Two weeks of art, culture and luxury await you on this group trip across the contemporary art cities of Asia, with Peninsula Hotels and Remote Lands. Spend 14 days discovering the vibrant colors, private collections, fascinating spaces and must-see sights of Bangkok, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing and Tokyo. Enjoy VIP travel and service at every point of disembarkation as you are welcomed to each iconic Peninsula hotel. Engage in fascinating panel discussions with the leading minds of each city’s art scene and take the opportunity to tour some of the world’s most coveted and renowned art collections. Indulge in sumptuous cuisine and breathtaking city tours by day, and then relax in ultimate comfort at night in a selection of opulent Peninsula Hotels.
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Touch down in beautiful Bangkok, where you will be greeted and whisked across the River of Kings to the iconic Peninsula Hotel. Refresh with a welcome cocktail followed by a discussion with local artists and experts on the value placed upon artists and their work. Sit down to a delicious dinner and relax for the evening.
This morning, get your bearings in the “City of Angels” with a private tour, taking in highlights such as the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Reclining Buddha. Join esteemed local gallery owners for lunch and a panel discussion at the stunning Yeneka Art Village. Pay a visit to Souled Out Studio, founded by renowned English artist Beejoir – one of the world’s leading figures in street art.
This morning is yours to spend learning a Thai art; choose from a lesson in Muay Thai, the country’s legendary boxing style, or take a Thai cooking class – complete with a visit to the local produce market. Spend the afternoon sightseeing at your leisure and round the day off with cocktails and dinner on the river.
Arrive in breath-taking Shanghai and enjoy views of the city during your relaxing transfer. Gather for welcome cocktails at The Peninsula Shanghai with local artists and experts before enjoying dinner and a wonderful night’s sleep.
Today the group will split once again and enjoy two half-day adventures. Embark on a private Jewish history tour with one of the world’s foremost experts, experiencing the culturally-significant Hongkou District, and later taking the opportunity to see Pearl Lam’s private collection - Ms. Lam’s home has been featured in the New York Times and invitations are very rare. You will also enjoy an intimate encounter with globally-renowned abstract artist Qiu Deshu at his studio, and go on to tour The Bund - accompanied by an expert in Shanghainese history and architecture.
This morning, embark on a group tour around the galleries and art spaces of art village M50, including ShanghART, Shanghai HuaFu Art Space, OV Gallery, Island 6, and Hapojae, each tour led by the gallery’s director and including pieces not accessible to the general public. Later, board your short flight to Beijing, where you will be transferred to the Peninsula for cocktails, a discussion with some of the city’s finest artists on emerging Asian talents, and a delicious dinner.
Explore Beijing’s most famous sites including the Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven. After lunch, make an exclusive group visit to the private artist studs of Zhang Dali and Chen Wei. A former exile, Dali is considered one of China’s first street artists and his work includes graffiti, sculpture, photography and painting.
After a morning at either the Great Wall or navigating the Hutongs, enjoy lunch at the Guardian Auction House, hosted by its founding family, followed by an exclusive private tour featuring works not yet publicly taken to auction. Spend your afternoon exploring the 798 Art District, including a tour of the Faurschou collection to see exclusive works in storage.
Bid farewell to China as you board your flight bound for Tokyo, where you will be met and accompanied to the Peninsula Hotel. After being welcomed by a panel of art experts, relax and enjoy cocktails and a discussion on Technology in the age of contemporary art before dinner at the hotel.
This morning, settle into fabulous Tokyo with a tour of the city’s highlights - including Tsukiji Market, the Imperial Palace and Ginza. After lunch, you are at liberty to continue sightseeing or opt for the chance to meet the ultra-technologists at Teamlab – the confluence of technology, design and the natural world - and tour the Mori Art Museum with director Fumio Nanjo.
Choose between a full day of private touring in Tokyo, visiting the Meiji Shrine, Harajuku, Rappongi, Shibuya, and Shinjuku, or a day of group visits to a number of significant private collections including that of renowned collector Takeo Obayashi – who collects work by living artists only, so that he can “talk and have a drink with them." Later meet Izumi Kato, a Tokyo-based world-renowned artist who favors his hands over a paintbrush when working on his masterpieces. In the evening enjoy a fabulous farewell dinner at the Peninsula.
Depart Tokyo and mark your arrival in Hong Kong with VIP style and the utmost convenience. Settle in at the luxurious Peninsula Hong Kong with cocktails and illuminating discussion with luminaries of the city’s art world on The Art of Collecting in Asia.
You will split into two groups today. The first group will spend the morning seeing Hong Kong’s iconic sights in the morning and visit the private studio of Adrian Wong in the afternoon. The second group will meet artists Tsang Kin Wah and João Vasco at their studios in the morning and see the sights of Hong Kong in the afternoon. Both groups will enjoy a lunch at popular artists’ meeting place, Duddell’s, with a selection of local art experts and gallery proprietors.
This morning, experience an exclusive viewing of the private collection of award-winning architect and artist, William Lim. Lunch with artists and experts who will discuss Art in Asia, the New Frontier. Take the afternoon to explore the remainder of the city’s delights, including Chi Lin nunnery and Mong Kok market
With two weeks of artistic discoveries across Asia at an end, you will be transferred to Hong Kong International Airport for your onward or homeward flight.
Overlooking the Chao Phraya river, the iconic Peninsula’s commanding views of the city’s skyline make it one of the most elegant choices in Bangkok. Designed with a blend of modern and traditional Thai decor, the hotel provides all of the comforts of home with an exotic flair, all with the level of quality service and amenities that define the Peninsula. The hotel boasts three restaurants: Mei Jiang for Cantonese cuisine; Thiptara for Thai home-style cooking on an open-air pavilion; and the River Cafe and Bar, located on the banks of the river. The excellent spa, ESPA, offers state-of-the-art treatments, and an extensive fitness center includes a pool set in a garden complex. The Peninsula is located approximately 45 minutes by car from Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK).
Located on the Puxi side of the Huangpu River, the Peninsula Shanghai has fabulous views of the Bund, Pearl Oriental Tower and other historic and modern architecture along the Pudong side. Befitting its location in the Pearl of the Orient, the Peninsula’s style is modern while retaining a chic stylistic nod to the city’s Art Deco past. There are 235 guestrooms and suites, which all feature plasma TVs, Nespresso coffee machines, iPod docking stations and wifi access, lending a residential feel to the hotel. Four themed suites – the Astor, Majestic, Palace and Peninsula – set new standards in luxury living. For fine dining within the hotel, Yilong Court for Cantonese cuisine or Sir Elly’s for Western fare in a beautiful setting with views of the Bund are excellent options. The Compass Bar, Lobby and Salon de Ning are lovely places for a night cap. There is a Peninsula spa by ESPA, which offers the brand’s award-winning treatments in a neo-classical setting , indoor pool and fitness center with a DVD library such that gym goers can watch their favorite programs while using the cardio machines. The Peninsula is 40-60 minutes’ drive from the airport, depending on traffic.
The timeless Peninsula Beijing sets the bar for elegance and luxury even higher, as it completes a full renovation, and emerges even more palatial. In the heart of China’s fast-paced capital, the hotel combines imperial architecture and ancient culture with contemporary style and luxurious modern conveniences. From the hotel’s own fleet of chauffeur-driven custom Rolls Royce Phantoms, to decor featuring masterpieces by internationally-renowned Chinese artists, every detail is attended to. Fully overhauled rooms and suites feature sleek decor in cool, tranquil hues, decked out with every conceivable convenience and comfort. From afternoon tea in the iconic lobby to world-class cuisine crafted by well-traveled chefs, diners will be delighted, and both business and leisure guests will find relaxation amid the spa and wellness facilities.
Mere steps from the Imperial Palace sits Tokyo’s newest luxury hotel, The Peninsula Tokyo. Located in Marunouchi district just a short walk from the shopping paradise of Ginza, the hotel is perfectly located for business or pleasure. With a total of 314 elegantly decorated rooms and 47 suites, the Peninsula Tokyo’s accommodations are among the most spacious in all of Tokyo, and offer plenty of amenities including espresso machines, complimentary Internet access, multifunction fax machines, nail polish drying machines, and shoe shining service. The hotel’s culinary options include Cantonese cuisine at the Hei Fung Terrace, regional Japanese fare at Kyoto Tsuruya, and International food and beverages at Cirque Culinaire and Peter. For relaxation, enjoy the hotel’s state of the art health club with pool complex, undergo a “spa journey” at the Peninsula Spa by ESPA, or try a leisurely jog around the Imperial Palace. Other amenities include a business center and a boutique store that offers food, gifts and souvenir items.
The iconic Peninsula Hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui has been hosting dignitaries and other well-heeled travelers to Hong Kong since 1928 when it was deemed "the finest hotel east of Suez" Guests can stay in the classic structure still standing from that time, or in a room in the 30-story tower rising over the original hotel with sweeping views of Hong Kong Island and Victoria Harbour. There are 300 sumptuous rooms and eight restaurants, which are some of the best in the city: Spring Moon for Cantonese, Gaddi's for French, Felix for contemporary international cuisine, and the Lobby for afternoon tea, a Hong Kong institution. The ground floor and first floor constitute the Peninsula Shopping Arcade filled with boutiques offering the world's finest luxury items. The Peninsula Spa is another "must-do" on guests' itineraries, and the property's wellness facilities also include a fully equipped fitness center and indoor pool with sauna. The hotel is also distinguished by its fleet of signature Rolls Royces, painted in a distinctive hue known as "Peninsula green" and which guests may hire. The property is an hour away from Chek Lap Kok airport (HKG).