Shangri-La Hotel, Lhasa

Lhasa, Tibet, China

At a Glance

  • Luxurious retreat in one of the highest inhabited regions on earth
  • Stunning interiors fusing stylish décor with traditional Tibetan touches
  • Oxygen lounge to assist guests with altitude acclimatisation
  • Spectacular views of the UNESCO listed Potala Palace and the surrounding Himalayas

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Perched high on the ‘roof of the world’, Tibet experiences a diverse plateau climate, with temperatures decreasing as you increase in altitude and latitude. Lhasa is pleasant year-round, with warm summers and chilly winters, but plenty of sunshine year round. Interestingly, most of the rain falls at night, making exploring the city a joy even during the rainier summer months. Due to its extreme altitude, Tibet experiences the strongest solar radiation in China, so you can expect plenty of sunshine! The winter months are predictably cold, with a surprising lack of snow for such a mountainous region. Temperature variations in a 24-hour period can be startling, often showcasing ‘four seasons in one day’ so be sure to pack plenty of layers for your Tibetan adventure.

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Description

At the heart of the Tibetan capital, the Shangri-La Lhasa seamlessly blends 5-star luxury with traditional Tibetan style, offering a true sanctuary in this unique city of monasteries, monks and mountains.

Lhasa, Tibet’s capital city, lies on the Qinghai-Tibetan plateau and is one of the most beguiling and fascinating cities on earth. Perched at the epicentre of this hallowed and historic capital is the luxurious and elegant Shangri-La. The hotel captures the very essence of the Shangri-La brand, named after the legendary travellers’ paradise high in the Himalayas made famous in James Hilton’s novel, ‘Lost Horizon’. The Shangri-La Lhasa blends modern conveniences and opulent decor with traditional Tibetan style, incorporating prayer wheels, Tibetan turquoise and endless knot symbol throughout.

The hotel’s 262 rooms and 17 suites are elegant and spacious, with views of the Potala Palace or the surrounding peaks of the Himalayas. Tibetan interior design gives a true sense of place, inviting you to embrace the tranquillity, spirituality and history of this holy city. Modern comforts are abundant, with complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi, satellite television and luxurious bathrooms in every room and suite.

The Shangri-La Lhasa offers a dazzling array of dining options. Altitude, with its open kitchens and live cooking stations, serves up international fare whilst Shambala offers a taste of authentic Tibetan-Yunnan tapas and local barley wine. Sample the delicious flavours of Cantonese and Sichuan cuisine at Shang Palace, or simply relax with some local tea or an expertly made cocktail at the Lodgers Lounge. Elsewhere in the hotel you’ll discover the fully-equipped health club and gymnasium, heated indoor pool and CHI, the signature spa, offering a wealth of luxurious and pampering treatments. Visit the reflexology pavilion after a long day of sightseeing for some sublime relaxation, or if you are struggling with the altitude (being over 3,650 metres above sea level) the Oxygen Lounge helps with acclimatisation, enabling you to get out and discover the wonders of Lhasa.
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Accommodation

Bold colours, rich fabrics and dark woods lift the otherwise subtle décor and give the Shangri-La Lhasa a true sense of place. Tibetan prayer wheels and the infinity symbol of the endless knot feature throughout. Each room and suite is spacious and well-equipped, with luxurious en-suite bathrooms and stunning views of either the Potala Palace or the surrounding Himalayas.

Childcare

Babysitting and childcare facilities are available at the Shangri-La Lhasa. Interconnecting rooms and cribs are available on request.

Facilities

A health club, fitness centre and indoor pool are amongst the impressive range of facilities at the Shangri-La Lhasa. Relax with a treatment at the CHI spa, indulge in some reflexology or acclimatise to the altitude in the Oxygen Lounge. For your comfort and peace of mind in this remote Himalayan city, there is a professional health clinic within the hotel.

Experiences

  • Cultural and Historical Lhasa

    Dive into the culture and history of Tibet today! Visit Potala Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore Barkhor Square, the bustling market of old Lhasa and visit Jokhang monastery, the most important religious activity centre for Tibetan Buddhism.

  • Drak Yerpa

    Visit Drak Yerpa, a fascinating holy cave retreat on a hillside with more than 80 medication caves. Hike up the hill and visit the places where former Tibet King usually meditates at. Explore a local Tibetan Village and enjoy a cup of Yak buttered tea.

  • Evening Princess Wencheng Show

    Enjoy an outdoor live action drama performance narrating the story of Princess Wencheng of Tang Dynasty's marriage with the Tibetan King 1,400 years ago.

  • Ganden Monastery

    Visit Ganden Monastery and explore the largest and oldest temple among the six renowned temples of Gelugpa. You may wish to hike up the hill to soak-up breath-taking panoramic views of the surrounding Kyi-Chu Valley.

  • Hike Pabongka Monastery to Chupzang Nunnery

    From the underappreciated Pabongka Monastery, hike along Tashi Choling Hermitage and Dode Valley into Chupzang Nunnery, home to 80 red-robed nuns.

  • Namtso Lake

    Journey through the snow-capped Mount Nalagen into Namtso Lake, the world's highest saltwater lake!

  • Norbulingka Summer Palace

    Visit Norbulingka, also known as the Summer Palace for formers Dalai Lamas. The palace consists of 374 rooms of varying sizes. Admire the Tibetan-styled palaces and pay respect to the Buddha as you stroll around the garden.

  • Pala Manor and Tashilungpo Monastery

    Transfer to Xigatze and enroute visit Pala Manor, a well-preserved serf manor owned by the famous noble Pala family and gain an insight into the lifestyle of the wealthy landowning people. Explore the treasures of the remarkable Tashilungpo Monastery.

  • Pelkor Chode Monastery and the Kumbum

    Drive to Gyantze and enjoy a spectacular view of Karo La Glacier with its snow peaked mountains contrasted with blue sky and gorgeous turquoise waters. Visit the Pelkor Chode Monastery and the Kumbum with its stunningly unique architecture.

  • Tibet Museum and Sera Monastery Cultural Tour

    Visit the remarkable Tibet Museum embellished with magnificent Tibetan architecture and filled with a rich collection of cultural relics and treasures. Explore Sera Monastery, one of the best-preserved monasteries in Tibet.

  • Yamdrok Lake Day Trip from Lhasa

    Enjoy a spectacular view of Kampa La and Karo La Glacier with its snow peaked mountains contrasted with blue sky and gorgeous turquoise waters. Continue to Yamdrok Lake and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

Holiday Ideas

  • Essential Tibet

    Lhasa, Gyantse & Shigatse

    from SGD $4000 pp 7 nights

    • Visit in Winter to beat the crowds and enjoy a different take of Tibet as the nomads gather in Lhasa for its annual pilgrimage.
    • The trip is carefully planned with specially chosen hotels, private vehicles and guides with oxygen supply readily available during the trip to ensure our adventure in Tibet is as comfortable as possible.
  • Essential Tibet

    Lhasa, Gyantse & Shigatse

    from SGD $4000 pp 7 nights

    • Visit in Winter to beat the crowds and enjoy a different take of Tibet as the nomads gather in Lhasa for its annual pilgrimage.
    • The trip is carefully planned with specially chosen hotels, private vehicles and guides with oxygen supply readily available during the trip to ensure our adventure in Tibet is as comfortable as possible.
  • Tibet in Depth with Everest Base Camp

    Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse, Tingri, Gyirong & Kathmandu

    from SGD $5300 pp 10 nights

    • Get as close as possible to view the iconic Mount Everest within the shortest time
    • World's greatest overland journey with view of some of the world's highest peaks such as Cho'oyo and Shishabangma
    • Enjoy hikes into Gyantze Dong and the Everest Base Camp

Location & directions

Lhasa, Tibet, China

The Shangri-La Lhasa is located 40-minutes by road from Lhasa Gongar Airport and a 10-minute drive from the world’s highest railway station. The hotel is situated between the Potala Palace (the winter residence of the Dalai Lamas) and their traditional summer residence, the Norbulingka Palace and within easy reach of Lhasa’s many stunning sights.

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