I look forward to the day when I can nonchalantly drop six figures on one night at a presidential suite, and still wake up the next morning feeling good about my life decisions. There are those with deeper pockets than mine, however, for whom splashing out on the best suite at a luxury hotel is presumably de rigeur. Here’s a look at five of the most expensive hotel suites in the city:
Four Seasons Hong Kong
HK$278,000 (HK$139,000/night with a two-night minimum)
What’s it like? The 3,430-sq-ft paradise offers panoramic views, fancy entertainment systems, a wellness room, a piano and an angled telescope for spy–ahem, staring at the stars.
What else do I get? A dedicated Four Seasons airport representative meets you once you get off the plane and escorts you through immigration and arrivals like the VIP you are. The limo then takes you to the hotel’s VIP entrance so you don’t have to muck about with the hoi polloi, and check-in is done enroute to your suite. Then there’s 24-hour butler service, a limo on standby (7am-11pm), unlimited spa treatments and food.
Anything else? I rather like the sound of the customised sleeping experience. Your butler will choose a mattress topper to your desired firmness and there’s a decent pillow menu available.
The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong
What’s it like? The 3,930-sq-ft Ritz-Carlton Suite gives you 270-degree panoramic views of the harbour and Hong Kong island skyline. We’re fans of the bathroom, which lets you take in the views in a window-side Jacuzzi.
What else do I get? Your own personal butler, of course, as well as airport transfer via a Rolls Royce or limo. Daily massages for two people at the spa are also included, as well as six offers of food a day. Watch your waistline, now.
Anything else? The bathrobes, towels and pillow cases are monogrammed with your initials, because the Ritz is fancy like that. Also, at 117 floors up, it’s the highest suite in Hong Kong. I hope you’re not afraid of heights.
The Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong
What’s it like? The brand new 2,250-sq-ft Entertainment Suite (launched in July 2017) was designed by local architect and designer Joyce Wang. It’s certainly an ideal venue for entertaining loved ones, with a B&O BeoLab sound system, a concealed 160-inch TV with a 5000 lumens laser projector. Gadget geeks will love the VR and Play Station equipment, not to mention the DJ booth and 1930s vintage American jukebox.
What else do I get? The suite’s Cabinet of Delights is well-named. It has a mixologist booth for aspiring bartenders, as well as boutique wines and rare vintages selected by the sommelier from the hotel’s Michelin-starred Amber restaurant. Other treats include Cuban cigars, a popcorn machine, exotic teas and coffees, and jars of delicacies.
Anything else? Oh, what a bed. The FreshBed lets you choose your preferred temperature through its climate-control technology, not to mention a soundless ventilation system for allergen-free air, as well as an ergonomic mattress.
The Peninsula Hong Kong
What’s it like? The 4,111-sq-ft suite has everything you’d expect from the “grand old dame” of Hong Kong hotels. The piece de resistance, however, is the private balcony where you can take in the views while thinking about how lucky you are.
What else do I get? We love the movie screening room, which has automated reclining seats, on which you can enjoy the amazing experience of watching a movie on a wall-to-wall Panasonic 85-inch, flat-screen, Blu-ray plasma TV. Audiophiles will apperciate the Klipsch surround-sound speakers, Denon amplifier and Velodyne subwoofer.
Anything else? It’s an art and design buff’s dream: dining chairs by Poltrona Frau, a Lasvit chandelier, Biedermeier sofa, sculptural wall reliefs by Helen Amy Murray, not to mention artworks by Pat Steir, Sun Yi, Jolynn Krystosek and Trine Bumiller.
InterContinental Hong Kong
What’s it like? At 7,000 sq ft, this is the largest presidential suite in Hong Kong. The five-bedroom duplex houses five bedrooms with two-storey windows that show off the spectacular harbour views (I’m sensing a theme here). Best of all (we think) is the 2,500-sq-ft wrap-around terrace complete with an infinity pool and Jacuzzi. Inside, you get a dining room, private study, kitchenette and private gym.
What else do I get? Butler service around the clock, round-trip airport service in a limo of your choice – a Rolls Royce Phantom VI, Bentley or Mercedes, plus the usual breakfast, afternoon tea and cocktails if you actually decide to step out of your sweet suite.
Anything else? You can technically just book the Master Suite for HK$98,000 without going the whole hog with five bedrooms – but where’s the fun in that?