Asia’s business travel industry is growing, and Hong Kong is one of the best-equipped serviced apartment markets in the region. From top of the range, luxury serviced apartments to co-living spaces, all are decked out with the latest smart-home amenities. Co-living has become a huge trend in the overall serviced apartment market. Dash Living, which already offers serviced suites and hotels, recently created its first such project in the centre of Tsim Sha Tsui on Carnarvon Road. With 51 en suite rooms across four floors, the co-living space provides residents with a range of facilities, including a mini-fridge, electric cooker, fully equipped kitchen, laundry facilities and communal tables and a lounge. Dash Living was founded by entrepreneur Aaron Lee in 2014. Its range has grown to more than 300 units including its suites, co-living and its hotel segmentation, along with a home-sharing platform called Dashare. Its properties cover locations in Central, Wan Chai, Causeway Bay, Tsim Sha Tsui and Jordan. In total, Dash Living has more than 100,000 sq ft under its management with backing by venture capitalist MindWorks Ventures. It has secured around US$10 million of funding to date and is seeking to expand in other Asian markets in the next 12 to 18 months. On top of the units Dash Living operates directly, its home-sharing platform, Dashare, has access to more than 300 units in Hong Kong, bringing the group’s accessible units to more than 600. Reflecting the trend of nomadic tech workers who move across different cities at a moment’s notice, Dash offers a flexible stay policy, and rental agreements can be as short as a month. The flexibility has proven attractive to both expats and locals, with the traditional rental market not providing either the flexibility or affordability to younger professionals. And while co-living is a growing trend among tech workers and millennial entrepreneurs, those looking for a more luxurious offering seek serviced apartments with a personal touch. In Victoria Dockside on Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Rosewood Residences Hong Kong, which opened earlier this year, presents family homes with all the elements of a luxury hotel experience. With highly personalised services available, residents experience bespoke amenities with the option of both short- and long-term rentals. “[We offer] specialised attention to detail and create a bespoke experience for residents that emphasises privacy and security. We also provide access and convenience while adding all the touches of home and customisation to a level not seen in serviced apartments,” said Rosewood Hotel Group CEO, Sonia Cheng, when the residences were launched. There is a growing trend towards combining business assignments with family leisure holidays, creating the phenomenon of “bleisure” travels. Operators are aware of this growing development and have infused family-oriented features into their serviced apartment offerings. Residents at the Rosewood Residences Hong Kong will also have access to a personal host to help with everything from after-school tutoring for children, to dog walking and grooming, restaurant and travel reservations, daily housekeeping and dishwashing, grocery shopping and storing luggage and winter/summer clothing. The host can also provide relocation services such as opening bank and phone accounts and setting up utility bills.