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Hotels We Love: Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong

Hong Kong is home to some of the world’s most luxurious hotels but the centrally located Island Shangri-La is truly one of its gems. Perfectly located in the Central District,  the Island Shangri-La boasts some of the most magnificent views of Hong Kong from almost every angle and this 5-star hotel also features a stunning outdoor pool, 8 restaurants and a coffee shop/café.


Rooms
With 56 floors, 531 exquisite guestrooms and 34 suites, which are among the largest in any hotel in Hong Kong, all of the rooms have magnificent views of the  city, the Peak or the world-famous Victoria Harbour. We stayed in the Horizon Harbour View Room which granted us access to the Horizon Club, always my favorite perk when staying at a Shangri-La property.

Horizon Club
Although the views are amazing from almost every perspective within the hotel, the views of The Peak and Victoria Harbour from the Horizon Club are sure to take your breathe away. The Horizon Club lounge comes with many perks such as complimentary breakfast at the lounge or at the adjacent Restaurant Petrus, private check-in and check-out, personal concierge and secretarial services, complimentary beverages, snacks, evening cocktails and champagne, one complimentary suit pressing per stay and more.



Restaurants
Pétrus
Perched 56 floors over the dazzling city, Restaurant Pétrus is pure glamour, serving up the best French cuisine in town.

Lobster Bar and Grill
I absolutely loved having lunch at this super chic and stylish restaurant. The interior design is mesmerizing and the concept is unique, featuring lobster in almost every dish and a lobster tower before the small plates come out. Such a great place for lunch meetings or just catching up with friends.


All content provided on this blog is for informational purposes only. The owner of this blog makes no representations as to the accuracy or completeness of any information on this site or found by following any link on this site. I was invited as guest by the Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong. As always, all opinions are my own.

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Airlines Asia Reviews

Airlines We Love: Cathay Pacific

When you’re flying 16 hours across the world, it’s always much appreciated when an airline goes above and beyond to make your journey comfortable and pleasant and Cathay Pacific did just that during my round-trip nonstop flight from JFK to Hong Kong. From the moment I stepped onto the plane, I was acknowledged, thought of and cared for the entire time by the warm crew on board.


Business Class

Seats
Cathay’s lie-flat seats are super comfortable and offer privacy as well as plenty of electrical outlets and storage for your belongings. For long haul flights, business class is a great option for those who want to travel in comfort for a decent value over first class and seating can make or break your business class experience. Luckily, Cathay offers reverse herringbone seating configuration with private single pod rows and paired seating in the middle if you’re not traveling solo.

Dining
Before you can even get settled in your seat, the crew is ready with lovely refreshments such as champagne, water, juice and my favorite- cranberry juice infused with champagne, rose water and baby roses! Such a lovely touch.

Meal times are obviously my favorite time when I’m flying on long hauls and luckily Cathay has designed an award-wining menu with exceptionally delicious food during appropriate meal times and cold snacks aren’t the only snacks offered in between but hot snacks as well with a choice of Western and Asian fare such as gourmet burgers and fries or hot soup.

Amenity Kit
Flying as much as I do, I always pay attention to the airline’s amenity kit and I especially appreciated Cathay’s practical and non-wasteful kit and natural skin care products by Jurlique.

Entertainment
200+ inflight movies, 1,000’s of episodes along with a large screen and personal Bose headset will your long haul trip fly by- pun intended.

Tip: Hong Kong Station Check-In
By heading to the Hong Kong International Airport via Airport Express (AEL), you’re able to check in your bags at the Central or Kowloon Stations before boarding the train, cutting down on long lines at the airport.

Cathay Dragon
Cathay Pacific also offers regional flights on their sister airline, Cathay Dragon. We flew from Cathay’s hub in Hong Kong to Yangon, Myanmar and the 3 hour and 20 minute flight was also super comfortable and pleasant. The business class on Cathay Dragon still manages to maintain all of the qualities offered on Cathay Pacific’s business class but on a smaller aircraft. Cathay Dragon is certainly a wise choice as they have a wide network covering the most popular travel destinations in the Asia Pacific region.

This blog was written in partnership and sponsored by Cathay Pacific. As always, opinions are my own.

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Asia Photography

Top 5 Places to Photograph in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is one of the most impressive cities in the world to photograph. The city is visually stunning, with soaring skyscrapers, lush green mountains, and an expansive harbor filled with boats and islands. Hong Kong also has an efficient metro and ferry system, which makes getting around to the see the sights easy and fun.
Here are my top five places to photograph in Hong Kong:

1. Innovation Tower
This is an avant-garde building designed by Zaha Hadid Architects and located on the Kowloon side of Hong Kong. The building houses the School of Design for The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the exterior looks like a space-age masterpiece. The interior is equally impressive and features skylights, floor to ceiling windows, and soaring escalators.

 

2. Choi Hung Building
This is a colorful housing project located on the Kowloon side of Hong Kong. Even the metro station has vibrant rainbow colors along the walls. The Choi Hung building façade looks like a Pantone palate and it has an equally colorful basketball court in the foreground, which makes for an interesting photo shoot.

 

3. IFC Building
This is one of the tallest buildings in Hong Kong and has a free observation deck with prime views of Hong Kong Island and the Victoria Harbour.

 

4. Lantau Island
A visit to Hong Kong is not complete without seeing the beautiful islands off the coast of the city, including Lantau Island. Lantau offers hiking trails, peaceful mountainside, and the Big Buddha. The Buddha statue, also known as “Tian Tan Buddha” is one of the tallest in the world. To get there, ride the cable car called “Ngong Ping 360”, which takes you on a thirty-minute ride to the Buddha.

 

5. Victoria Peak
For the best bird’s eye view of the city, head up to Victoria Peak. This world-famous observation point is on the highest mountain on Hong Kong Island, at 552 meters tall. To get there, take the historic tram, hike, Uber, or taxi to the top. The top of the peak features a mall with many restaurants where you can take in the scenery. Be sure to visit on a clear day, where you can see the harbor all the way to Kowloon.

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