Step into the ultimate Hong Kong retreats for the rich and famous
Opulent accommodation for rock stars and their entourages
A sure-fire way to leave the real world behind for a bit is to cloister oneself in a bubble of decadence that is the usual domain of the rich and famous. What would be out of the question for most on a daily basis might just be attainable for a night or two, and if you’re prepared to shell out for the flashiest digs in town, Hong Kong hospitality providers can step up to the plate.
Take The Mira Hong Kong, for example. American whistleblower Edward Snowden, famously holed up in the posh Kowloon hotel in 2013. Its Charles Allem-designed “specialty suites” – the Grand Mira Suite and Platinum Suite – are priced at a nightly rack rate of HK$48,000-plus and HK$36,000 plus, respectively, but for that you get to hang out in a space previously occupied by rich tycoons and celebrity royalty.
“Other than occasional VVIPs, such as Katy Perry on the hotel’s grand opening night, these suites are often picked for hosting private birthday parties, with setup and catering provided from the hotel, or a memorable night by bridal couples after hosting their wedding banquets at The Mira’s penthouse ballroom [designed by celebrity American party planner Colin Cowie],” says Gerhard Aicher, general manager of The Mira Hong Kong.
As both suites are interconnecting, you could make like a rock star and bring along a crew of wardrobe managers, hair stylists – or a bunch of besties.
They’re actually fully-functioning serviced apartments, complete with kitchen facilities – although it’s doubtful anyone would be cooking for themselves there. These kitchenettes are accessed by a separate entrance for the room-service team, and are equipped with Miele Nespresso coffee machines, microwave ovens, wine chillers, and a full set of tableware and hand-blown glassware from Britain. In addition, the Grand Mira Suite has its own dining room with seating for 14 guests.
Recent guests have included the singer Lenka and model Coco Rocha. The first overseas episode of Asia’s Next Top Model was also filmed in The Mira’s two best-of-house suites.
Within the sleek interior design are high-end tech features including Bang & Olufsen TVs and sound system as part of an integrated media centre. “The outdoor Jacuzzi for multiple guests at the Platinum Suite is another highlight, loved by couples celebrating their special anniversaries, while the Grand Mira Suite features its own steam bath as well as premium spa brand toiletries by Aromatherapy Associates,” Aicher says.
The sky-high Ritz-Carlton Suite, on Level 117 of The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, claims to being on top of the world’s tallest hotel. The suite’s master bedroom has an ultracomfy Sealy king bed with 600-thread count bed linen, down feather pillows and throws, while the marble en suite is arranged with a separate shower and whirlpool, treatment bed and sauna room with luxury Acqua di Parma bath amenities.
It also has a private working area, walk-in closet, a spacious living and dining room, plus a fully equipped pantry. Around-the clock personal butler and chauffeured limousine services are available throughout your stay.
The main attraction, though, is the suite’s eyrie position. According to Pierre Perusset, general manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, “there is no better place in Hong Kong to observe the glamourous lights during the evening than being 484 metres above sea level ground”. It will set you back HK$139,000 for a single night.
Over at the Four Seasons, a short getaway in the Presidential Suite currently includes unlimited Michelin dining (at the hotel’s at three Michelin starred Lung King Heen and two Michelin starred Caprice restaurants) and unlimited spa treatments per stay. Your salubrious accommodation would encompass a grand foyer, luxurious living room, separate study, informal sitting area, and an oversized master bedroom. Furnishings include a baby grand piano, and a telescope for watching the world go by.
The suite also has a formal dining room with seating for 10, a guest powder room, wellness room with massage table, and a pantry with coffee machine, microwave oven and refrigerator. This Presidential Suite package currently on promotion is priced at HK$139,000 (plus service charge) per night, for a minimum two-night stay. Twenty-four hour butler service is included.