Upon entering the Arrivals Hall at Hong Kong’s International Airport, a smartly dressed representative from Shangri-La was waiting to whisk us away in a Mercedes S-Class limo to our home from home for the next few days.
We were staying in two Shangri-La properties for this adventure, the first on Hong Kong Island, and then Kowloon.
The drive to The Island Shangri-La from the airport took 30 minutes which we used to catch up with emails and social media thanks to in-car WiFi. We also spent much of the journey taking in the impressive views; mountains, fauna, bridges, industry, and as we approached our destination; seemingly endless skyscrappers.
On arrival at The Island Shangri-La, we were immediately taken to our room on the 54th floor without the need for a formal check-in. The property contains eight restaurants including two with Michelin stars, a business centre, and a 24-hour health club which offers all sorts of treatments including its signature Caviar Crystal Soothing! The club contains treatment rooms for women, couples, and men.
We had membership of the Horizon Club which gave us privileged access to the exclusive Horizon Club lounge which in addition to amazing views served delicious and complimentary food and beverages from 6 am till midnight.
The centerpiece of this hotel is without doubt the largest artwork we had ever seen. The Great Motherland of China scales an entire internal wall of the hotel, standing over 16 stories. It’s hard to take it all in at once. The best way to view it is by riding the glass walled elevator.
As for our room, the centerpiece was its floor to ceiling window looking across Victoria Harbour. We spent much time just sitting back and enjoying the ever changing view. The hotel thoughtfully provided a pair of binoculars in the room that further enhanced this experience.
The second hotel we stayed at was the Kowloon Shangri-La, the sister hotel to the Island Shangri-La. Both these properties are considered to be among the top luxury hotels in Asia.
Again, we had access to the Horizon Club lounge, and our room had the same floor to ceiling window with panoramic views across Victoria Harbour, but this time we were looking from the other side.
The Kowloon Shangri-La is within walking distance of the luxury boutiques on Canton Road, and the Temple Street Night Market. Both hotel rooms had umbrellas which were useful when we went for walks in the light rain.