Happy couples' time to relax
The most relaxing part of getting married has to be the honeymoon, as the months of organisation and wedding-day jitters are over. The honeymoon is a time for the newlyweds to focus on each other, create treasured moments and indulge in some luxurious pampering from their hotel.
Grand Hyatt Hong Kong has a choice of 13 designer-led suites located on the top floors of the Grand Club that are accessed by private lifts.
All feature opulent decor and panoramic views of Victoria Harbour.
Each provides couples with many thoughtful touches, so there is little reason to leave the room, including a complimentary full-service bar, espresso machine and toaster.
Suite guests have the option of a private butler, 24-hour room service, and access to the split-level Grand Club lounge, perfect for evening cocktails and deluxe canapes.
For the ultimate in luxury there is the hotel's ultradecadent Chairman Suite, which at 2,007 sq ft includes a living room, master bedroom, guest room, three bathrooms, a separate dining room for six, and a kitchen, plus a Jacuzzi.
Gladis Young, director of communications, says that in addition to the suite facilities, 'couples can enjoy the Spa for Two, a programme designed especially for couples, or take a dip in the largest hotel outdoor pool in Hong Kong'.
Love is certainly in the air with Mandarin Oriental's Romantic Retreat package. Included are breakfast in-room (or Clipper Lounge or Cafe Causette); a bottle of Rose Champagne; a box of signature Chocolate Lips; Taste of The Mandarin Spa for two; the Lucky Eight Photography Guide, suggesting eight romantic places in Hong Kong to take photographs together; and an upgrade on arrival and late checkout. Other romantic options can be added on, including a candle-lit dinner in the two-Michelin-starred restaurant Pierre; the one-Michelin-starred Mandarin Grill or a mouth-watering Cantonese dinner in Man Wah; and a chauffeur-driven car to take couples to each of the Lucky Eight spots, or just for a romantic drive.
There are a variety of suites to choose from, including the 775 sq ft Deluxe Oriental with harbour views, personalised check-in, floor butler and 24-hour room service.
Couples seeking a little nature and a variety of activities will find them at Hyatt Regency Hong Kong Sha Tin. Edith Cheng, marketing communications manager explains that 'because the hotel is a little out of the city, yet still very convenient, there's a resort feeling without being too remote. We provide all-round solutions for couples with different styles'.
For example, those wanting to totally relax can head to the spa, and lounge around the pool, while sporty types can enjoy cycling, hiking, tennis and nearby water sports.
Cheng says the most popular suite for honeymooners is the Regency Club Harbour View Suite, which features a separate living and dining area and views of Tolo Harbour. Guests also have access to the Regency Club that has a sky terrace and a private concierge.
The Ritz Carlton's Honeymoon Suite package includes a two-night stay in a 1,240 sq ft Premier Executive Suite; round-trip limousine transfers; 90-minute spa treatment for two in the suite; a candle-lit dinner in-suite; a dinner for two at Tosca, personalised butler service, bubble bath and Champagne and honeymoon amenities.
Some of the highlights of the suite are panoramic harbour and city views, a marble bathroom, and spacious living and dining areas. Guests also have 24-hour access to the Club lounge with its six food and beverage presentations daily, and limousine service within the vicinity. 'Honeymoon couples will be impressed with the height and the amazing design of the hotel, but they will remember and bring home the lasting memories created especially for them by our staff,' says director of catering and events, Lucia Shum.
At the InterContinental Hong Kong, twosomes have the choice of a stay in the signature Terrace Suite or the Romance with Style Experience package. The 4,500 sq ft suite, which Carol Klein, director of public relations and communications describes as 'one of the city's most spectacular honeymoon suites', has a large outdoor terrace with an infinity-edge marble Jacuzzi, cosy day bed and dining area overlooking Victoria Harbour, with sweeping views of Hong Kong Island.
The master bedroom has a four-poster king-sized bed and an en-suite open-designed master bathroom with a rain-forest shower and Jacuzzi for two.
Some of the highlights of the package include the suite for two-nights plus butler service; chilled Dom Perignon on arrival; Romance Bath for two; wine-paired gourmet dinner on the terrace one night, and on the other night the terrace is transformed into an outdoor bedroom; plus spa treatment for two and breakfast on the terrace.
There is also Club access and a personalised concierge service.
For a unique honeymoon, couples may opt for the Pousada de S?o Tiago in Macau, a 17th-century building, originally built as a fortress that is now an enchanting all-suite boutique hotel owned by Lisboa Hotels. The property is situated in a quiet area of Macau and features 12 suites overlooking the Inner Harbour and the Pearl River Delta, each with a balcony, plush furnishings, modern bathrooms with rainforest shower, steam room, and complimentary mini-bar. There is also an outdoor terrace and swimming pool and four restaurants, including the fine-dining Spanish restaurant La Paloma.
Guests also have access to the wine cellar of the Lisboa Hotels Complex (Hotel Lisboa and Grand Lisboa). 'The wine cellar is one of the best in the world, with over 8,600 labels,' says the Lisboa Hotels' public-relations manager, Eugenia Ip. Special arrangements for honeymooners can be arranged upon request, including guided tours and sightseeing services.