Start on a high note, hovering above Hong Kong by helicopter.
Don’t let your feet touch the ground — zip across the harbour then head on to
With the credit card truly flexed, it’s time to eat. Fine-dining stalwart Amber emerged from an extensive renovation in 2019, swapping the traditional French fare for which it made its name for visionary, ingredient-led gluten and dairy-free menus served in svelte, sinuous surrounds. Healthy eating never tasted quite so good.
If modern luxury is defined by memorable life experiences rather than price, then taking the Star Ferry across the harbour is one of the most luxurious things you can do in Hong Kong. Ditch the driver and glide across to Tsim Sha Tsui on the iconic green n’ cream vessels, hands-down the best harbour view and a rare few moments of calm, all for the humble price of around HK$3. After that, take a stroll along the revitalised water-fronting Avenue of Stars, past statues of Hong Kong film stars Bruce Lee and Anita Lui, to the stunning mall, K11 Musea.
This gleaming golden emporium showcases 21st century designer retail such as Charlotte Tilbury, Tom Ford and Virgil Aboh's Off White, a MoMA store and the largest branch of Hong Kong concept store Kapok plus dining, arthouse cinema, a dedicated nature garden and collection of contemporary art that rivals any of the city’s galleries.
When hunger strikes, choose from the numerous dining options at K11 Musea spanning London’s Avobar, Japan’s Happy Pancake and French boulanger celebre Gontran Cherrier, plus noodle joints, burger bars and tea shops aplenty.
You’ve seen the sea, supped and shopped, now time to flop. Fivelements Habitat is a serene urban retreat of wellness, yoga and plant-based cuisine in the somewhat incongruous location of Causeway Bay’s Times Square. The multi-sensory gong healing sessions are truly transcendental.
Hong Kong may be one of the most densely populated cities in the world, but it also boasts some of the most secluded islands and beaches. Located on the southeast peninsula of Hong Kong Island,and Shek O are two of the most accessible beaches from Central.
A 30-minute drive from Central, Big Wave Bay exudes a relaxed, boho vibe and has just a handful of surf rentals and local eateries. Neighbour Shek O is more popular, and on summer weekends it can feel like half the city is there, but it’s also better served with relaxed seaside dining — beeline to the terrace of perfectly perched Cococabana for Mediterranean food and a chilled glass of wine overlooking the beach.