Sail-shaped and cloud-piercing, the sleek Conrad Xiamen opened in August 2016. This five-star bolthole might attract the local glitterati to its curved 38th-floor reception, but the range of meeting spaces, warm service and after-hours facilities drag in the business crowd, too.
It’s in the southwest of Siming – a growing business district that forms half of the city’s Special Economic Zone – overlooking the sea. Shapowei Art Zone is a couple minutes’ walk away, as is the docklands area that’s threaded with restaurants. The CBD is a 10-minute taxi ride away, but the zingy area more than compensates.
The 241 open-plan rooms and suites feature elegant wooden dividers between the bathroom and bedroom spaces. If the floor-to-ceiling windows make it hard to concentrate, the spacious in-room desk and espresso machine will help – just don’t switch on the Bose sound system if you’re on deadline.
The sixth floor is given over to events space. For more intimate meetings, try one of eight conference rooms with smart technology. Meanwhile, executive guest rooms offer access to the club lounge. Offline facilities include a fitness centre and a pool to work off the day’s stresses, and sexy-sparkly top-floor bar and grill Coast – to retox, of course.
All photos by Adam Bruzzone
Cathay Dragon flies to Xiamen from Hong Kong 28 times a week.