If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed that we spent New Year’s in Hong Kong. Let me start by saying what an amazing city! I had never been before and was struck by the landscape and sheer size of the city – skyscrapers as far as the eye could see – and was inspired by all of the stunning interior design. The views from The Peak were stunning and definitely worth the climb up (and down!).
We did a fair amount of site seeing, including visiting the Flower Market, Cat Street for antiques, Stanley Beach and the Costal Defense Museum (all of which I highly recommend), but we mostly enjoyed wandering around the city, sampling the food and a few cocktails. We stayed at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in central Hong Kong which was perfect for taking a boat ride across Victoria Harbor and seeing the fireworks on New Year’s Eve from the M Bar on the top floor.
One of my favorite places we visited was The Upper House, a boutique hotel designed by Andre Fu. We stopped by for a drink in the bar but I couldn’t help myself from exploring the other public areas. The restaurant and bar, Cafe Grey, is on the top floor and has amazing views of the city. This is the corridor to the restaurant when you get off the elevator. You know it has to be good if this is just the entrance!
The dining room which I took a peak at while on my way to the restroom…
And this is the view from the bathroom!
The library which is opposite the restaurant is beautifully put together and is a master class in the calming effect of symmetry.
Some of our other favorite spots included the Aberdeen Street Social for brunch, where we enjoyed a delicious Eggs Benedict on the terrace on New Year’s Day.
Every restaurant needs a good bar!
And Mott 32 for modern Cantonese cuisine, designed by Joyce Wang. The main dining room was spectacular and I loved all the different atmospheres created in each area of the restaurant. You would never guess this is in the basement of a office building!
How beautiful is this floral wall covering?! Perfect lighting.
The icing on the cake was our departure from Hong Kong airport where we got access to The Pier, the new Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge. For an interior design lover like me, this space was out of this world, especially considering it was in an airport!! There was a full dining room, library and bar, but I was most impressed by the grand entrance and hallway. The walls are covered in a pale green stone and it is beautifully appointed with brass and wood tables, modern light fixtures and velvet seating.
The lounge design incorporated some clever elements, including phone charges in the side table drawers and even a bar cart stocked with drinks and chocolate.
The dining room featured gorgeous wood paneling, green leather banquettes and touches of brass in the table legs and lamps.
Let’s just say it was hard to leave for our flight!
If you ever have a chance to go to Hong Kong, I highly recommend it!
P.S. Other restaurants we really enjoyed included The Optimist that serves northern Spanish food, and One Dim Sum and Mak Noodles for more local food. We also had a great time taking the sunset cruise on a red sail junk boat with Aqua Luna. Get in touch if you want more info!