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REVIEWS


REVIEWS


The PeNINSULA hoNg koNg • The RITZ-CARLToN hoNg koNg • BeLMoNd Le MANoIR AUX QUAT’SAISoNS • ShANgRI-LA hoTeL QARYAT AL BeRI • AMAN SVeTI STeFAN • The RITZ PARIS • VILALARA ThALASSA ReSoRT • eTIhAd AIRWAYS BUSINeSS CLASS


THE PENINSULA Hong Kong


LoCATIoN: Right at the southern tip of


Kowloon, overlooking Victoria Harbour. FIRST IMPReSSIoNS: While not the tallest hotel in Hong Kong, the Peninsula nonetheless has some of the most amazing panoramic views of the island and a regal splendour of design that reinforces its reputation for luxury and excellent service. The hotel also operates a fleet of beautiful green Rolls-Royces, and if you are lucky enough to enjoy a trip in one of these, it is easy to slip back in time 50 years and pretend you are a foreign dignitary on an important state visit. Many hotels in Hong Kong are now very modern, with an abundance of glass and metal in their designs. The Peninsula, however, retains a plethora of historical features, including an incredibly ornate and iconic lobby. Don’t be fooled, though: the hotel offers a range of modern facilities, such as touchscreen tablets in bathrooms and bedrooms. The decor of the rooms is pared-down Oriental chic, with plain cream upholstery and vintage


luggage-inspired drawer handles. The FACTS: Opened in 1928, and founded by members of the famous Kadoorie family, The Peninsula was built with the vision that it would be the finest hotel east of Suez; this is evident in the opulence and splendour of the building, and testament to the quality of the design that its legacy persists. It was here during the Second World War that the British Governor of Hong Kong surrendered to the


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Japanese; the hotel was subsequently used to house senior Japanese officers before returning to its original purpose at the end of the war. Refurbishments over the years have kept the hotel competitive yet true to its roots, and its selection of international restaurants and culinary offerings make it


a truly global hotel with options for all. A good BASe FoR: With Kowloon’s famous shopping districts and nightlife


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on the doorstep, plus transport across the territory within easy reach, the Peninsula is perfect for any visit to Hong Kong,


whether business or pleasure. WoW: We opted for a harbour-front room and were not disappointed. The view each morning was a treat: opening the curtains revealed an extraordinary panorama of the bay’s beautiful blue water and passing ships, across to the high-rises of Hong Kong Island and Victoria Peak in the far distance. Afternoon tea in the lobby surpassed comparable offerings we have tried in other luxury hotels, and the menu would make some of London’s finest hoteliers hurriedly review their own offering.


Book IT: A Grand Deluxe Harbour View leads in at £680.


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