Recently named one of the “Best Hotels & Resorts in the World” on the Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2022, the 50 all-suite luxury property offers its guests an authentic Tibetan Experience.
New York, US – Florence Li, Director of International Sales & Marketing, Songtsam announced that the luxury Songtsam Linka Retreat Lhasa (Tibet) has become a Virtuoso Preferred Partner. Recently named one of the “Best Hotels & Resorts in the World” on the Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2022, the 50 all-suite luxury property offers its guests an authentic Tibetan Experience. Songtsam Linka Retreat Lhasa is part of Songtsam’s award winning boutique luxury group of Hotels, Resorts & Tours, which recently joined the Virtuoso Global Program.
“Songtsam, now a part of the Virtuoso Global Program, is especially proud that Songtsam Linka Retreat Lhasa has become a Virtuoso Preferred Partner,” stated Florence Li. “because this property reflects Songtsam’s strong commitment to sustainability and the preservation of the essence of Tibetan culture, through its support of the economic development of the local communities and focus on environmental conservation which we believe, also reflect the core values of Virtuoso.”
Located at an elevation of 11,975 feet, Songtsam Linka Retreat Lhasa, offers a spectacular view of the Potala Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The hotel itself, architecturally designed and built to reflect the work of traditional artisans, Tibetan culture and ancient wisdom, was built with slaked lime color walls, indigo carved windows and fish fin shaped facade. The interior design was inspired by the lifestyle of the local Lhasa people, decorated with Thangka paintings and wall tapestries, a decor that was typical of noble families living there centuries ago. All suites are decorated with a blend of modern and traditional Tibetan aesthetics that feature wooden floors, Tibetan carpets and handcrafted copperware. Very important at this elevation, each suite is fully equipped with oxygen concentrators to relieve AMS and ensure good rest.
The hotel features a library, café, bar area and a boutique which displays handcrafted artisan items. Songtsam Linka Retreat Lhasa provides its guests with two dining options: one is a Chinese & Tibetan restaurant serving local specialities, and the other is a Western restaurant offering guests an array of unique fusion dishes, a breakfast buffet, à la carte, and a selection of handpicked wines harvested from the nearby valley. The Michelin starred trained local Songtsam Linka Lhasa Chefs, incorporate farm-to-table menus, using yak meat, yak butter, milk dregs as well as other local dairy products together with highland barley and Lhasa potatoes.
The Songtsam Experience
Guests will enjoy experiencing the local culture when staying at The Songtsam Hotels & Lodges. Usually located near a remote village, the hotels and lodges employ local staff and are an integral part of the surrounding landscape. Founded by Mr. Baima Duoji, in 2000, the Songtsam Group, on the 2018 Condé Nast Traveler Gold List, is the only collection of luxury Tibetan-style retreats. The 12 unique properties, found across the Tibetan Plateau (including Yunnan), offer guests luxury with authenticity, within the context of refined design, modern amenities, and unobtrusive service in places of untouched natural beauty and cultural interest. Mr. Baima’s desire is for guests to be inspired by the ethnic groups and cultures of the region, and most importantly to understand how the local people pursue and understand happiness.
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