T.Dining by Hong Kong Tatler - - Kerry Hotel Special -

Take a look be­hind-the-scenes at Kerry Ho­tel, Hong Kong—

the new­est ad­di­tion to the Hung Hom neigh­bour­hood

It takes some­thing spe­cial to be the first new ho­tel to open on the Kowloon wa­ter­front in more than two decades—and just one glimpse at the re­cently opened Kerry Ho­tel should be enough to tell you that this lux­ury prop­erty has that some­thing spe­cial in spades.

Set on Hung Hom Bay, this unique 16-storey ur­ban re­sort was cre­ated by Shangri-La Ho­tels and Re­sorts in col­lab­o­ra­tion with ac­claimed local ar­chi­tect and in­te­rior de­signer An­dré Fu. Con­ceived as a light-filled, mul­ti­level podium space, it show­cases the ho­tel’s stun­ning wa­ter­front set­ting to spec­tac­u­lar ef­fect.

The Kerry Ho­tel fea­tures ex­ten­sive el­e­vated land­scaped gardens that seam­lessly con­nect with ex­pan­sive out­door pub­lic leisure ar­eas, en­cour­ag­ing vis­i­tors to fully ex­plore the prop­erty’s grounds. Mov­ing in­side, there’s an ar­ray of out­stand­ing din­ing op­tions, leisure ac­tiv­i­ties, well­ness pro­grammes and event ser­vices that en­sure this metropoli­tan oa­sis is ideal for so­phis­ti­cated stay­ca­tion­ers, business trav­ellers and ex­cited out-of-town­ers alike—all ea­ger to en­joy the best our city has to of­fer.


Talk about mak­ing an en­trance—the Kerry Ho­tel’s show­stop­ping lobby im­me­di­ately sets the tone for Fu’s re­fresh­ingly dy­namic take on con­tem­po­rary, re­laxed hos­pi­tal­ity. Flooded with oo­dles of nat­u­ral light thanks to eight-me­tre-high ceil­ings and un­du­lat­ing floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows that span 80 me­tres, there’s no ig­nor­ing those ma­jes­tic panoramic views of Vic­to­ria Har­bour, which are per­fectly com­ple­mented by the in­te­rior’s Turk­ish onyx mar­ble walls and laser-cut bronze screens. The lobby then opens onto a wa­ter­front ter­race and a metic­u­lously man­i­cured gar­den (nat­u­rally, Fu selected all its plants), in­ter­twined with pub­lic walk­ways that in­vite laid­back strolls to soak up the scenery.

Guests can bask in even more of those fab­u­lous views from their rooms, with more than 60 per cent fea­tur­ing sweep­ing vis­tas of Vic­to­ria Har­bour and the city’s iconic sky­line. Fu’s renowned eye for de­tail sees the rooms dec­o­rated in a pal­ette of cool blues and greys, with eu­ca­lyp­tus tim­ber, an­odised bronze and glossy lac­quer ac­cents. Strik­ing pen­dant lights, cus­tomde­signed es­pe­cially for the ho­tel, of­fer an­other chic Asian de­sign ref­er­ence. All gue­strooms boast com­pli­men­tary high-speed WiFi, movies on de­mand, a mini­bar and a 24-hour but­ler ser­vice on-hand to help with ev­ery re­quest, how­ever small it may be.

The ho­tel is also home to more than 1,000 art­works, mak­ing it some­thing of a liv­ing gallery for Asian art, in­clud­ing spe­cially com­mis­sioned pieces by lead­ing artists from Hong Kong, Tai­wan and the Philip­pines. These de­lib­er­ately pay homage to Hong Kong’s unique cul­ture, her­itage and beauty, fur­ther ce­ment­ing the Kerry Ho­tel’s pride in its sur­round­ings. The be­spoke works in­clude a pair of tai chi-in­spired bronze stat­ues by Tai­wanese artist Ju Ming in the in­te­rior and ex­te­rior sec­tions of the lobby, a quirky in­stal­la­tion of bar­ber poles and neon signs by Hong Kong’s Adrian Wong in the ho­tel’s Hung Tong restau­rant and Red Sugar bar, and three na­ture-in­spired cop­per stat­ues by Filipino sculp­tor Jing­goy Buen­suceso.


If you’ve got it, flaunt it—the Kerry Ho­tel con­tin­ues to make the most of those pic­ture-per­fect panora­mas with its four restau­rants and bar, which all fea­ture out­door land­scaped ter­races that over­look Vic­to­ria Har­bour in all its glory. What­ever your culi­nary tastes, the ho­tel has you cov­ered:


The ho­tel’s 546 gue­strooms are sep­a­rated into five cat­e­gories— and the jewel in its crown is the 3,160sqft Pres­i­den­tial Suite. Lo­cated on the top floor of the ho­tel, the suite’s nu­mer­ous spe­cial fea­tures in­clude its own but­ler, an in-room bar­tender on re­quest and your own per­son­alised sta­tionery.

Mea­sur­ing more than 19,000 square feet, the ho­tel’s Grand Ball­room is the largest pil­lar-less ball­room in Hong Kong and can ac­com­mo­date more than 1,000 guests. It also fea­tures the city’s largest LED wall.

The ho­tel’s im­pres­sive fleet of lux­ury cars for guest travel in­cludes BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi ve­hi­cles, all of which have free high-speed WiFi; the Audis and BMWs are painted a cus­tom “Kerry Blue” colour.

The Kerry’s sig­na­ture scent was de­vel­oped es­pe­cially for the ho­tel. De­signed to en­hance the ex­pe­ri­ence of walk­ing into a ver­dant plant-filled lobby over­look­ing a lush land­scaped ter­race, it’s called “Walk in the Woods”. The fra­grance fea­tures vi­brant bursts of Cal­abrian berg­amot and Mediter­ranean lemon, along with jas­mine, blonde wood, white am­ber and crys­tal musk.

Book one of the club gue­strooms to en­joy com­pli­men­tary ac­cess to a range of ex­clu­sive per­son­alised ser­vices at The Club—in­clud­ing a buf­fet breakfast, evening cock­tails and canapés, suit press­ing and shoe-shin­ing on ar­rival, daily in­ter­na­tional news­pa­pers, but­ler ser­vice and the use of a pri­vate 10-per­son meet­ing room.

The Lobby Lounge of­fers tra­di­tional Hong Kong com­fort food with a mod­ern twist; Dock­yard is an in­ter­na­tional food hall fea­tur­ing 10 dif­fer­ent coun­tries’ cuisines to a back­drop of live mu­sic from local bands on Thurs­days, Fri­days and Satur­days; and Big Bay Café is an all-day din­ing venue with live cook­ing sta­tions. Mean­while, Hung Tong serves up con­tem­po­rary Chi­nese cui­sine in a set­ting that cel­e­brates the unique his­tory of Hung Hom (its ex­posed brick walls and tung­sten lamps are de­signed to evoke the 19th-cen­tury ship­yards that once dom­i­nated the area), and

Red Sugar boasts ar­ti­sanal cock­tails, bar­rel-aged whiskeys and craft brews in a space that in­cludes a 270-de­gree wrap­around ter­race.

Also tak­ing ad­van­tage of those wow-wor­thy vis­tas is the in­cred­i­ble 25-me­tre out­door in­fin­ity pool, com­plete with a har­bour view deck for sun-soaked loung­ing, and the Base Camp Kerry Sports—a bright, spa­cious 24-hour fit­ness cen­tre with floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows and five zones ded­i­cated to train­ing for car­dio, free weights, strength, func­tional and spin or yoga, plus in­dul­gent sauna and spa fa­cil­i­ties.

Ex­plor­ing be­yond the ho­tel is a cinch as well, thanks to the Kerry Ho­tel’s ul­tra-knowl­edge­able concierge and e-concierge ser­vices. Act­ing as a gate­way to the local neigh­bour­hood, the team is to­tally clued up on the area’s fas­ci­nat­ing his­tory and has plenty of sug­ges­tions for ex­cit­ing ex­pe­ri­ences that will make the most of your stay. The ho­tel’s Bay Area Guide is packed with the best hid­den gems, local finds and scenic spots— all de­tailed on colour­ful il­lus­trated maps of Hung Hom, To Kwa Wan and Kowloon Bay—to take you on il­lu­mi­nat­ing jour­neys of dis­cov­ery around the city.

Of­fer­ing far more than just a bed for the night, a stay at the Kerry Ho­tel de­liv­ers an ex­pe­ri­ence to re­mem­ber—and the chance to fully ap­pre­ci­ate all of Kowloon’s many glo­ries in the ut­most com­fort and style.


All of Kerry Ho­tel’s out­door land­scaped ter­races over­look Vic­to­ria Har­bour in all its glory


The ver­dant ter­race lo­cated out­side of Red Sugar bar is one of the ho­tel’s fo­cal points


An­dré Fu’s so­phis­ti­cated de­sign for the ho­tel com­bines lux­u­ri­ous touches with con­tem­po­rary de­tail­ing such as laser-cut bronze screens


The ho­tel lobby is filled with nat­u­ral light to com­ple­ment the swaths of Turk­ish onyx mar­ble walls


Award-win­ning ar­chi­tect and in­te­rior de­signer An­dré Fu chose shades of blue to cre­ate a sooth­ing vis­ual lan­guage through­out the en­tire ho­tel


The Lobby Lounge is the first port of call for many guests

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