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September 6, 2010updated Feb 25, 2013

Swire Hotels Evoke Luxury Bathroom Experiences

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Hong Kong – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle Magazine

The bathrooms at The Opposite House in Beijing reflect the hotel’s overall design and promote auspiciousness. Upon entering, guests are faced with a delightful choice of invigorating rain shower or deep soaking oak bath. There are also dual oak sink basins – clean and natural in appearance – so guests can share face time in the mirror while getting ready, and no one has to wait to brush their teeth.

Kengo Kuma is the toast of Beijing for designing the emerald-hued facade and ingeniously detailed interior public spaces, juxtaposed by simple and airy guest rooms at The Opposite House. His bathrooms are equally stunning and dialectical. Spa-inspired with heated oak floors, the bathtub is the star of the room; the oversized deep-soaking tubs were custom-made in the Chengdu province using 100-year-old American white oak, known for its exquisite texture and color. To waterproof, the wood is treated over 10 times. There’s also an attendant whose sole job is to maintain the tubs every day.

Exclusive BaYanKaLa bath amenities are made with water from the Huang He (Yellow River) and natural elements based on Chinese herbal practices.

Swire Hotels wanted The Upper House to have not only the largest bathrooms in Hong Kong, but also amazing harbor and island views from each. And so it was. At 300 square feet, the spacious bathrooms feature walk-in rain showers lined with Beige Turkish Terre d’Oriente limestone walls and Italian Perlato Svevo natural limestone floors. There’s a separate dressing area and free-standing bathtubs with wide corner windows that let in tons of light and scenery.

Andre Fu, one of Asia’s most prolific architects, designed the hotel to reflect a sophisticated and modern Asian-influenced residence. As such he made sure to make the bath an enjoyable place to spend time relaxing and enjoying the process of getting clean. Art sculptures add some charm and fancy. Amenities include bath salts, oils, padded backrests in tubs and more by REN. There’s even a TV embedded in the mirror that faces the tub.

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