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Top Ten Luxurious Things To Do in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is easily one of my favourite Asian cities and with fantastic shops, bars and restaurants it’s a luxury lovers heaven! The British Colonial past is evident throughout but the strong Chinese identity is inescapable and makes the city unique and fascinating to explore as there are contrasts to be seen everywhere. Unfortunately both times we visited we didn’t have much time and the weather was terrible but even so we loved it! Here are my top ten luxurious things to do in Hong Kong.

1. Stay at the Upper House  

Now trust me, I’ve been to Hong Kong before and I’ve ‘investigated’ several of the luxury hotels and I still found The Upper House to be the very best. Chinmoy Lad, the Virtuoso agent that I booked through actually lives in Hong Kong and it’s his favourite too. DSC_6993
The hotel is modern, understated and just super cool, with gorgeous views across Hong Kong, a beautiful bar and restaurant and absolutely excellent service. The only one tiny down side is that there’s no pool, whereas The Intercontinental where we stayed the first time has one on the roof top.

2. Eat Michelin-starred dim sum 

Mr S and I met our Virtuoso agent and friend, Chinmoy Lad at the Michelin-starred Lei Garden in the IFC Mall for a fantastic dim sum lunch and it’s a place I’d definitely recommend visiting.
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For the very best dim sum lunch in town, check out three-Michelin star Lung King Heen where we ate on one night of our stay. I’d also highly recommend Michelin-starred Yan Toh Heen at the Intercontinental Hong Kong, which we visited on our last trip.

However, if these are a little out of your price range Hong Kong is actually home to Tim Ho Wan, the world’s cheapest Michelin-starred restaurant. You can’t book though so be prepared to queue at one of the five branches!

3. Visit some of the world’s most luxurious hotels 

Hong Kong is home some of the world’s leading luxury hotels; many have outstanding views, world-class restaurants and exceptional service. We loved our hotel, but we also had a good snoop around some of the other leading five-star hotels. We visited The Four Seasons Hong Kong for dinner and The Intercontinental Hong Kong for drinks…DSC_7335
We also had a good snoop around the gorgeous Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong which was the brand’s first ever hotel. Down the road is the more modern The Landmark Mandarin Oriental which houses Amber, one of the world’s best restaurants. But of all the hotels, The Peninsula is definitely worth a look as it is consistently ranked as one of the most luxurious hotels in the world. It’s incredibly beautifully appointed with opulent surroundings and an awe-inspiring grandeur. DSC_7351
Honestly though, I preferred the discreet luxury of The Upper House as The Peninsula was full of people just coming to take a look at the hotel and long lines for the afternoon tea.

4. Cocktails with a view

Hong Kong is a high-rise city so there’s no shortage of bars and restaurants with a brilliant view-point of the cityscape. We absolutely loved the sophisticated vibes of the Café Gray Bar on the 49th Floor of The Upper House which had an incredible view of the harbour.
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You can pull up a chair at the 14 metre stone bar or tuck into one of the comfortable nooks for a bit more privacy.IMG_1452
On our first visit to Hong Kong we loved Aqua, a multi-functional space containing a cocktail bar, a Japanese restaurant and an Italian restaurant. We loved the food, the view and the place had a fantastic atmosphere; next time I’ll definitely be trying the infinity brunch with unlimited Veuve Cliquot. And if neither of these are high enough for you, Hong Kong is actually home to the world’s highest bar. Ozone is located high in the sky on the 118th floor of the Ritz Carlton Hong Kong, and if you’re feeling brave there’s a terrace where you can take in the spectacular view.
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An alternative to these vertigo-inducing views is the bar at The Intercontinental Hotel Hong Kong, with a perfect position on the waterfront you can see right across Victoria Harbour. At night you can witness the Symphony of Lights, Hong Kong’s famous laser show.

5. Take a Ride on the Aqua Luna

We loved our trip aboard Aqua Luna is one of the last surviving traditional red sail Chinese junk boats.DSC_7208 DSC_7215
From your relaxing seat on board, you can sit back, have a glass of wine and sail around Victoria Harbour watching the high-rise sky-scrapers of Hong Kong go by!DSC_7218

6. Go for Afternoon Tea 

A lasting tradition from the British occupation, Hong Kong is also a great place to indulge in afternoon tea. The tea at The Peninsula is famous but they don’t take reservations so be prepared to queue for two hours at least! However, Katie and Kelly have both been and highly rate the service and food!DSC_7337
Though I didn’t try it (and yes I did lean over to take a picture of someone else’s food #bloglife) I actually thought the tea at The Intercontinental Hong Kong looked better than The Peninsula. The tea takes place in the gorgeous lobby lounge with sweeping views of the harbour and live music. Also check out reviews of afternoon tea at Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong on La Jolla Mom and The Upper House on Journalist on the Run.

7. Go Shopping!

Hong Kong really is simply amazing for shopping whether fashion, art, antiques or jewellery is your thing there are places to find what you want. We loved the Pacific Place shopping centre which was beautiful architecturally and contained some gorgeous designer boutiques…and a Harvey Nichols…DSC_7056
The IFC shopping centre has pretty much everything under one roof, shops, cinema, dining and one massive Apple Store! Though we didn’t visit, all the guide books recommend a trip to Causeway Bay for high-end products and a large concentration of shopping centres such as the famous Lee Gardens. For a more authentic experience and to grab a few bargains, check out the Ladies Market located in Kowloon, despite the name it sells clothes for men and women. And if nothing is quite good enough for you, Hong Kong is home to many express tailors who will custom make bespoke pieces in super speedy time.

8. Check out Hong Kong’s Super-Cool Dining Scene

As well as the Michelin-starred restaurants, Mr S and I love to check out the latest hot spots with a lively atmosphere and stylish interior. We loved the atmosphere of sleek basement restaurant, Mott 32 which serves Modern Cantonese food with ingredients straight from the farm. DSC_7233 DSC_7242
Our first time in Hong Kong, we absolutely loved our dinner at Aqua, which is divided into three parts; Aqua Tokyo (a Japanese restaurant), Aqua Roma (Italian) and Aqua Spirit (the bar).
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Our limited time in Hong Kong meant I didn’t have much chance to try other restaurants but also recommended was Ho Lee Fook for inventive Chinese, 22 Ships for modern tapas, Yardbird for Japanese chicken and the gorgeous Café Gray Deluxe at The Upper House. For more great recommendations check out food blogs That Food Cray, Sassy Hong Kong, Hungry Hong Kong as well as this guide by renowned London Instagrammer, Clerkenwell Boy.

9. Visit Victoria Peak

Despite having visited Hong Kong twice, Mr S and I have never visited Victoria Peak, one of Hong Kong’s most popular spots. At 552 metres it’s the highest point on Hong Kong island where you can enjoy sweeping views of the city as well as shopping and dining. Due to terrible weather we avoided the peak as there would have been zero visibility anyway.

10. Go to Nobu Hong Kong!
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Ok, so I know I’m a bit obsessed, but Nobu Hong Kong is located right in the Intercontinental Hotel and you can eat great food while taking in the stunning harbour views. DSC_7306
After you finish the delicious bento box lunch, head upstairs to admire the view from the hotel’s famous rooftop pool. DSC_7329

These are my top ten luxurious things to do in Hong Kong. What are yours?

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  • Love this, Angie! I really want to see Hong Kong – definitely bookmarking this post for when I manage a stopover there! xx

  • TravelWithNanoB

    Yay, I’ve been waiting for this post! I definitely plan on booking a sunset or Symphony of Lights boat ride. Lung King Heen is on top of my food wishlist (that peking duck looked too good) and I heard Tin Lung Heen also has pretty amazing dim sum. All in all, cannot wait and your post and beautiful photos just made me even more anxious!! 🙂

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  • Dim sum is one of my favourite things to eat, so I can’t even fathom how good Michelin stared dim sum must be!

  • Gary J Berry

    Beautiful photos Angie! All the food sounds so amazing. Gary x

  • I don’t need to tell you how excited I am for this post 😀 :D: 😀 Bookmarked, thank youuuu! Lots of love, Andrea xxx

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  • Angie! This is gorgeous and looks like you two had a lovely time. I went on that Aqua Luna as well, the view is pretty amazing isn’t it? Lots of love, Laurie xx

  • So many reasons to love Hong Kong! Excellent suggestions, Angie. Four Seasons is my favourite hotel in the city and I agree that dinner at Lung King Heen is a must. The Four Seasons Spa is amazing too – a manicure while sipping Ruinart Champagne overlooking Victoria Harbour – unforgettable!

    • I’m so glad that you liked Lung King Heen, I was really impressed! I’d love to try the spa.

  • Hong Kong looks fabulous – if it’s anything like Singapore then I think I will love it! Looking forward to testing these out when I finally make it over 🙂

    • Actually I found it really different to Singapore but more fun. I think you’ll really enjoy it.

  • Ooh we went on the Aqua Luna too when I did a corporate trip. I actually did some quirky things like have a fish pedicure at The Peak – very tickly!

  • You certainly know how to find the best places! Your photos of Hong Kong are stunning – agree, it is one of the most amazing Asian cities! Your trip aboard the Aqua Luna looks like a great experience!

  • Ok…I really want to visit Hong Kong now…even if it’s just for the fabulous afternoon tea! Great post 🙂 Angharad x

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    • The afternoon teas looked amazing!! But we didn’t have time to do one ourselves 🙁

  • Hong Kong has never blinked up on my wanderlust list before, and now I blame you for another addition…

  • Oh Angie, this has made me crave a visit to Hong Kong ever=n more than I already do! Although I’ve never done Hong Kong as a luxurious stay, I can totally agree with you about Ozone – that place is gorgeous. I hope next time the weather is a bit better for you so that you can go up The Peak. The views truly are incredible!

    • I didn’t make it to Ozone but I definitely will next time! And the Peak!

  • Hong Kong is amazing, I really loved the Aqua Luna and The Peninsula. I’m dying to go again and check out the Upper House and SEVVA and find more good dim sum places.

    • The Upper House is probably one of my all time favourite city hotels, I really recommend it.

  • Alfredo Ciano

    The Beauty of Wild East into the Dress of United Kingdom : This Is Hong Kong ( I Hope that with the China There Are Not Problems…) – the Look of You & Mr S is Fab ( I See a Great Love ) ; Lots of Luck !!!

  • Hong Kong was the first place Mr Ayla and I visited on our round the world trip in 2008 and we absolutely loved it. Can’t believe it was 8 years ago though!! Clearly we need to make a return trip and not see it on a backpacker’s budget this time!

  • We absolutely adore Hong Kong too and have visited several times! (Janice has a brother who lives in Hong Kong) We’ve sailed on the Aqua Luna – a classy way to take in the sights. We haven’t stayed at the Upper House though, so we’ll keep that in mind for when we next visit :-).

    • I really think you’d like the Upper House, it was my favourite hotel by far and one of my top city hotels of all time.

  • I love all of your ideas my love, although I doubt my budget would stretch far enough for some of them! But it’s so good to have a solid list like this because Hong Kong is SO overwhelming…I’m still confused about half of the things we saw/did when we were there! Oh, and even though you say the weather wasn’t great in Hong Kong, your photos are gorgeous. We *did* go up to Victoria Peak and there was absolutely nothing to see and it was horrific. I need to go back just to take some better photos!! xx

    • As we went to so many restaurants with a view we thought the peak would be a little pointless but it’s a shame as it’s such a key thing to do there.

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