In a city of looming skyscrapers and vertical one-up-man-ship, The Intercontinental stands firm and strong in its prime harbour side spot. Built when Kai Tak airport meant height restrictions reigned supreme, its eye-catching low-rise style has Feng Shui principles permeating its every corner. As the city has sprawled and grown around it, The Intercon has remained a stalwart of indulgent luxury; home to some of the city’s best restaurants and most definitely the best views of Hong Kong’s iconic skyline. Whilst the main tourist draws are in my opinion, on Hong Kong island, the best views are most definitely from Kowloon. Staying at the Intercontinental is thus the perfect solution as you get prime harbour front views, great food options on your doorstep and impossibly easy access to the Star Ferry to whip you over to HK island.
A little tip though as you are amongst other things going to be staying here for the views, whilst all of the rooms are exceptionally well designed with world-class facilities, deep bathtubs, luxury bedding, oversized dressing gowns and on-call service at the drop of a hat, not all of them have a harbour view. For the true Intercon experience, I suggest swallowing the premium for a view. Then you can sit all smug in your dressing gown as the sun sets and Hong Kong’s infamous skyline lights up like your very own private movie screening.
Another tip, it’s worth paying the bit extra for Club Intercontinental access at the time of booking. First of all this is cheaper than buying access when you arrive and second of all, it’s completely worth it. A beautiful space overhanging the hotel’s lobby, it’s the perfect spot to sit and read a book, browse the papers but most of all, spoil yourself. Offering up a sumptuous buffet breakfast, a delightful afternoon tea and fantastic evening cocktail session with canapés, champagne and beautiful mood lighting, I guarantee you will spend a large chunk of your time here immersed in the indulgence of it all and will most definitely get a good return on your investment – well if you like your free champagne and food as much as me…
But you will have to drag yourself out of the Club at some point to explore the rest of the hotel’s unique offerings. First up, That Pool. A phenomenal harbour side rooftop pool with wonderful Hong Kong panoramas. Yes, there is the larger main pool where gracious staff will serve your every whim including some cheeky free poolside snacks, but the real draw is the infinity pool. Located at the front of the terrace, the varying temperature pools allow you to bathe feeling suspended over the harbour watching the passing ships and ferries go by. Then there’s I-Spa. One of Hong Kong’s more exclusive spas, the therapists are fantastic and the private spa rooms offer up a reliable and restorative dose of pampering to any needy and wearied bodies. (PS if you end up not staying here – you get full day access to the wonderful pool if you book a full spa package….perfect if you’re accompanying someone on a business trip and need a way to while away a day…).
As if the rooms, view, Club, spa and pool weren’t enough of a reason to splash out on a killer staycation, there’s the ridiculous number of dining options luring you over to Kowloon. Most famed are the 2-michelin starred Spoon by Alain Ducasse and Hong Kong’s only Nobu offering, but recently redone is the immaculately beautiful and highly renowned Michelin starred Cantonese restaurant, Yan Toh Heen. If those alone weren’t enough, the more intimate STEAKHOUSE wine bar and grill serves some of the best meat, delightfully charcoal grilled (charcoal grills are few and far between in HK due to building regulations).
Making it my mission to sample all of Hong Kong’s finest hotels, in the name of research of course, The Intercon definitely emerges as a winner. A bit more old fashioned in style it exudes style and grace and offers an immensely true Hong Kong experience.
A stay at The Intercontinental Hong Kong in a harbour view room starts from $3,200 with advance purchase. Expect to add about $1,500 for Club access per room.
The Intercontinental, 18 Salisbury Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.hongkong-ic.intercontinental.com/index.php, 2721 1211