St. Regis Hotels & Resorts this week announced the opening of The St. Regis Astana, marking the debut of the brand in Kazakhstan. Developed by MG Holding, The St. Regis Astana blends glamour, luxury and bespoke St. Regis service with the local traditions, art and architecture of Kazakhstan.“The country’s rich history and culture blend beautifully with The St. Regis Astana, whose design, services and culinary offerings perfectly combine the rituals and traditions of St. Regis with those of Kazakhstan,” said Lisa Holladay, global brand leader, St. Regis Hotels & Resorts. “Astana is a vibrant destination that continues to grow in popularity and we look forward to offering a truly luxurious experience to the growing ranks of business and leisure travellers visiting the capital city.”Located inside Astana’s Central Park, The St. Regis Astana offers a serene escape from the bustling downtown. Guests are in close proximity to landmarks including the Bayterek Tower and Independence Square, as well as the Khan Shatyr Entertainment Center, Astana Opera and foreign embassies.“Astana continues to cement its role on the world centre stage with its heritage, world-class architecture and the recent World Expo,” said Jenni Benzaquen, vice president, luxury brands, Europe for Marriott International. “The St. Regis Astana is set to redefine luxury hospitality with its uncompromising services, modern luxury and refined elegance.”Iconic Kazakh elegance Created by award-winning WATG and Wimberly Interiors, the hotel’s design takes inspiration from the horsemanship and nomadic culture of Kazakhstan, providing guests with a link to the country’s ancient past. A vision of contemporary living, guests are greeted by a courtyard layout inspired by that of an indigenous yurt. Set above ground level, the courtyard connects the hotel, hotel residences, retail centre and offices. The avant-garde interior combines modern and neo-classical elements with over 400 pieces of contemporary art created by both local and international artists. Catching the eye of visitors, a captivating hallmark mural found in The St. Regis Bar depicts the golden Samruk, a Phoenix-like bird, which is an important part of Kazakh mythology. Since the opening of the flagship hotel, The St. Regis New York, a handpainted mural has been at the centrepiece of all St. Regis Bars, providing guests with a captivating visual that pays homage to the rich history of the destination.Opulent accommodation and exquisite experiences The St. Regis Astana boasts 120 luxuriously appointed guestrooms, including 23 suites with Juliet balconies presenting views of the Astana Park and Ishim River. An expansive Presidential Suite, measuring 510 square metres, occupies the top floor of the hotel, offering custom-designed furniture, a study, drawing room, dining room that can accommodate up to 10 guests, wine vault, a spacious bathroom that includes a sauna, and a 139-square-metre private outdoor terrace. All guestrooms and suites enjoy the signature St. Regis Butler service, one of the most visible representations of the brand’s level of service and attention.The St. Regis Astana features two distinct dining venues including The Grill, a contemporary fine dining experience with a personalised table-side presentation serving Astana’s best cuts of meat, fish and vegetables, grilled to perfection. La Rivière, the city’s renowned restaurant, has found a new home at The St. Regis Astana, offering a wide selection of the finest cuisine and wine in the city. Additionally, The St. Regis Bar features an exclusive selection of the world’s finest champagnes, rare vintage wines, hand-crafted cocktails, and the signature St. Regis Bloody Mary. Guests are invited to try the Nomad Snapper, the hotel’s own take on Bloody Mary. Inspired by the ancient traditions of the nomad, the Nomad Snapper represents the nomadic culture at the vast steppes of Kazakhstan. Served in a glass that resembles the Bayterek, one of the signature monuments of Astana, the cocktail unites local flavors, such as Kurt cheese, Adjika and Aral Sea salt, while Kurt and wheat bread infusion add a unique touch.Spanning 2300 square metres, The St. Regis brand’s Iridium Spa enables guests to indulge in a range of specialty treatments in a tranquil environment. Located on the third floor, Iridium Spa presents guests with six treatment rooms, including two single suites with private Jacuzzi and a couple’s suite with private sauna, a beauty and grooming salon, a hammam and an indoor swimming pool. To celebrate the opening, The St. Regis Astana offers a special opening package. Starting from US$480 per room per night, guests will enjoy an opulent stay in a Deluxe room, complimentary breakfasts as well as signature Bloody Mary for two, and a 30-minute couple massage at Iridium Spa.