The Hong Kong layover
They say a New York minute is a Hong Kong second . . .
While my time keeping skills may not be able to verify this statement, I can verify that this cosmopolitan asylum with a population of more than 7.4 million people is definitely one of the world’s most incredible cities.
Hong Kong is known for its fast-paced, gutsy attitude. She’ll love you, then she’ll spit you out – and you’ll love her for it. However when the hustle and bustle (and constant, constant car horns) gets a little too much for you, luckily this city knows how to have a good time.
Headed to Hong Kong for a quick layover soon and need some direction? A quick Google search will give you about a ga-zillion exhaustive lists on every single micro-facet of Hong Kong,
However if you don't need a list that covers where to buy cookie-cutter fast-fashion, then this list is for you - created for the mindful traveller, who wants to support businesses that embrace longevity, ingenuity and uniqueness.
This list is short, sharp, attainable, sustainable - and will enable you to have the perfect stopover trip in Hong Kong, leaving you refreshed and recharged.
Welcome to MY Hong Kong . . .
- STAY -
Without a doubt in my mind, stay at The Murray. Located in the heart of the city, this eco-conscious heritage hotel makes for the perfect sojourn.
The Murray features 336 suites and guestrooms across 25 storeys and five dining destinations, including a rooftop restaurant and bar with panoramic views. While the hotel only opened this year, the building itself is an inspiring piece of architecture and design constructed in 1969 – and in fact, The Murray's ground-breaking energy efficiency concept is still applauded decades later.
I stayed in the 75 sq m (808 sq ft) Signature Suite, with iconic views of the city, Hong Kong Park and Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens. The suite’s thoughtful layout perfectly exploits the vista from every angle. And did I mention the marble bathroom!? GAH! Never. Wanted. To. Leave.
This quintessential Hong Kong landmark is elegant, sustainable and will appeal to mindful consumers and travellers. I loved every minute of my stay at The Murray.
You’ll remember The Murray for:
being a pioneering example of architectural sustainability
the incredible afternoon tea at the Garden Lounge
the Grown Alchemist products in your room
- EAT -
DIM SUM LIBRARY
You're in Hong Kong, so dim sum is a must. Yet not just at any old place - you need dim sum with a twist!
Head to Dim Sum Library for the evolution of traditional Chinese cuisine, where international ingredients are used to rejuvenate century-old recipes in order to elevate the dim sum experience.
Dim Sum Library offers innovative modern Chinese cuisine, with delicious dishes served all day (which is great for jet lagged bodies).
You’ll remember DIM SUM LIBRARY for:
the black truffle har gau (shrimp dumplings)
the Wagyu beef puff with black pepper
their incredible cocktails - try the 'Blackened rose buds'
the art deco interiors, which evoke the glamour of 1920s Shanghai.
Okay, so you've had your dim sum - so now it's time to experience the multicultural aspect of Hong Kong with some international fare. My thoughts? Go straight to Blue.
Blue is a specialist Meat House, whose dedicated team are passionate about the finest ingredients and sourcing from some of the best suppliers in the world.
"Sustainability is important to us as one of the leading restaurant groups in Hong Kong," explained Sebastian Comerso, Group Executive Sous Chef. "We fully understand the role that we play in the bigger scheme of things and that this is something that many of our customers are passionate about too.
"We have always worked closely with our suppliers to ensure that we have a good working relationship. This allows us to receive the best possible products. We work with a small supplier in Spain to provide us with our Rubia Gallega, one of our signature cuts. The meat has a really intense flavour due in part to the fact that the cows are grass fed. We also work with suppliers in Australia, Argentina and New Zealand."
Head to Blue for a long brunch (free-flow Perrier-Jouët is on offer) and enjoy eating some of the world's finest produce at this restaurant with a conscience.
You’ll remember BLUE for:
the melt-in-your-mouth 36-hour slow cooked pork belly
the seemingly endless array of incredible produce
the free-flow champagne!
- DO -
AQUA LUNA Evening HARBOUR CRUISE
Hong Kong harbour is arguably one of the most celebrated in the world, and the cruises on the Aqua Luna - one of the few remaining red-sail Chinese junk boats - is the perfect way to see her at her finest.
Relax on a lounge bed, sip on a refreshing drink and soak up the sights and sounds of this glorious harbour. One minute the views will be blue and sparkling, and the next you'll be caught in a Pirates of the Caribbean-esque fog (like my girl, Emma Lauren below). Each time I go on the Aqua Luna, I get something new from her - and it's always some spectacular.
You’ll remember Aqua Luna for:
the incredibly nice staff
that iconic red sail!
- SHOP -
Now while I am not usually one to rave about shopping centres/malls at some point Hong Kong's humidity is going to get to you. And when this happens, head to renowned Pacific Place.
Housing one of Hong Kong’s largest luxury collections, Pacific Place is a feast for the eyes - and you're bound to find something you love in this creative and eclectic hub.
Plus, there's more than 70 restaurants - including my fave, Dim Sum Library.
You’ll remember Pacific Place for:
being so much more than just a mall
the endless rows of gorgeous window displays
so much good food!
the spectacular shows and exhibitions in the Atrium.
And finally, no visit to a vibrant city is complete, without a visit to a local designer's showroom. Enter stage left, PI'A . . .
PI'A is a collection of classic wardrobe staples with a modern twist, created by Hong Kong favourite Priscilla I'Anson.
Priscilla has worked in Hong Kong’s fashion, advertising and television industries as a leading authority on style since 2010, and in 2015 she was appointed as Fashion Director for Asia's Next Top Model.
PI'A was born out of a need she saw for clothing that was timeless yet unique, empowering, versatile and well-made, yet most importantly at an accessible price-point.
YOU’LL REMEMBER PI'A FOR:
timeless pieces, with a little attitude - just like Hong Kong!
clean and classic silhouettes
excellent price point.