The Peninsula New York welcomes the Chinese New Year on Monday, February 8 with an enchanting season of home-style family experiences to bring joy and prosperity in the Year of the Monkey. Throughout February 2016, Chinese travelers, local residents and guests from around the world can ring in the Lunar New Year in time-honored tradition with a curated menu of authentic dining, events and promotions filled with Spring Festival customs and flavors.
Guests are welcomed in timeless style with hanging Chinese lanterns and fragrant red, yellow, pink and purple flowers decorating the lobby. Colorful lion dances, calligraphy activities and seasonal cooking classes will captivate guests of all ages. Good fortune and health are beckoned with themed in-room amenities, including red macarons iced with a New Year greeting in Chinese characters, Chinese confectionery boxes filled with Peninsula versions of seasonal candies and snacks, and lucky red envelopes containing gold chocolate coins. For guests unfamiliar with the cultural traditions of Spring Festival, a special Chinese New Year Guide in each room explains the unique customs that evoke good luck, health and prosperity for the Year of the Monkey.
Families and friends can gather together and share a highlight of the Chinese New Year reunion festivities, the spectacular CCTV New Year’s Eve Show (春節聯歡晚會), featuring traditional music, entertainment and family fun from across China, which will be available in all guestrooms on February 7. The hotel’s chefs will prepare a Chinese New Year’s Eve room service menu of favorite main courses, desserts and snacks to add a heartwarming taste of home to in-room party celebrations.
The true taste of home makes Spring Festival feasting with family, friends and loved ones even more memorable. Special menus and auspicious dishes will be served at Clement Restaurant throughout the holiday, and The Peninsula New York’s talented chefs’ versions of traditional snacks, including crispy pork belly, steamed crab clay and egg white with fish broth, chicken congee with sliced abalone and beef tenderloin in a dark soy sauce with fried lo mein noodles. The celebrated Peninsula Afternoon Tea at Gotham Lounge is also re-imagined with delicious sweet and savory Chinese delicacies such as Peking duck buns, dim sum baskets, chicken spring rolls and mini crab wontons with sweet chili sauce, paired with a selection of Peninsula-branded teas.
Spring Festival is the perfect time to reinvigorate body and mind ready for the New Year ahead. Guests looking to celebrate can book the Bamboo Harmonizer Massage, a specialized massage combining traditional Chinese healing techniques with ESPA’s innovative new Optimal Body TriSerum to relieve muscular tension, firm and tone.
Many more Chinese New Year family gifts, treats and surprises await at The Peninsula New York to celebrate the most important festival of the Chinese calendar, and to welcome a new year blessed with health, happiness and prosperity.