Take a five-star hotel, add a splash of fine champagne and private cabanas positioned 490 metres above sea level, and you've got possibly the most exclusive spot in the city for a sundowner.

Ride the Ritz-Carlton's ear-popping lift to the 118th floor and you'll find the newly opened Veuve Clicquot Sunset Lounge - on the same level as the dizzying Ozone bar, it faces away from the neon harbour.

Previously an unused space, this glass-fronted, open-air sanctuary boasts not only one of the highest bars in the world, but 180-degree-views across west Hong Kong, out to Stonecutters Bridge and beyond.

Open only between 5pm and 11pm, and with just a handful of cabanas, each of which seats two people comfortably and three if you're feeling friendly, the lounge is popular, so reservations are vital.

Private cabana packages cost HK$1,650 and include a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Rich (a new champagne created for mixing) as well as a choice of two ingredients to add to it: cucumber (refreshing), grapefruit peel (tangy and tasty), bell peppers (a little strange) or tea (no, thanks).

An accompanying tapas package (HK$488) includes a selection of five treats (the dried beef torteline with burrata cheese and truffle, and salmon tartare with salmon roe, are heavenly).


The Veuve Clicquot Sunset Lounge is at The Ritz-Carlton, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon. For reservations, call 2263 2270 or email [email protected]