Visit Hong Kong: Top 3 hotels

I recently had the pleasure to visit Hong Kong and I got the chance to experience stays at three of the top hotels in the world. One on Kowloon and two on Hong Kong island proper.

Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong

Housed in the towering International Commerce Centre on the Kowloon side, the Ritz-Carlton is a star-studded gem. Taking up levels 102 to 118, it is home to the highest indoor swimming pool in the world as well as the world’s highest rooftop bar, OZONE. I had the pleasure of checking into one of the Club Level rooms and had the privilege of accessing the Club Lounge and other personalized services such as in-room check-in and check-out, six food presentations including traditional afternoon tea, limousine service, and other luxurious perks. From unbeatable views of Hong Kong’s skyline to world class service, nothing is amiss at this hotel and it certainly lives up to the hype of being one of the best in the world.

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When you are there, make a reservation at Tosca, the hotel’s in-house Michelin starred Italian restaurant. Although I do recommend that you go all out, they have a wallet-friendly lunch set menu that is simply delectable. Other fine dining options are also available at the hotel so depending on what tickles your fancy, you will get everything your heart desires under one roof.

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Mandarin Oriental

Out of the three hotels that I had the pleasure of staying at, the Mandarin certainly boasts the best location. Located on Hong Kong island, this hotel embodies classic colonial elegance and an insanely posh ambiance. My room overlooked Victoria Harbor and even came complete with a pair of binoculars, Hermès bath and beauty products and a fabulously modern bathroom.

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Back in 1963 when it first opened, the hotel was the tallest building in the area and boasted a telephone in every room, a luxury once unbeknownst to many. Today this hotel houses all the usual luxury amenities and facilities demanded by its well-heeled guests. From a 1930s Shanghai-inspired barber shop to its 6-time award winning spa and multiple dining and wining options, check in if you are looking for a fantastic place to lay your head at whilst in Hong Kong.

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Also, make a reservation at Man Wah, the hotel’s Michelin-starred Chinese restaurant for some of the best dim sum you will ever come across (pictured below).

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Island Shangri-la

Housed on Hong Kong island, Island Shangri-la is the epitome of class and elegance. With over 900 chandeliers and the largest indoor silk painting in the world, this hotel is by far one of the most stunning that I have ever stepped my stiletto-clad feet in. Attention to detail is prevalent around every corner. Carpeted elevators with the day of the week etched on its surface (changed on a daily basis, mind you) and priceless pieces of art on every floor beckon cultured business and leisure travelers to enjoy this cosmopolitan sanctuary.

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I was checked into one of the Horizon Club rooms and was treated to stunning views of Victoria Harbor. I also took advantage of the myriad of privileges offered to club guests such as late checkout, concierge service and best of all, access to the private club lounge. From cocktails to canapés served in a breathtaking space next to a rooftop garden, Island Shangri-la certainly caters to the upper crust.

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Overall my six-day trip was certainly an indulgent one. From delectable fine dining and 5-star hotel stays, to frenzied Christmas shopping and a glimpse into the student-led political revolution, Hong Kong gave me the chance to live a life of a high flying diva with her nose in journalistic pursuits. Will I be heading back? You bet’cha.      

Lianne Choo

Born in Singapore and raised in Malaysia to multi-racial parents, Lianne is a bonafide travel and food junkie. Having traveled extensively to over 30 countries, Lianne has lived in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Honolulu and Paris and now calls Taichung, Taiwan home. She speaks fluent English, Malay and French and is currently improving her conversational Mandarin skills. She prefers a life of free spirited travel and freelancing than one spent cooped up in an office. When she's not off on an adventure, you can find her whiling her time away with books, good movies and even better food.

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