From established names like Ritz-Carlton to innovative up-and-comers like Upper House, Hong Kong is at the very top of the accommodation food chain in Asia. The Peninsula, though, is something special. From a fleet of superbly luxurious cars to its history and the finest views in the city, The Peninsula Hong Kong is a heritage hotel, an indulgent ultra-luxe experience, and a downtown luxury shopping bonanza all rolled into one fantastic destination.
The Peninsula Yacht
The newest addition to Hong Kong’s plushest hotel, The Peninsula Yacht is perhaps the most extravagant way to gad about Hong Kong – and that’s saying something at a hotel with a fleet of Rolls Royce Phantoms and a helicopter. The views of Victoria Harbor are the obvious draw for this new experience, but there are other options available, including sunsets, the Symphony of Lights, or private charters for private functions, family celebrations, and cocktail receptions.
The Harbor Sunset Cruise is a two-hour affair with dry snacks and beverages; the Symphony of Lights Cruise is only 90 minutes but includes canapés, champagne, wine, and soft drinks. A private charter for up to 15 guests should be no less than four hours and is of course overseen by The Peninsula’s catering services.
Fleet of Rolls Royce Phantoms
With no shortage of dining options and its own luxury shopping arcade, it is tempting to never leave the confines of the hotel, but should a guest of The Peninsula decided to explore Hong Kong, they can be taken to their destination via one of the hotel’s 14 long wheelbase Rolls-Royce Phantoms.
These luxury cars have always been a staple of this hotel, and when The Peninsula purchased its current fleet of Rolls-Royces, it was the largest single order that the Rolls-Royce company had ever received. The automobiles are painted in the hotel’s signature shade of green and have been meticulously maintained and refitted to feature the latest amenities, including iPod connections and a refrigerator. The hotel also boasts an immaculately restored 1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II, which can be reserved for weddings and other special occasions.
The View at The Peninsula Suite
The 4,000 plus square foot Peninsula Suite boasts perhaps the most stunning room view in the city. Situated on the 26th floor, the main room frames Hong Kong’s incredible skyline through floor-to-ceiling windows. In the main living room – which is appointed with a Biedermeier sofa and a baby grand piano – the ceiling rises up to nearly double the height of a normal room, creating a second-to-none view that looks straight on Hong Kong’s Opera House. Guests can step out onto the balcony and take in Hong Kong island in all its glory.
Most Historic Heritage Hotel in Hong Kong
For luxe lovers who like a little history with their stay, The Peninsula Hong Kong first opened its doors in December of 1928 and has been a mainstay of Hong Kong history ever since. Founded by members of the Kadoorie family who fancied it would become “the finest hotel east of Suez”, the Japanese set up their headquarters on the third floor of The Peninsula during the Battle of Hong Kong in Second World War. It was also where the British colonials conceded defeat to the Imperial Army.
The hotel has also served as a set for some of the chicest characters in popular culture, perhaps most recently when Bruce Wayne’s business manager, Lucius Fox, held a meeting at The Peninsula Hong Kong in The Dark Knight.
Best Cantonese food in Hong Kong
The Peninsula Hong Kong is home to Spring Moon, a Michelin-starred Cantonese restaurant that serves some of the best Cantonese fine dining in Hong Kong. This style imitates the 1928 design and has been meticulously maintained. In terms of cuisine, Spring Moon offers an array of seafood, a famous dim sum menu, and an acclaimed XO sauce, which is made with a secret recipe. Executive Chef Gordon Leung heads the restaurant and is devoted to preserving the flavors inherent to the rich seasonal ingredients.
Shopping at the Peninsula Arcade
The hotel’s shopping arcade has long been considered a shopper’s paradise and is, in fact, one of the oldest shopping centers in Hong Kong. Located directly on Nathan Road’s “Golden Mile” and in the heart of Kowloon’s shopping and dining district, The Peninsular Arcade, directly attached to the hotel, is home to over 80 luxury shops that range from Cartier and Bvlgari to Chanel and Louis Vuitton. Whether in need of an opulent watch or a precious piece of jade, the Arcade is in keeping with the design of the rest of the hotel. The Peninsula Arcade also boasts a great deal of history for fashion nerds.