The modern metropolis of Taipei for the first timer is such a melting pot of diverse cuisines, architecture and culture that has the heritage of Chinese and Japanese influence. The skyline is dominated by the world renowned ruyi symbol shaped Taipei 101 skyscraper to the world stage of growing prosperity with unlimited exploration in this city. From drooling street food to its rich Oriental heritage and history as well as the glories of nature, Taiwanese warmest hospitality and welcoming culture sparks every visitor by blending themselves into the modern and civilized city lifestyle in no time.
We were promptly directed to the TAI PAN Lounge on the 19th floor for a more discreet and personalized check-in experience. Regent Taipei’s TAI PAN Residence & Club is a pioneering concept in hospitality and is an exclusive retreat reflecting the splendor of past and present. “Tai Pan” is defined as a businessperson of enormous power and influence, or a foreigner who is a chief executive of a company operating in China. The original Tai Pans are considered to be William Jardine and his partner James Matheson (the inspiration for the novel TAI PAN by James Clavell). These English merchants and connoisseurs of fine arts foresaw opportunities that others could not and reaped the fortunes.
Checking out the gym despite the front line team were not as welcoming as we expected from their seemingly aggressive and robotic approach which was a little disappointing, but the facilities are absolutely amazing - a fully equipped techo-gym comes with personal trainers who are ever ready to re-shape your body with some brutal moves and weight lifting, after all no pain, no gain if that is what you are signing up for. The sweat after is best to relax your muscles at its in-house steam and sauna experience. The extended facilities comprise of multiple pools at varying temperatures, a dry sauna, wet sauna and relaxation lounge for you to unwind and recharge.
The Regent Taipei also knows how to present their dining experience to cater for their local and international diners. Skipping ROBIN’S Teppanyaki would be a shame as you can only blame yourself for not having enough time to have the second visit to this exquisite steak house & Teppan grill that is created with the highest quality ingredients by some seriously talented chefs. In here, detail is everything.
Azie is another to-go-to place for a casual dining, the first Grand Café in Taipei featuring an open-top atrium design, offering creative fusion of Asian and Western cuisine from gourmet pizza to decadent desserts but we were here for their award winning beef noodles.
If you prefer a little spicy in taste to challenge your palette, you may opt for the Regent Beef Noodles with braised U.S. Beef and this is the original version of Taiwanese beef noodle. The broth is thicker yet not over powering from the usual beef noodles you would get from other Taipei’s beef noodle eat outs. The aroma from the soup is purely executed from the length of the broth being simmered and reduced to the right thickness. A hint of spiciness is the traditional and ultimate way to enjoy such beef noodle soup. The 63 degree half boiled egg is another bonus feature to this dish, and we suggest to eat the egg with their own homemade pickles while slurping the al-dente noodle at the same time. This is such a truly Taiwanese style with authenticity. Don’t forget to ask for a refill of the broth if you really enjoy the kick of the chili.
Should you not feel the desire to leave the environs of the hotel for shopping, Regent Galleria takes up two whole floors on the lower levels below the lower ground floor and houses the world’s finest haute-fashion boutiques and you will be spoilt for choice as to what label you must acquire before checking out! The Regent Taipei aims at providing services that exceed the expectations of distinguished business travelers and local patrons alike for its iconic name and it sets a standard that is hard to beat by any reckoning. While the hotel premise is not the ‘newest kid on the block’, it is well maintained to a very high standard and well suited in the heart of Zhongshan business district, the interior design which remains true to the ethos of the brand is very much to be admired. Most importantly, it is like meeting an old friend that will cheer you up with good memories and they deliver a high level of service that is to be commended and sets a new standard for other luxury hotels to follow. Intimate but majestic, Regent Taipei journey of luxury and treats galore creates a bespoke urban retreat. With every stay, there will be another story to tell and prosper to a new era of true indulgence.