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Hong Kong has been a perennial favourite for long weekend getaways from Singapore, and for very good reasons: the stunning harbour, for one, along with amazing restaurants, bars, street food and shopping. Then there’s the heritage, the wild green spaces just minutes from the city-centre – and a bevy of luxurious hotels to hang your hat at.
It’s unsurprising then that the recent announcement of the Singapore–Hong Kong travel bubble has generated a lot of buzz in the two cities, with many jumping at the chance to spent their long overdue getaways in the Fragrant Harbour and hotels rolling out packages to welcome guests.
Check out SilverKris’ series of Hong Kong city guides here. In this one, we explore the best luxury hotels on Hong Kong Island.
Award-winning F&B at Island Shangri-La
Perched atop the snazzy Pacific Place complex, Island Shangri-La is a hop, skip and jump from the buzz of SoHo and the picturesque hikes of Victoria Peak. But you’d be remiss if you didn’t schedule some time at the hotel’s own award-winning F&B experiences, such as the Michelin-starred Summer Palace and Restaurant Petrus, or drinks at Lobster Bar, a regular fixture on Asia’s 50 Best Bars list. Then retreat to one of the 565 spacious rooms and soak up stunning views over Victoria Harbour. In the morning, get ready to do it all over again, with a session at the 24-hour gym or outdoor heated swimming pool. Those with Horizon Club Lounge privileges also get access to the Roof Garden on the 56th floor.
Stunning city-centre views at JW Marriott
Sandwiched between Central and Wan Chai, the five-star JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong is located within the glittering Pacific Place complex, and delivers both location and stunning views – you get your choice of city, harbour or mountain vistas. Elegant rooms aside, the property offers eight restaurants on-site and 24-hour in-room dining, not to mention a 24-hour fitness centre, massage treatments and outdoor pool. The next-level Executive Rooms give you the added bonus of Executive Lounge access, with its breakfast, afternoon tea and evening cocktail services. Book a standard-rate night on the hotel website between now and the end of the year for an additional night free, for a maximum of two free nights per booking. Terms and conditions apply.
A tailor-made adventure at Ovolo
Looking for an activity-packed visit without the hassle of planning? Designer boutique hotel group Ovolo has partnered with businesses across HK to offer guests unique experiences with their stays. Through the Staycay Your Way package, throw in an appointment at a hipster barber or a helicopter tour over Hong Kong Harbour when you check-in at the art-packed Ovolo Central, close to the galleries of Tai Kwun and the SoHo nightlife. At the warehouse-converted Ovolo Southside, pair expansive views of the hills with a walking tour of Aberdeen or a kickboxing class. Whatever you do, save some time to have a meal or two at the hotel – Ovolo prides itself on innovative, plant-based cuisine, and Central’s Veda and Southside’s Komune are both must-trys.
A hidden gem at Lanson Place Hotel
When you finally travel to Hong Kong, you’re going to want to stay a while. Causeway Bay’s Lanson Place Hotel makes an elegant home base, with a fully equipped kitchenette in each room, an on-site launderette and a Luxury Retreats Package that includes American breakfast, a cheese platter, cold cuts and sparkling wine, as well as 24-hour access to the fitness centre. It’s part of Small Luxury Hotels of The World, and other nice touches include free high-speed WiFi, smartphone with unlimited 4G and IDD call to select countries, as well as toiletries by Australia’s Appelles apothecary. After shopping and eating in Causeway Bay, have a cocktail at the private 133 Lounge and Library or relax in the exotic courtyard atmosphere at The Leighton.
An Instagrammer’s fantasy at One-Eight-One
Soak up jaw-dropping panoramic views of Victoria Harbour from your floor-to-ceiling windows at One-Eight-One. Located west of Central in the heart of Sai Wan, just steps from the HKU MTR station, this elegant hotel and serviced apartment property is well-documented on social media for its earthy tones and natural light. Step outside to snap pictures of the old-timey streetscape, or walk to other picturesque spots nearby such as the Belcher Bay Promenade and the delights of Kennedy Town. Do be sure to make it back to the hotel for the ultimate retro-chic Insta shot and Cantonese cuisine at The Tea Room. Book on their website for 10% off best flexible rate.