Hong Kong has created one of the most successful societies on Earth.
– Prince Charles
Among the self-important skyscrapers and bajillion-dollar renovations, it's refreshing to find a casually hip hotel that doesn't take itself too seriously. The pool scene is decidedly younger, the dining buffet feels like a campus, and the rooms are compact with fun touches (like swing chairs and big, neon dinosaur sculptures).
A 95-room hotel tucked into the middle of party central. Building neighbors include the Tom Dixon-designed billiards bar and prohibition-style Lily & Bloom supper club. It's just a hop, skip, and a jump away from Tai Cheong (in case you need an emergency egg tart).
A design-led heritage hotel in the former (and very refurbished) mainland police quarters. The suites, ten in all, range from lacquered 1930s deco to English countryside to Pop-era posh. Service is subtle and flawless. The drinking and dining establishments on the premises give a glamorous nod to the past.
Fifty-six sleek white studios and suites designed by Philippe Starck channel HK's inner Miami. When you're not lounging by the pool or looking in the mirrors (which are everywhere), you'll find yourself in the midst of the island's most bustling shopping hub.
A fleet of 15 custom-made Rolls-Royce Phantoms with wifi (including one from 1934) will ferry you around town, or to and from the airport. Messages arrive to your room by silent fax. There's a 12,000-square-foot ESPA spa, a rooftop helipad, and a Roman-style pool (with plenty of Victoria Harbour views). Emphasis is clearly on pure luxury.
The Asian-influenced space, by the Hong Kong designer Andre Fu, calmly contrasts all the bling-n-bizness happening on the island. The idea behind not having a lobby or a front desk (check-in happens on an iPad in your room) is to make it feel like you're at home (a very fancy, zen-like home). There's plenty of space, insane views (the hotel starts on floor 38), and amenities like huge glass bathrooms, free in-room snacks, and afternoon warm cookie delivery.