Words & Photos by Sharon Tan
Intercontinental Hong Kong perched right on the edge of Kowloon offers magnificent views of the famous Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong Island.
This 17-storey hotel clad with red granite may not look like much from the outside but step inside and you will be greeted by sweeping harbour views from the Lobby as you glide across the polished marble floors.
Comprising of 503 luxuriously decorated rooms and suites more than half of which overlook the harbour, the Crème de la crème would have to be the Presidential Suite. This 5 bedroom duplex suite comes with your own terrace and rooftop infinity swimming pool with views of the harbour. We have been informed that the likes of Brad and Angelina have booked it not too long ago.
The service is second to none as all guests receive fresh fruit, daily newspapers and complimentary mineral water with a choice of welcome tea. The high ratio of 750 staff to guests enables Intercontinental Hong Kong to provide outstanding service.
Rooms are luxuriously clad with a huge welcoming bed, luxurious linen, deep sunken baths that you would love to sink yourself into complete with Salvatore Ferragamo designer toiletries.
Enter Club Intercontinental
Club InterContinental access is inclusive of daily breakfast buffet, afternoon tea and evening cocktails, plus complimentary WI-FI access and personalized concierge services.
Breakfast was a good selection of a hot and cold spread as well as local and western choices. I was particularly impressed by the made to order dishes, specifically the healthy grilled halibut.
Afternoon tea served between 2.30-5.30pm was a lovely spread of sweet nibbles and a good cuppa. It was a relaxing afternoon spent people watching in our own quiet oasis up in the secluded 2nd floor with good views of the harbour.
We decided not to miss out on the evening cocktails where we had always missed the evening cocktails when we stayed at the famous Peranakan inspired Intercontinental Singapore. The evening cocktails did not disappoint as we toasted to our first civil wedding anniversary with champagne and delightful little nibbles and top of the range ham and cheese, a rarity in Hong Kong!
Be spoilt for choice by InterContinental Hong Kong’s dramatic dining of 5 amazing international restaurants with superb harbour views. InterContinental Hong Kong is the only venue in Hong Kong to host 2 celebrity chef restaurants namely SPOON by Alain Ducasse who holds a 1-star in the 2015 Michelin Guide to Hong Kong & Macau and NOBU InterContinental Hong Kong.
We were lucky to be able to grab a lunch tasting at the 2-Michelin star Yan Toh Heen, famed for its exquisite Cantonese cuisine and I’m blown away by how Cantonese cuisine can be so refined and well worthy of their 2 Michelin stars!
Dinner was at Nobu InterContinental which was superb. The famous miso black cod did not disappoint as it was massive flakes of melt in the mouth black cod. Washed down with champagne and edamame beans, it was the perfect combination.
There is also the Harbourside, famed for its elaborate international buffets which were having a Seafood extravaganza while we were there and the mountain of fresh crab legs looked delish!
If Steak is your cup of tea, Hong Kong’s only charcoal grill sits in the 1-Michelin star THE STEAKHOUSE Winebar and Grill which sources prime cuts of the beef. On offer is an amazing selection of condiments including 12 specially blended mustards and 8 exotic rock salts with an elaborate salad bar on the side.
Intercontinental Hong Kong has 3 infinity spa pools overlooking the harbour. Now we’ve heard of infinity pools, but infinity spa pools? Apparently the way to do it is to jump into the coldest, work your way through the mid temp and finally relax and take it the views in the hot pool. Pretty cool we say and definitely had our bodies recharged and relaxed thereafter.
There is also a large outdoor pool with underwater music – something we’ve not heard of before!
The fitness centre is opened 24hours to cater for fitness buffs which also come in handy for jetlagged guests who are unable to sleep. I also had the chance to join the weekend yoga class which left me feeling stretched and ready to begin my day. Complimentary Tai Chi classes are also offered on the menu but the 7am start was way too early for me.
If spa and relaxation is what you have planned, the I-Spa is beautifully designed taking into consideration feng shui principles. Each luxurious private suite has been exclusively designed taking into account the ying and yang elements.
With that, I conclude that our staycation at Intercontinental Hong Kong has left us feeling wonderfully recharged. A luxurious relaxing stay coupled with gastronomic cuisine, my perfect weekend getaway!