Since its opening in September 2006, the 399-room waterfront Four Seasons Hong Kong is arguably one of the slickest, most star-studded arrivals in a city renowned for being home to some of the world’s most glamorous hotels.
The 55-story Four Seasons Hong Kong was the first major hotel to open there in fifteen years and is located right in the middle of Hong Kong’s business district, within the gleaming International Finance Centre (IFC), which also comprises 1 IFC and 2 IFC (the latter is the tallest building in Hong Kong) and the IFC mall.
Unlike most luxury hotels in Hong Kong where designs veer towards opulence, Four Seasons HK pushes the envelope on minimalist interior, which is understated yet elegant. Its marble-clad lobby features high ceilings with cathedral-like proportions, with natural daylight filtered through its glass-sheathed façade.The property’s guest rooms, some of the largest in the city, are available in either Oriental or Western tones; the former is outfitted with shiny lacquer, gold leafing and dark teaks whilst the latter is chic-minimalist with neutral tones, silk panelled walls and leather. All guest rooms have sprawling floor-to-ceiling glass windows providing views of either Kowloon or The Peak.
But if the luxurious in-room bath products do nothing to rejuvenate you, a visit to the 22,000-square-foot spa is in order. The Four Seasons Spa is a routine favorite with Hong Kong celebrities and tycoons, so this may be the place for some serious stargazing whilst awaiting your treatment. Occupying both the sixth and seventh stories of the hotel, the sprawling spa comprises sixteen treatment rooms, including two spa suites with vitality pools, day beds and LCD TVs and mini bars. Come early to enjoy the spa facilities; take your pick of Finnish saunas, crystal steam rooms, the Rhassoul chamber or indoor vitality pool.
Be certain to also check out the uppity dining options, which will all but leave a slight dent in your credit card account. Adjacent to the daylight-bathed lobby is the bustling lounge, ideal for an intimate afternoon tea amidst an energetic live band. For the ultimate fare, though, save up for Hong Kong’s hottest French table, Caprice, a sumptuous French dining salon fronted by former staff courtesy of Le Cinq of Four Seasons Hotel Georges V Paris. The chi-chi crowd comes for the killer views, impressive wine list and stellar creations of chef Vincent Thierry; even if the lovely cuisine does not blow you away, Hong Kong’s most expensive cup of coffee, coffee Luwak, might.
Just two levels down is Lung King Heen, a confident modern space outfitted in warm amber wood, silk-wrapped columns, silver-leafed ceiling, damask-swathed tables and leather chairs. Bankers, corporate types and diplomats dine on imported luxuries of truffles, Wagyu beef and foie gras amidst Chinese delicacies of bird’s nest, abalone and dim sum while taking in the sweeping views of Kowloon.
If you are done with entertaining and just wish to be alone, consider getting yourself pampered at the executive club on the 45th floor. For an affordable upgrade, you get full hot breakfast, all day refreshments, cocktails and evening hors d’oeuvres, all washed down with free flowing Taittinger. On top of that, you have access to meeting space and complimentary Wi-Fi. For corporate travelling nomads living out of their suitcases, this is the surest home away from home.