The Most Luxurious Ways To Explore Hong Kong
It’s no secret that Hong Kong is one of the most vibrant cities in the world that made us fall in love at first sight with its spectacular skyline, gorgeous natural wonders and diverse food scene (among many other things). With the warmer weather fast approaching and travel restrictions still in place, there’s never been a better time to go out and rediscover the fascinating city we call home.
Whether it's indulging in retail therapy at beautifully designed shopping malls, visiting world-class art exhibitions or exploring scenic hiking trails, there are plenty of places and activities in Hong Kong to offer you a sense of escape and keep you entertained. But if you’re one of those people who appreciates the finer things of life and wants to enjoy the best of what our city has to offer, we’ve compiled a list of luxurious things to do in Hong Kong that will give you a holiday to remember.
From helicopter rides over Victoria Harbour to private parties aboard the Hong Kong iconic tram, these are the most unique and extravagant local bucket list experiences to tick off while we're waiting for the borders to reopen.
Stay at city’s most luxurious hotel suites
There’s no need to keep mourning the absence of international travel when you have endless options of hotels to choose from for a truly indulgent stay in Hong Kong. Our city is home to some of the world’s best five-star hotels with top-notch culinary offerings, extravagant spas and first-class hospitality, so it would be a shame not to take the time to pamper yourself and book yourself a staycation for a city break.
Among the city’s most extravagant is Rosewood Hong Kong’s Harbour House that spans 12,000 square feet, featuring five bedrooms with floor-to-ceiling windows and all the luxurious amenities you could possibly desire—including a private elevator, two outdoor lap pools, wraparound landscaped gardens, spacious living and dining areas, as well as a private gym. If you’re looking for more staycation inspirations, be sure to check out our list of the most luxurious hotel suites to book in Hong Kong.
Sail around Victoria Harbour
If Star Ferry doesn’t satisfy your need for views of Hong Kong’s skyline, hop aboard the Aqua Luna—one of the city's last traditionally crafted junk boats, which features a wooden exterior completes with striking red sails and elegant interiors.
Boasting a variety of cruises that allow guests to soak up gorgeous city views and explore Hong Kong’s popular sights in a relaxing way during the day and in the evenings, Aqua Luna’s harbour tours are offered in a beautiful setting that features all the essential elements of luxury—think a spacious open-air upper deck, ample lounging space and great music. Their Dim Sum Cruise is one of the most popular sailing options, which will take food lovers to explore the old fishing port of Aberdeen and offer them an exquisite dim sum feast prepared by chefs of Dim Sum Library.
For a true splurge, opt for the “Symphony of Lights Dinner & Cruise” package, which features a ride on the night cruise for guests to enjoy the Symphony of Lights show, and a meal at the Chinese high-end restaurant, Hutong.
Find out more at aqualuna.com
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Charter a private tram
Hopping aboard the iconic Hong Kong tram to travel around the city is always a great weekend activity idea, as it allows you to slow down and explore the Island side in a relaxing way—but do you know that you can experience the double-decker tram in style with a private tour?
Four different types of trams are available for charter at Hong Kong Tramways, all of which feature a beautiful exterior and an open-top upper deck for you to enjoy a memorable city tour and take some photos of the streetscape for the ‘gram along the way. You will also be given an option to add on catering services for parties for all occasions, including intimate gatherings with friends and families, birthdays and wedding anniversaries.
Find out more at hktramways.com
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Hop on a private helicopter
Miss travel and the experience of flying? Head over to The Peninsula Hong Kong and treat yourself to a once-in-a-lifetime helicopter experience. The private flight-seeing tour, which begins at The China Clipper, an exclusive lounge located on the 30th floor of the hotel, will take you around Hong Kong to enjoy spectacular views of Victoria Harbour and the city's outer reaches.
If that’s not luxurious enough, upgrade your flight and opt for the “Fly and Dine” or “Fly and Tea” package to enjoy exclusive dining offerings at the hotel’s restaurants.
Find out more at peninsula.com
Enjoy VIP theme park experiences
Here's another exclusive way to explore Hong Kong that will ensure your Instagram vacation posts are just that little bit more envy-inducing. Imagine having direct access to all your favourite rides and attractions, front seating for shows, and a private tour guide accompany you around the park to share fun facts and stories... no, this is not a dream—with Disneyland and Ocean Park’s VIP services, you’ll be treated like a royalty and entitled to all the exclusive benefits.
Aside from the above-mentioned privileges, both the VIP tours offered by Disneyland and Ocean Park will also create personalised itineraries based on the guests’ preferences, as well as include other VIP perks such as pre-arranged parking and dining reservations that make for an enjoyable, hassle-free theme park experience.
Find out more at hongkongdisneyland.com and oceanpark.com
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Dine at a high-end restaurant
A roundup of the most luxurious Hong Kong experiences would be remiss without bringing up the idea of dining at the city’s most exquisite restaurants, where one can expect world-class cuisine served in an elegant setting.
From Four Seasons’ Chinese fine dining establishment Lung King Heen, to prestigious Italian restaurant 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana and Edomae sushi bar Sushi Shikon, our city is proudly home to an extensive selection of award-winning restaurants that guarantee consistently well-executed dishes and the finest hospitality. There are also many five-star hotels offering opulent private dining rooms for guests to enjoy premium private dining experiences with dishes tailored to dietary needs and personal preferences, including The Krug Room at the Mandarin Oriental, Tosca at the Ritz-Carlton, Restaurant Petrus at Island Shangri-La, to name just a few.
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