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Freshly opened this week, Shangri-La Ho­tels’s new­est prop­erty in Hong Kong is a self-styled ur­ban re­sort and the first ho­tel to open on the Kowloon water­front in more than two decades.

De­signed by celebrity ar­chi­tect An­dre Fu, the new build, 16-storey Kerry Ho­tel houses 546 light-filled gue­strooms, stag­gered across a “podium-style” lay­out to am­plify wow-fac­tor views; more than 60 per cent of the rooms look across Vic­to­ria Har­bour to the Hong Kong Is­land sky­line.

Sit­u­ated at the heart of Hung Hom Bay, mo­ments from the Tsim Sha Tsui East shop­ping dis­trict and a short walk from the ferry pier and new Wham­poa MTR sta­tion, the ho­tel has been ex­ten­sively land­scaped; gar­dens con­nect pub­lic ar­eas and all five restau­rants and bars fea­ture large out­door ter­races over­look­ing the har­bour.

In­doors you’ll find more than 1000 pieces by lead­ing Asian con­tem­po­rary artists. The im­pres­sive lobby af­fords stun­ning views through an enor­mous 8m-high curved win­dow, and opens on to a for­mal gar­den, which is re­plete with top­i­ary and hedges.

The sev­eral cat­e­gories of gue­strooms and suites, the small­est at 42sq m, fea­ture the ser­vices of an e-concierge and ded­i­cated smart phone apps as well as free Wi-Fi, large flatscreen TV, smart mar­ble bath­room with rain shower and a com­pli­men­tary mini bar (ex­clud­ing wine and spir­its) on ar­rival.

Clu­b­rooms have ac­cess to a ded­i­cated lounge for break­fast, cock­tails and pri­vate check-in and late check-out to 4pm, sub­ject to avail­abil­ity. The Kerry has a 24-hour health club with 25m out­door pool and claims the largest ho­tel and event cater­ing ser­vices in Hong Kong.

DON’T MISS: A cock­tail in Red Sugar, the ho­tel’s pre­mier bar, boast­ing a 270-de­gree wrap­around ter­race and fab af­ter-dark views of the city’s sky­line. DIN­ING IN: Aus­tralian ex­ec­u­tive chef Matthew Ben­nink over­sees a fleet of eater­ies in­clud­ing the sig­na­ture Hung Tong, serv­ing con­tem­po­rary Chi­nese fare in smart, old world sur­rounds; the all-day-din­ing Big Bay Cafe; and groovy Dock­yard with nine sep­a­rate kitchens and live en­ter­tain­ment ev­ery night.

DIN­ING OUT: Check out the lively Le­ung Hap Seafood and Hot­pot, lo­cated above the Hung Hom wet mar­ket, serv­ing au­then­tic Can­tonese and Chiu Chow dishes (try the stir-fried clam with black bean sauce); or the pop­u­lar Sang Kee Cha Chaan Teng at 13 Lo Lung Hang Street, where the sig­na­ture dishes are clay-pot crab and clam con­gee or tom yum goong udon with crab.

ASK THE CONCIERGE: If you fancy a bit of ex­er­cise af­ter all that fan­tas­tic Hong Kong food, try the en­er­getic four-hour hike up Lion Rock for mag­nif­i­cent views of the Kowloon area.

CHECK­ING IN: Un­til July 31, open­ing rates rooms from HK1900 ($323) in­clud­ing room up­grade if avail­able, buf­fet break­fast and two drinks at Red Sugar. More: shangri-la.com.

ALSO TRY: W Santiago Ho­tel, Chile; Kerry Ho­tel Bei­jing; Parkroyal on Pick­er­ing, Sin­ga­pore.

CHRIS­TINE McCABE Small Lux­ury Ho­tels of the World has signed the swanky Le Barthelemy Ho­tel and Spa on the French-speak­ing Caribbean is­land of St Barts; opened on the beach­front last Novem­ber, the prop­erty fea­tures 46 gue­strooms and suites and food by Miche­lin-starred French chef Guy Martin • Fitout has be­gun on the new­build Mantra Ho­tel at Syd­ney air­port; the ninelevel ho­tel is sched­uled to open in late June a short dis­tance from the T2/T3 do­mes­tic ter­mi­nals, and will fea­ture 136 gue­strooms, a restau­rant and bar and 24/7 ser­vice • Un­til May 31, book three nights at a Banyan Tree ho­tel or re­sort and re­ceive a free night’s ac­com­mo­da­tion; or at sis­ter brand Angsana re­ceive up to 40 per cent off the best avail­able rate • In­ter­na­tion­ally fa­mous Peru­vian chef Diego Munoz joins South Amer­ica’s first lux­ury sleeper train as ex­ec­u­tive chef; the Bel­mond An­dean Ex­plorer launches May 4 trav­el­ling at al­ti­tudes of up to 4800m en route from Cusco to Are­quipa on jour­neys of three days and two nights • De­sign Ho­tels’s mem­ber prop­er­ties in the Greek Is­lands are of­fer­ing sum­mer dis­counts; at San Gioro­gio Mykonos from €190 ($266) a night with break­fast, air­port trans­fers and boat shut­tle; and at the new My­co­nian Kyma dur­ing May from €132 with break­fast and trans­fers; up­grades and late check­out also in­cluded, sub­ject to avail­abil­ity.

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