China’s Newest Luxury Hotel Brand Unveils the Country’s First ‘Yi Po Erk Shih’

  WH Ming Hotel Shanghai presents superb food, professional spa service and cosy accommodation in the coveted urban oasis in China’s most cosmopolitan city
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WHM Group’s premiere five-star hotel presents a new concept in urban resort escapism where guests are pampered with the best of Shanghai cuisine, culture and wellness in a becalming natural setting 

Shanghai-based leader in upscale cuisine and lifestyle, WHM Group, unveils today its genre-defining five-star hotel brand, WH Ming Hotels. The brand’s premiere flagship hotel, WH Ming Hotel Shanghai, will become China’s first “Yi Po Erh Shih” Urban Resort when it opens its doors late September, 2012.

“Yi Po Erh Shih”, meaning “One Night with Two Meals”, is a holiday concept that boomed in Asia during the 1990s. It is still highly popular in the Ryokan culture of Japan. WH Ming Hotel Shanghai takes the “Yi Po Erh Shih” concept to new levels of indulgence for today’s most discerning guests, by offering an authentic experience of China with a luxurious hotel stay paired with Chinese culinary delicacies offered at dinner and breakfast plus a peek into the Chinese bathhouse scene with a 60 minutes massage.

WH Ming Hotels is named after Madam Wang Huimin, founder of WHM Group – the leading lifestyle group behind Chinese restaurant chains Shanghai Min and upscale restaurant of Maison de L’Hui.

Leveraging on 25 years’ experience in refined cuisine and lifestyle, WHM Group has now created a visionary hotel brand that perfectly caters to the lifestyle desires of today’s sophisticated travellers. A taste of local culture; superb design; seasonal dining; spa pampering; relaxation in nature; and value for money – these factors combine to create the ultimate Shanghai retreat: WH Ming Hotel Shanghai.

Specially developed to cater to busy city dwellers and travellers looking to escape to a place of relaxation and cultural refinement hidden in the heart of the Shanghai metropolis, every stay at WM Ming Hotel is a complete revitalising experience. The 188-room hotel has been custom designed to celebrate authentic aspects of Shanghai culture, enhanced with modern comforts. This extends to a 5,000 sqm spa and bathhouse, seasonal Shanghai cuisine, and an urban oasis setting overlooking Huang Xing Park.

The Stay: A Hideaway Urban Oasis
WH Ming Hotel Shanghai’s becalming ‘urban hideaway’ location overlooks the lush greenery of Huang Xing Park in Shanghai’s North East Bund area. Stretching over 600,000 sqm, this is a rare nature environment in Puxi and enjoys easy access to downtown business districts.

The hotel’s beautifully appointed guestrooms and suites by BilkeyLlinas Design reflect Shanghai’s elegant Art Deco design heritage. All guestrooms also feature magnificent park and lake views through floor-to-ceiling windows. Guests are pampered with state-of-art facilities and personal services, including Frette linens, Sealy mattresses and L’occitane bath products.

The Dinner: Authentic and Nostalgic Seasonal Delicacies
Included in every guest stay is a magnificent banquet set dinner. Seasonal menus showcase authentic and nostalgic local dishes and ingredients carefully sourced from across Shanghai and neighbouring areas to create the ultimate ‘Taste of Shanghai’ gourmet experience. These are elaborately prepared by Shanghai’s best chefs using top-quality, farm-direct produce. Seasonal dishes include Yanduxian Pork Soup in spring, Shanghai’s famous Hairy Crabs in autumn and Clay Pot Stews in winter, plus seasonal fruits like sweet Nanhui peaches for dessert.

The Breakfast: A Taste of Traditional Shikumen Dim Sum
Also included in the room rate, the daily breakfast is a celebration of Shanghai’s cherished traditional dim sum breakfast treats – many of which are disappearing from the streets today. Hand-crafted delicacies like Mini Wonton, Guotie (fried dumplings), Cifangao (stir-fried glutinous rice rolls), Xiaolongbao (steamed dumplings filled with juicy pork) and Jiuniang Yuanzi (mini rice balls in sweet glutinous rice wine soup) are just some of the delights on offer, all made with quality ingredients at interactive show kitchens. Guests can even learn how to fold their own dumplings under the guidance of the master chefs. An extensive selection of Western favourites is also available, reflecting Shanghai’s cosmopolitan heritage.

Faye Spa + MIA Space: Unprecedented Feast for the Senses
The hotel’s 5,000 sqm Faye Spa is Shanghai’s most unique wellness destination. Encapsulating the best of Eastern and Western wellbeing traditions, the Spa is divided into two distinct settings – an Oriental Bathhouse and a Luxury European Spa.

A nod to Shanghai bathhouse culture, a separate garden annex houses 22 private spa suites. These suites offer exclusive spaces for spa and massage treatments, as well as to engage in social relaxation, and even enjoy fine dining if guests so desire. Faye Spa also offers a European-style Spa with nine private treatment rooms in the main hotel. This area has a Zen ambience, graced with soft music and aromatherapy scents. An extensive menu of professional spa and beauty services is offered in both areas.

Another highlight of the WH Ming Hotel Shanghai is the one-of-a-kind gourmet cultural attraction – MIA Space. This acoustic, light and imagery experience links visitors with Shanghai’s past, present and future through the evolution of its distinctive local cuisine. Guests will journey through life-like 3D scenes of a Qing Dynasty restaurant, the Paramount dance hall in the 1930s, shikumen lane houses, a steel factory canteen during the Cultural Revolution, and finally to modern Shanghai and future urban green spaces.

MIA Space is created by Shanghai-born Chinese-American film director Sherwood Hu as a companion work to his “Shanghai’s Development Seen from the Evolution of Vehicles” showcase that was a star attraction of the Shanghai Pavilion during the 2010 World Expo. The unique time-travel adventure is yet another example of WH Ming Hotel’s pioneering perspective of creating a luxury holiday experience infused with the best of Shanghai culture and style.


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