Travel reviews are supposed to be inspiring and evocative… as opposed to just plain smug! But there is something about a stay at the world renowned Four Seasons’ hotels that makes one a truly annoying and overly hate-able person.
On the whole, I would always choose independent or boutique hotels rather than larger chains. But if I had to do a chain, it would always, always be the Four Seasons. No matter where in the world you are, the attention to detail, sheer luxury, service quality and indisputable feeling of indulgence shine through. Hong Kong’s “branch” is perhaps one of the company’s most shining examples. With an incredible location sitting snug next to the harbour side affording wonderful day and night time views as well as impossible practical access to Hong Kong’s main Central region, it is one of the best located properties in the city. And perhaps one of the main selling points, beyond the things you would have come to expect from a Four Seasons hotel, is the pool. Overhanging the harbour with a peaceful, relaxing feel but unbeatable views of the famed Hong Kong skyline, it is perhaps the perfect place to catch some summer sun whilst in town.
The higher your room, the better, and the best have access to the jaw-dropping VIP lounge, which sadly I didn’t….but don’t pity me too much, my 21st floor Harbour View room was more than sufficient. Breathtaking views, deep baths, the Four Seasons’ signature beds that are so comfortable frequent guests end up ordered their own, and the most heavenly engulfing dressing gowns (it’s the small details that make the most difference…).
I couldn’t stay in the room for too long after my check-in as the hot September day was beckoning me to the pool. Perched above IFC mall I felt a world away from the shopping bustle going on below. Flanked by skyscrapers one one side and the harbour on the other, no other Hong Kong pool so perfectly places you. Staff obligingly kept circulating with delicious free snacks and refreshments whilst we reclined in the jacuzzi pool, watched the boats go by and munched on a light and lovely lunch at the poolside restaurant.
Tempted as I was to stay by the pool all day, I couldn’t resist a trip to the spa. Most certainly the best spa in Hong Kong, the therapists are all fantastic (I’ve yet to have a bad treatment and believe me I’ve been many times!). Arriving early I lounged lazily between the sauna, steam room and hot tub before indulging in a spot of magazine reading in the aptly named relaxation room. Then my treatment; blissfully perfect as I had expected and soothing and pampering me in a way that perfectly primed me for an afternoon nap on my fantabulous bed whilst groggily watching the sunset over the harbour.
The cheeky pleasure of ordering room service and dining in our robes was only relegated to back up plan due to the quality of food and beverage options on offer. A pre-dinner cocktail in the mood-lit Blue Bar to the backdrop of live Jazz music perked us up from our afternoon slumber and had us deciding to go for a more casual dinner in the hotel’s Lounge where the staff pre-empted our every need and thoroughly spoilt us. Had we been feeling even more indulgent we could have plumped for one of the hotel’s Michelin starred restaurants but inkeeping with our cosy approach to the weekend we were satisfied with our night cap in the cosy bar of the Caprice restaurant. With wood panelled walls, leather sofas and a menu specialising in cheese and wine, we were more than content snuggling up and watching the world go by along the harbour.
The final day of our stay passed by in a blur of blissful detachment. A fleeting gym visit, some more pool time and a quick detoxing session back in the sauna and steam room to help remove some of the toxins imbibed the night before, I ended my stay as sure as I was when I went in, that Four Seasons hotels are most definitely some of the world’s best.
Hence the price tag! With rooms starting from a whopping $5,000 HKD per night, this definitely isn’t a budget option. But if you’re looking for a memorable stay, especially during the warmer summer months, Hong Kong’s Four Seasons is the clear and obvious choice. Just take me with you…
Four Seasons Hong Kong, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong, 3196 8888, firstname.lastname@example.org