48 hours in Hong Kong The Peninsula Hotel

Jonathan, our Director and Principal, has just returned from his annual promotional tour of Asia and spent a weekend at the Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong! Here are some tips from him to make the most out of your time there…

If you are arriving around midday you probably want to go to your room, change into your towelling gowns and swimwear then go to the pool on the 8F of the Peninsula for a gentle swim before sitting down by the pool for lunch and to admire the best view of HK Island. Whilst you are dozing by the pool after lunch, get the pool attendant (Chan) to book you a window table (make sure it's with a view of the harbour side) at Felix restaurant on 28 F of Peninsula for the evening. You must be there by 8pm latest to see the light display over the harbour which happens every night from 8-8.10pm.

Next morning have breakfast by the pool or in The Lobby (famous for its afternoon tea from 2-6pm also). For lunch get the concierge to book you a table at The Verandah in Repulse Bay on Hong Kong Island. You can take the Star ferry (5 minutes’ walk from hotel) to Central pier where you can take the sightseeing bus (Big Bus Tour) to Repulse Bay on the Stanley Tour. Hop off the bus at the Verandah restaurant and hop back on afterwards. It stops outside the Repulse Bay complex. For the evening you can also get a Big Bus from Central to the top of The Peak at night to see the view and/ or Star Ferry's Harbour Tour (60mins) (from same pier near hotel) to see the light display in the evening whilst touring around HK harbour. This boat tour is also good in the daytime.

For dinner, either Felix again or The Lobby of the Peninsula for people watching rather than harbour watching. Or you could try Hutong (modern northern Chinese cuisine), 28F, One Peking, 1 Peking Rd, Tsimshatsui (Kowloon side, near hotel) or Talk of the Town (Asian bar and Grill), 34F, The Excelsior, 281 Gloucester Rd, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Island (10-15 minutes by taxi from hotel) the building opposite the Peninsula with the red Hitachi sign across the Harbour. Or ask the concierge where you can get anything else you fancy.

Depending on time you could also go for lunch at Rainbow seafood restaurant on Lamma Island. Take a high-speed ferry (20mins) from Central pier on HK Island which is next to the arrival pier for the Star ferry from near the hotel. Exotic, very Hong Kong and the ferry trip gives you a real feel for the maritime nature of HK. Round the corner from the Peninsula on Hankow road on the Basement floor is The Sweet Dynasty (5 minutes’ walk) which is brilliant for lunchtime Cantonese dim sum. Menus have pictures of each dish and staff speak English. Highly recommended.

 13th January 2014 /    Alice /   Sight Seeing

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