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All Eyes on Hong Kong for ART HK 08

Hong Kong, Monday 4 February 2008 - On the 14-18 May 2008, Hong Kong will host its first truly international public art fair in a decade. ART HK 08 will be held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) and will firmly establish Hong Kong’s position as the centre of the art market in Asia.

ART HK 08 will showcase 80 of the world’s leading contemporary and modern art galleries and exhibit works for sale as varied as Picasso, Warhol, Zhang Xiaogang, Xu Bing and Damien Hirst. Household names will sit alongside the stars of the current Chinese art scene as well as many emerging and exciting new artists from across the world, some that have never before been shown in Asia.

ART HK 08 is set to become a major fixture on the international art calendar. The event is well placed to attract not just Western collectors seeking Asian art but also Asian collectors seeking blue chip and emerging Western art, for which there is a growing demand.  ART HK 08 is open to the public and welcomes browsers, first time buyers and serious collectors with a range of pieces to suit all budgets.

ART HK 08 has a strict exhibitor application policy to ensure the quality of the event and has an impressive advisory committee of art world luminaries led by Charles Merewether who was Curator and Creative Director of the Biennale of Sydney in 2006. 

ART HK 08 is delighted to announce the support of Sir David Tang who has been named as Honorary Patron of the Fair. Commenting on his involvement he said; “I am delighted to be Patron - to stress the importance of visual art in our lives".

The gallery heavyweights who have already made it through the vetting process include Max Lang, New York; Yvon Lambert, Paris/NY; Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich; Marlborough Fine Art, Albion and Bernard Jacobson, London; Pekin Fine Arts, Galleri Faurschou and Michael Schultz Gallery, Beijing; East Link, Shanghai; Hanart and 10 Chancery Lane Gallery, Hong Kong; Kukje, PKM and Gallery Hyundai, Korea; Ota Fine Arts, Roentgenwerke and Nanzuka Underground from Tokyo.

Hong Kong is the third largest art market in the world after New York and London by auction turnover. Hong Kong’s status as a freeport also gives it a clear advantage over many other locations in Asia with no tax on the import or export of art, unlike mainland China which has a punitive tax of 34%. It is also positioned in the heart of Asia, within easy reach of not only mainland China but also the seasoned art collectors of Taiwan, Korea, Singapore and Japan, all of which ART HK 08 is seeking to attract.

Charles Merewether, Chairman of the Advisory Group commented; "Art fairs have become a barometer of current trends and have increasingly set the pace as to what is valued in both modern and contemporary art. They have become a vital meeting place for galleries, dealers, curators, artists, academics, collectors and as much as an opportunity for those who have a passion to see art from around the world. With the advent of ART HK 08, Hong Kong is once again firmly establishing itself as the centre of the art market in the region and the crossroads of exchange between the countries of Asia, Western Europe and the Americas.”

Magnus Renfrew, Fair Director of ART HK 08 commented; “ART HK 08 is a very timely event. Hong Kong is currently going through a cultural renaissance with significant central funding in the arts to support the sustainable development of the city. ART HK 08 is a major cultural step forward for Hong Kong and will be one of the most significant arts events to ever take place in the SAR.”

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In addition to the buying and selling that will go on at the Fair, the event will also be an important catalyst for increasing interest and enriching knowledge of the visual arts in Hong Kong.  There will be an impressive line up of installations and features, including a curated exhibition of often overlooked Hong Kong artists’ led by Sabrina Fung, curator of the Hong Kong Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2005.

The Fair will also include a comprehensive education programme including a programme of talks run by of the Asia Art Archive, the non-profit research centre in Hong Kong dedicated to visual art from the region.

Magnus Renfrew’s role as Fair Director follows a year running celebrated art patron Pearl Lam’s gallery Contrasts in Shanghai. Renfrew was also instrumental in bringing to fruition the highly successful first London sale of Contemporary Asian Art at Bonhams in June 2006.   

ART HK 08 is a collaboration between Single Market Events, the organisers of London Fashion Week and The British International Motor Show; Will Ramsay, CEO of the PULSE Contemporary Art Fairs and Andry Montgomery who has been hosting exhibitions in Hong Kong and China for twenty years. 

To find out more or register for ART HK 08 please visit www.


For further press information please contact Impact Asia:
Tel: + 852 25211498
Sarah Woodhouse
Erica Siu


A list of galleries and images are available on request.

Fair Dates
Wednesday 14 May: Invitation only. VIP Preview and Vernissage (Press Welcome)
Thursday 15 – Sunday 18 May: General Public 

Asian Arts Fairs Ltd is collaboration between:
• Single Market Events – this leading independent events company is responsible for high profile events such as London Fashion Week and The British International Motor Show
• Will Ramsay – CEO of PULSE Contemporary Art Fairs in New York, Miami and London
• Andry Montgomery Ltd – a global pioneer of international exhibitions that has built a strong reputation in China and Hong Kong over the last twenty years
• Magnus Renfrew - Fair Director.  Previously: Manager and Head of Exhibitions for Contrasts Gallery, Shanghai; London-based Modern and Contemporary Art Specialist with Bonhams Auctioneers

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• Stephanie Dieckvoss - Fair Director (Europe).  Previously Fair Manager Frieze Art Fair, with over 10 years experience in the contemporary art world. Worked for galleries internationally including Galerie Karsten Greve Cologne, Paris, St Moritz, and Gagosian Gallery New York.
• Dr Charles Merewether - Chairman of the Advisory Group, has just been appointed Deputy Director, Cultural District for the Tourist Development and Investment Company, Abu Dhabi.  An art historian, writer and curator, Charles was previously Consultant for the Emirates Foundation in the UAE and Artistic Director and Curator of the 2006 Sydney Biennale.  He is currently writing a book on the cultural history of looting, and another on Postwar photography in Japan and preparing an exhibition on Chinese artist Ai Weiwei.
The Advisory Group includes: Mary Dinaburg (Founder and Director Dinaburg Arts LLC, Co-founder Fortune Cookie Projects), Philip Dodd (ex Director of Institute of Contemporary Art, London and currently Creative Director of the China Now Festival, UK 2008), Elaine W. Ng (Editor of Art Asia Pacific), Howard Rutkowski (Co-founder Fortune Cookie Projects) and Will Ramsay (CEO of Pulse Contemporary Art Fairs), Jean-Marc Decrop (Collector of Contemporary Chinese Art).
Fair Partners include:
• Asia Art Archive
• ArtAsiaPacific
• Turon Travel
• Quintessentially
• Hong Kong Tatler
• ART Map and AM Post

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This summer, Silversea's all-suite, 382-guest Silver Shadow will be the only ultra-luxury cruise ship exploring Alaska.  Boasting a crew-to-guest ratio of 1 to 1.29 and a space ratio of 74.0 (or 7,400 cubic feet of space per guest), Silver Shadow offers a level of personalised service and spaciousness that is unsurpassed.  And at just 28,258 gross tons, these hallmarks of luxury are served up in a most intimate, club-like environment not available on larger ships.

From the majesty of snow-capped glaciers and misty fjords to the awesome beauty of a rain forest, Silversea reveals the natural wonders of Alaska and the Pacific Coast on ten distinctive itineraries of nine to 12 days.  Several sailings feature convenient round-trip departures from Vancouver, with open-jaw voyages also available from Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seward.

"Designed to provide a truly exceptional travel experience, our Silver Shadow is the perfect option for the discerning world traveller who wants to be pampered in luxury and comfort while exploring Alaska's spectacular scenery," said Steve Odell, Silversea's vice president for Asia Pacific. "There are a number of mainstream mega-ships calling in Alaska this summer, but only Silversea offers an exclusive alternative for the sophisticated traveler seeking an award-winning, all-inclusive and intimate shipboard experience."

Added Odell, "With one voyage already sold out, and others about to, space is filling up quickly -- so now's the time to book."

In addition to savings of up to 40%, Silver Shadow guests will enjoy spacious, ocean-view accommodations (most with private veranda), sumptuous gourmet cuisine, personalised service, warm Italian hospitality, and Silversea's generous selection of all-inclusive shipboard amenities, including complimentary beverages, wines and spirits served throughout the ship, 24-hour room service, stocked in-suite beverage cabinet and all gratuities.  Plus, complimentary Butler Service is provided in the Grand, Royal, Rossellini and Owner's Suites.


The Alaska voyages will showcase a diverse enrichment program of noted scholars, writers, and other experts selected from a variety of fields to share their passion, knowledge and insider views for the entertainment and edification of Silversea's guests.  A small sampling includes:

-- For the nature lover, marine biologist John Palmisano (Ph.D.) will host the May 31 Los Angeles-to-Vancouver "Inside Passage" voyage, offering insights on the oceans and diversity of marine life.  Silver Sailing fares for this 12-day voyage (3812) start at US$5,596 per person (30% savings).

-- For the gourmet, on June 21, Silver Shadow's Vancouver-to-San Francisco cruise welcomes Relais & Châteaux chef Anne Desjardins from the award-winning restaurant and inn L'Eau à la Bouche (Ste-Adèle, Québec) and wine expert John Shafer of Shafer Vineyards and Winery (Napa Valley, California).  Early Booking Incentive fares for this 10-day voyage (3814) start at US$5,690 per person (15% savings).

-- For the nature lover, Sabin Robbins, published author, former zoo society director and writer-editor at the National Geographic Society, will host Silver Shadow's September 5 "Inside Passage" cruise from Vancouver to Los Angeles.  Robbins' field research includes East Africa, Galapagos Islands, Amazon River and the whale nurseries of the Pacific.  Silver Sailing fares for this 12-day voyage (3822) start at US$4,797 per person (40% savings).


Silversea guests can extend their Alaska voyage with optional pre- and post-cruise land programs featuring deluxe accommodations, all transportation, transfers, guided sightseeing and some meals.  Prices start from US$1,395 per guest.  

Highlights include:

** From Vancouver, "The Majestic Canadian Rockies" four- or five-night program explores the breathtaking peaks and valleys of the Canadian Rockies from the comfort of your railcar. Enjoy two nights in Banff and visit the "Jewel of the Canadian Rockies" -- Lake Louise, set in a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Join the Rocky Mountaineer for a two-day journey by rail through the snow-capped Canadian Rockies, past the Continental Divide, the Spiral Tunnels and Kicking Horse Canyon to Kamloops for an overnight stay.  Continue your rail adventure past the Cascades, lush Fraser River Valley and Hell's Gate, then on to Vancouver and the Pacific Ocean.  (Offered on all Alaskan itineraries except 3812, 3815, 3816.)

** From Seward, the three-night "Denali -- Nature at Her Grandest" program features a journey to Denali by luxury rail, crossing the magnificent vista of Hurricane Gulch.  Denali National Park, one of the world's greatest wildlife sanctuaries, offers the chance to spot grizzly bears, caribou, moose and wolves.  The park rests under the shadow of spectacular Mount McKinley, North America's highest mountain.  (Only available on Voyage 3820.)

** Also from Seward, the six-night "Land of the Midnight Sun" offers the ultimate Alaskan experience, combining the grandeur of Denali National Park with a journey of over 300 miles above the Arctic Circle to Barrow, the largest Inuit settlement in Alaska.  Here in the land of the midnight sun, stand on the northernmost tip of the continent, encounter the unique traditional lifestyle of native Alaskans and explore the white wilderness of the tundra. The program includes a scenic riverboat adventure from Fairbanks.  (Only available on Voyage 3820.)


Silversea Cruises is recognised as an innovator in the luxury segment, offering guests large-ship amenities aboard four intimate vessels, Silver Cloud, Silver Wind, Silver Shadow, and Silver Whisper, all designed to offer an atmosphere of all inclusive conviviality and casual elegance. Silversea has for the past three consecutive years been named Best Cruise Line by readers of Australia’s Luxury Travel and Style magazine.  For nine consecutive years, Silversea has been named "Number One Small Ship Line” in the Readers' Choice survey conducted by Condé Nast Traveler magazine in the USA and in 2007 was the only cruise line named in the UK edition of Condé Nast Traveller’s “Top 100 Luxury Travel Experiences” at the same time topping the Small Cruise Line award for the eighth time. Silversea has been selected as "World's Best Small Ship Line” in the US Travel + Leisure readers' poll for the past eight years. The First Travelweekly Asia Awards named Silversea as 'Best Luxury Cruise Operator 2007'.

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Boutique hotel includes tai chi and yoga, bike and walking tours, Chinese cooking and Mandarin lessons.

The new URBN Hotels Shanghai, is pioneering uniquely extended concierge services encouraging guests to embrace the city’s “urban lifestyle”.

Beyond traditional concierge advice and assistance are such localized extras as tai chi and yoga classes, bike and walking tours, Chinese cooking classes and lessons in Mandarin Chinese.

In-room beauty and health treatments including acupuncture, herbal baths, exercise kits, therapeutic massage, manicures and pedicures also set a new benchmark in guest services.

The 26-room boutique hotel opened in December 2007 on Jiao Zhou Road, close to the premium shopping and entertainment district of Nanjing Road and the famous former French Concession district.

Converted from a former 1970s factory turned post office, it was conceived by developers Scott Barrack and Jules Kwan of URBN Hotels & Resorts to provide a “uniquely Shanghainese experience”.

“Our vision is to immerse guests deeply into their surroundings, offering activities beyond the traditional hotel experience so they become part of the urban lifestyle,” said Mr. Barrack. “Our job is to cater for every whim and offer services above and beyond the norm.”

URBN‘s vision is to expand its concierge concept to other cities in China, providing guests unique experiences reflecting the diversity of the destinations they visit.

There are plans to develop 20 URBN hotels and resorts in tourist and business cities throughout the country in the next 3 years.

The company is currently negotiating to open hotels in Beijing, Hangzhou, Dalian and Suzhou.

Key features of the brand also include business services, wireless broadband internet, airport transfers, DVD & Gaming library and mobile phone rental with local sim card.

The flagship property in Shanghai is also China’s 1st carbon neutral and “truly earth conscious” hotel.  URBN Hotels & Resorts owners, Scott Barrack and Jules Kwan, previously founded Space Development, with a proven track record of successful development projects in Shanghai.

Over the last three years, Space Development has engaged in over 20 niche redevelopment projects throughout the city ranging from luxury residential and serviced apartments to office complexes and industrial buildings.

URBN Hotels Shanghai is their first hotel project.

“We are beginning to see the boutique hotel phenomenon evolve in Shanghai, a trend seen in most major cities around the world for the past 10 years,” added Mr. Barrack.

“URBN Hotels Shanghai will offer an experience that will parallel the likes of London, New York and Barcelona, with a unique Shanghai chic unto itself and international quality western comforts and conveniences.”

Jules Kwan said: “Our vision is to create destinations of comfort, style and interest across China. Our first hotel will be unlike any other, and we want to be at the forefront of promoting environmental awareness, protection and sustainable buildings within the hotel industry.”

More information is at

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Shama Strengthens Presence in Shanghai

Shama provides busy professionals with yet another stylish choice

in boutique accommodation
With the opening of Shama Xujiahui, its second property in Shanghai, Asia’s leading luxury boutique serviced apartment provider offers discerning professionals yet another stylish selection of residences.

Shama Xujiahui builds on the success of Shama’s first building in the city, Shama Xintiandi, which opened in March last year to rave reviews. The new property will boost the company’s presence in one of China’s most dynamic markets, targeting the rapidly increasing expatriate market in need of high-quality serviced accommodation.

Elaine Young, Shama’s Chief Executive Officer praised the city’s vibrant business climate: "As China's economy continues to expand, foreign investment will continue to flow into Shanghai and more multi-national corporations will establish regional offices here, resulting in an increasing need for expatriate accommodation. With the opening of Shama Xujiahui, Shama is now better positioned to take advantage of this growth.”

Owned by Morgan Stanley Real Estate and designed by renowned interior specialists Indigo Living, Shama Xujiahui is a modern residential complex of 219 contemporary and chic apartments ranging from 96 to 225 square metres and catering to all tenants, from singles to families, with studio to two-bedroom layouts available; prices vary from RMB 22,000 to RMB 54,000 per month.

Each fully-furnished apartment features well equipped kitchenettes, customized “Shama Slumber” beds and the latest in high-tech gadgets: flat-screen TVs with an international selection of channels, DVD players, complimentary Wi-Fi internet access, and iPod docks.

Shama also provides tenants with luxury hotel services such as daily maid service, 24-hour security and concierge services, professional laundry and dry-cleaning facilities, a DVD library and Wii systems with games. The building also has a fully equipped business centre with complimentary internet access. Tenants also have access to an in-house fitness centre.

Shama has an aggressive 2008 expansion plan. Shama will open its new property in Hong Kong, Shama Fortress Hill during Q2, in addition to its seven existing properties in the city. Shama will launch its first Beijing property, Shama Luxe Chang An, in March and its first Dalian property, Shama Luxe Grand Central, in Q4. By the end of the year, Shama will have a total portfolio of 1,165 apartments.

Please visit for more information.

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COMO Shambhala launches the perfect pairing – Love Match in a Box – for Valentine’s Day

For Valentine’s Day 2008 COMO Shambhala has created a New Gift Box Collection comprised of 100ml HARMONY Body Oil and 10ml HARMONY Blended Essential Oil. Called ‘HARMONY: Body & Bath’, the products are presented in a small gift box with a limited edition heart-shaped coconut necklace. This latest release in the company’s Gift Box series costs £30 and is available for purchase for a limited time only via the comoshambhala website,

The HARMONY range combines oils of sweet almond, grapeseed, vitamin E, evening primrose, ylang ylang, sandalwood and lime. Sandalwood with its deep, woody aroma has euphoric qualities, making this exotic oil renowned as an aphrodisiac. Ylang Ylang has a sweet, soft, floral scent and of all the essential oils, is one of the best at relaxing the mind and body. Uplifting lime oil is the perfect partner to complete this sensual blend.

The COMO Shambhala range of body, hair and skincare products is based on established principles of aromatherapy, using natural oils found in leaves, flowers, trees and fruits. For centuries, these oils have been used for their beneficial therapeutic properties. COMO Shambhala has built on that ancient wisdom to develop seven blends, all made of premium ingredients free from synthetic substances (including dyes or fragrances). These products are manufactured in England.

In addition to ‘HARMONY: Body & Bath’, COMO Shambhala offers many more nurturing body, hair and air care products as single items, as well as other special COMO Shambhala Gift Box Collections. From massage oil to body lotion, scented candles to the softest, moisturizing bath milk, the company has got just the thing to spoil him or her. Some are relaxing and hamonising; others are restorative and stimulating, most are nourishing to the skin and help provide a better sense of wellbeing. They are generally available as shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, shower gel, bath milk, bath salt, a body scrub and soap bar.

More About COMO Shambhala: COMO Shambhala is not a conventional spa company; it is a way of life that embraces lifelong learning and development. The company seeks constant improvement while retaining absolute commitment to the founding principles – to create places of privacy where individuals receive the attention, therapies and advice that will help them reach a better state of wellbeing. The benchmark was first set by COMO Shambhala Retreat at Parrot Cay, named on 2004 by Condé Nast Traveller magazine as Number One Spa in the world. The portfolio includes COMO’s city hotels spas, known as COMO Shambhala Urban Escapes (the Metropolitan London, and the Metropolitan Bangkok, also open to non-residents) as well as COMO Shambhala Retreats at the company’s private island resorts (Parrot Cay in the Turks & Caicos, and Cocoa Island in the Maldives) and the company’s Uma resorts (Uma Ubud in Bali, and Uma Paro in Bhutan). In 2005, the company launched its flagship, a residential retreat for health and learning, called COMO Shambhala Estate at Begawan Giri in Bali. During 2007, it was named 4th “Best Destination Spa” by Condé Nast Traveller, “Best Wellness Centre” by SpaAsia Crystal Awards, “Best Global Hotel” by the Sunday Times Travel Magazine and “Best Wellness Retreat” and “Best Spa Cuisine” by AsiaSpa Awards.

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Billabong and My Chemical Romance
The Black Parade Tour Live in Hong Kong 2008 Special Promotion.

Free Concert Tickets with purchase of HKD2,000 at Billabong Pak Sha Road shop!!!

Address: 9 Pak Sha Raod, Causeway Bay, HK. 2882-3923

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Romantic Valentine’s Package for two at The Fleming

Hong Kong’s chic ‘urban lifestyle hotel’, he Fleming, is offering a special Valentine’s Day package for couples on February 14 at a special rate of HK$1,588.

The offer at the stylish boutique retreat in Wan Chai includes a night in an Executive Room plus continental breakfast for two.
Along with a welcome drink and fruit plate, guests can also enjoy a promotional reduction of 10% for a romantic Valentine’s dinner at CUBIX restaurant, plus late checkout till 3pm, subject to availability.

Valid only on February 14, the special rate is subject to 10% service charge and 3% government tax.

The Fleming recently celebrated its first anniversary in a quiet side-street in the heart of Wan Chai’s business and entertainment district.

The 66-room hotel targets international executives and frequent business travelers with affordable accommodation, up-to-date technology, contemporary facilities and exceptionally friendly and attentive personalised service.

Since opening last year, The Fleming has been recognised as a leading boutique hotel in Hong Kong, listed on Condé Nast Traveller’s “Hot List 2007” of the world’s best new hotels, and as a finalist in the SCMP/Harper’s Bazaar Style Awards for Best Boutique Hotel of the Year 2007.

Advance reservation is required for Valentine’s package through the Reservation Department at (852) 3607 2225.

The Fleming is at:

41 Fleming Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Tel: (852) 3607 2288

Fax: (852) 3607 2299


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Shama, one of Asia’s leading providers of luxury boutique serviced apartments announces the soft opening of Shama Tsim Sha Tsui. Shama Tsim Sha Tsui will open its doors to its first guest on January 6 and will be the seventh property in Hong Kong and eighth internationally.

The Shama philosophy of providing gracious service and stylish accommodation in prime locations is showcased through the new Tsim Sha Tsui property. Appealing especially to professionals who are new to the city, Shama living offers a swift and effortless introduction to a stylish urban lifestyle.

“The opening of Shama Tsim Sha Tsui further defines Shama’s commitment to being the leading serviced apartment brand in Hong Kong,” said Elaine Young, CEO of Shama. “The property is amazingly located in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui, chic in design and offers residents a comfortable and trouble-free stay in Hong Kong.”

Shama Tsim Sha Tsui is located on Nathan Road, the city’s famous ‘Golden Mile’ of shopping, in the heart of Kowloon’s commercial district.  Access to transportation is second to none, with MTR and bus links just steps away, and the Star Ferry a short walk. The convenient address is perfect for newcomers to the city who are working in Kowloon to enjoy the luxury and calm of Shama, in the middle of the hustle and bustle of one of Hong Kong’s most vibrant districts.

Totally transforming a landmark building, Shama Tsim Sha Tsui offers fantastic views of the city’s oldest and busiest location from its apartments, including Chungking mansions, the mosque, and the greenery of the expansive Kowloon Park. 

The 87 contemporary, Asian-style apartments are chic yet totally comfortable. The space is specifically designed to ensure residents feel completely at home from the moment they arrive.

A sensational lifestyle feature, and the perfect oasis of tranquility, is Shama’s tropical rooftop garden – a rarity in the heart of the city. Offering a retreat for residents and their guests, the rooftop lounge is a chic and stylish outdoor living room, complete with BBQ facilities and wi-fi.  It means guests can really feel at home. 

Each apartment features fully furnished and fitted interior décor, well equipped kitchenettes, Shama’s very own ‘Slumber’ beds and the latest in high-tech necessities - flat-screen televisions, DVD players, hi-fi audio systems, broadband internet access, cable and satellite television, wi-fi and i-Pod docks.  There is also a business centre with complimentary Internet access.  Residents are treated to a luxurious welcome, with a gift of Bvlgari amenities upon arrival. 

Shama’s services make residents feel like they are in a luxury hotel – with 24-hour security, porter and daily maid (except Sunday and public holidays), professional laundry and dry-cleaning, complimentary self-service laundry facilities, VCD/DVD library, playstation and airport limo services.

Shama’s unique No Boundaries card offers residents a fast-track ticket to the city’s hottest social life, with instant membership to local gyms and a private club, as well as discounts at some of the cities top lifestyle brands.

Shama Tsim Sha Tsui offers a range of accommodation options catering for all requirements, from singles to families, studios to two-bedrooms, prices from HK$14,000 to HK$ 50,000 per month.

Shama Tsim Sha Tsui is located at 74-78 Nathan Road, Kowloon.

About Shama

Shama was founded in 1996 by veteran real estate professional Elaine Young.  With a talent for styling residential properties, Elaine managed a bespoke London-based business concept creating amazing designer apartments for lease, where she sourced everything from furniture makers, fabric suppliers, bathroom fittings, leathers, linens, original art work, and crockery.  Riding on her commercial success, Elaine took her business concept to Hong Kong and starting small, grew the brand to what it is today.

Shama now boasts a portfolio of seven Hong Kong properties with a total of 320 apartments in the city’s most sought after locations: Causeway Bay, Central, Hollywood Road, Mid-Levels, Soho, Wanchai and, soon to open, Tsim Sha Tsui.

Shama launched its first mainland China property in 2007 in Shanghai’s fashionable Xintiandi. Now the portfolio’s flagship property with 100 apartments, and first in the Shama Luxe category, it is the first of the brand’s planned expansion into China and beyond.

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Ibiza’s Lap Of Luxury

The Sunday Times branded Ibiza a ‘sybaritic (hedonistic) paradise for the rich’, in August suggesting the island is being over-run by ‘rave butlers, concierge services and . . . twinkly London social divas’. Space promoter Mark Broadbent told the paper ‘a lot of people need a VIP area, times have changed’ a point Pacha boss Danny Whittle agreed on.

“Personally, I hate them (VIP rooms), I don’t like that style of clubbing,” Danny told the Times. “I’ll always prefer a bar to a bottle in a bucket, but that’s the way the island is going,” he added.

The Times article coincided with a scathing critique of Ibiza’s nouveau riche clubbers by GQ editor Dylan Jones, who complained in the Daily Mail that the island has become ‘full of dodgy British tourists in baggy singlets, white trousers and funny-shaped sandals.’

“The thing is, no matter how ghastly you think people look, it's almost impossible to be over-dressed on Ibiza,” the fashion expert added, “My memories of Space are a bunch of gurning oiks "getting down" and a lot of mutton-dressed-as-offal bursting out of their fluorescent high-street bikinis,” he mocked.

Both articles appeared two years to the day after the Sunday Times first ridiculed rich people taking over club-land, in an article headlined  ‘Posh birds can't dance’.

“What is it with posh girls and dancing? Were they off sick the day they taught boogie at their finishing schools? Did they decide to take show-jumping instead of rump-shaking? Don’t their parents let them watch Justin Timberlake videos, for God’s sake?” Times hack Spencer James quipped. “They may seem to have it all, but the one thing the well-heeled lack in spades is rhythm,” he added.

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Love Sick Sharks Saved By Salt N Pepa

German scientists started playing pop music and hip hop to sharks in Five Sea Life aquariums  this August, in an imaginative attempt to encourage the surprisingly shy predators to mate.

"We tried everything else, and it didn't work, so we took a new approach,” a spokesman told reporters, “It has been tried with pandas and primates, and it worked with them as well, so why not sharks?" (Ananova)

The scientist revealed that Justin Timberlake (Rock Your Body) and Bob Marley (No Woman, No Cry) proved surprisingly effective, with Salt n Pepa’s Push It being the shark’s number one love song.

In more love news, British scientist Professor Martin published a study warning that falling in love can seriously damage health (at least for humans), with mood swings straining the body’s auto immune system.

“Our pupils dilate, our palms become sweaty and heart rate increases,” Professor Cowie from Imperial College London told the London Standard, “We have large amounts of adrenalin running through our system and that does cause problems for the body.”

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