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Randy Lai
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Island Shangri-La

Supreme Court Road, Central
last updated: 13 Jan 2020

 

 

With 565 guest rooms, 8 award-winning dining venues and an enviable location atop Pacific Place, there’s something to satisfy every kind of guest at the Island Shangri-La. Kerry Group’s flagship property has long been a favourite amongst all corners of Hong Kong society (on any given day, it’s not uncommon to see a diverse assortment of tourists, families, and professional types all checking in). World-class shopping along with many of the city’s most famous landmarks lie just beyond your doorstep, though a 24-hr gym, outdoor pool, and exhaustive spa facilities provide weary travellers with ample reason to stay in. For Michelin-starred fine dining, a visit to Petrus (perched on the hotel’s 56th floor) comes highly recommended. Now under the care of El Bulli veteran Uwe Opocensky, the cooking has taken on a modern elemental edge, with seemingly simple dishes — a brioche topped with plum and foie gras — emphasising a restrained approach to gastronomy.

Island Shangri-La
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Supreme Ct Rd, Central, Hong Kong
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Grand Hyatt Hong Kong

1 Harbour Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
last updated: 13 Jan 2020

Since opening in 1989, the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong has gone on to become an indelible part of the landscape along Victoria Harbour. Adjacent to the HKCEC, it has long been the check-in of choice for guests doing business in the city, and for well-heeled families who prize convenience and variety whilst on vacation. Originally conceived as Hyatt’s flagship hotel in Asia, it’s little wonder that there are 11 world-class dining destinations on the property — not to mention a multi-storey club lounge, and some of the best views of Victoria Harbour you’ll find anywhere in the city. And if tackling jet lag is your primary concern, the property is no slouch on that front either: home to a massive 11th storey health club housing a spa, gym, outdoor running track, and Olympic-sized pool.

Grand Hyatt Hong Kong
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1 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
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Eaton HK

380 Nathan Road, Jordan
last updated: 13 Jan 2020

Somewhere between a design hotel, social enterprise, and creatives’ clubhouse, Eaton HK is an experience that stands out from the city’s usual glut of international ‘cut & paste’ accommodations. What exactly do we mean? For starters, the property is located on the Kowloon Peninsula — sandwiched between the frenetic, neon-washed districts of Jordan and Yau Ma Tei. Few indications that this used to be a business hotel remain: instead, guests mingle with local tastemakers in a series of spaces that espouse a grassroots philosophy. At Foodhall, you’ll find a plethora of independent vendors hawking everything from congee to locally-roasted espresso, while the upper levels are home to Eaton House — founder Katharine Lo’s culty co-working space aimed at members of the Hong Kong creative community. Even dyed-in-the-wool islanders should consider a trip across the harbour, if for no other reason than to sample the city’s best espresso martini at Terrible Baby.

Eaton HK
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380 Nathan Rd, Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong
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The Landmark Mandarin Oriental

The Landmark, Central
last updated: 13 Jan 2020

In stark contrast to its storied Connaught Road sibling, The Landmark Mandarin Oriental is the hotel of choice for creatives, fashion insiders and digital glitterati who are visiting Hong Kong. An unmistakably spa-like atmosphere — courtesy of internationally renowned interior designer Joyce Wang — reinforces the property’s boutique trappings, as do the staff (warm and proactive) and thoroughly well-kitted fitness facilities. Still, any doubt about world-class credentials shall be swiftly erased when you peruse the dining directory. Following a 4-month renovation, Amber — Chef Richard Ekkebus’s Michelin-starred fine diner — is joined by a trio of new restaurants, giving savvy eaters a plethora of Japanese and pan-European cuisines to choose from.

The Landmark Mandarin Oriental
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15 Queen's Road Central, Central, Hong Kong
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Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong

8 Finance Street, Central
last updated: 13 Jan 2020

The first inevitable compliment that needs to be levelled at Four Seasons Hong Kong is its location. Part of local developer Sun Hung Kai’s massive IFC development, Four Seasons boasts direct access to the Airport Express train as well as various hotspots throughout Central, making it a shoe-in for well-heeled business travellers. If getting there is one of the easiest commutes you can make in Hong Kong, leaving is a decidedly more challenging affair. With 8 Michelin stars and an internationally revered spa under one roof, there’s plenty of compelling reasons to spin your work trip into an extended getaway. For newcomers in the +852, we thoroughly endorse a trip to Lung King Heen: the first Chinese restaurant in the world to be awarded three Michelin stars for an impressive 12 running years.

Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong
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8 Finance St, Central, Hong Kong
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The Peninsula Hong Kong

Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
last updated: 13 Jan 2020

Very few hotels conjure up Hong Kong’s halcyon days — junks on the open water, Tiffany chandeliers, Noble House glam — quite so dramatically as The Peninsula. Opened in 1928 by members of the Kadoorie family, the hotel has since become an unassailable part of Hong Kong pop culture (visitors flock from all across Asia to experience the famed afternoon tea service held across the lobby). Upstairs, the vibe in the guest rooms is decidedly less baroque, blending a timeless colour palette with material accents from the worlds of private yachting and motorsport. At The Peninsula, your mode of arrival is equally as important as the hotel itself: with options ranging from one of the iconic ‘Brewster Green’ Rolls-Royce Phantoms to a twin-engined helicopter capable of whisking you to the airport in 7 minutes.

The Peninsula Hong Kong
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Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
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The St. Regis Hong Kong

1 Harbour Drive, Wan Chai
last updated: 13 Jan 2020

At The St. Regis Hong Kong, the brand’s signature Beaux-Arts DNA is reinterpreted for the 21st century through the eyes of local architect André Fu. Set in the heart of Wan Chai, a stone’s throw from Victoria Harbour, the newest House of Astor (which opened its doors in mid-2019) is a ‘curated mansion’ of a hotel: combining Fu’s love of chic, tactile spaces with clever cultural motifs that speak to the St. Regis’s past (New York) and future (Hong Kong). The property includes four F&B venues, including Michelin-starred L’Envol — Chef Olivier Elzer’s temple to fine seasonal cuisine, cooked with tiptop French and Japanese ingredients.

The St. Regis Hong Kong
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1 Harbour Dr, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
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The Upper House

88 Queensway, Admiralty
last updated: 13 Jan 2020

 

Situated at the heart of upscale Queensway, The Upper House is the crown jewel in Swire Hotels’ burgeoning portfolio of East Asian luxury hotels. Originally intended as a complex of serviced apartments, it boasts far and away some of the loftiest guests’ quarters in space-deficient Hong Kong. Every square inch conforms to the vision of André Fu — an award-winning local architect renowned for his inimitable use of texture, geometry, and tone. The long-serving management team, led by Swiss GM Marcel Thoma, is an integral part of the operation’s success. Whether you’re chasing last-minute reservations or Hong Kong’s most picturesque hiking spot, The Upper House boasts one of the most clued-in concierges in the city — a warm human foil to the hotel’s cool, modernist exterior.

The Upper House
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Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong
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Rosewood Hong Kong

Victoria Dockside, Tsim Sha Tsui
last updated: 13 Jan 2020

In a region where ultra-luxe hotels are hoisted as regularly as typhoon signals, it takes a truly groundbreaking opening to capture the public’s attention. Enter Rosewood Hong Kong: part of New World’s shimmering multi-use development at Victoria Dockside, seven years in the making. The eponymous hotel group’s Asian flagship towers over the surrounding arts & culture precinct — a gleaming 65-storey monolith that somehow manages both an air of remoteness and intense exhilaration. Conceived by New York-based tonychi studio as a ‘vertical estate’, the property tells the story of the Cheng family (a powerful local clan who indirectly own the Rosewood brand) through its many lofty seamlessly interlocking spaces: lift lobbies double as lavishly appointed sitting areas; characterful nooks & crannies (including a women’s only speakeasy) abound in plain sight; and F&B venues possess a communal, decidedly unstuffy sensibility. Even if you haven’t booked yourself in for a stay, we recommend making time to explore the hotel’s myriad dining offerings. (The Legacy House is a paean to fine Cantonese cookery from Shunde, while DarkSide serves up what is quite possibly the most delicious Old Fashioned in town.)

Rosewood Hong Kong
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Rosewood Hong Kong No18, Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
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Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong

5 Connaught Road, Central
last updated: 13 Jan 2020

Hongkongers are, as a general rule, a deeply opinionated bunch — split on everything from politics to the location of Hong Kong’s best bing sutt — but if there’s one thing everybody agrees on it’s that Mandarin Oriental — built in 1963 as The Mandarin — is as legendary as the city itself. Resplendent in marble, vermillion, and eclectic Pan-Asian trappings, the MO group’s flagship property remains to this day the quintessential way to experience Eastern hospitality. The hotel’s award winning spa and barbershop encapsulate the fastidious, multi-generational appeal that has been widely exported by MO Group — offering one-of-a-kind treatments like dao liao (‘knife massage’) or the strangely gratifying Shanghainese pedicure. On the culinary front, a coterie of delectable bars and restaurants (including Michelin-starred French, modern European, and the world’s only Krug Room) keep locals coming back, but for a real blast from the past you can’t go past The Chinnery — a holdover from the hotel’s mid-60s heyday, serving wonderfully creaky pub fare.

Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong
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5 Connaught Rd Central, Central, Hong Kong
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Randy Lai
Watches Editor
Having worked in the Australian digital media landscape for over 5 years, Randy has extensive experience in men's specialist categories such as classic clothing, watches and spirits. He is partial to mid-century chronographs and a nice chianti.