Always impressive and forever changing, Hong Kong is constantly re-inventing itself.
Here’s a snapshot of what to expect from Hong Kong in 2018.
Hotel Vic is a new chic hotel brand under the management of Sun Hung Kai Properties and is set to open in mid 2018. All guestrooms, suites and restaurants will feature Victoria Harbour views and superb dining and shopping facilities will be located under the same roof. Hotel Vic guests will also have access to a rooftop outdoor swimming pool and 24-hour Fitness Centre.
The Murray, Hong Kong, a Niccolo Hotel, located on the legendary Cotton Tree Drive in the heart of Hong Kong, will open as the city’s newest luxury landmark hotel with a contemporary urban design. Featuring 336 sophisticated spacious suites and guest rooms over 25 storeys, coupled with premier wellness facilities, five elegant destination restaurants and bars including a glamorous rooftop restaurant and bar with outdoor terrace and panoramic views of the city.
Rosewood Hotels & Resorts® will open the ultra-luxury brand’s first Hong Kong property in September 2018 in the new Victoria Dockside arts and culture district, situated on a prime harbourfront location at the former New World Centre on Salisbury Road in Tsim Sha Tsui. Rosewood Hong Kong will occupy 43 floors of the newly built 65-storey tower, whose striking form and glowing crown will become an instantly recognisable icon on the famous skyline.
Hong Kong Ocean Park Marriott Hotel, a city resort hotel with a fresh approach to hospitality, is expected to open in mid-2018. Located in Ocean Park and adjacent to the Mass Transit Railway (MTR) station, this unique 471-room hotel presents a full suite of resort and business facilities. Features include oceanic decorated guest rooms and three types of themed rooms, to an incredible 16 metre-high iconic cylindrical aquarium in the hotel lobby, inviting lagoons, luxurious spa, 24-hour fitness centre, a selection of dining options with outdoor seating, alfresco wedding garden and the largest pillar-free hotel ballroom on Hong Kong Island.
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Ocean Terminal viewing deck
Located at the rooftop of Ocean Terminal’s new extension building of Harbour City, the observatory deck known as “Ocean Terminal Deck” is now open to the public for free.
It is a five-storey complex situated at the end of Ocean Terminal and surrounded by the sea with its prime location extending to the centre of Victoria Harbour. Construction commenced in 2012 and the building has been in full operation since October 2017.
The new precinct, Tai Kwun, is the end-result of a partnership between the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and The Hong Kong Jockey Club.
The area will offer an immersive experience – a place where people can join a heritage tour, engage with contemporary art, participate in workshops, and where the shops and restaurants will offer additional programmes to further enliven the site.
The iconic Symphony of Lights launched a new light show in December last year. The nightly multimedia show involves more than 40 buildings on both sides of the harbour. Coloured lights, laser beams and searchlights combine to create an unforgettable spectacle synchronised to music and narration that celebrates the energy, spirit and diversity of Hong Kong. The show will run at 8pm daily and last for around 13 minutes.
Hong Kong Disneyland Resort has announced a multi-year development plan to take the park to a new level of excitement, leveraging some of the most beloved and successful franchises of the Walt Disney Company. Plans include new themed areas, attractions and entertainment, continually rolling out from 2018 to 2023.
Located in the Tsim Sha Tsui region (inside Harbour City), Paper Moon opened in September 2017 in time to celebrate the Milan restaurant’s 40th anniversary.
Paper Moon will stay true to its founding principles centred of providing ‘good value, honest Italian cuisine in a relaxed congenial environment’. The 2,000 square foot balcony accommodates up to 100 guests and offers unparalleled 270-degrees of Victoria Harbour.
German-born Uwe, former executive chef at Mandarin Oriental, opened his Eponymous Restaurant on Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan (Soho area) in September. Uwe serves cuisine “crafted from the best possible local and organic ingredients that are paired with wines of incredible value”.
Ecriture, a fine dining French restaurant will be located at a brand-new development at the heart of Central (inside H Queen’s) when it opens in March, serving creations by chef Maxime Gilbert, formerly chef de cuisine of Amber at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental.
A Michelin-starred sushi bar, Sushi Saito will open in the Four Seasons in April. Headed up by famous chef Takashi Saito, the restaurant is a firm favourite in Tokyo and this will be its first locale overseas.
New York City speakeasy and cocktail bar PDT (Please Don’t Tell) will open in the Landmark Mandarin Oriental’s MO Bar early in the year, after making waves with its pop-up event in 2016.
Monaco luxe burger joint Grubers has opened in Kowloon Bay. French grass-fed beef is mixed with ingredients such as chimichurri, jalapeños and truffles to create its patties, which are served up accompanied by sides such as “sexy fries” coated with corn and kale salad cups.
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