Sophisticated Living Indianapolis

JUL-AUG 2019

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When we nally glided to a stop back at our vertiginous home away from home, we settled in for a refreshing cocktail or two on the rooftop bar - a Manhattan Royale for my wife and a Paradis Sazerac for me. A recent addition to the hotel's already exceptional dining options, Z Bar offers innovative cocktails and cuisine showcasing bold global -avors. Peninsula's ownership often names its restaurants in honor of key sta€; Z Bar pays homage to Chicago general manager Maria Zec, the group's first female GM (and a Purdue graduate originally from Indiana), and features illustrations of her beloved pet pugs. Boasting unrivaled views, the terrace is an ideal perch from which to admire the Windy City's wonders; with nothing more than a transparent glass wall separating our table from countless feet of air, and being somewhat afraid of heights, I made certain to position myself well away from the edge. On our second full day, a casual stroll through a number of art galleries whetted our appetite for a superb dinner — a multi-course parade of stunning dim sum at Peninsula's sleek Shanghai Terrace. Steamed dumplings, potstickers, seafood, and an entire Peking duck served with all the traditional accoutrements made a procession to our table during the course of the evening. Fabulous unltered sake, just slightly sweet, provided the perfect accompaniment. An early riser, I made sure to take full advantage of the hotel's beautifully appointed tness center each morning, while my wife enjoyed sleeping in, with the exception of a visit to the soothing spa - a highlight of the stay for both of us. Here, guests refresh mind and body with an extensive menu of services inspired by Ayurvedic and Asian philosophies. Massage options range from the Hot Stone Massage, which I can personally recommend, to the blissful Marma Massage. The spa is complemented by amenities including an indoor half-Olympic length swimming pool with stunning views of the city, a relaxation lounge with a replace, and a yoga room. As was quite obvious throughout our visit, service is king at 'e Peninsula Chicago. 'e rst hotel to bring traditional ideals of Asian hospitality to the midwest, its entire sta€, from management to housekeeping, goes well out of its way to ensure utter and ultimate guest comfort. Between its forward- thinking accommodations and the Academy programming, the Peninsula o€ers the denitive Second City experience, whether you're a rst-time visitor or a seasoned traveler. And although our stay provided a perfect and much-needed couple's get- away, we noticed several families (with nattily dressed children), prompting us to consider a family visit next time. Perhaps then I'll pluck up the courage to try the Navy SEAL experience. Or maybe I'll just stick to the gym. sl For more information, visit www.peninsula.com, or www.zbarchicago.com Z Bar o€ers an inventive menu of small plates and snacks, as well as a luxurious Sunday brunch slmag.net 83

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