Luxury Escapes Guide to Hong Kong

Like the flash of a coin, Hong Kong flips effortlessly between chrome city skylines and impossibly lush jungle-clad mountains.

Hong Kong has lured the curious traveller for decades, using the charms of its sprawling silver cityscape, sizzling culinary scene, and swathes of tropical jungle, mountains and islands to spark an overwhelming wanderlust.

Global foodies flock to this bustling metropolis hungry for top-notch dining experiences – Hong Kong is considered one of the world’s top culinary capitals, after all. From steaming all-you-can-eat dim sum to Michelin-grade teppanyaki and melt-in-your-mouth Cantonese BBQ, the scope of variety you can find here is sure to satiate any craving.

A city of curiosities, Hong Kong is a dizzying concoction of sleeping fishing villages, harbourside skyscrapers, lively markets and lush walking trails. Those who seek cultural experiences will find them at Hong Kong Museum of Art, while lovers of the finer things in life can soar over the city aboard a helicopter, and the young at heart make a beeline for the iconic Disney castle at Hong Kong’s own Disneyland.

It’s not all busy urban streets and shiny skyscrapers, nature is a revered and integral part of the fabric of Hong Kong. With over 200 islands surrounding Hong Kong, it’s all too easy to escape the city buzz and lose yourself among lush mountains, porcelain-white beaches, ancient Buddhist temples and hardened volcanic sea arches. Hong Kong’s a city of a thousand faces, each one as beguiling as the last. Ready to say hello Hong Kong, yet? Footer

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Things to see and do

Choose your own adventure at Hong Kong’s Disneyland

Join Mickey Mouse and friends on a fun-filled day filled with child-like excitement and unbridled joy at Hong Kong’s own Disneyland. Explore seven vibrant lands home to the magical kingdom, from Adventureland and Story Land, to Fantasyland, Tomorrowland and even Main Street, U.S.A. Meet all your beloved Disney characters, experience thrilling themed rides and relive your favourite classic stories. Be immersed in the live outdoor musical show set in front of the magnificent castle, or stay for the night-time light show spectacular – a perfect end to a magical day.

Admire masterpieces at Hong Kong Museum of Art

For the artistically inclined on the hunt for intriguing and unique exhibitions, Hong Kong Museum of Art offers a wide variety of must-see displays. Paving the way for Hong Kong’s art scene, the gallery was the first of its kind in the city. The gallery is now home to over 18,000 pieces spanning across Chinese and Western, ancient, and contemporary styles. Exhibitions are constantly evolving and range from immersive light installations to multisensory projects and traditionally displayed works. Here is where you can gain a greater appreciation for the sheer talent and tradition of art making in Hong Kong.

See the city from a new vantage point on the Hong Kong Observation Wheel

Pause your leisurely wandering of the Central Harbourfront and take to the skies for a birds-eye view of the city from the Hong Kong Observation Wheel. This impressive Ferris wheel stands 60 metres tall and offers unparalleled views of the sparkling skyline. Visit during the day to spot Tsim Sha Tsui from across Victoria Harbour or opt to visit at night to see the city lights at their most glittery. Capture the beautiful memory with a Hong Kong Observation Wheel Photo Experience, a take-home memento of you and your loved ones against the backdrop of breathtaking city views.

Barter like a local at Hong Kong’s lively markets

Feel a rush of adrenaline as you navigate your way through Hong Kong’s lively marketplaces. Renowned for mouth-watering traditional street food and extremely affordable apparel, the sheer variety of markets are loved by locals just as much as visitors. Find the perfect souvenir at the Ladies’ Market, the city’s most famous open market, or spend an afternoon soaking up the incredible scents at the Flower Market. If a night-time stroll and shop sounds like fun, Temple Street Night Market is the largest and most dynamic market that comes alive after sunset.

Admire city views from Victoria Peak

Secure a front-row seat to Hong Kong’s renowned skyline atop the city’s tallest hill, Victoria Peak, renowned by locals as the premier spot to take in the city’s towering grandeur. Make your way up the incline on the Peak Tram, one of the world’s longest-standing funicular railways, and watch as the buildings tilt at a curious angle in a mesmerising optical illusion as your cart makes the steep climb. Once you’ve reached the summit, browse The Peak Tower’s restaurants, shops and entertainment while lapping up the sky-high views.

Hike the Hong Kong Trail

Just 30 minutes from the city centre is one of Hong Kong’s most popular hiking trails: Dragon’s Back. On arrival, it’s easy to see how the trail received its name after spotting the narrow trails snaking across the hilltops. Start your hike at Shek O peak where you’re rewarded with peninsula panoramas and floating isles as you meander across winding paths. This hike is considered moderately challenging, but the white sands at Big Wave Bay are a well-deserved gift at the end of your journey.

See the city lights on a harbour cruise

Embark on a voyage from Tsim Sha Tsui to Wan Chai, cruising past skyscrapers on Victoria Harbour’s most popular ferry ride, the Star Ferry. This storied fleet has carried passengers across the Kowloon Peninsula’s southern tip to Hong Kong Island for over 120 years, with original 1950’s features present on all nine green and ivory vessels. We recommend booking an 8pm journey and heading starboard upon boarding, where you’ll be in primed position to witness the nightly Symphony of Lights show as it illuminates the city in an eruption of striking neon.

Take a day trip to a quiet fishing village

Contrary to Hong Kong’s buzzing metropolis, you can find a slower way of living just an hour away in the fishing village of Tai O. Coined ‘the Venice of Hong Kong’, this vibrant city is awash with traditional sampan boats, stilt houses and floating markets. A foodie’s paradise, theis town’s culinary scene is anything but outdated: visit Tai O bakery for more than 30 years of expertise funnelled into the best sugar doughnuts on the island. Tai O is perfect for a pit stop after visiting the giant Tian Tan Buddha, which is just a 10-minute drive away.

Top places to eat and drink

Shang Palace at the Kowloon Shangri-la

Shang Palace, the lavish Michelin-starred restaurant of Kowloon Shangri-La, is renowned for all-you-can-eat weekend dim sum delights and authentic Cantonese classics served in an imperial setting of palatial vermillion and golden decor. Dine on Cantonese classics with a French twist, sampling barbequed suckling pig with foie gras and marinated jellyfish or steamed baby lobster and egg white with wolfberry seeds expertly paired with tea and wine pairings as chosen by the resident tea master and wine sommelier.


Boasting sweeping skyline panoramas, the Ritz-Carlton bar Ozone delivers sky-high cocktails and live music framed by the scintillating lights of Hong Kong. Offering classic cocktails renowned for being among the best in the city, you could be sipping cool Cosmopolitans on the outdoor terrace as you snack on enticing bar bites late into the night. Not much of a night owl? Wake up to a stylish brunch overlooking glittering West Kowloon and Victoria Harbour.

I M Teppanyaki & Wine

In Tai Hang, this cosy teppanyaki restaurant with a modern twist delivers Michelin-level dishes made with fresh ingredients like abalone, lobster and sea urchin flown in daily from Hokkaido and France. Prepared with the theatrical cooking expected of a teppanyaki restaurant, chefs deliver sumptuous dishes with style and substance including Boston lobster with golden roe cream sauce or Japanese abalone with seaweed sauce paired with an extensive sake list.

Moonkok by Moonzen

Local craft brewery Moonzen delivers chilled pints framed by vermillion walls and vivid emerald tile that are inspired by traditional teahouses and Chinese temples. This photogenic appeal extends beyond the setting, with a globally inspired range of bar bites delivered with aesthetic presentation. Serving the entire collection of Moonzen’s brews as well as some seasonal specials, this chilled corner bar also showcases contemporary art exhibitions focused on highlighting the works of local artists and community spirit.


Brimming with old-world Beijing splendour and boasting one of the city’s most spectacular views of Victoria Harbour, Hutong’s meticulous approach to the classics of Northern Chinese cuisine sets it apart. Here, artistry flows seamlessly from the kitchen to the table – Peking duck, marinated in mouth-numbingly delicious Szechuan spices, is dramatically set alight at the table, and the restaurant’s signature cocktail, the ‘Chinese Lantern,’ takes native mandarin and plum flavours and tops it with a generous splash of Veuve Clicquot champagne.

Kam’s Roast Goose

There’s a reason why daily lines of hungry Hong Kongers snake around the block and every cut is sold out by 3pm – Kam’s Roast Goose is the undisputed king of Cantonese barbecue. Each bird is lovingly roasted, glazed in a top-secret Hoisin blend and placed atop a bed of noodles and blanched bok choi. Every bite releases a thunderclap of flavour as smoky, savoury and sweet flavours dance on the tongue. Kam’s toro char siu is also incredible – and for an extra dash of decadence (and a modest surcharge), Kam’s will top the roast pork with flakes of gold.

Man Mano by Woolly Pig

It’s takes courage to sell handmade artisanal pasta in a country that’s famous for its hand-pulled noodles, but relaxed trattoria Man Mano by Wooly Pig bravely steps up to the plate. Start with burrata – served with oven-roasted zucchini, olives and macadamia nuts – and a smooth negroni, before continuing to the restaurant’s pillow-soft gnocchi roma, luxuriously topped with spiced cotechino sausage. Finish with a salted caramel cream-stuffed cannoli or a pistachio-dusted cannoncini. Che buono!


Dara’s spectacular interior design – boasting midnight-black interiors, splashes of forest green and traditional Kapampangan flourishes – promises an unforgettable culinary journey to the Philippines and beyond. It’s authentic comfort food backed by centuries of homestyle cookery – go for the sizzling sisig (pork belly and chicken liver flavoured with onions and chili), sublime with an accompanying squeeze of calamansi lemon, or try Dara’s kare-kare stew, with thick chunks of pork belly slathered in a rich peanut and toasted rice sauce.

Lux Moments

Private tram party tour

Sip, dine and party along the vibrant streets of Hong Kong in a decadent and iconic private tram with HK Tramways. Create a personal and bespoke experience by choosing which double-decker tram suits the style of your celebration, pop the champagne as your guests file in, take a seat and get ready to enjoy the lavish evening that awaits. Indulge your tastebuds with the expertly catered degustation menu that will leave you wanting more, with your choice of sophisticated French canapes or an international set menu.

Luxurious helicopter and teatime experience

Witness breathtaking views of the iconic Hong Kong skyline in the most luxurious of ways – a lavish private helicopter and teatime experience. Atop the towering Peninsular Hong Kong, find your private helicopter waiting to whisk you into the sky for a lavish 18-minute ride, giving you unrivalled views of the superstructures that make up this world-famous megacity. Upon landing, allow yourself to be led into the extravagant Lobby Lounge of the hotel, where an opulent afternoon tea will be set for you. Expect a three-tier, high-tea tray layered with fluffy cucumber sandwiches and irresistible and delicately garnished desserts.

Bliss Spa at W Hong Kong

Discover one of Hong Kong’s most indulgent day spas: the Bliss Spa at W Hong Kong. Here, every occasion is worth celebrating, with the Hong Kong horizon as your glistening backdrop. From a romantic couples’ treat, to a girls’ weekend of pure luxury, Bliss Spa offers the dreamiest of bespoke wellness treatments. With a chilled glass of champagne in hand, enjoy an extensive list of treatments by world-class therapists, all with those unmatched views. The spa is equipped for every kind of treatment and is a popular destination for lavish birthday celebrations and exclusive hen’s parties for the socialites of this stylish city.

Luxury shopping at the Landmark with a private stylist

Indulge in some of the world’s best retail therapy at Hong Kong’s renowned Landmark Mall. Browse the glitzy windows belonging to the high-end luxury boutiques and stores featuring bespoke collections in this extraordinarily stylish shopping hub. Enhance your experience by allowing an expert shopping stylist to exclusively curate your ritziest and most refined wardrobe collection; CARLA by Carla Snajder is one of the best in the business. CARLA is considered an expert in high-end fashion, servicing guests of the finest neighbourhoods and five-star hotels and across Hong Kong.