July 6, 2015
In Hong Kong, a luxury suite goes a very long way. For starters, there are the panoramic views – many of the city’s top stays are set within vertiginous skyscrapers, providing jaw-dropping vantage points of Victoria Harbour, the Peak and that one-of-a-kind cityscape. This is also a crowded, densely packed urban hub – and that can equate with “˜short on space,’ in even the most high-end hotels. Consider the splurge worth it, then. From designer-brand interior touches to butlers on call and fabulous dining options, the best hotel suites in Hong Kong capture all the beauty and urbanity of this ineffable metropolis.
The Presidential Suite at the InterContinental exceeds all bounds of opulence – not only is it the largest hotel suite in Hong Kong (clocking in at over 650 square metres), but it also ranks among the finest in all of Asia. From the airport pickup, where guests can select from a Bentley, Rolls Royce, or Mercedes, to the five bedrooms and private gym, it’s a stunningly luxurious stay. And then there’s the wrap-around terrace, which offers up a Jacuzzi, rooftop infinity pool, and some of the city’s best views.
Stay in the Mandarin Suite at the Mandarin Oriental, and you’ll feel like you’re right in the beating heart of Hong Kong. For starters, the double-height ceilings make it that much easier to admire the city’s luminous skyline. Then there are the priceless Chinese artefacts that make a museum of the suite. You can also enjoy the finest local dining ordered in – savour abalone congee for breakfast, or beef noodles later in the day. Of course, when you do want a retreat from the hustle and bustle, the private couple’s spa awaits.
If Hong Kong views are what you’re after, where better to book than the Ritz-Carlton? Located in the ICC Tower in Kowloon, the hotel is the highest in the world – and there’s nowhere better to soak up the ambiance than the Ritz-Carlton Suite on the 117th floor. A telescope and window-side benches assist in taking in the 270-degree views. If you can bear to tear yourself away, the daily in-suite massages and indoor infinity pool should prove tempting.
The Peninsula Hotel has long been a landmark for luxury seekers – the grand dame has icon status, given that it’s been on the scene since 1928. Nowhere is that better expressed than in its eponymous suite, which overlooks Victoria Harbour. Full of artworks by world-class artists, outfitted with double-height windows, antique furnishings, a baby grand, and a balcony, it’s a classy stay indeed. And then there’s the cinematic screening room for those after a night in.
Planning to entertain during your travels in Hong Kong? Stay in the Presidential Suite at the Four Seasons and you’ll strike just the right note of opulent hospitality. Outfitted in a palette of warm neutrals punctuated by pops of gold, the elegant suite has a living room to lounge in, a 10-seat formal dining room for personal meals, a baby grand should you want to exercise your musical abilities, and complimentary Executive Club access for a postprandial tipple overlooking the twinkling cityscape.
Everything about the Island Shangri-La strives for superlatives: in its lobby you’ll find a 16-storey silk mural – the largest such painting in existence – as well as a 140 year-old banyan tree, which cost 24 million HKD to conserve. The 56-storey hotel offers premium access to the luxurious Pacific Place shopping centre, and hosts an exclusive Horizon Club with showstopper views. As for the Presidential Suite, its sprawling dimensions, on-call butler, sumptuous furnishings and delectable private dining all add to the experience.
The Langham is a name that’s associated with all things continental and refined – unlike many other hotel suites in Hong Kong, its 13th-floor Chairman Suite refrains from over-the-top gilding and opts instead for a look that’s all about classic, European elegance. Think: pewter walls, a marble fireplace and bathroom, and silken furnishings. Guests are welcomed with a bottle of rosé Champagne on ice and have a personal gourmet chef at their disposal.
The W Hotel never does anything by halves, and that extends to the Extreme Wow Suite – even the name is indication of its oomph factor. There are the expectedly lavish amenities: the bathing pool with Harbour views, the generous dimensions and the cloudlike bed. And then there are the distinctive W touches: a chaise longue modelled after a bearskin carpet, shimmering metallic decor, and a personally curated music library.
The trendy Upper House is a standout on our list of hotel suites in Hong Kong for a number of reasons. The hotel’s boutique dimensions, for a start, ensure an especially calm stay, while esteemed designer Andre Wu has cultivated an air of tranquil opulence: sleek and minimalistic, but complemented by those exquisite views, the hotel represents the best of modern Asian hospitality. The Penthouse Suites; with their warm woods, bespoke furniture, and spa-inspired bathrooms, are the ones to book for those after particular pampering.
If aesthetics are the guiding force behind your choice of hotel suites in Hong Kong, the Hotel Icon’s Designer Suite by Vivienne Tam is just the showstopper to suit. Striking an elegant balance between minimalist and modern – punctuated by splashes of colour and warmth – the room is designed to convey Tam’s vision of “China chic.” Indulge in a long spell in the rain shower, complimentary evening cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, panoramic views – and once you leave the hotel, bring along the provided smartphone with free mobile data (all the better for some exploring).
Virgin Atlantic operates daily direct flights to Hong Kong, so you’re not far from booking your next suite stay.
Written by Claire Bullen