We arrived in Hong Kong exhausted, but excited, at the prospect of the start of the holiday and being in a new city. The Shangri-La, Kowloon was more beautiful than either of us imagined. The friendly staff, beautiful foyer and sparkling fountain in the middle made us feel immediately calm in the busy and towering city.
We quickly stopped in our beautiful harbour view room, before heading out to find somewhere to eat. The room itself had a huge and comfortable bed, full marble bathroom with walk in shower, a desk, sofa and a view that you didn’t want to leave the room for.
We walked around the block and found a fabulous tapas bar with views of the harbour and a pretty good cocktail list. Although it was fabulously warm outside, we decided to sit inside at the bar before being seated at our table. It was at that point that we recognised the lifts on the other side of the bar. We hadn’t left the hotel.
It just goes to show how diverse the restaurants in the building are. I don’t think we would have actually realised it was part of the hotel unless we had seen the lifts. It was the perfect evening to ease us into the city though.
Our stay at the Shangri-La was absolutely seamless. From the moment we arrived, the staff were wonderfully helpful. We took a particular shine to a Filippino concierge called Charlie who recommended all the best places to eat and drink and visit during our stay. He booked us taxis, restaurant reservations and drew endless maps to places we should visit.
Breakfast every day was at Cafe Kool on the first floor. A buffet affair. Choose anything you wanted and that’s exactly what the guests did. I found great hilarity in a suited businessman walking up with his bowl to get two scoops of chocolate ice-cream for breakfast. It was brilliant.
I on the other hand invented the most indulgent meal I could think of to repeat every morning…
Pancakes, raspberry sauce, bacon, strawberries and a massive splodge of Nutella across the top. Needless to say, this was the start of my expanding waistband on holiday.
We had very kindly been invited for lunch at the 2 michelin star hotel restaurant; Shang Palace by the Marketing team. An invite we very gratefully accepted. The Chef Mok Kit Keung very kindly created a special menu for us so that we could truly sample what the restaurant had to offer. The Gentleman had informed them that he was allergic to fish, so a full meat menu had been created especially for him and mainly fish for myself. I have to admit, when I saw the delicious meats that were brought out for him, I was a tad jealous.
The meal was exceptional however. My favourite part had to have been the beautiful starter. perfectly autumnal and exquisitely presented. Each course had been invented and executed perfectly, complimenting the previous plate and introducing the next brilliantly.
After our delicious lunch, a tour of the hotel had been planned for us. A great way to walk off our bulging stomachs and discover anything we had missed within the building.
We were surprised to learn that Shang Palace has it’s very own wine cellar (in addition to the actual Hotel wine cellar).
Not only does the hotel have the Horizon Club for guests wanting that extra edge to their holiday or business trip, but it has a dedicated wedding team with their very own room and secret cupboard filled with different fabrics to create your perfect dream day exactly what you’ve always wanted.
There are six individual bars, lounges and restaurants to eat at during your stay. With the addition of the hotel gym, pool and beauty salon, you’d almost be forgiven for not wanting to leave the hotel! I say almost, I promise we did some exploring when the sun came up the next day and the view decided to be even more spectacular!