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WE KNOW: Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts in London & Paris

Emma Dalton, Senior Corporate Travel Consultant at The Travel Authority Corporate Sydney, recently returned from an educational (and luxurious) trip to Singapore and Europe.

Emma was invited by The Travel Authority Group’s friends at British Airways and Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts to inspect their luxury offerings first-hand. As she travelled, Emma also put BA’s Club World Business Class and airport lounges through their paces.

Click Here to read about Emma’s British Airways immersion.

On the ground at the far end of the journey, Emma spent a great deal of time getting to know a pair of iconic luxury hotels:

  • Shangri-la Hotel, Paris
  • Shangri-la Hotel at The Shard, London

La Bauhinia, Shangri-La Hotel Paris.

In Paris, Emma sampled fabulous cuisine at breakfast in the Shangri-la Hotel’s La Bauhinia where she was joined by the hotel’s Sales and Marketing team beneath the restaurant’s stunning glass cupola. Another culinary highlight was dinner in the hotel’s Shang Palace restaurant—the only Michelin-starred Chinese restaurant in Paris.

Shang Palace restaurant, Shangri-la Hotel Paris.

Having inspected the property from top to bottom, and enjoying an unforgettable serving of French Toast, Emma recommends a morning swim in the hotel’s indoor pool.

“It is best in the morning as the indoor pool is bathed in the day’s early light. You’ll only manage this, of course, if you can drag yourself out of your spectacular room with a view”, says Emma referring to the hotel’s stunning accommodation.

She also recommends Shangri-La’s Chi The Spa.

“If you want to spoil yourself, the spa is also wonderful! A massage and facial is the perfect pick-me-up after a long flight! Just 30 minutes is all it takes to revive and get out to enjoy the city of love”, says Emma.

Chi the Spa.

Returning to London with British Airways, Emma transferred to the stunning Shangri-la Hotel at The Shard.

Once again, she caught up with the hotel’s Sales and Marketing team for lunch, this time at TING. Derived from the Chinese word for ‘living room’, TING is on the hotel’s 35th floor and serves the best of British fare with an Asian twist and views to die for.

TING at Shangri-la Hotel at The Shard, London.

From all reports, Emma was even more taken by the views a few floors up at GONG Bar—the highest hotel bar in all of Western Europe.

“Sunset drinks at GONG are a must. Situated on the 52nd floor of The Shard with uninterrupted views of London, GONG is the perfect place to watch the sun slowly slip away”, says Emma.

GONG at Shangri-la Hotel at The Shard, London.

The views are, perhaps not surprisingly, a real highlight of stays at Shangri-la Hotel at The Shard.

“Breakfast in the clouds is the perfect way to start your day in London. The view is postcard perfect, gazing down over London landmarks such as the Tower of London and Tower Bridge, all in the shadow of the Shard. If you have spare time (and need to walk off the bountiful breakfast) there is a lovely nearby walk along the Thames”, notes Emma.

Emma’s pics from Shangri-la Hotel at The Shard, London .

ON the ground in London, Emma partook in a gin tasting at Jensen’s Distillery, Bermondsey, and explored the cultural scene of the city’s South Bank area on a walking tour escorted by a Blue Badge Guide. The Blue Badge is recognised internationally as the qualification of excellence in site and heritage interpretation, and in communication skills.

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WE KNOW: British Airways ‘Club World’ Business Class

Emma Dalton, Senior Corporate Travel Consultant at The Travel Authority Corporate Sydney, has recently returned from an insightful (and luxurious) trip to Singapore and Europe.

Pics from Emma’s British Airways Club World experience.

Emma was invited by The Travel Authority Group’s friends at British Airways and Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts to inspect their luxury offerings first-hand. As she travelled, Emma put BA’s Club World Business Class through its paces aboard the airline’s Airbus and Boeing aircraft.

  • BA016 Sydney to Singapore – Boeing 777
  • BA012 Singapore to London – Airbus A380
  • BA011 London to Singapore – Airbus A380
  • BA015 Singapore to Sydney – Boeing 777

Club World cabin on British Airways A380 aircraft.

On the ground, Emma ran her discerning eye over Shangri-La hotels in Singapore, Paris and London, including some Hotel Jen by Shangri-La properties

CLICK HERE to read about Emma’s Shangri-La hotel inspections in Singapore.

With such high quality ingredients, it’s no surprise that Emma returned to work absolutely buzzing from her BA & Shangri-La experience.

“It was an amazing trip—just incredible”, said Emma.

“From the moment I entered The House lounge in Sydney to the moment I landed home nine days later, the entire experience was absolute luxury. British Airways Club World business class was great. Frankly, the reviews do not do it justice. I have absolutely no hesitation selling and recommending Club World”, added Emma.

British Airways now invites its Sydney Club World and First passengers to The House lounge, rather than the Qantas lounges which have been the airline’s longstanding choice.

The House location at Sydney International Airport.

However, Qantas lounges remain available to BA flyers under Oneworld alliance lounge access rules.

“The House lounge is quiet and intimate and has a great selection of food. You can have a sit down meal before you board your flight—great if you want to board your flight and get straight to work or sleep”, advises Emma.

Service at The House includes à-la-carte dining with waiter service, shower facilities and unlimited WiFi.

Upon boarding flight BA016, the premium service and comfort continued.

“The luxurious Club World bedding by The White Company is just lovely. I loved that they supply a day blanket as well as a duvet for sleeping. Topped off by the biggest pillows in business class, it’s incredibly comfortable. I slept almost as well as I would in my own bed”, she reports.

Club World bedding and in-flight amenity kit.

Emma also noted some nice touches on the in-flight menu.

“In addition to an impressive wine list, on overnight flights, BA offers an an entrée and desert menu to help passengers maximise sleep time. This is a great option if you want something light before making the most of the comfortable bedding. Breakfast can be ordered in advance so it’s ready for you when you wake up”, says Emma.

Comparing the Club World cabins on different aircraft, Emma notes the configuration on both the A380 and the B777 was very similar, although the A380 did feel a little more updated.

“I was seated upstairs on the A380, but made sure to visit the Club World cabin on the lower level. Interestingly, even though there are more seats downstairs, the higher ceilings did make the cabin feel more spacious than the upper deck”, says Emma.

Club World’s forwards-backwards ‘yin-yang’ configuration.

Of Club World’s forwards-backwards seat layout, Emma says, “I travelled forwards and backwards on different sectors and, apart from take off and landing, I found little difference between travelling one way or the other.”

At Singapore Changi Airport, Emma accessed the British Airways Lounge and Concorde Bar in Terminal 1 before pushing on to Paris via London Heathrow. In transit, Emma made the most of services available at the British Airways Galleries Lounge in Terminal 5.

Elemis Spa, T5 Heathrow.

“At Heathrow T5, I recommend heading straight to the Elemis Spa in the lounge area. The spa offers complimentary 15-minute treatments for BA Club World and First customers. Club World customers can’t book ahead but I secured a spot right away”, says Emma.

“The mini facial was just great after our long-haul flight, and filled in the time before our onward flight to Paris. It was the perfect way to transit T5”, added Emma.

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