a midnight snacks, the 24hour room service will deliver hot meals and a variety of snacks straight to your room. Feast on gourmet local cuisines or international favourites at one of the hotel restaurants. The Prince Restaurant offers the a taste of authentic Cantonese cuisine, while the romantic Olea Steak and Seafood Restaurant serves the premium cuts of Australian Angus(Augus) beef. If you want to sample flavours from around the world, make sure to reserve a table at the Wave Pan Asian, famous for its innovative buffet. If you’re just looking to relax, take a load off at the Loong Bar - Xiamen’s first cigar lounge – and indulge in a smooth cigar and a glass of vintage wine; or, find a perch on the comfy sofas at the Vista Lounge and enjoy a delicious cocktail and some soothing tunes. Whether you want to arrange a business meeting or organise a social soirée, the Sheraton’s well-trained team is ready to put together your perfect event. Choose the spacious, 600sqm Grande Ballroom, or one of the six smaller function rooms located on the fifth floor. Whichever you choose, all rooms are fully equipped with conference facilities, and abundant natural daylight. Best of all, a fully-equipped business centre is on hand to make staying connected to the office a breeze. Boasting comprehensive facilities and unsurpassed service, the Sheraton Xiamen is one of the most welcoming and luxurious retreats in the city.


✤ Address: 386-1 Jiahe Road, Fujian,

Xiamen, 361009

✤ Telephone: +86 592 552 5888 ✤ Website: www.sheratonxiamen.com



Xiamen supplement 2013