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Treat yourself to posh accommodations, over-the-top luxe facilities, a host of amenities and a slew of other prime perks at any of our Forbes Travel Guide editors’ picks for the best Five-Star hotels in all of Hong Kong:
Ideally located on Victoria Harbour and overlooking the Kowloon Peninsula, this Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong counts 42-inch flat-screen televisions, DVD players, iPod docking stations and luxury bath products from L’Occitane among the standard amenities in its 399 spacious guest rooms. Don’t skip the stunning 79-foot outdoor infinity pool, critically acclaimed restaurants Lung King Heen (Cantonese) and Caprice (French) and indulging in some serenity at The Spa at Four Seasons Hong Kong. Open since 1963, the Five-Star Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, is home to chic rooftop M Bar, one of our favorite after-dark hot spots in Hong Kong — go for the cocktails and stay for the spectacular views of Victoria Harbour. Locals and tourists alike clamor for pedicure appointments at the Five-Star Mandarin Spa, which is decorated in a style reminiscent of 1030s Shanghai. The 501 guest rooms have state-of-the-art technology and sound systems supported by the hotel’s team of IT butlers, plus heavenly bedding with duck-feather pillows. A longtime luxury landmark open since 1928, The Peninsula Hong Kong, aka “The Pen,” drips with Old-World colonial decadence, from the string quartet providing sweet sounds in the gallery to the gorgeous palm-lined lobby. Don’t think this grand old dame lacks for modern conveniences — the 300 guest rooms at the Five-Star hotel are outfitted with flat-screen Blu-ray 3-D televisions with access to free HD movies, iPad and iPod docking stations, high-speed Wi-Fi and bedside touch-screen panels. We also recommend making a little time for tradition, in the form of stately afternoon tea at The Lobby. The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, located in Hong Kong’s lively Central district, gets high marks for its massive 25,000-square-foot duplex spa and indoor pool and the excellent contemporary French restaurant Amber, where culinary director Richard Ekkebus consistently wows with a seasonal menu. The 113 guest rooms are remarkable in their own right, with some of the biggest powder rooms we’ve ever seen, walk-in wardrobes, soft king beds and beautiful sunken hourglass baths. Five-Star Island Shangri-La, located atop the Central district’s popular shopping and dining center Pacific Place, exudes charming Old-World style and a stunning central atrium with the largest silk painting in the world, the 167-foot “The Great Motherland of China.” A commanding presence is also seen in everything from the grandiose Island Ballroom to the hotel’s lovely rooftop garden. Amenities in the 565 guest rooms include 24-hour butler service, spacious marble bathrooms with LCD televisions, a pillow menu and separate soaking tub and shower. The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong touts itself as the tallest hotel in the world, occupying a unique perch on floors 102 to 118 of the iconic International Commerce Centre. While views can be enjoyed from any guest room, you can also head up to the rooftop bar to take in a panorama of the city. Onsite dining at this Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel is top-notch. For dim sum and tea, try the hotel’s Cantonese restaurant, Tin Lung Heen, and for a chocolate afternoon tea, visit Café 103. The Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star InterContinental Hong Kong is situated directly on Victoria Harbor, so if you book at harborside room, you’ll be treated to nightly viewings of the lovely Symphony of Lights. In addition, the hotel hosts two amazing restaurants: The French cuisine at Spoon by Alain Ducasse and the Japanese fare from famed chef Nobu Matushisa at Nobu InterContinental Hong Kong is some of the most delicious in Hong Kong.