A luxury guide to Hong Kong


By Josh Cahill

 

The "Fragrant Harbour" or better known as Hong Kong is the perfect place for a weekend getaway and the most visited city destination in the world. The former British Colony with it's signature skyline is one of the most exciting places in Asia. With a diverse population of expats, Chinese, and simply people from all around the world which turned Hong Kong into what it has become within the past 100 years, a melting pot of cultures.

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Hong Kong is a true oasis of luxury hotels and the competition to serve you best is extremely high, therefor the standards are set very high. The Langham just recently underwent a multi-million dollar renovation to tackle the absolute elite and all the effort seems to payed off. The rooms are spacious, modern, and kept in the signature Langham style which I have already experienced in Melbourne.


Get a taste of Kowloon inspired cusine at the T'ang Court

The Langham is located in the heart of Kowloon, walking distance to the world famous Hong Kong Star Ferry Terminal which takes you across the Victoria Harbour. The City of Kowloon, is a former erstwhile industrial district and now a gourmet neighbourhood of international cuisines, with Asian specialties very much in the spotlight. Thai, Chiu Chow, Cantonese food and local desserts are the true highlights of the vibrant area.

 

The Tang Court takes all those aspects into consideration and literally turns them into a mouthwatering experience. It's so delicious that in the recent Michelin Guide the Restaurant was awarded with not 1 or 2 but 3 Stars, sky rocketing it into a very privileged club that only 3 Cantonese Restaurants around the world that have had the privilege  of receiving.

Lets Ferry it to the other side...

There are a few ways to get a really nice view of Hong Kong's skyline. One of them is by taking the famous Star Ferry from Kowloon to HK Island. It kinda reminded me of the ferry rides back in the days when I used to travel between the Asian and European side of Istanbul in Turkey. While back then the view was decorated with minarets, this time I was looking at all kind of skyscrapers!

Take me to the Mandarin Grill...

I barely go on a trip without checking Trip Advisor. I always wanna know what the peoples opinions are on restaurants, hotels, tours, and where to go to grab a good bite. This is how I came across the Grill at the Mandarin Oriental. The feedback was outstanding and people were literally praising the food and the service....

Scallops, Prawns and Steak....!

From scallops and prawns as a starter and a mouthwatering steak followed by probably the best steak you can get in town. The photos should simply speak for itself. The food was delicious and a true masterpiece, but it was exceeded by the service provided and in the end that makes your experience either a good one or an outstanding one...

How about a little view?

A visit to Hong Kong without conquering the Victoria Peak is like a poutine without gravy. It's a must! That's why you should skip your afternoon nap for a little exploring. Not far from the Mandarin Oriental the historic cable car is ready to take you up the Viktoria Peak, Hong Kong's most famous look out...

Dinner with a view at Wooloomooloo!

The former British Colony is known for it's skyscrapers and those many amazing views. Let's combine all these things for a dinner with a view at the Wooloomooloo Steak house at Hennessey Road.

 

A glass of wine and a juicy steak with one of the best views in the city and a beautiful ambience. This and much more you can expect at the Wooloomooloo (funny name isn't it?). After you've finished your T-bone I strongly recommend you to stay for an after dinner cocktail at the Restaurants' very own rooftop which is considered one of the best in the city.

 

Honestly, it's a real highlight and the view in combination with a chilled beer or cocktail will leave a real impression, I can vouch for that!

One of the best rooftop bars in town...

From all the rooftops I visited the Wooloomoolooo one was the most enjoyable to me, the audience was decent and the view magnificent. But a city with such an amount of high risers must give you a couple more options and it's up to you to find the right place...

 

The SEVVA rooftop bar is among the most popular as well as the Armani Rooftop bar which is one of the biggest in town. Here are a few more options for you:

Party the night away at Lan Kwai Fong...

The nightlife of Hong Kong is well known and one of the best in Asia. ... it's a place where locals, expats, and tourists merge into an enjoyable and funny crowd. You'll encounter all kinds of people, starting from the corporate enjoying their after work pint, the tourist in search of the right venue, or the casual student having pre-drinks at one of the endless 7/11's.

Every bar offers a different environment...

Whether you kick off the night at Dublin Jacks or the Bulldocks Bar, Lan Kwai Fong won't let you down and it's almost certain that you end up making new friends by the end of the night. The main street gets very busy over the weekend so it is recommended that you get there early if you plan to get a table or a spot at the bar...

 

The Hong Kong Brew house or the well known Stormies are also fairly popular and ensure you a good night out...

 

A few helpful links to find the right venue for you:

Have your Dim Sum at the Peninsula Spring Moon...

Dim Sum is a must try in Hong Kong and there is no way around it. You can of course visit all those small places around Kowloon but I highly recommend the Spring Moon Restaurant at one of Hong Kong's most iconic hotels, the Peninsula. The property opened in 1924 and is one of the oldest in the city in its' colonial and modern elements. It is also notable for its large fleet of Rolls-Royces that are painted the distinctive "Peninsula green".

 

The Spring Moon Restaurant offers a beautiful ambience to its' guest and it's known for its' Dim Sum and its' famous sauce made out of a very secret recipe. I highly recommend the steamed crystal shrimp dumplings!


Discover Hong Kong from the sky with HeliServices...

After you have finished your Dim Sum at the Peninsula Hotel you literally just need to take the elevator to the rooftop to get ready for a once in a life time adventure. HeliServices Hong Kong offers scenic flights starting from the Hotels very own helipad. The flight is taking you across the Victoria Harbour all the way to the South Hong Kong Island Beaches. The flight time is approx. 15 minutes. It is a great and unique way to explore one of the most stunning cities in the world...

 

The MD902 Helicopter can take up to 6 passengers. The Sightseeing flights usually depart from the Peninsula Hotel Helipad but can also kick off from Wan Chai Heliport next to the Hong Kong Convention Center upon request.


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