Last week we had the absolute pleasure of enjoying a few days of luxury at the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong.
The 5 star hotel is situated in the busy West Kowloon district, overlooking the stunning Victoria Harbour.
Impressively standing at over 490 metres above sea level and boasts the unique title of being the highest hotel in the world!
As our taxi driver pulled up, he made mention that the locals know the Ritz as a 6 star hotel due to its service. We quickly learnt that he wasn’t wrong!
Shortly after arriving, we were shown to the Club Lounge on the 116th floor where we were warmly greeted by the lovely team for a quick and easy check in. The first thing we all noticed was the incredible view. The entire Lounge has a 270 degree view of the Harbour and it sure is a sight to behold!!
The Club Lounge is beautifully fitted out with a selection of seating options from bar seating, to sofas and more intimate armchair seating in the window for two. We quickly found our spot down the end on the sofas and enjoyed a delicious afternoon tea together.
We have stayed in some pretty lovely places over the years, but the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong definitely takes the cake – it was truly something else!
Our room was absolutely exquisite.
We stayed in the Deluxe Victoria Harbour Suite. 800 sq ft of luxury!
The room was set up perfectly for our family of 4 – complete with a Ritz Kids safari tent (the tent was where the sofa usually would be – in the window, overlooking the Harbour, but the room had been altered for 2 lucky little people!)
I hadn’t told the kids that they’d be sleeping in a tent, they were SO excited when they saw it. Not only did they have a tent to stay in, but also, their own bath robes. Pink for Lily and blue for Spencer, naturally.
Surprise gifts were waiting for them – a Ritz Lion backpack and lion cub teddy (named Pierre after the Hotels General Manager), which they cherish! There were so many personal touches made in our room both before we arrived and also when we were at dinner. Some thoughtful staff members had snuck in and decorated the kids corner window with beautiful balloons and a Hong Kong banner – it was the sweetest surprise.
The adults side of the Suite was equally as special. An extremely cosy king size bed with beautiful Ritz linens. Sliding doors to separate the master bedroom and the lounge, a window seat and our own flat screen television. The kids also had a TV in the lounge area, as well as another one in the bathroom. Spencer very much enjoyed watching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as he soaked in the tub!
Our bedside tables had a mind of their own. Cleverly fitted with a flip-out charging station and remote controls for the blinds (I just love electronic blinds!)
The marble bathroom was enormous. A double vanity complete with Asprey amenities, huge shower and a separate powder room. It was all very luxurious!
The Suite also had a gorgeous work desk, iPod and docking station – just press play. Blue ray DVD player, Nespresso coffee machine, fully stocked mini bar and bar snacks. We hardly needed to leave the room!!
Included as part of the experience of staying in the luxury suites, is full access to the Club Lounge which I mentioned above. The Club has a computer station, wifi, a library and telescope, as well as several daily food and beverage presentations including breakfast, afternoon high tea, canapés and cocktails, and Club guests may enjoy 24 hour access.
The food is exquisite, with an abundance of selections. My very favourite meal is breakfast and the buffet breakfast in the Club was so, so good! I would have very happily sat there all day, enjoying the view. From pastries to fresh fruits, meats, cheeses, eggs and various Asian dishes to choose from. A wonderful range of TWG Teas, great coffee and also champagne with breakfast if you so chose! Indeed, there is something for everyone.
We also had a very fresh and healthy lunch at the all-day-dining restaurant, The Lounge & Bar, where we enjoyed the organic salad bar. It was delicious!
The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong has several other dining options, including two Michelin star restaurants.
Tosca is a 1 Michelin star Italian restaurant with an open kitchen design and stunning Harbour views.
Tin Lung Heen is the two star Michelin Cantonese restaurant – specializing in traditional Dim Sum. Private dining rooms are also available here, and are absolutely stunning!
Ozone Bar takes the title of being the highest Bar in the world! A brilliant spot to take in the nightly Symphony of Lights show over the Harbour whilst sipping on a Cosmopolitan!
Cafe 103 is a relaxed cafe where guests can enjoy the lunch buffet, afternoon tea and dinner buffet.
Almas Caviar Bar is the IT place for foodies. Serving the world’s finest caviar, Balik salmon, champagne and vodka. The perfect spot for a pre-dinner gathering with friends.
The swimming pool was closed for annual maintenance during our stay, but that didn’t worry us too much as it was so chilly outside. We will hopefully enjoy the pool next time we visit.
We absolutely loved our stay at the Ritz-Carlton, and the kids are still talking about the wonderful treatment they received. The one thing I noticed most during our stay was their attention to detail. The staff are attentive and willingly give you their time to connect and build genuine rapport. Sharing their own stories with our family and giving us their tips on what to see and do in Hong Kong.
The Ritz-Carlton is the perfect place to spend a night or two, either for business or pleasure. As a couple, single or family – the team have got you covered!
Kick back and relax. You won’t even need to leave the hotel!
Thank you so very much to the incredible team at Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong for taking such good care of us and welcoming us as guests of your beautiful Hotel. You are a wonderful team and should be very proud.
Team Barnes x
Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong Information:
Address: International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong (20 minutes from Hong Kong International Airport via the Airport express train)
Find out more here: Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong
(As always, all words and opinions are my own)