The Peninsula Hotel, Hong Kong
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A Hong Kong institution, The Peninsula Hotel Hong Kong is known as the Grande Dame of the Far East. Overlooking the city’s Victoria Harbour and built in 1928, the hotel has been standing through Hong Kong’s varied history, and has become especially famous for its afternoon teas.
Its excellent location is just a few minutes’ walk from the Avenue of Stars waterfront promenade and a number of waterside attractions, including Salisbury Garden, Hong Kong Space Museum, Hong Kong Museum of Art and the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.
Throughout The Peninsula Hotel Hong Kong you’ll also find a whole host of amenities and activities that are sure to keep you entertained during your stay. Hong Kong is a shopper’s paradise, and this is reflected in the hotel itself, which is home to The Peninsula Arcade, where there are more than 80 luxury shops to browse, featuring a number of designer brands such as Louis Vuitton, Ralph Lauren and Bvlgari.
Elsewhere in the hotel, active guests can work in the fitness centre, which is open 24 hours a day and offers incredible views over the harbour, complete with its own sauna, steam room, whirlpool and cold plunge pool in the changing room. If you’d rather, you can swim a few lengths in the hotel’s stunning Roman-inspired pool, an indoor heated pool with panoramic views of the city skyline, which has an adjoining sun terrace. For true rest and relaxation, the luxury spa fuses traditional Chinese elements with contemporary flair, offering aromatherapy experience showers, saunas, hammams and a range of treatments.
Spanning cuisines from all over the world, The Peninsula Hotel Hong Kong offers eight luxury bars and restaurants to suit every taste. Asian cuisine can be found at the Michelin-starred Spring Moon, a Cantonese restaurant renowned for its dim sum, seafood and XO sauce, and Imasa, a Japanese restaurant offering a contemporary menu, including a variety of sushi and sashimi.
The Peninsula Hotel also specialises in European cuisine, as seen at Gaddi’s, the first restaurant serving European cuisine in the Far East: a French fine-dining restaurant with a band playing every evening. At the Alpine chalet-style Chesa, raclette and other Swiss favourites have been served for more than 50 years. With breath-taking views of Victoria Harbour, the hotel’s Modern European restaurant, Felix, offers the ultimate lunch or dinner with a view. Award-winning mixologist Marko Petrovic also adds a new dimension to the experience here with his stunning cocktail creations.
For a wider variety of dishes, The Verandah opened in 1933 and was the first buffet-style restaurant in Hong Kong. It’s open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as serving a selection of cakes and sandwiches during the afternoon. All-day dining can also be enjoyed in The Lobby, with its a la carte menu showcasing both continental and South-East Asian delights. The Lobby, however, is most famous for its afternoon teas, one of the most popular things to do in Hong Kong. Its classic afternoon tea experience serves a variety of teas, cakes, sandwiches, scones and macarons.
After a delectable evening meal, head to the delightful The Bar, a relaxing lounge with a stellar list of rare single malt whiskies, vintage Armagnacs and craft cocktails. Its dark, polished wooden interior creates the perfect setting for an intimate drink, accompanied by the sounds of warm jazz piano.