If you want to impress the love of your life with a romantic break full of excitement and imagination, then Hong Kong is the place to indulge in a luxurious love-getaway
Hong Kong is an amazing vertical playground full of colour, aroma, taste, spectacle, light and wonder. Which means you’ll find plenty of pulse-racing amorous opportunities any time of the year.
When on any romantic break the hotel choice is absolutely crucial and if you are staying in Hong Kong make certain that you get a room with a view to help cupid on his way. For full on romance, try basking in Hong Kong’s past colonial splendour by staying at the incredibly charismatic Peninsula hotel. Book their Rolls Royce airport transfer to whisk you and your love one to Kowloon side where you will find the grande dame of Hong Kong. Classically decorated with high ceilings, antiques and string quartets, but not neglecting the 21st century with a contemporary 32 storey tower affording guest rooms with breath-taking views of Victoria Harbour, the Peninsula is just incredible. On the top floor you’ll find the sublimely gorgeous Philippe Starck designed Felix Bar and restaurant (+852 2315 3188) – an ideal place for sweethearts to indulge in some exquisite champagne cocktails before hitting the town.
If high teas and memories of the empire are not your thing, and you prefer your hotels to be a hotbed of fashionistas, moguls and all things absolutely fabulous, then the Four Seasons Hong Kong, in the heart of the shopping and financial district, is the hotel for you. The Four Seasons is the current darling of Hong Kong’s many swish hotels; modern, opulent and elegant with a super-sexy rooftop pool, a stunning spa and two Michelin award-winning restaurants, it’s bound to satisfy all of your lover’s desires. I recommend you book early for Caprice (+852 3196 8888) for some quality candlelit canoodling.
Hong Kong is an epicurean’s delight and you will find fine dining all over the city. Romantics can view this magical metropolis from the top. Take the 130-year-old Victoria Peak Tram and sample the charms of The Peak Lookout restaurant (+852 2849 1000). It has a beautiful tranquil outdoor terrace, consistently delicious international cuisine and lovely views over the much greener south coast. Or if you have a liking for more dramatic dining try Hutong (28/F 1 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui; +852 3428 8342). This hidden gem is the height of Chinese chic - a shadowy, glamorous little Imperial palace with a spectacular vista and an über-modern menu. Also worth mentioning for its romantic merit is Cococabana (Beach Building, Deep Water Bay, Island Road; +852 2812 6218) a beachside restaurant where you can watch the sun go down over the South China Sea. Or if you want to feel like 007 and his leading lady then take a boat trip to the divine Maison 1882 (Tai Tam Reservoir, call Cococabana for booking). There’s also Mah Wah at the legendary Mandarin Oriental hotel (5 Connaught Rd. Central; +852 2522-0111), the elegant wee Dim Sum (63 Sing Woo Rd., Happy Valley, Causeway Bay; +852 2834-8893) in Happy Valley...the list goes on.
And shop. If splashing the cash usually leaves you with an endorphin-induced happy feeling then Hong Kong will send you into a high-octane adrenaline rush. It’s like coming home to the mother ship! You’ll find an astonishing array of shiny shopping malls all over town but if you want to get off the main drag then hop on the tram over to Happy Valley and Causeway Bay and just go for a wander. These lively mismatched streets are home to an eclectic mix of boutiques, independent retailers, the tiny Jardine’s Bazaar and just at the top of the racecourse there’s a small run of fabulous shoe shops that, as well as stocking beautifully made footwear, also makes bespoke shoes for an unbelievably good price – the way to a man’s heart may be through his stomach but for a woman it is definitely through her feet! The Temple Street night market is also well worth a visit; soak up the atmosphere, grab some bargains and, of course, check out the fortune tellers to see whether you’re a rat or a dragon and a match made in heaven.
And if you are a true Byronic man you may also want to fit in a night at the races, a boat trip to see Hong Kong’s rare bubble-gum pink dolphins, a cable car ride to Lantau Island’s Big Buddha, a leisurely browse of the antique shops in Hollywood Road and some all night dancing in Lan Kwai Fong. The opportunities for love are near limitless, just hope your bank balance is too.