It was my second trip to Hong Kong this year… this time an educational trip for my fabulous fairflights travel stylist team. It was a fast, fun trip to this fabulous city as a reward for all their hard work. All thirteen of us packed our TUMI’s and headed to Hong Kong for three fun-filled days and it went a little like this…
Virgin Atlantic was the airline du jour, a slick airline delivering a fresh approach at 30 thousand feet, it has a young energetic feel, and the Premium Economy product is worth a try, they are pushing the boundaries a little which I like. (Virgin Atlantic’s Upper Class is also a sensational product and it’s my preferred mode of travel through to the UK… more on that another time).
Hotel ICON was our place of residence for this stay… a new (one year old) fabulous alternative to the big luxury chain hotels that dominate this city. The hotel which is located in Tsim Sha Tsui East (don’t be put off by this location it’s prefect if you want to be on the Kowloon side) dubs itself as a business hotel but I feel leisure travellers like us feel very much at home as it actually has a unique “resort” feel. I mean a sexy rooftop swimming pool in Hong Kong isn’t that easy to find unless you are at The Four Seasons etc.
Hotel ICON is a unique hotel designed by celebrated architects Terence Conran, Rocco Yim and William Lim. It has breathtaking open public spaces, a striking vertical garden by Patrick Blanc (a stand out) and three vibrant dining spaces radiating contemporary style. Innovative guest rooms all with complimentary minibar- (other hoteliers take note, this is an amenity worth copying!) are a refreshing change and combine this with no fuss early check in and late check out facilities at their Timeless Lounge and you have one perfectly fabulous hotel.
Try it… you will like it. Be sure to contact me directly to make a reservation and receive your special “Where’s Brent Been” amenities upon arrival.
MANDARIN ORIENTAL HONG KONG
As this was to be a fun and fast trip to Hong Kong I arranged only two events for my fabulous travel stylist team… the first a was dinner with my friends Jonas and Lucy from the legendary Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong. We were ushered around in grand style to see the best suites in the city (AND with the best views) then it was onto a private dinner just for us, which included Michelen starred food and fabulous conversation. It was a special, fun night and one we won’t forget… thank you so much to Jonas, Lucy, Rita & Terence for a fabulous night in true, luxurious Mandarin Oriental style!
RITZ CARLTON HONG KONG
The second night was a drinks reception at Ozone Bar at The Ritz Carlton. Eric, Director of Sales for Ritz Carlton Hong Kong really turned it on with a private room on the 118th floor complete with flowing Verve and the most delicious food (oh… and not to mention that view… which wowed us too!). The Ritz Carlton Hong Kong seems unique to me in many ways, it feels quintessentially Hong Kong already and would be a fine choice for any luxury jet-setting client that wants high-end luxe and beds in the clouds! *Ritz Carlton Hong Kong check in starts on the 108th floor and it’s the highest hotel in the world … for now!
So after three nights it was time to jet of to my next destination – Phuket (from where I am blogging this piece) for a rest before I head back to Hong Kong in 10 days to help a friend celebrate his very special birthday. So a full update on Phuket coming right up!
Remember, for any information or to make an exclusive reservation at any of these properties in Hong Kong please don’t hesitate to contact me directly.