HOME AND AWAY
YOUcan’t stay these days at the Repulse Bay Hotel (pictured circa 1920) on Hong Kong Island, but I remember it well from the 1970s — the high beds, ceiling fans and the lap of the sea at night on ‘‘the Riviera of the Orient’’, which always seemed a miracle in such an urbanised destination. The 1920-built colonial hotel was pulled down by Hong Kong and Shanghai Hotels (owners of The Peninsula) in 1982 and rebuilt as part of a high-rise community, including a replica of the three-storey original. Drop by for a casual lunch at Spices, a spiffing afternoon tea or a leisurely lunch on the colonnaded veranda. There are permanent exhibitions (most comprehensively in the lower-level gallery) that chronicle the hotel’s history — pictures, menus and snippets of when Ernest Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn were in residence, Sunday tea dances and bathing off a pontoon called the Lido Lady. It’s a well-curated collection that harks to an age of ease and privilege. My advice? Settle in with a copy of past habitue William Somerset Maugham’s The Painted Veil (1924) under your wing and a pink gin perched on a commemorative coaster in the Bamboo Bar. More: therepulsebay.com.