View of Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour from the Kerry Hotel
2017 marks the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s SAR so expect an even more fireworks than usual (ahem). The celebrations start at 8pm on July 1st so make sure you have your hotel room and restaurant booked. These are our three top spots – all on the Kowloon side for optimum viewing:
Newcomer the Kerry Hotel has been causing a stir with it’s modernist, Andre Fu, design and stunning views of Victoria Harbour. Book a ringside seat on the Red Sugar terrace where drinks and snacks will be served.
Red Sugar terrace at Kerry Hotel
The hotel is also offering an overnight package for July 1st with Sea View rooms start at a rate of HK$2,340 + 10% Book directly with the hotel.
View of the fireworks in the harbour from the Intercontinental hotel
The Interconti is perched right on the harbour’s edge giving it some fantastic views from many of its guests rooms where you feel you’re right on the water and the rooftop Presidential Suite as well as the Lobby Lounge and Harbourside restaurant plus Rech by Alain Ducasse and Nobu if you can bag a window table. All the restaurants have special menus planned for July 1st including a five course tasting menu with optional wine pairing at Rech and an eight course omakase menu at Nobu.
The Ritz Carlton
Tosca at the Ritz Carlton Hong Kong
Many of the rooms at the Ritz Carlton have dizzying views of the harbour (check you are facing the right way) but perhaps the best is from Tosca, the hotel’s Italian fine dining restaurant.
For Hong Kong SAR 20th anniversary chef Pino Navarra has created a four course and a six course set dinner to enjoy with firework display as a backdrop.
What’s the story?
Cempedak (pronounced Chemp-e-dak) is a new private island resort in the Indonesian archipelago, five years in the making. This just opened venture is from the same team behind nearby Nikoi Island, another Robinson Crusoe-esque set up.
How does it differ from Nikoi Island then?
It’s a few notches up on the design and cuisine front. What they can’t better is the service which is legendarily good on Nikoi – it’s as equally smiley and attentive on Cempedak. The main difference is that Nikoi is geared more towards families with young children whereas Cempedak is for adults only.
You’ve got my attention, how do I get there?
Catch a ferry from Singapore to Bintan (an hour’s crossing) where you’ll be picked up by private car and driven across the island (another hour) then it’s a 30 minute speedboat ride to Cempedak. Trust us, it’s worth it. Or you could arrive direct by yacht.
One of the three imposing doormen at the entrance to Raffles
[UPDATE: Singaporean residents can book a staycation at Raffles for rates starting at $S499 plus taxes including accommodation, tour with resident historian Mr Leslie Danker, welcome Singapore Slings and personalised check-in at Writer’s Bar, afternoon tea for two your suite, buffet breakfast at the Tiffin Room and late check-out at 3pm.
Book your stay by 30 June 2017, valid for stays before 12 August 2017.]
Checking into Raffles is an uplifting experience. When you pull up the gravel driveway outside the white wedding cake of a hotel in the heart of Singapore, you’re greeted by a toweringly tall sikh doorman, bearded and turbaned and wearing an imposing sashed uniform. He ushers you into the lobby, all cool marble flooring and fluted columns that reach up three lofty storeys. There is none of the hubbub of other hotels – only guests or “residents” are allowed inside – so the atmosphere is reassuringly calm and rarified. To borrow from Holly Golightly, you feel as though nothing bad could ever happen at Raffles.
Chopstix makes a special European foray this month in homage to the annual reopening of the Belmond La Residencia hotel.
The hillside village of Deia, on the north west coast of Mallorca, embodies “the other side” of the largest of the Balaeriac islands. One that’s altogether more sophisticated and relaxed. Distinctive honey stone buildings with their terracotta roofs and green shutters are staggered in tiered terraces down the hill, punctuated by verdant trees and reached by tiny winding streets. Added to all this is the appealing weather: warm in spring and autumn and balmy in high summer. It’s little wonder that this enchanting enclave with its special energy has become a refuge for artists and the internationally famous. At its heart sits Belmond La Residencia.
Aman Resorts new hotel just outside Shanghai, its fourth in China, has been named Amanyangyun after the ancient Chinese phrase Yang Yun meaning “the nurturing of clouds” and will open in autumn this year.
This “renovation like no other” has been a ten year project to save and transplant endangered ancient trees and historic buildings from the flood planes of Jiangxi.
Some 50 Ming and Qing Dynasty houses have been preserved and reconstructed by master craftsman in their new home just outside Shanghai. And traditional Chinese architects have added new buildings to blend with the historic structures.
10,000 camphor trees have also made the 800 kilometre journey, overseen by expert botanists. They’ve been replanted in native soil and face the same direction as they had previously. Three years later they are said to be flourishing.
As well as the historic houses which are now four bedroomed villas with pools, there are newly built one bedroom club suites designed by Kerry Hill Associates the architect behind Aman Tokyo.
Amanyangung also features several dining options, a Club Lounge, banqueting hall and of course a spa.