Hong Kong’s urban resort is a natural delight

The Kerry Hotel in Hong Kong on Victoria Harbour’s Hung Hom Bay, is a 16-storey Shangri-La property which is known as the city’s first urban resort.

While Hong Kong doesn’t suffer from a dearth of high-end hotels, what sets the new Kerry apart is its urban experience. 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 the urban resort experience is a genuine point of difference.

More pertinently, in a city hemmed by a verdant wall of green and surrounded by water, architect and interior designer Andre Fu 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.

Location dining

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, 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. They, like the hotel, are well worth checking out.

www.thekerryhotels.com

James Sherbon

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