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 in Central for modern Michelin-starred Cantonese cuisine amid fabulously chic surrounds. The weekend dim sum brunch with free-flow bubbly draws city scenesters to the leafy terrace, and the option of a full vegan dim sum menu makes it a rare fruit indeed.
With the credit card truly flexed, it’s time to eat. Fine-dining stalwart
If modern luxury is defined by memorable life experiences rather than price, then taking the Avenue of Stars, past statues of Hong Kong film stars Bruce Lee and Anita Lui, to the stunning mall, .
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 . The multi-sensory gong healing sessions are truly transcendental.
David Tang’s plush, art-endowedis an ode to 1930s Shanghai, drawing a cosmopolitan crowd with its excellent Cantonese food and hushed, yet anything goes atmosphere. Yes, it’s a member’s club, but chances are you know a member, and if not, a good hotel concierge will sneak you in.
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.