Hong Kong's ultimate urban oasis: The Four Seasons Hotel
This sophisticated property is staged on the iconic Victoria Harbour waterfront in Hong Kong's cosmopolitan Central District. Surrounded by skyscraping office towers, upmarket hotels, popular nightlife, shopping streets and various cultural attractions, the neighborhood is fast paced and alive. Four Seasons Hotel & Residences occupies a 60 storey building that forms part of the modern IFC commercial complex, which boasts the world's 8th tallest building (2 IFC), as well as a high end mall, cinema, metro hub and swanky restaurants. The hotel's downtown location is extra convenient, and it's easy to catch a train, bus, taxi or ferry within minutes.
Even though there are 399 rooms and suites in total, this large hotel still feels intimate and welcoming. The striking decor features a harmonious fusion of East and West. Design elements include silk-panelled walls, sexy marble bathrooms, authentic ink paintings and rich wooden inlays which enhance the superior character of the space. All rooms have floor to ceiling windows, that allow guests to admire exquisite views of the city, harbour, Kowloon and the Peak. Apart from these magnificent vistas, the state-of-the-art technology, in-room amenities and plush furnishings create a level of comfort that will surpass any luxury travellers' expectations.
Despite being a high-rise structure, Four Seasons has an enormous resort style pool terrace on the 6th floor, which showcases spectacular panoramas across the working harbour and busy metropolis. The expansive area brags a huge infinite-edge pool as well as a separate lap pool - both are temperature controlled and feature underwater music! As if this is not enough, there is also a heated whirlpool and cold plunge pool. Furthermore, you can savour a light meal or fabulous cocktail in this lush urban oasis, and on weekends complimentary Tai Chi classes are available exclusively to hotel guests.
Something I love about this hotel is its Spa. Beyond the posh facade lies a discretely tucked away sanctuary, where you can indulge in an array of unique and relaxing treatments. This marble clad refuge is the ultimate place to unwind, no wonder it is recommended by Forbes Travel Guide's 5 Star Rated Spas of 2016.
Whilst travelling, I usually polish off many delicious meals - which means I have to workout extra hard! Luckily Four Seasons has created one of the most extensive private hotel gyms I've seen so far. The 500sq m centre is adequately stocked with all the latest equipment you may need, and for motivation there's the fantastic view to keep you focused!
This is one of the few hotels around the world that houses two Michelin-star rated restaurants, which makes it an undisputed dream destination for foodies. The famous Cantonese eatery, Lung Keen Heen, dishes up perfect dim sum and fresh seafood. A few floors above, Caprice serves contemporary French cuisine, made with ingredients flown in from France! You can also tuck into a meal at the swanky Blu Bar (where breakfast is served) or take afternoon tea in The Lounge, to the smooth sounds of a grand piano and contrabass ensemble.
Having stayed at Four Seasons Hong Kong three times, I can vouch for their steadfast hospitality and ongoing first-class service excellence. The staff are always one step ahead of you, anticipating your every need without being intrusive. Whether it's room service, housekeeping or the concierge desk, I have not been able to fault any division of this immaculately run hotel.
Where 5 star luxury accommodation in Hong Kong is concerned, the Four Seasons continues to impress and amaze me. It has been repeatedly voted amongst the top 3 best hotels in this competitive city frequented by demanding and affluent travellers. Ultimately, Four Seasons remains a shining beacon of distinction worth splurging on!
* I stayed at the hotel as a mystery guests on my own account
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