The Rosewood Hong Kong is taking the city's luxe factor to new heights.

By Chloe Sachdev
April 30, 2019
Credit: Courtesy of Rosewood Hong Kong

In a city dense with moneyed big-shots and power-players, where over-the-top luxury is stock standard and sharp-edge steel and glass towers shade the city, it’s hard to make a dent. But Hong Kong’s just-opened Rosewood hotel has managed to do just that. The towering property is raising the city's luxury ante with its museum-worthy art collection, spare-no-expense interiors, and covetable address in the city’s up-and-coming Victoria Dockside cultural district.

The first thing that strikes you about the hotel after its winding cobbled stone driveway — befitting a private estate — is the art. Expensive art. In the forecourt guests are greeted with a semi-abstract reclining bronze sculpture by late British sculptor Henry Moore. Inside there are Damien Hirst butterflies on the walls and a scene-stealing life-sized sculpture of an Indian elephant by contemporary artist Bharti Kher, bought from Sotheby’s at a cool $1.5 million.

Credit: Courtesy of Rosewood Hong Kong

“With Hong Kong evolving from a business and financial center to become a true global cultural capital, I wanted to create an iconic property that not only showcases the city’s rich history but also reflects its bright future,” said Sonia Cheng, Rosewood’s 38-year-old CEO, to Travel + Leisure.

The shops, galleries, and restaurants that comprise the 70-acre Victoria Dockside are at the hotel’s doorsteps, along with the soon-to-open museums and performing arts complexes that make up the West Kowloon Cultural District (Hong Kong’s largest cultural project to date). But given the hotel’s restful amenities — an 80-foot infinity pool, manicured lawns, and Rosewood’s new wellness concept, launching in autumn 2019— you may also want to stay put.

The spacious rooms — starting at a whopping 570 square feet — are sanctuaries of calm, with opulent marble bathrooms and views of the harbor and Kowloon Peak. Then there are the suites, all 91 of them, each with your own eager-to-please personal butler. Like the rest of the hotel, the suites have been cleverly divided into nooks and crannies to feel like exclusive private residences, with reading corners and window seats accessorized with soft cashmere throws. But the stars of the show are the vast bathrooms, done up in acres of black and white deep vein marble, huge oval tubs so deep you practically swim in them, and separate walk-in showers. It is more hammam than bathroom.

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Anyone staying in a suite has access to the louche Manor Club on the 40th floor. The clubby, VIP members’ space offers 24-hour dining and drinks, a games room, and a beautiful outdoor terrace with panoramic views stretching out to the harbor.

Rosewood Hong Kong will, eventually, roll out eight dining options, but for now guests can experience an elevated take on a local Hong Kong ‘cha chaan teng' café in Holt’s Café, or sandwiches, cakes, tea and coffee in the all-day Butterfly Room. Make sure to book a table at smart regional Chinese restaurant Legacy House and order freshly pulled noodles, peking duck and Shanghainese soup dumplings before moving to the DarkSide bar for dim-lit cocktails and live jazz.

All in all, between the dizzying views, infinity pool, gardens, butlers and artwork, Rosewood Hong Kong has emerged ahead of the pack — which says a lot, given the fierce competition.