My love affair with Hong Kong started 3 years ago when my best friends moved to live there. Having now notched up my 6th visit to the city (soon to be 7th in November) I have explored most parts of this amazing city and with over 7 million people living in just over 400 square miles it is pretty hectic to say the least.
If you are coming to the city anytime soon use my guide below to get a flavour of what you can do, eat and stay at that all has the TLE factor seal of approval.
Luxury Hotel Accommodation in Hong Kong Island
If you are looking for world-class accommodation right in the heart of the city, look for hotels that are located on Hong Kong Island. The Langham Hong Kong is the ultimate destination for shopping enthusiasts, and it is located just next door to designer boutiques and upscale brand shops. The rooms aren’t too shabby either. Another great choice for luxury travelers enjoying a getaway in Hong Kong is the Island Shangri-La, located right in the Central District. It may be one of the most expensive places to stay island-side, but it boasts a stunning outdoor pool, large suites and, my personal favorite, a lavish spa.
A final contender for upscale hotels on Hong Kong Island has to be LKF, which is trendy, cool and located just steps from the nightlife in Lan Kwai Fong.
Luxury Hotel Accommodation in Kowloon
For trendy, hip and elegant, the W Hong Kong is a youthful favorite. Opulent and luxurious, the W is the place to see and be seen during your stay in Kowloon.
For absolute luxury and glamour, few places can compete with the Ritz-Carlton on Austin Road, which occupies the top floors in Hong Kong’s tallest building. Visitors staying at the Ritz will enjoy incredible dining right onsite, breathtaking views from rooms on floors 102 to 118 and perhaps the tallest glass-enclosed pool in all of Asia.
Breathtaking Scenery Throughout the City
One of the things that sets Hong Kong apart from other locations around the world is the fact that you can get the best of city life as well as some of the most dazzling scenic views in Asia, and everything is found in one easily-navigated destination. You won’t want to miss a star ferry ride across Victoria Harbour, which is the body of water separating Kowloon Island from Hong Kong Island. The journey is short, lasting just 15 minutes, but it allows you to see the breathtaking skyline of both islands at the same time. For an extra special touch, take the ferry at night and time it with the light show that takes place each evening throughout the city.
Also not to be missed is a trip up to the Peak. You can make it a hike if you are feeling fit, but the tram is also a historic way to get to arguably the best view in all of Hong Kong. I chose to take the tram up and hike down, which was perfect. Other great day trips I enjoyed in Hong Kong included a trip to the sandy and secluded beaches of Peng Chau and a serious hike on Lantau Island from Discovery Bay all the way to Mui Wo.
Luxury Dining in Hong Kong
Hong Kong is one of the best cities in Asia for world-class food. Although the local cafes and street vendors offer some truly tasty specialties, there is nothing better than settling down for a lavish meal prepared by some of the Asia’s best culinary professionals. I loved Above & Beyond, which has amazing views over the water as well as a modern twist on Asian fare. Favorite dishes from my party were the smoked egg with truffles and the pan-seared pork belly.
Dazzling Nightlife in the City
It will quickly become apparent to visitors that nightlife is a serious matter in Hong Kong. Wan Chai is a fun place to grab an affordable drink, but it has a seedy reputation late at night. For something more upscale, Lan Kwai Fong boasts dozens of clubs, bars and lounges with impressive cocktail lists and mixologists than rank among the best in the world.
Top Shopping Destinations in this Asian Metropolis
Shopping is something of a religion in Hong Kong, and it is something you should definitely experience if you have the chance to visit this Asian destination. Designer clothing stores, boutiques and electronic shops are everywhere, but some of the best shopping destinations in the city include Nathan Road, the IFC Mall in Central, Langham Place on Kowloon side and Sogo in Causeway Bay, all of which are easiest to get to via the MTR.