Celebrating the company’s unique Chinese heritage, The ten Peninsula hotels worldwide have curated glamorous and inspiring experiences for all the family to enjoy. Guests will enjoy a Chinese New Year season hallmarked by authentic seasonal dining, luxury stays, exclusive family experiences and cultural activities and themed spa treatments.
Timeless cultural traditions to relish and share. During the holiday period, each hotel will be festooned with red flowers and lanterns, symbolising good luck, plus pink plum blossoms and Kumquat bushes laden with prosperous golden-orange fruit. Traditional lion dances will captivate guests both young and old, while loud drumbeats and cymbal crashes expel evil spirits. The timeless custom of giving lucky red envelopes is upheld at all Peninsula hotels, and good fortune and health will be beckoned into the guestrooms, with seasonal in-room amenities including tangerines, melon seeds, dumplings and chocolate coins.
A heart-warming video filmed in Hong Kong showcases the colourful customs of Chinese New Year at The Peninsula. The film follows a pageboy as he walks through a Chinese garden, visits a Buddhist temple, and hangs red lanterns. During his journey, he watches a lion dance, peeks into The Peninsula kitchen to see chefs hand-carve chocolate lions and pan-fry dumplings, and serves a sumptuous New Year-themed Afternoon Tea. The video culminates with kaleidoscopic images of the annual fireworks display over Victoria Harbour.
The quintessential flavours of Chinese New Year. Sharing an authentic Chinese banquet with family and friends is a treasured part of the 8 Chinese New Year tradition. Throughout the holiday, special menus and exquisite seasonal dishes will be served at The Peninsula’s signature Chinese restaurants.
The Chinese New Year culinary experience is perfectly defined at The Peninsula Hong Kong with three traditional 10-course Spring Menus, named Longevity, Fortune and Wealth. An annual highlight of the Hong Kong calendar, the fabulous Fireworks Dinner on 20 February features dim sum, luxurious Chinese dishes and desserts plus terrace views of the magnificent fireworks display over the Victoria Harbour skyline. Festive gourmet highlights in the Chinese capital include an 8-course Chinese Dinner served family-style at Huang Ting at The Peninsula Beijing, plus optional Chinese rice wine. Guests can also watch a fireworks display at Yun Bar while dining at specially created dumpling and noodle soup stations.
Lucky culinary wishes come true at The Peninsula Tokyo, where the festive five-course Wishes lunch menu and six-course Lucky dinner menu will enchant gourmands at Hei Feng Terrace Restaurant. On 20 and 21 February, New Year diners will be entertained by a traditional lion dance and serenaded by live Chinese Koso music. Mei Jiang Restaurant at The Peninsula Bangkok will present two auspicious Chinese set menus, Fortune and Wealth, and the exclusive Chef’s Table presents exquisite seasonal menus for Chinese New Year. In the Philippines, the chefs at The Peninsula Manila will prepare a celebratory Chinese New Year Brunch showcasing authentic Chinese entrees and delicacies paired with free-flow of Champagne at Escolta.
The Peninsula Chicago will delight guests with a classic prix-fixe Chinese New Year menu created by Chef de Cuisine Ivan Yuen at Shanghai Terrace, and a specialty Spring Festival cocktail will be mixed in The Bar.
Festive Afternoon Teas to indulge the senses. Chinese New Year is a time to savour memorable experiences with loved ones and close friends in a refined and relaxed environment. The signature Peninsula Afternoon Tea at each hotel will be reimagined with distinctive sweet and savoury Chinese flavours for the holiday. Afternoon diners at The Peninsula Beijing can experience a taste of history at the Emperor’s Tea Party, featuring a three-tiered silver tray of Chinese savoury delicacies treats and sweet treats.
Luxurious accommodations and unique family privileges. The Chinese New Year is a time to share precious moments with loved ones, and family guests staying at the ten Peninsula properties across the globe will enjoy special holiday surprises. The Peninsula Tokyo greets their guests with offerings including a daily Chinese breakfast and a Chinese dinner at Hei Fung Terrace. In Hong Kong, families can share a traditional Peninsula breakfast and take part in a half-day class to learn how to perform a traditional Chinese lion dance. Family holidaymakers in Manila can take advantage of dining or spa credit redeemable throughout the hotel, plus complimentary tickets for a private tour of the Ayala Museum.
In the United States, the Family Moments package in Chicago and Beverly Hills and the Family Suite package in New York enable families to receive 50% off the price of a connecting room, plus complimentary meals for children. During Chinese New Year, additional perks include two complimentary Peninsula Academy Children’s Baking Classes, tickets to the hotels’ Chinese New Year parties, and shopping offers.
Glamorous spa treatments for timely seasonal rejuvenation. The Spring Festival is the perfect time to reinvigorate body and mind ready for the New Year ahead. Spa guests at The Peninsula Beijing can indulge in a deluxe Oriental Thermal Fusion wellness journey. The pampering begins with warm poultices infused with Ginseng, Ginger, Gingko Leaf and Cassia rolled over the body’s energy centres, followed by a revitalising facial combined with Chinese acupressure. Spa rejuvenation at The Peninsula Hong Kong includes Vital Qi: a two-hour Chinese Meridian and Foot Massage to restore vitality and vigour by assisting the movement of stagnant Qi and increasing the health of body and mind. At The Peninsula Paris, the 90-minute Vital Energy treatment is based on the element of wood, which represents the year 2015, and features a becalming reflexology foot ritual and a stimulating acupressure body massage.
Exclusive cultural activities and once-in-a-lifetime family experiences. Taking to the streets by Tuk Tuk is a fun way to experience the seasonal festivities in Bangkok. Parents and kids can ride through China Town to watch the celebrations unfold, explore the Chinese temple, and sample tasty street food snacks. Learning ancient Chinese calligraphy is a part of the cultural experience at The Peninsula Hong Kong, where an expert calligrapher will teach guests how to write festive greetings on traditional red paper. Festive cookery is on the menu in Beijing, where parents and kids can try their hands at a weekend Nian Gao cake making class.
City tours take on an exciting extra dimension with The Peninsula’s fleet of chauffeur-driven Rolls-Royce Phantoms, customized Mini Cooper cars and helicopters (available at certain Peninsula hotels) available for luxurious airport transfers or sightseeing trips. Guests at The Peninsula Shanghai are offered the chance to experience a luxury Huangpu River cruise to gain a unique perspective of the city’s dramatic skyline.
Privileged embellishments to luxury shopping. Retail therapy is an enjoyable part of any holiday season, and Chinese New Year is no exception. Guests in Bangkok can combine a guided tour of the Siam Paragon shopping centre to peruse exquisite Thai décor and souvenirs with a visit to The Jim Thompson House, home of the founder of the Thai Silk Company. Visitors to The Peninsula Paris can stay in style within walking distance of the city’s world-renowned luxury boutiques, while guests at The Peninsula Hong Kong have an array of deluxe shopping options to choose from in both Kowloon and Hong Kong Island.
In the United States, bespoke shopping experiences including welcome tea and a special Chinese New Year gift are offered. Among the bespoke options is a luxury package in New York featuring a gift voucher for the Wempe boutique on Fifth Avenue. In Chicago, Bloomingdale’s and Tiffany & Co will offer private shopping tours, and guests can experience an insider’s guide to shopping on the world-famous Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills with private access to the best boutiques.
For gift and souvenir shoppers, The Peninsula Boutique at each hotel offers an alluring array of seasonal hampers, delicacies and gifts. Guests can select from hand-made Peninsula chocolates, biscuits and jams, proprietary brand teas and sauces, porcelain mugs, luxury soft toys and jewellery boxes. If the choices are too overwhelming, loved ones will be thrilled to receive a Peninsula Gift Certificate this holiday season.
Many more Chinese New Year surprises await at each Peninsula Hotel to celebrate the most important festival on the Chinese calendar, and to welcome a new year of health, happiness and good fortune.