For over 800 years, Beijing has been the cultural, political and economic hub for groups to gather. As of March, they’re now gathering at the 289-room Conrad Beijing. The Conrad brand’s new flagship property is Hilton’s 34th hotel in China. Located in the Chaoyuang District, a popular neighborhood for shopping, dining and entertainment, groups can walk to cultural venues like Sanlitun Village and Shin Kong Place.
City attractions like Tiananmen Square, the Temple of Heaven and the Forbidden City are within close driving distance, and Beijing Capital International Airport is 15 minutes away.
Among the jaggy skyline, the Conrad is an amorphous contrast to the urban fabric of downtown. The exterior bubble-shaped grid curves and wraps around the corners of the 29-floor tower—a design based on “nervous tissue” according to MAD architect Patrick Sloan.
Book the preferred guest rooms with beautiful floor-to-ceiling windows and unobstructed views of Tuanjie Lake Park.
Of the seven restaurants/bars, we like Chapter restaurant designed like a modern version of an antique European library. Walk up the grand circular staircase to the outdoor garden and chocolate boutique lined with deep red walls and sexy rounded facade for pre-post drinks and networking.
In March, the new 203-room Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort opened on the Island of Gods facing the legendary beach renowned for its surf culture and colorful beach restaurants and bars. Sheraton Bali marks Starwood’s fifth hotel on the island, but this one is specifically designed to cater to incentive programs with 17,600 sf of meeting space.
The luxury quotient here comes in a variety of forms. There’s an outdoor rooftop pool with unrivalled panoramic views of the Indian Ocean. Accommodations are large for Sheraton, or anywhere for that matter, starting at over 500 sf with spacious private balconies. There’s a signature 2-story Presidential Suite with contemporary Balinese decor and a private sundeck for beachfront cocktail receptions. And most of the nine meeting spaces overlook Kuta Beach.
Sheraton Bali houses three restaurants reflective of Bali’s abundance of natural ingredients and spices. Dine on Pan-Asian delights at Feast, located alongside the beachwalk patio overlooking Kuta. Bene is a light-hearted Italian trattoria with mesmerizing views of the Bali Strait from the rooftop deck.
The common perception of the Balinese revolves around their wonderful sense of self-content. All types of attendees can experience the same thing. The beach offers open-air style shopping and dining for the more laid back incentive participant. Or there’s paragliding off ancient cliffs and the vaunted surfing for the more adventurous.