Emma Dalton, Senior Corporate Travel Consultant at The Travel Authority Corporate Sydney, recently returned from an educational (and luxurious) trip to Singapore and Europe.
Emma was invited by The Travel Authority Group’s friends at British Airways and Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts to inspect their luxury offerings first-hand. As she travelled, Emma also put BA’s Club World Business Class and airport lounges through their paces.
On the ground at the far end of the journey, Emma spent a great deal of time getting to know a pair of iconic luxury hotels:
- Shangri-la Hotel, Paris
- Shangri-la Hotel at The Shard, London
In Paris, Emma sampled fabulous cuisine at breakfast in the Shangri-la Hotel’s La Bauhinia where she was joined by the hotel’s Sales and Marketing team beneath the restaurant’s stunning glass cupola. Another culinary highlight was dinner in the hotel’s Shang Palace restaurant—the only Michelin-starred Chinese restaurant in Paris.
Having inspected the property from top to bottom, and enjoying an unforgettable serving of French Toast, Emma recommends a morning swim in the hotel’s indoor pool.
“It is best in the morning as the indoor pool is bathed in the day’s early light. You’ll only manage this, of course, if you can drag yourself out of your spectacular room with a view”, says Emma referring to the hotel’s stunning accommodation.
She also recommends Shangri-La’s Chi The Spa.
“If you want to spoil yourself, the spa is also wonderful! A massage and facial is the perfect pick-me-up after a long flight! Just 30 minutes is all it takes to revive and get out to enjoy the city of love”, says Emma.
Returning to London with British Airways, Emma transferred to the stunning Shangri-la Hotel at The Shard.
Once again, she caught up with the hotel’s Sales and Marketing team for lunch, this time at TING. Derived from the Chinese word for ‘living room’, TING is on the hotel’s 35th floor and serves the best of British fare with an Asian twist and views to die for.
From all reports, Emma was even more taken by the views a few floors up at GONG Bar—the highest hotel bar in all of Western Europe.
“Sunset drinks at GONG are a must. Situated on the 52nd floor of The Shard with uninterrupted views of London, GONG is the perfect place to watch the sun slowly slip away”, says Emma.
The views are, perhaps not surprisingly, a real highlight of stays at Shangri-la Hotel at The Shard.
“Breakfast in the clouds is the perfect way to start your day in London. The view is postcard perfect, gazing down over London landmarks such as the Tower of London and Tower Bridge, all in the shadow of the Shard. If you have spare time (and need to walk off the bountiful breakfast) there is a lovely nearby walk along the Thames”, notes Emma.
ON the ground in London, Emma partook in a gin tasting at Jensen’s Distillery, Bermondsey, and explored the cultural scene of the city’s South Bank area on a walking tour escorted by a Blue Badge Guide. The Blue Badge is recognised internationally as the qualification of excellence in site and heritage interpretation, and in communication skills.
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