Staying at the Interlaken OCT Hotel in Shenzhen is quite an experience.
Perched high atop the mountains of Shenzhen lies an exquisite copy of a Swedish mountain retreat that offers numerous different vacation models.
I traveled there on a Monday. It is about a 150 RMB cab ride from downtown Shenzhen. It takes about 40 or 50 minutes to get there. They gave me a package of two spa admittance, 2 tickets to see the tea show and two free breakfasts.
The Tea Show was a multimedia extravaganza very close to Las Vegas quality. It is not in English but there are subtitles on a lighted display. Don't bother reading them it's more of a visual spectacle.
The spa had a variety of different pools to soak in: milk pool, coffee pool, an orange pool, and basically any other kind of pool you can possibly think of is there. My recommendation is if you're going to sit in the "Red Wine Pool" you probably will want to use the bathing suits that are provided for you by the spa. It ruined my new Tommy Bahama board shorts.
Expect to pay it in the area of USD300 US a night or more if you decide to come on the weekend. I would also recommend that you pick up one of these packages as well as upgrading yourself to the "Club Room." You can save a lot of money getting snacks, drinks, even lunch and dinner and cocktails(in the evening).
There is also a botanical garden, a hot air balloon ride, and a monorail type train to take you around the enormous facility. The garden and the train are free. The balloon ride was not open due to inclement weather.
The weakest link in this place would be the restaurants. The first place we decided to he was the "Charming Chinese Restaurant" now I don't know if it was because we were there on an off day but the service and the quality of food were less than spectacular. In addition it was also twice the price of regular Chinese cuisine. I also ate at the breakfast buffet also very pedestrian but if you do eat there remember to take advantage of the fresh juice bar. This is why I would recommend upgrading yourself to the "Club Room" at least you can get the same pedestrian food for free. I also ordered room service I ordered a hamburger and a soup. They brought me a hamburger, a soup, and a cold steak. I did not bother arguing because no one spoke in English.
I saved the best for last. I was treated to a magnificent king-size suite with a view of a waterfall out my gigantic picture frame window. The bed was magnificent as well as impeccably clean. The bathroom had a plethora of different things to make your stay a little bit more enjoyable. Internet was free.
I recommend this place highly for people who really want to take themselves out of China. You will not think you are in China once you get there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Amongst Mountains and Water, the Dream of Switzerland Located at the small Interlaken town in OCT East, Shenzhen, the Interlaken OCT Hotel is surrounded by the hills on the side and water on the other, with natural mountains, water, as well as European town sceneries. As an ultra-deluxe five-star hotel, the Interlaken OCT Hotel's main building, town house, residences, pool villas and Castle Interlaken set off each other. The hotel is designed uniquely and art elements go into every detail. ... more less
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