Hello Hong Kong!

I have always loved Hong Kong (translated means ‘Fragrant Harbour’ in Cantonese. My trusted barber advised me of this recently). The reason for my visit earlier this month was to attend a corporate gig and of course see a few luxury hotels and make some new contacts! I flew Qantas over and had a very pleasant flight seated on the Upper Deck on one of their 747-400’s. The service, movie selection, food and comfort was brilliant as always and I arrived fresh and ready to see some old and new friends.

Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong

My first night was spent at the iconic Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong (never stayed here so was excited to experience) and they had me in their hands the minute I walked off the air bridge. This property (like many other superstar properties in Hong Kong) have a very special ‘meet and assist’ the minute you walk off the plane. Representatives from the hotel met me with a very big smile and handshake and whisked me through customs, immigration and baggage collection and into a lovely car equipped with Wi-Fi, water and cool towels. I was also asked to select my music of choice (Excuse me Driver, do you have ‘Man in the mirror’?) for my 40 minute car journey to Central on Hong Kong Island. It was cool to FaceTime the kids and share my car ride with them and reminisce about our visit as a family to this city last year during our family adventure (see previous posts!). Great style, service and an awesome reputation, this property is perfect.  With a fantastic location in Central (overlooking Victoria Harbour), its modern design, impeccable service and facilities, I loved every moment I spent at the hotel. Sadly only stayed one night before I headed to Mongkok (Kowloon side). Great breakfast options for all discerning tastes. Rooms and Suites: 430 guestrooms (either with city or harbour views), 71 individually-designed suites and floor butlers. Dining: There are ten restaurants and bars offering a range of cuisine and dining experiences.

  • Michelin starred cuisine from legendary French chef Pierre Gagnaire at Pierre
  • Michelin starred grill classics and seafood with a modern twist at Mandarin Grill + Bar
  • Michelin starred Cantonese cuisine at Man Wah
  • Creative tasting menus in partnership with Krug champagne at The Krug Room
  • Informal, contemporary all-day dining at Café Causette
  • Traditional English dishes and club-like atmosphere at The Chinnery
  • Cocktails and live jazz at the Captain’s Bar
  • Buffets and afternoon tea at the Clipper Lounge
  • Cocktails, views and stylish surroundings at M bar
  • Mouth-watering cakes, patisseries, light dishes and coffee at the Mandarin Cake Shop

Spa & Wellness: Escape into the hotels luxurious spa and leisure facilities. I didn’t get a chance however the Mandarin Barber (traditional male grooming) is on my list for when I am next in this city.

  • Luxurious two-floor retreat with 9 treatment rooms including a dedicated Thai Massage room and two couples’ suites with private steam shower
  • Range of treatments from around the world including traditional Chinese Medicine
  • 24-hour Fitness Centre including Hong Kong’s first Kinesis studio
  • Indoor lap pool
  • The Mandarin Salon – hair consultation and styling, manicures, pedicures and beauty

All Goldman Group customers receive –

  • Daily Breakfast for up to two persons at Café Causette or Clipper Lounge
  • Complimentary in-room internet
  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • US$100 spa service credit to be used during the stay
  • 4PM late check-out, subject to availability
  • A jar of signature house-made Rose Petal jam as welcome amenity upon arrival
  • Complimentary Meet and Greet Service at the airport when hotel transportation service is  reserved

Langham Place, Mong Kok

The Langham Place in Mong Kok is located in the wonderfully vibrant Mong Kok (Mong Kok is an area in the Yau Tsim Mong District, on the western part of Kowloon Peninsula in Hong Kong. The Prince Edward area occupies the northern part of Mong Kok) and was my home for a few days due to a corporate conference I attended in-house. This wonderful property has 666 rooms and suites on 42 levels and a very diverse collection of art scattered throughout. There is a great choice of restaurants and bars (including the Michelin Star Ming Court), a lovely luxurious spa (Langham’s signature Chuan Spa), lovely roof top outdoor pool and state of the art meeting and event spaces. It really has it all. Like most hotels in Hong Kong, the location is good. It’s only a couple of blocks to the famous Ladies Markets, Temple Street Market and Jade Market (always great stuff to purchase). I like the fact that you can walk via a direct connection to Langham Place Shopping Centre where you can access the MTR (train) and access any part of Hong Kong very easily (including making your way to Hong Kong Airport by train in only 35 minutes).

Quick site visits:

W Hotel Hong Kong
Located on Kowloon side, I couldn’t leave Hong Kong without a site inspection of one of my favourite hotel brands (part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts). The location above Kowloon Station makes it really easy to get around Hong Kong. The ‘Wonderful’ hotel room I inspected was light, well equipped and very W (think modern, comfortable with a touch of glamour). In total there are 393 rooms and suites and all have skyline views. There are some great restaurant options on property for all tastes (Sing Yin Cantonese Dining and Kitchen) . The ‘Get Wet’ pool is on the 73rd floor and is a must visit! Spectacular views of Hong Kong Harbour and great pool service. We had a look at their ‘Bliss Spa’ which seemed very busy and booked out (no wonder due to the Hot Salt scrub they have on offer? I heard it’s one of their signature treatments at W Hong Kong!). At the end of the tour, we stopped for a special tea at ‘WooBar’, a fun, hip and nice space to have some fun and chat with friends. The staff here are fantastic and went above and beyond to help us understand and navigate the hotel and surrounding area. I like that management are very engaging with guests and take special interest in each guest stay. I recommend this property for families as well due to some great options of interconnecting rooms and child friendly activities on offer. All Goldman Group customers receive –

  • Complimentary standard in-room internet access
  • One 100 USD food and beverage credit at WOOBAR per room, per stay
  • Daily buffet breakfast for two guests
  • VIP Treatment
  • Upgrade on arrival, early check-in and late check-out which are all subject to availability

Four Seasons Hong Kong
I hadn’t seen this hotel in a while and was keen to get back and have a look. We probably book this hotel the most in Hong Kong purely because of its consistent positive client feedback, attitude and signature Four Seasons perfection. This property (399 hotel rooms and suites, 4 outdoor pools on the 6th floor)  has a prime location on Hong Kong Island in the heart of the Central district with spectacular views over Hong Kong Harbour. This elegant property is just few minutes’ drive from the Happy Valley Racecourse, a 35 or 40 minute drive to Hong Kong Disneyland, Lan Kwai Fong, Ocean Park, Repulse Bay and many other area attractions, and only 40 km to the Hong Kong International Airport. The service provided by staff to our clients should be considered as a role model for hotels (and businesses) worldwide. Great attention to detail. Clean, modern, unbelievable swimming pools (with superb views of Hong Kong Harbour) & Four Seasons spa (a new nail salon is proving popular for guests). I also recommend this property for families as they have special amenities and services that children will love! All Goldman Group customers receive –

  • Daily full breakfast, for up to two in room guests
  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • HKD780 Spa Credit

Ritz Carlton Hong Kong
This hotel is high. Really high.

The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong is the world’s highest hotel, boasting 312 guestrooms that offer spectacular city and harbour views, and six dining venues, including two-starred Michelin Chinese and one-starred Michelin Italian restaurants, and the world’s highest bar.bar. Located next door to W Hong Kong atop the International Commerce Centre (ICC) in the upscale West Kowloon area, we ventured across and made our way to the lobby area on Level 7 to the lobby of hotel on Level 103 in 10 seconds. Yes, that’s 96 floors in 10 seconds. I love how they offer chewy sweets on Level 7 to help one’s ears regulate during the ride up to this property in the clouds. The views are simply breathtaking and luckily we had a lovely clear day to enjoy the view. This hotel is glamorous and truly luxurious. The glasswork around the property is impressive and really envelopes you when you walk throughout the property. I love the piece of artwork in the lobby area, “Horse Galloping Across the Sky,” a stunning masterpiece by Chinese artist Yuanming. The tastes and flavours from the cuisine offered are very impressive and of course I had to stay for their Sunday brunch (massive post lunch food coma).

There are six venues starting on the 102nd floor, including Chinese and Italian restaurants, a lobby lounge, a buffet restaurant, and an al fresco rooftop bar (all with obligatory Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong Island views). I loved this bar (OZONE) on the 188th floor. It really is the perfect place to perch and enjoy the excitement of Hong Kong. Families are also encouraged to stay here and the ‘ Ritz Kidz’ program will keep the young ones entertained. This program delights and engages children to interact with the hotel surroundings in a fresh and exciting way, while introducing them to the four important pillars of Ritz Kids discovery: Water, Land, Environmental Responsibility and Culture. All Goldman Group customers receive –

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily Buffet breakfast, for up to two in room guests
  • $100 USD Equivalent Food & Beverage credit,
  • Early check-in/late check-out

The Peninsula Hotel Hong Kong

Did you know that The Peninsula Hong Kong is the oldest one in the city and one of the oldest in Asia?  Its opening date was 11 December 1928 and it has continued to dazzle and impress since opening its doors 87 years ago.  The legendary “Grande Dame of the Far East” continues to set hotel standards worldwide, offering a blend of Eastern and Western hospitality in an atmosphere of classical grandeur and timeless elegance. A stay at this property allows you to immerse yourself in the history of this property (old school glamour)  and explore the many antiques and historical artifacts on display. I just had to pop in and soak it all up. I hadn’t seen the recent renovations and room updates and I was so impressed. It really has the most beautiful rooms in Hong Kong. The newly renovated new rooms showcase bespoke luxury, detailed craftsmanship and a classically modern aesthetic that blends the distinctive design touches reflected in today’s luxury yachts, cars and jets. This luxury hotel has 246 standard guest rooms, all of them spacious and bedecked in up-to-the-minute technology (the best I have ever seen), beautiful hidden cabinets and drawers and a classic-contemporary design scheme. There are also 54 suites, including two regular suites on every floor, plus the special Peninsula, Marco Polo and Garden Suites. All the suites boast oversized corner bathtubs with floor-to-ceiling windows on two sides for unparalleled views that include the cityscape and Victoria Harbour, plus telescopes in the living rooms. Some more interesting facts about this hotel! The Peninsula was the first hotel in Asia to have pageboys, based on the young ‘grooms’ of Europe. It’s located at the southern tip of the Kowloon Peninsula, hence why it is called The Peninsula. The Peninsula Hong Kong is famous for its record-breaking fleet of luxury vehicles, including an immaculately restored classic 1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II. For every day transport around the city, the hotel offers 14 Rolls-Royce Phantom cars and two MINI Cooper S Clubmans (all of which have been painted the signature Peninsula Brewster Green and customised with refrigerators).

All Goldman Group customers receive –

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily Buffet breakfast, for up to two in room guests
  • $100 USD Equivalent Resort or Hotel credit,
  • Early check-in/late check-out

Of course I can’t finish this post without some foodie highlights. I only had a couple of meals out as the conference took care of my meals however I did get to experience One Dim Sum and Hu Tong during this trip. Both worth a visit!

One Dim Sum (Mong Kok) – I ate for two and it cost me less than AUD20. Did I mention it has a Michelin one star? Cheapest Michelin star restaurant on the planet. Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/china/hong-kong/restaurants/chinese/one-dim-sum#ixzz3aeRz3xNy

Who doesn’t love a foodie tour? Hong Kong Foodie Tours do a wonderful ‘ Sham Shui Po Foodie Tour’ and ‘Central & Sheung Wan Foodie Tour’. Note that both tours do not take place on Sunday. More info here: www.hongkongfoodietours.com Hu Tong – Fiery Northern Chinese food! Exceptional service and great menu (and views of the Harbour night light show). http://hutong.com.hk/

Wan Chai – loved walking around this area for something a bit different. The malls can be a little tedious and a bit much so it was great to discover more of this area for a couple of hours during my quick trip to Hong Kong. Good for shopping (cute local boutiques) and eating during the day and awesome nightlife once the sun disappears! http://www.discoverhongkong.com/eng/shop/where-to-shop/shopping-areas/wan-chai.jsp

 

3 thoughts on “Hello Hong Kong!

  1. Dave – so glad you enjoyed your time at Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong. We’re always ready to welcome and spoil your VIP clients and ensure they have a wonderful and memorable experience.

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