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JAN-FEB 2019

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Highlighting Peninsula Hotels' Asian origins, the spa's design and furnishings feature a variety of materials including wood, granite and marble, while the soothing color scheme provides a natural, pastoral backdrop. e experience begins in a reception area serving a selection of rare teas, as well as a variety of juices and herbal concoctions. From here, a range of treatments take care of one's inner and outer needs, while for those with a more physical inclination, an exercise room and gym provide the opportunity for an invigorating workout. ere is also an indoor pool, where we revelled in the perfectly warmed water that belied the chilly temperatures outside. Our final night at the Peninsula was highlighted in spectacular fashion by a multi-course dinner at the hotel's beautifully appointed, high-ceilinged Cantonese restaurant, LiLi. Here, refined dim sum is available by special order, and we took full advantage of the opportunity to feast on a prix fixe eight-course dinner consisting of a range of dumplings, watercress and shrimp soup, and a glorious Peking duck that is served in two iterations. As at L'Oiseau Blanc the previous night, our vinous needs were taken care of by the inestimable sommelier. Replete, but with just enough room for a vintage cognac and some Cuban cigar smoke, Jen and I retired to the Peninsula's cigar room to unwind and reflect on the previous six days. In the morning we would be heading to Gare Montparnasse for a train to the countryside. But that's a story for another time. Salut! sl For more information, visit peninsula.com/en. An Asian influence informs LiLi's stunning design slmag.net 95

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