A luxury experience in the middle of Hong Kong.
Everyone has their own definition of what luxury means to them. As someone who travels a lot and is constantly sleeping in different beds, luxury for me is simply feeling at home and being comfortable, knowing I will be taken care of. That’s exactly how I felt staying at the Island Shangri-La in Hong Kong.
I arrived the morning after a massive typhoon the night prior that left many flights cancelled or delayed. Thankfully, mine was not one of them, but I did arrive to heavy rain and strong winds, which wasn’t pleasant. It was a nice refuge to be so warmly welcomed upon arrival at the iconic hotel.
From the moment I stepped into the beautiful space, I felt at ease. Maybe it’s the Asian hospitality or that they’re one of the top luxury hotels in the world, but there was just the right amount of service to make you feel at home.
My favorite part of my stay was the view of Hong Kong from my bed, as well as the breakfast spread, also in bed. Normally I’d be really upset about stormy weather when visiting a new city, but with this view and all my favorite foods, I was happily stranded in my room. The menu consisted of Chinese staples like dim sum and congee, as well as typical Western omelettes, oatmeal and pastries. I always feel like I need to choose between my Chinese roots and American upbringing. Here, I could have the best of both worlds.
My room was located on the 53rd floor, which is for guests of the Horizon Club. In addition to all hotel offerings, these guests are able to enjoy an extra level of hospitality. Some of my favorites included access to a private lounge that serves snacks, fruit and beverages all day and evening cocktails with champagne and canapés, a private rooftop garden with incredible views of Victoria Peak, unlimited access to your minibar and an array of other services. The evening snacks were enough for dinner and with such gloomy weather, it was nice to have that option of not having to go outside.
These little details may not seem like a lot, but it makes a huge different after continuous travel or after a long flight. They also change their elevator rugs every day to reflect the day of the week, which is nice is you’ve just gotten off a long flight—it helps to be reminded what day it is!
One of the days where it was just too wet to go outside, I instead explored the hotel and had a mini tour of the art collections on the various spaces. There were dozens of Asian paintings and sculptures and my favorite—an enormous Chinese silk painting in the atrium. Named “The Great Motherland of China,” it is the worlds largest Chinese landscape painting according to the Guinness Book of World Records. It is a landscape of China, containing popular landmarks like the Great Wall, famous waterfalls, mountains, cliffs and rivers. It’s best seen riding the elevator, which I did a few times just to appreciate it fully!
Pacific Place, Supreme Court Road
Central, Hong Kong
Thank you to the Island Shangri-La for being my home away from home for my first visit to Hong Kong. All opinions and photos are my own.