Romance & Luxury – Experience Hong Kong
Being the Art Director for My Wedding Day magazine, I have a passion for the finer things in life, and could not wait to go and explore Hong Kong and Bali at their best – and to tell our readers all about it. As this was my first time flying with Cathay Pacific (directly from Johannesburg to Hong Kong), I was very impressed and felt like a VIP from the start. Being in Premium Economy class, I was welcomed with a glass of chilled champagne and later enjoyed a fantastic variety of Asian and Western cuisine. Before the flight commenced I already felt as if I was in a different country! Seeing that this was quite a long flight, the comfortable, retractable seat and soft Asian music playing in the background transported me to an Asian atmosphere and put me in a holiday mood ready to have the time of my life.
Hong Kong – Langham Place
On arrival a Mercedes limousine was scheduled to take me below the ocean towards the city, since the airport is on an island of its own (Hong Kong being made up of three islands). Here I stayed at the Langham Place Hotel in Mongkok, which for the shoppers among you is connected by a bridge to Langham Place Shopping Mall with 300 international shops, restaurants and a multiplex cinema. This is an incredibly luxurious hotel and probably the best I have ever stayed in. The focus is on service and hospitality; the staff will do everything in their power to make sure that you are well looked after and made to feel incredibly special. For example, every night they leave you a little gift on your bed. The first night I received a lovely little sheep, the perfect souvenir to remember this wonderful experience once back home. This five-star hotel is decorated inside by sculptures and art worth millions from the lobby on up. On level 42, perched on the top of the hotel, is their 20 m outdoor heated swimming pool; you can relax up here in poolside deck chairs. They have fibre-optics and underwater music for that extravagant touch, and exquisite cabanas for drinks and massages.
A modern extended gymnasium equipped with a range of the latest in fitness equipment is perfect for those who want to stay fit. They also have a lounging area called Club L which offers Continental breakfast, afternoon tea, evening cocktails and canapés, while enjoying the magnificent views. If you are thinking of a destination wedding, Langham Place Hotel will give you the wedding of your dreams. There is an extensive range of conference and banqueting options, five spectacular venues, including the Langham Place Ballroom (level 7) with its 7m ceiling, signature roof-top Star Room (level 42) with a spectacular view over Hong Kong, and for smaller groups the Shanghai Room and Shantung Room (both level 8), and Ming Court Private Rooms (level 6). They can provide sumptuous Oriental and Western menus and have the latest audiovisual equipment. I had the honour of being invited for lunch at Ming Court, which blends exquisite Cantonese cuisine with innovative wine pairing. Ming Court has been continuously awarded two stars by the world’s most prestigious restaurant guide – Michelin. Two stars indicate: ‘Excellent cuisine, worth a detour. Skilfully and carefully crafted dishes of outstanding quality’. Here I enjoyed an incredible six-course meal. One of the courses, the gold award-winning ‘Dragon quartet’, included scallop, prawn, sea urchin, black caviar, Pu-Er smoked Mandarin fish, Osmanth-scented foie gras and lotus root, while the Signature Dim Sum Deluxe included Alaskan King Crab meat and Shanghainese pork. This course was paired with a wine from France by their own in-house wine connoisseur, Zach Yu, who told me he loves South African wines. They have many more facilities for entertainment, food and drink, but now to the indulging. Perched on the 41st and 42nd floors, Chuan Spa is a haven of luxurious, oriental pampering and well-being. Guided by the pillars of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Chuan Spa provides not only conventional treatments, but a holistic, regenerating journey that nurtures, heals and restores. Chuan Spa’s treatments are guided by the TCM pillars of Wu Xing (the Five Elements), Yin and Yang, and Jing Luo (the Meridian System). “At Chuan Spa our guests experience not only a single treatment, but a sojourn that triggers the rebirth and rebalancing of the being. Assisting our guests in the journey to restore balance and harmony in life is an essential part of any Chuan Spa experience”, says Shaun Campbell, General Manager of Langham Place Hotel.
The journey begins as you step through the Moon Gate on the 41st floor sanctuary. As a prelude, you can enjoy the delights of a sauna, steam and oriental hot tub before descending along a candle-lined staircase to the exquisite private treatment room. A therapist will then take you through a five elements questionnaire to determine which element is out of balance. You can select from over 60 treatments or have a treatment tailor-made to suit your individual requirements. With all these facilities and activities you’ll be sure to attain balance and wellness in body, mind and soul. Hong Kong is a great destination, whether for your wedding and honeymoon or as a stop-over on the way there or back. It is ideal for sight-seeing, exploring the city, taking in the buildings and ships, and hopping on boat trips on the many waterways from island to island, or a stop at the Jumbo Floating restaurant.
Langham Place, Mongkok, Hong Kong
Address: 555 Shanghai Street, Mongkok,
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Telephone: (852) 3552 3388;
Fax: (852) 3552 3322
To book flights with Cathay Pacific
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