Hong Kong, a place that never sleeps, isn’t usually associated with relaxation, but it is possible!
Flat bed with plump pillows and cosy duvet? Check. Jersey pyjamas and matching slippers? Check. 7 course tasting menu created by Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton? Of course. WiFi at 35,000ft? You bet! My recent trip to Hong Kong began in style, courtesy of Hong Kong Airlines and their newly launched all-business class flight from London to the Asian hub. The new service offers a luxurious way to make the 12 hour journey, with a choice of Club Classic and Club Premier cabins. I was lucky enough to trial the Club Classic service and was really impressed.
On this trip I stayed at the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong for the first time, one of the true “Grande Dame” hotels in the Skyscraper City, with its unbeatable harbour-front location in the buzz and excitement of Wan Chai (probably my favourite area of HK to wander around, with its non-stop action, colourful markets, delicious and often unidentifiable food objects and general centre-of-the-action feel).
The views from this hotel are extraordinary, and the swimming pool on the 11th floor is the perfect retreat when it all gets too much in this 24-hour destination. I found a fresh watermelon juice and a dip in the pool the perfect tonic to running around town! NB. They also serve the best mango pudding in Hong Kong.
The hotel’s Plateau Spa is also the place for frazzled souls, whether it’s jet lag or the night before you’re suffering from – it boasts some of the biggest treatment rooms I’ve seen anywhere and highly professional therapists. You can even check into the Plateau Rooms – hotel rooms located actually within the spa, with sunken futon beds that you can have your treatment on, and then spend the night. How often have you had a massage and wished you could float straight to bed? Next time I want to stay in one of these.
I sampled both a 60 minute Plateau massage at the Grand Hyatt, and a 60 minute neck, back and foot massage in a local Chinese massage shop and the two experiences could not have been more different. Both great – one a highly relaxing, pampering and soothing experience that left me floating on a cloud, the other an hour of back-cracking and knot busting that I’m sure left me an inch taller…I’d recommend trying both to experience both ends of the spa spectrum!