Two luxury pads open at Shahdag

Dressed in full pink ski gear, on 1 October Pik Palace and Park Chalet Sales and Marketing Director Shebnem Ferman took the sponsor’s podium at the BBG monthly meeting. She advised members on what they had to look forward to this coming December with the two new five star luxury properties in Shahdag.

The two premiere properties are situated in Shahdag mountain resort, 210 km north of Baku. Just a day trip away, it’s the first ski resort in Azerbaijan, about to enter it’s third year as the winter season opens again on 12 December. “Park Chalet is brand new – 164 rooms decked out in alpine style luxury, inspired by the surrounding nature of Shahdag. Rooms are natural and stylish, with wooden décor. We also have new dining options with Aspen Grill Restaurant serving steaks, on the top floor of the chalet with a fire place looking out towards Pik Palace and surrounding mountains. There are also three meeting rooms and a business centre, all with natural lighting,” explained Shebnem.

She then turned to the other property: “Pik Palace, opening its doors again on 1 December, like its name is palacial in style with 167 large rooms with French balconies and of course the mountain view. The dining experience exceeds expectations, with our Alpina Brasserie and Wine Bar serving local Azeri and international cuisine, along with a Fujisan Asian Restaurant & Bar and Chocolat Café. It is the biggest venue in the mountain resort and can take up to 500 people. We have already started taking group bookings.”

Based on customer feedback from last season’s visitors, the properties are introducing visitor packages, special offers and more which you can discover on their websites, and (Look under the Offers tab.)

Ski fanatics were interested to hear about the resort’s expansion: “We have new gondolas, 14 slopes and 11 lifts, with a dedicated ski shop in Pik Palace, and lots more fun events and activities,” said Shebnem. For those who were looking for an opportunity to unwind, two representatives from the Pik Palace spa, Manager Sarinah Made Suri and Therapist Ni Made Sasri were present, with a selection of aromatherapy products from Chinq Monde Spa Paris for members to try, along with a head massage if they wished.

Finally, Shebnem unveiled a surprise for every member, asking them to stand up and reach under their seats, where they each found an envelope entitling them to a gift voucher or discount on dining, spa treats and other prizes. They also received a little box of chocolates and hotel brochures.

Skiier in front of Pi Palace in Shahdag Mountain Resort. Image (and above) courtesy of Absheron Hotel Group
Skier in front of Pik Palace in Shahdag Mountain Resort. Image (and top) courtesy of Absheron Hotel Group


Embassy News

Deputy British Ambassador Adrian Lee took the microphone for a round up of embassy happenings over the past month. He started with the announcement that the Ambassador Irfan Siddiq and his wife Penelope had just given birth to a baby girl which was happy news.

He gave a quick nod to the Scottish referendum vote against independence, and said that it had been decided that, “we should all come together and more forward from that.”

The big thing this month was the 20th anniversary of the ACG contract, for which British Minister for Trade and Investment Lord Livingston attended, and also the ceremony for the groundbreaking of the Shah Deniz 2 Southern Corridor project: “Two momentous events, one looking backwards and one looking forwards, and BP and other British companies have been at the forefront of that for a long time,” said Adrian.

Also present was the trade mission: specially-selected companies by  UK Trade & Investment London to come to Baku to pursue partnerships with Azerbaijani businesses at a three-day event. Market Visit Leader and International Trade Adviser Mark Higgins addressed the group: “I’m not ashamed to say that the mission does not cover the oil and gas industry. We see a lot of opportunity to help Azeri people in other sectors. We are delighted to be here, we’ve had an extraordinarily excellent reception form all the businesses and partners we’ve been to see.”

The mission included Concerto Partners LLP, Findel Education Ltd, PTS Consulting Group and the University of Westminster.

If you wish to attend or sponsor a meeting, please contact Chairman John Patterson,