Virtuoso Life - November/December 2017 - 114
Modern appeal: A Bulgari
Hotel Beijing Deluxe Suite.
La Dolce Vita in Beijing
One of the world's most colorfully chaotic cities added a cool dose of Italian style with the September
opening of the Bulgari Hotel Beijing in the heart of the Embassy District. Milan-based architecture firm
Antonio Citterio and Patricia Viel oversaw the hotel's sleek design, including 119 rooms and suites outfitted
with walnut floors, Italian leather furniture, and black granite bathrooms. Outside, gardens designed by
landscape maestro Enzo Enea envelop the hotel in a lush oasis that shields it from the capital's bustle.
The hotel introduces guests to the jewelry brand's proclivity for the finer things: Treatments at the
16,000-square-foot spa tap into ancient Chinese healing methods (and guests receive exclusive Bulgari toiletries); northern Italian dishes are served beneath Murano chandeliers at Il Ristorante; and
aperitivos go down easy at the oval-shaped Il Bar, on a terrace overlooking the city. Even day trips beyond Bulgari grounds keep it chic - catch a ride to the Great Wall in the hotel's house Maserati. Doubles
from $500, including breakfast daily and a $100 hotel credit.
"Beijing's local markets are so much fun for shopping. I recommend the Panjiayuan Market in the Chaoyang
District. It's one of the city's largest and has some amazing antique pieces on display."
- Joyce Krichman, Virtuoso travel advisor, La Jolla, California
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