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Hong Kong’s serviced apartments ensure shopping is easy

If shopping’s your thing, but you don’t want to get wet, sweaty, or have to lug the loot home, Hong Kong’s serviced apartments attached to malls put retail bounty on the doorstep

PUBLISHED : Friday, 25 August, 2017, 9:41am
UPDATED : Friday, 25 August, 2017, 4:07pm

To live like a local in Hong Kong, there’s no escaping the national obsession with shopping. Neither summer heat, nor relentless crowds can keep residents away from the maze of malls, which are the densest, tallest, and most visited anywhere and – reportedly – pack in more shops per square kilometre than any city in the world.

So if shopping’s your thing, but you don’t want to get wet, or sweaty, or sandwiched while lugging the loot home, serviced apartments attached to malls put retail bounty right on your doorstep.

Swire Properties was one of the early developers to make that connection, incorporating a serviced apartment component into its Pacific Place mall and lifestyle hub originally built in 1988, and later renovated by British designer Thomas Heatherwick.

Centrally located above Admiralty MTR station, the complex offers residents of its 270 serviced apartments easy access to 140 upmarket shops and boutiques and a major department store, presenting an array of contemporary fashion and international premium brands.

Today, a loyalty programme allows residents to join as members and enjoy more shopping privileges. If invited into the top tier, above Black category of the programme, members can adjourn to the VIP-only Pavilion Private Lounge, a haven of luxury created so they can relax and shop in privacy.

Some Pacific Place residents are already among those enjoying exclusive access to Pavilion, a new design by celebrated architect André Fu and his studio, AFSO, whose interiors grace countless luxury hotels around the world, including The Upper House in Hong Kong, The Berkeley in London and Villa La Coste in Provence, France.

Along with private changing salons and salubrious lounging spaces, Pavilion’s members will find a marble bar, a dedicated area for artisan books, and wellness therapists on call. If they’re feeling peckish, there’s by-the-glass availability of Veuve Clicquot Champagne, and a food and beverage menu from fine dining establishments including Café Gray Deluxe, L’Éclair de Génie and Caviar House & Prunier.

Pacific Place serviced apartments range from one to three bedrooms, offering complimentary health club membership to the adjoining Conrad Hong Kong’s 24-hour fitness centre and outdoor pool; there is also access to Pacific Place’s car park service.

Three grade-A office towers and four five-star hotels – Conrad, Island Shangri-La, JW Marriott and The Upper House – are integrated into the complex set above Admiralty MTR station.

Also on Hong Kong Island, Four Seasons Place enjoys access to the prestigious IFC Mall in Central. A serviced suite hotel of impeccable prestige, the property seeks to set a benchmark for luxury long-stay accommodation in Hong Kong.

Residents of its 519 apartments, part of Sun Hung Kai Properties’ Signature Homes collection, neighbour one of the city’s most stunning shopping destinations, featuring more than 200 international brands, a cinema and dining options, which include Michelin-rated restaurants.

A network of covered walkways also connects to several other luxury malls in the vicinity and SoHo, via the Central-Mid-Levels escalator.

Four Seasons Place sits on top of the Airport Express link at Hong Kong Station. Its suites, which range from studios to three bedrooms, were designed by Yabu Pushelberg and Bilkey Llinas Design to a high level of luxury.

Hotel facilities available to guests include a heated pool and jacuzzi on the rooftop, a gymnasium, sky lounge, children’s playroom and reading room.

At Elements mall in Kowloon, 1 million sq ft of retail floor space offers shopping and dining opportunities as well as a suite of cinemas. Residents of HarbourView Place serviced apartments, integrated into the complex, have all this next door.

The mall, opened in 2007, was designed by international architecture and design firm Benoy. It sits at the base of the city’s tallest building, the International Commerce Centre, and is connected to the MTR network and Airport Express line via Kowloon Station. Its interior design draws upon feng shui principles and celebrates the Chinese elements of nature – fire, water, wood, earth and metal.

HarbourView Place Apartments are another in Sun Hung Kai Properties’ Signature Homes collection. The choice of accommodation ranges from studios, to one-, two- or three-bedroom layouts, as well as presidential suites. Facilities for residents include a sky-high heated pool and jacuzzi (on the 76th-floor rooftop), a health club and lounge, and reading area with internet access.

On Island East, Kornhill Apartments in Quarry Bay link with the Kornhill Plaza commercial complex, where 23 new retail brands and six restaurants were introduced last year. The refurbished AEON STYLE department store and the Grand Kornhill Cinema, which opened in April 2017, offer leisure options for the complex’s serviced apartment residents.

At Gateway Apartments in Tsim Sha Tsui, residents form part of the community that calls Hong Kong’s biggest shopping mall home. A one-stop shopping paradise with more than 450 shops and 60 dining outlets spread out over 2 million sq ft, Harbour City keeps getting bigger. Work on a five-storey extension, due to be completed by the end of this year, will add 100,000 sq ft of retail space.