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Hong Kong Travel Guide: Where to Stay, Indulge and Explore

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STAY

Visitors will feel like they’re on top of the world at W Hong Kong, a five-star hotel located in Kowloon. Situated across the water from Central district (the city’s business hub), W Hong Kong offers breathtaking views of the famous cityscape and easy access to the bustle. Fitted with sleek interiors and modern décor elements, the W Hong Kong is conscious about design and makes an effort to merge luxury with art; the property frequently collaborates with local artist collectives on special projects and events.

Wet, the open-air rooftop pool (it’s the highest in Hong Kong), sits on the 76th floor and hosts some of the city’s most popular parties. WOOBAR also draws in a crowd from across the city, showcasing acts by local musicians as well as big names from around the globe.

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INDULGE

In the midst of Hong Kong’s towering skyscrapers and busy streets is a tranquil culinary escape: Ronin. Tucked in a quiet corner of Hong Kong’s up-andcoming Sheung Wan district, the restaurant draws inspiration from Japanese cuisine, with dishes perfected by famed New York chef Matt Abergel, to suit the Hong Kong palate. The izakaya’s long, narrow layout makes for an intimate experience with dim lighting and sleek wooden finishes. Ronin has garnered fame for its extensive whisky selection and exceptional seafood; the fresh sashimi is superb, but it’s the signature meals—tigerfish, razor clams and baby squid—that steal the show.

After dinner, drinks at Sevva, an impressive lounge with a lengthy cocktail list, are a must. Located in Central district atop the iconic Prince’s Building office tower, Sevva has a 360-degree view of the skyline. The terrace provides front-row seating to the laser show A Symphony of Lights, which illuminates the sky on each side of Victoria Harbour every night at eight o’clock.

Photo by Chris Stowers / Getty Images.
Photo by Chris Stowers / Getty Images.

EXPLORE

With massive residential, corporate and shopping towers and tiny market stalls jam-packed into one metropolis, Hong Kong is, in every sense, a concrete jungle. Both the Central and Tsim Sha Tsui districts house thousands of big-name-brand flagship stores, but for a more boutique experience, the SoHo area offers an introduction to some of the city’s up-and-coming designers.

If shopping along the hectic streets doesn’t suit your fancy, opt for cardio instead, with a hike along one of Hong Kong’s many scenic trails. The Dragon’s Back is the preferred trail for explorers looking to stay on the main island, while more curious adventurers can endure a one-hour hike along Tai Long Wan beach to Ham Tin, one of the city’s most picturesque shorelines.