A spankingly new Kerry Hotel has just opened in Hong Kong on Victoria Harbour’s Hung Hom Bay. The 16-storey property will be Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts fourth Hong Kong property and is the first to open on the Kowloon waterfront since 1995.
Now while Hong Kong doesn’t suffer from a dearth of high-end hotels what sets the new Kerry apart is it’s being touted as the city’s first urban resort. Sure, the hotel drips with tick-a-box five-star luxuries such as a lobby filled with marble and a carefully curated art collection on display throughout but what sets it truly apart is the urban resort experience.
More pertinently, in a city hemmed by a verdant wall of green and surrounded by water, architect and interior designer Andre Fu has endeavoured to highlight these (often forgotten) natural attributes of Hong Kong. So rather than constructing another paean to the city’s eye-catching built environment, Fu’s design focuses on ensuring the hotel basks in plenty of natural daylight with extensive outdoor landscaped gardens connecting seamlessly to many public areas.
Embracing the city
You’ll notice it on your arrival because unlike so many city hotels which seem to turn inward as you walk through the lobby doors and shut the city out, the Kerry embraces its location with a curved eight-metre high glass window stretching 80-metres overlooking the waterfront while also opening out onto a vast gorgeously manicured garden.
And then there are features like Base Camp Kerry Sports which stretches beyond the typical hermetically sealed hotel fitness facility of treadmills and TV monitors flickering with images from CNN. It actually coaxes guests out into the city with outdoor activities including running clubs. It’s a 24/7 facility offering a wide selection of fitness equipment, a 25-metre outdoor infinity swimming pool, Jacuzzi, steam bath, sauna and spa facilities.
Moreover, guests keen to sample more of Hong Kong can wander along the Hung Hom Bay shoreline uncovering the city’s history and food trails with a guide specifically created by the Kerry Hotel.
Yet while the delights of Kowloon lie close by as well as the shopping of Tsim Sha Tsui, guests will discover all five of the hotel’s restaurants offer something rather unique to Hong Kong – outdoor dining. Each restaurant has a landscaped terrace overlooking Victoria Harbour with the hotel’s signature restaurant Hung Tong offering a thoroughly modern take on Chinese cuisine. Other cuisine options include a slick international Diner, an all-day café as well as the hotel bar Red Sugar which provides 270-degree views of the city skyline from its wraparound terrace.
As for the hotel’s 546 rooms, Lunch Magazine hasn’t tried them as yet but they’re large with the smallest measuring 42sqm and over 60 percent of them feature panoramic views of Victoria Harbour and the Hong Kong Island skyline.
What’s more, you can sample this true urban oasis yourself with an introductory opening offer of:
- A choice of complimentary upgrade to the next room category or
- Complimentary breakfast buffet for two persons per day or
- 20% off the Best Available Rate Two complimentary drinks at Red Sugar per stay
- Complimentary mini bar upon arrival
It’s well worth checking out.