Five-Star Hotel Creates Exclusive Li River Cruise Package As Part Of Executive Suite Promotion
Long a favorite of backpackers and more adventurous tourists in China, Guilin, located in southern China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, is famed for its natural beauty, mix of regional minority cultures, and proximity to famous tourist sites along the Li River (lijiang). Despite its popularity as a tourist destination, Guilin has lagged behind other cities in providing both world-class accommodations and a high-end tourist experience for business travelers or high-end visitors.
To capitalize on this gap in the market, Hong Kong-based hotelier Shangri-La, which owns over 30 hotels throughout China, this week opened the doors of the Shangri-La Guilin, the city’s first international luxury hotel to offer exclusive cruises down the Li River.
Located on the banks of the Li, the Shangri-La Guilin is packed with the features sought after by high-end jetsetters both international and domestic: it has the largest guestrooms, largest conference facilities and meeting halls in the city; it’s the first hotel in Guilin to feature both indoor and outdoor swimming pools; it is the only hotel with a wedding pagoda. These modern comforts, along with the unique tourism packages offered by the Shangri-La, which cater to everyone from the time-starved exec to the (well-heeled) global traveler, set it miles apart from the competition.
Since the Shangri-La Guilin will likely attract the kinds of tourists who rarely venture off the beaten track, the hotel will offer tourist packages that highlight the best the area has to offer, its mix of ancient and modern, with luxury cruises up the Li River. These tours, which the hotel will offer starting this week through October 31, include two nights in an Executive suite, a 90-minute guided river tour, and other perks like a lavish four-course dinner served by the hotel’s executive chef himself. Though everything in this package sounds nice, the river tour should be of particular interest to first-time visitors to Guilin.
On the 10 km river tour, which passes 10 of Guilin’s most famous tourist sites, including karst mountains and famous rock formations like Elephant Trunk Hill, Fubo Hill, Seven Star Hill and Laoren Hill, guests will be serenaded and treated to a classical Chinese guzheng (plucked zither) performance along the way. A perfect way to take in the sights and sounds of one of China’s most pristine natural landscapes without sacrificing any of the comforts of a true five-star vacation.
More information on the new Shangri-La Guilin can be found on the company’s website.