Having established its international identity as ‘Asia’s World City’, Hong Kong’s 1,294 skyscrapers silhouette the skyline, appearing to compete for dominance, like warriors before a battle – inspiring awe with their strength and beauty.
The latest contender in this battle of Hong Kong’s titans stands by the water’s edge at the International Commerce Centre (ICC) in Kowloon. Occupying floors 102 to 118, The Ritz Carlton Hong Kong remains the highest hotel in the world.
Inspired by Hong Kong’s dynamic culture, the overall interior of the hotel mimics the land of origin like a global metropolis at the crossroads of East and West, taken to new heights by LTW Designworks.
Marking the grand entrance the porte cochere on the ninth floor of the ICC is an ocean of Palissandro blue marble. Floor-to-ceiling views of the sparkling city skyline and a dark wood entryway lead guests to a 52 second elevator ride into the heavens – and the 102nd floor.
The lobby’s focal point is an abstract depiction of a classic Chinese watercolor of running horses; the image is dissected into fragmented strips offering varied views of the artwork from different angles. Common areas of the hotel are anything but common, and evoke the feeling of walking through a parterre of hand-tufted silk wool carpets, coloured in blue gray and earthy brown-yellow tones.
Raising the bar all the way to the top floor, the Ozone nightclub pushes the Hong Kong nightlife scene to the limit – a 1,500-foot above sea level limit.
The interior invites a visceral experience; designed by Wonderwall’s Masamichi Katayama, who had the intention of creating ‘nature in an imaginary world’ – a space full of surprises at every turn all engulfed by the Hong Kong night sky. Design features include a dining room, lounge, Victoria Harbour panoramic views, an art garden, outdoor terrace, and several VIP dining rooms. The Ozone has become the place to be, and is arguably the Jewel in the Crown of the Ritz Carlton.
What separates The Ritz Carlton Hong Kong from any of the other properties in the hotel group’s ensemble is its array of international culinary experiences, with each space boasting eye-catching design elements.
Tin Lung Heen is recognized as one of the top Cantonese restaurants in Hong Kong, receiving two Michelin stars, five years in a row. The Italian restaurant, Tosca, awarded one Michelin star only eight months after opening and directed by Chef Pino Lavarro, introduces guests to innovative Italian cuisine.
As Asia’s sole official retailer of the legendary caviar Almas Persicus (a product that at one point exclusively belonged to the Shah of Iran; almost $10,000 for 250 grams), Almas Caviar Bar excites the most sophisticated food connoisseurs. The Lounge and Bar, Tosca and Tin Lung Heen are the design creations of SPIN Design Studio.
The scene is set with an exclusive seven-seat bar with dark wood and leather furnishings. Accompaniments include an elaborate world-class champagne and vodka list, alongside a peripheral of silk suits, chandeliers and cigars. General Manager Pierre Perusset stands behind the acclaim, “The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong delivers the finest gastronomic experiences under one roof.”
Complimentary limousine service and six food and beverage presentations in the Club Lounge daily elevate the experience.
“We are honored to have been recognized with Forbes Five Stars for the third consecutive year, which signifies that our hotel and spa are among the finest establishments in the world,“ says Perusset.
Written by Jacqueline Allison
Images by The Ritz Carlton Hong Kong