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1. October 2021
by Varun Sharma
With just over 7.5 million residents in an area of around 1,100 square kilometres, Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated places on Earth.
Since the early 19th century, Hong Kong has been heavily influenced by British culture which has been enhanced by the Far East’s superior service ethic. The luxury hotels in Hong Kong are among the best in the world. From The Peninsula to the Four Seasons and The Mandarin Oriental to the Upper House – there is something on offer for every discerning premium traveller.
The BusinessClass.com guide to the best hotels in Hong Kong:
The Four Seasons is located on Hong Kong Island, boasting 399 rooms and suites with floor-to ceiling windows and offering a range of panoramic views of Victoria Harbour, Victoria Peak and Kowloon. Styling is contemporary with Asian accents and guests may choose Chinese or Western design accommodation. Nespresso coffee machine, cotton bathrobes and slippers and complimentary Wi-Fi are all included. Bathroom amenities in guestrooms are by Frédéric Malle and in the suites by Bvlgari. The spa and Nail Bar is situated high above Hong Kong’s busiest streets; inspired by and tailored for the five senses with sweeping views of the Harbour and city skyline. Botanical inspired massage, Reiki and regenerative beauty treatments are offer in this calm environment featuring cool marble, blond wood, and masses of natural light. The 24-hour fitness centre has a selection of cardio, weight-training and free weight equipment and offers private classes in Yoga, Pilates, and Tai Chi.
Dining options include two, three Michelin starred restaurants; Executive Chef Tak serves authentic, superb Chinese dishes in Lung King Heen and faultless French cuisine is served in Caprice. Sushi Saito Hong Kong holds two Michelin stars for its Japanese cuisine. A combination of Western and Asian dishes in The Lounge. Snacks, and drinks are also served by the beautiful outdoor infinity pool, and in the Blue and Caprice Bars. The Four Seasons Hong Kong holds eight Michelin stars for its restaurants. Along with its brilliant service, locations, and facilities, it is clear to see why this hotel receives and deserves a maximum score.
The Peninsula Hong Kong - 9/10
Opened in 1928, the hotel prides itself in offering the very highest quality service to both her guests and visitors alike. The Pen offers 300 guestrooms and suites with a range of views of the Island, Kowloon, or the Harbour. Every guest room at the hotel oozes sophistication, class, and comfort; contemporary Far East décor is prevalent, and the quality of the furnishings is artisanal. Carpeting is thick and the beds comfortable, marble bathrooms all feature walk-in showers, baths, and wall-mounted televisions. All the accommodations offer complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi and a nail dryer. The hotel boasts two,single-Michelin starred restaurants – Gaddi’s which offers fine French cuisine & wines and Spring Moon which serves superb Cantonese cuisine. The dim sum is simply perfect. The restaurant serves an XO Sauce that is made to a secret recipe.
The Peninsula Spa is 1,100 square metres (12,000 square feet) of peace & tranquillity – an oasis in a city that never sleeps. The Spa boasts 14 treatment rooms (and two couple suites), an 18-metre indoor swimming pool that enjoys superb views over Victoria Harbour, saunas, aromatherapy steam rooms and relaxation lounges. On those beautiful hot and cloud-free Hong Kong days, the spa terrace is an ideal temple for sun worshippers.
Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong - 9/10
The Mandarin Oriental is located in the heart of Hong Kong’s Central and flanked by some of the city’s most recognisable buildings. The hotel is connected by air-conditioned walkway to Central’s premier business addresses. Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong boasts 499 rooms, including 62 suites, arranged over 25 floors, with views over Victoria Harbour, Kowloon (Tsim Sha Sui) and mainland Hong Kong’s glittering city skyline. Stunning, designed bathrooms feature dual-head walk-in showers, soaking bathtubs, and amenities by Diptyque in rooms and Jo Malone in suites. Free Wi-Fi is standard and in-room dining has options from the hotel’s own award-winning restaurants. “Study Rooms” are entry-level with city views, comfortable beds, a walk-in shower and are 32 square metres in area. The largest rooms are the Harbour View category, which are 40 square metres in area.
The hotel is dining hub for guests and locals, with nine restaurants and bars, including Michelin-starred Mandarin Grill + Bar which offers grill specialities, with a dash of modern flair, and Man Wah the hotel’s beautiful gem of a dining room, situated on the 25th floor. Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong boasts wonderful facilities including the luxurious Club Lounge, a Shanghai-inspired holistic spa, an 18-metre heated indoor swimming pool perfect for a refreshing dip to beat the city heat and a 24-hour fitness centre.
Landmark Mandarin Oriental - 9/10
Situated in the heart of Hong Kong’s business and fashion district, this landmark property is famed for its stunning contemporary chic boutique vibe. In the bustle of a thriving city the property offers that peaceful ambiance and impeccable service for which Mandarin are famous. The hotel has 111 spacious guestrooms and suites with and average size of 50 square metres, most feature glass-walled bathrooms with seven-foot round bathtub and rain forest shower: all feature Ploh bed linens, king or twin beds, bespoke furniture, and advanced in-room technology.
The entire 7th floor of the property is dedicated to premium dining experiences, making it widely recognised as one of the City’s premiere dining destinations. Two Michelin star Amber offers traditional French fine dining, SOMM a French neo-Bistro that uses Japanese ingredients serves over 100 wines and sakes by the glass. Three Michelin Sushi Shikon serves up a quintessential Ginza sushi experience. MO Bar and VDT offer chic retreats for cocktails and snacks. The Oriental Spa covers 25,000 square feet (2,300 square metres) across two floors of the hotel and is designed using calming and relaxing materials, bamboo, natural stone, and wood. The extensive facilities include extensive gym facilities, indoor heated pool, Hammam, Laconium, Rasul and Zen relaxation room, yoga, Pilates, and meditation classes.
Towering above Victoria Harbour, sky-high luxurious rooms are located on floors 102 to 118 of The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong. Guests can choose from a selection of 312 guestrooms and suites across 15 categories. The opening category is the Grand Victoria Harbour room which offers panoramic harbour and skyline views, king bed with 400-thread count bed linens, down feather pillow and throw, plush terry bath robes, marble bathroom with separate tub and shower and luxury Asprey bath amenities. All rooms have complimentary Wi-Fi access. Located on the 116th floor and overlooking Victoria Harbour, the hotel spa offers indulgence in a serene setting. With a focus on restorative and nurturing, feature treatments include, “Me Time” and “Sweet Dream”. The Fitness studio features the latest cardiovascular equipment from Technogym and Kinesis one, a 25-metre indoor infinity pool with mirrored ceiling, LED wall and views of the skyline.
The hotel boasts Ozone the highest bar in the world. Head here for live music cocktails and brunch. The five restaurants include two with Michelin Stars, Tin Lung Heen for authentic Cantonese food and Tosca di Angelo serving Italian cuisine. Café 103 serves a signature Afternoon Tea, The Lounge & Bar for all-day dining and the Almas Caviar Bar for finest caviars paired with fine champagnes and vodkas.
The Upper House, Hong Kong - 9/10
Built on Hong Kong Island and located on the 43rd to 48th floors above Pacific Place, the city’s premier shopping precinct, this property designed by Hong-Kong architect Andre Fu. It exudes an understated calm yet boasts enviable views of Victoria Harbour. Experience a characterful and calming interior décor journey from the escalator to reception where a zen like entrance of limestone, Asian wood and sleek glass greets you. The emphasis of The Upper House is on understated luxury. Choose from five categories of rooms and suites opening with Studio 70 and an enviable 730 square feet (70 square metres) of space including mini bar, air conditioning and complimentary Wi-Fi. Styling is minimalist and modern with sleek yet soft lines and angles, bamboo, and lilac accents. Spectacular bathrooms feature signature limestone tub and organic Bamford amenities.
Salisterra serves flavours of the Mediterranean created by Michelin starred Chef Jun Tanaka. The Lawn is a relaxing outdoor space for garden bites wines and cocktails. The hotel wellness programme offers a range of holistic therapies and experiences, with yoga meditation and fitness classes. In-room spa therapies are available using Bamford products. The 24-hour gym has Technogym equipment, free weights, and personal training available. KITA Yoga offer energy healing session at The Lawn and in The Atrium.
This elegant urban sanctuary soars 56 floors above Pacific Place Shopping Complex in Central Hong Kong. The Island Shangri-La offers a peaceful escape with panoramic Peak, and harbour views. Choose from 565 spacious rooms and suites featuring Asian inspired décor and a blend of European furnishings. Deluxe Peak View rooms boast full-size windows with sweeping views of Victoria Peak, Nespresso coffee machine, mini-bar, executive desk, and Wi-Fi access. The marble bathrooms feature soaking tubs and suites have separate shower complimented by premium toiletries. Guests in suite category rooms receive access to the Horizon Club Lounge with benefits that include daily breakfast and evening cocktails.
Choose from a wide selection of eight award-winning restaurants and bars, including Summer Palace serving Michelin starred authentic Cantonese cuisine, Lobby Lounge for afternoon tea and cocktails beneath a 140-year-old Banyan tree, Lobster Bar and Grill featuring live jazz performances and the Waterside Terrace an al fresco space serving Thai cuisine and exotic cocktails. The Health Club and spa has outdoor pool with loungers and parasols surrounded by tropical planting; indoors is a whirlpool, steam, and sauna rooms. Spa services include massage, facials, and body treatments. An extensive range of cardio, weight machine and free weight equipment is available in the gym.
This property is in the heart of the Wan Chai district just one block from the Wan Chai Ferry Pier and a 20-minute walk from the Harbour. An elegant luxury residence with a range of 129 rooms and luxury suites across 8 categories, each subtly decorated to reflect “East meets West” elements. Rooms include a king bed, pillow-top mattress and duvet, complimentary bottled water, coffee maker and tea service, sofa, and desk area. Marble bathrooms feature tub and separate shower, double vanity, robe, and slippers. Bespoke St Regis services include a seamless in-room check-in, mini-bar with fresh fruit juices, butler services and complimentary Wi-Fi in all rooms.
Dining options include L’Envol - a two-Michelin star French restaurant - led by Chef Olivier Elze and Rùn - a one Michelin star Cantonese restaurant led by Chef Hung Chi-Kwong. The Drawing Room offers international dishes for all-day dining and a re-defined dim-sum inspired Afternoon Tea Experience. Nestled between The Drawing Room and the Astor Terrace is the St Regis Bar serving signature cocktails and bar bite menu. The St. Regis Athletic Club includes a world-class fitness centre - open around the clock, outdoor swimming pool with sun loungers and pool bar service. The Spa features innovative 001 Skincare London including cryo-flash facials and 3LAB high tech skincare treatments.
Rosewood Hong Kong - 9/10
This Rosewood property redefines residential luxury. It is just a 7-minute walk from the waterfront promenade of Avenue of the Stars and a stone’s throw from luxury stores including Sergio Rossi and Fortnum & Mason. Featuring 413 rooms and suites as well as a range of studio, one, two and 3-bedroom private residences. Opening category – the Kowloon Peak View Room overlooks the cityscape, Lion’s Rock and Sha Tin mountains. It is a spacious 53-square metres of relaxed luxury including a marble bathroom with free-standing bath and twin sinks, twin showers, and walk-in closet. Exclusive to Suite and Club rooms is the Manor Club on the 40th floor. It offers a private club-style sanctuary with 24-hour butler services, express laundry, pressing and a premium food and beverage presentation throughout the day.
Extensive dining options are available in eight different restaurants and lounges. Chef Li Chi Wai serves refined Cantonese dishes at The Legacy House, Holt’s Café serves international dishes, head to Chaat for Indian street food, there is a patisserie and afternoon Tea room, a Grill, a Jazz Bar, and healthy dining option at Asaya Kitchen. The Asaya spa and fitness centre offers well-being classes based on the pillars of emotional, nutritional, and physical health. A state-of the art fitness centre covers 2,800 square metres including a 25-metre outdoor infinity swimming pool.
The Langham Hong Kong – 9/10
The Hong Kong chapter of the hotel group opened in 2003 – some 140 years after The Langham opened in London. Located in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui – on the Kowloon side of Victoria Harbour – the hotel offers a taste of classical Europe in a very contemporary setting. The hotel’s main draw is the three Michelin star Cantonese restaurant – T’ang Court – which is reassuringly expensive as it offers a superb style and quality of cuisine and that few other rivals around the world. The Langham has 498 rooms with 27 suites – starting at 32 square metres in area – quite snug – up to 130 square metres in area for the sizeable Chairman Suite. Each guestroom is tastefully decorated with all the accoutrements that one would expect for a Hong Kong luxury hotel. The Langham does not offer the best views in Hong Kong but makes it up with the palatial guestrooms.
Apart from T’ang Court, the hotel has another five restaurants – the other highlights being The Palm Court which serves a delightful British afternoon tea complete with Wedgwood China, Artesian – the art deco bar and the Main St. Deli – which opened in 2001 and was Hong Kong’s first authentic New York delicatessen. The Recreation Chuan Body + Soul is a duplex, 600 square-metre spa and fitness centre – complete with saunas, rooftop swimming pool and treatment rooms. The centre offers bee venom therapies – the only spa in Hong Kong to do so. Expect treatments based on the Chinese philosophy of the five elements – wood, fire, earth, metal, and water. Divine!
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