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Travel: In Tibet, at Heaven's Gate, the Butler Awaits

October 3, 2010

The New York Times
September 29, 2010

You might expect a personal butler at a posh
London address. But you might actually need one
in Lhasa, Tibet, elevation 11,975 feet.

If so, the St. Regis Lhasa Resort is opening on
Nov. 15, becoming the first luxury chain to open
an outpost in the Tibetan capital. The butler
will be on hand to address altitude sickness as
well as less urgent tasks like shining shoes and
suggesting monasteries to visit. Such service is
among the many amenities uncharacteristic of lodging in the area.

Other features include guest rooms furnished with
vintage photographs, plasma TVs, DVD players and
high-speed Internet access. The resort, which
offers views of the Potala Palace, also has three
restaurants: an upscale Tibetan dining room that
serves local dishes including yak, a Chinese one
featuring Cantonese and Sichuan food, and an
all-day restaurant touting international fare,
including egg-and-bacon breakfasts. Rare, aged
blends highlight menus in both the wine bar and the tea room.

There is also a six-room spa that offers Tibetan
herbal treatments said to remedy altitude-induced headaches.
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