The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong
Sky-high luxury in one of the tallest hotels in the world.
With the opening of The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, new records were set … for the tallest building in Hong Kong, for the tallest hotel in the world, and for the highest swimming pool in the world. Superlatives (and the arrival of the taller JW Marriott Marquis Dubai) aside, this swanky hotel inhabits the 102nd to 118th floor of the International Commerce Centre in Kowloon. All 312 guest rooms and suites feature Wi-Fi, iPod docking stations and flat-screen TVs, as well as expansive windows overlooking Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong Island and the New Territories. Designed by Japan’s Spin Studio, the six food and beverage venues include upscale Chinese and Italian, but the highlight is the rooftop al fresco bar, serving Asian-style tapas around fire pits. The rooftop is also the site of the indoor pool, which literally drifts among the clouds. Also of note is ESPA, where floor-to-ceiling windows in every treatment room make it one of the most memorable spa experiences on the planet.