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Which luxury hotels in Hong Kong are any good?

This cosmopolitan city acts as a gateway to parts of mainland China and is a convenient stopover destination for much of Asia. There is so much to see and do here, and everything is wonderfully close, making this the ideal place to extend your journey.

When people envisage Hong Kong with its impressive skyline dominated by the glittering glass of soaring buildings, backed by green peaks, it is most likely Hong Kong Island that they see. Home to the economic and historical and political centre, this is the city’s heart where you will discover the shopping, entertainment and commercial centres overlooking Victoria Harbour.

Marvel at the blend of man-made and natural landscapes from Victoria Peak above the central region of Hong Kong Island, overlooking the streets, skyscrapers, harbour and the Kowloon Peninsula below. Wander through the neon city and savour an array of peculiar delicacies such as shredded jellyfish or snake soup, before signing up for a t’ai chi session at dawn.

The region of Kowloon is situated on a peninsula on the northern shore of Victoria Harbour. The main tourist area is around Tsim Sha Tsui which is located at the tip of the peninsula. It’s here where visitors flock to shop, drink and dine. The Kowloon Walled City Park was once the site of a Qing Dynasty military station which was demolished and replaced with a park. To this day you can still see a number of structures and relics from the city as well as the beautiful Qing Dynasty garden.

For those who want to escape the hustle of the modern city, we recommend wandering the charming Ping Shan Heritage Trail in the New Territories. At just under one mile long, the trail passes through villages and past a number of historic Chinese buildings including pagodas, temples and a walled village, as well as historic ancestral study halls.

If you can tear yourself away from the shopping and dining, Hong Kong also has plenty of other experiences available. One of the most popular is getting the Star Ferry from Hong Kong Island to Kowloon, a nostalgic and good-value journey that’s a real must-do. If you want a break from the business of city life, head out to the outlying islands, famed for their hiking and beaches. Hong Kong also has it’s own Disneyland, making it a perfect destination if you’re travelling with kids.

An Octopus card, a card similar to London’s Oyster card, is essential if you plan on exploring the city via public transport. Cards can be bought either at the airport or from one of the Mass Transit Railway (MTR) stations. Once you have your card it can be topped up either at MTR stations or select shops and they can also be used to purchase things such as food and coffee in various chain stores. The MTR itself is clean, quick and safe, with air-conditioning in the summer and mobile signal throughout.

Kowloon Shangri-La, Kowloon is an Award-winning hotel with a Michelin-Star restaurant.

Conveniently located in the heart of the shopping and entertainment district, this hotel has modern guest rooms with floor-to-ceiling bay windows affording breathtaking harbour or city skyline views. Known for its legendary hospitality and warmth, the hotel also features modern amenities such as an indoor swimming pool and a health club. Mealtimes are a revelation here, with four restaurants, a lounge and a bar including a two Michelin-Star Chinese restaurant, a café serving hearty buffets, and a tapas bar with a wide selection of New World wines. With its modern style, fabulous atmosphere and outstanding service, this luxury hotel is perfectly placed for city exploration.

The Harbour Grand Hong Kong waterfront accommodation and almost unrivalled harbour views.

The location of the Harbour Grand really sets it apart, with just a road between the hotel and the waterfront. There are plenty of spots with breathtaking views and each room has at least a side view over the harbour. You’ll just be a relatively short walk from the nearest MTR station meaning the heart of the city, with its plentiful dining and shopping opportunities is not too far away. At the hotel you can choose from a couple of eatery Kwan Cheuk Heen, another venue with harbour views. There’s also a fitness centre and a 27 metre outdoor pool with an impressive view of the skyline of Kowloon.

The Excelsior, Hong Kong Island – Unwind in a fantastic waterfront location.

A member of the prestigious Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, The Excelsior is one of Hong Kong’s most popular hotels in its category, with its prime site on the waterfront and many rooms overlooking Victoria Harbour. Facilities here include a fitness centre and wellness area and there are six restaurants and bars and both indoor and outdoor dining options. If you’re hoping to partake in a spot of shopping you don’t have to go too far – the hotel is close to Times Square Shopping Mall, Hysan Place and Sogo.

The Harbour Grand Kowloon is a Waterfront hotel in Kowloon offering incredible Hong Kong Island views.

With fantastic panoramic views around almost every corner, this hotel really does have one of the best locations in Kowloon. Without a doubt the most popular spot is the roof top pool with its unique glass walls… there’s even a view under water. Make sure you spend at least one afternoon up here taking in the activity on the harbour. As well as plenty of local eateries within walking distance, there are four restaurants at the Harbour Grand including the main buffet restaurant The Promenade, which has huge floor-to-ceiling windows, and Robatayaki, a traditional Japanese barbecue.