What can make the most upscale hotels in China even more swanky? The answer for many seems to be refined, mellow cigars enjoyed in a similar atmosphere. Forbes Travel Guide recently highlighted the best of the best. Here are the top choices.
The Compass Bar at The Peninsula Shanghai
This spot has a very nautical vibe, not only because of its great use of blue and purple décor and maritime memorabilia, but also because of its special cocktail, the Shanghai Mist (that’s Shanghai White Vodka, soda water, green tea, and lemon juice garnished with lychee and lime). The garden terrace is the perfect place to stretch your land legs and enjoy a smoke.
Cigar Lounge at The St. Regis Beijing
The St. Regis Beijing boasts a 4-star rating, and the cigar lounge does not disappoint, either. In addition to offering a great selection of cigars from Cuba and the Dominican Republic, the lounge also offers humidor cabinets for the private collections of hotel patrons.
Long Bar at Waldorf Astoria, Shanghai on the Bund
Long Bar first arrived on the scene in 1910 and was re-opened recently, wasting no time retaining its posh status. This is thanks largely to its uncommon hospitality. Long Bar flies in fresh oysters a minimum of twice a week and the manager will order specially requested cigars with a little advance notice.
photo credit: peninsula shanghai, st.regis beijing