Alice Heber is Hotel Business Director for Asia-Pacific here at Splendia. Based in our Hong Kong office, she knows the city inside out and has given us some insider tips for making the most out of this vibrant city…
What do you love most about living
in Hong Kong?
I always imagined Hong Kong to be a huge concrete jungle, but that’s not the only thing you see here. No matter where you are on Hong Kong Island, you can get to a natural reservoir or a jungle hike within 20 minutes. When you stand on top of the hills overseeing the city on one side and the beach on the other side, you know that you are in one of the best cities in the world!
What makes Hong Kong unique?
The buzz – the lights, sounds, energy, smells (not always though…). Hong Kong is a unique mix of China and the Western World.
Which design landmarks stand out for you?
side is a must-see. Head to The Peak for the best views of the city, but go early to avoid to the tourists.
Describe a perfect Saturday in Hong Kong?
Morning: Get up early – the city has a unique energy in the morning, so start by going for a run on Bowen Road (great view on Wanchai and Admiralty Districts). Have brunch at the Brunch Club on Peel Street, or for the very hungry ones – have a chicken pie and quintessential English desert (gingerbread pudding with butterscotch sauce) at The Globe on Graham Street.
Afternoon: Shopping for the ladies – if you prefer the big, western brands then I would recommend IFC, where you will find everything under one roof. For cute, innovative clothes and accessories you should go to Causeway Place – perfect for funky souvenirs to bring back! For a bite to eat head to the famous and popular, Din Tai Fung on Dim Sum Place.
Evening: In the early evening head over to the Kowloon side by ferry and watch the sunset, it will make anyone fall in love with Hong Kong! Whilst you’re there see the light show that takes place every evening at 8pm (best area to see it is the Victoria Harbour Promenade.) For delicious Asian cuisine, dine at the recently opened Yardbird, which has been all over Hong Kong food magazines and lives up to the hype. Have after dinner drinks at Sense 99, or my favourite Feather Boa, where I recommend the Strawberry Daiquiris or Espresso Martinis. Don’t be fooled by the “we are closed today” look from outside – it’s packed inside!
After dark: For those who like some sparkle, go dancing at Dragon-I, this is the place to see and be seen. House music lovers, you won’t find a better night than Yumla – make sure you try a chilli vodka shot. Head to Insenses for dancing and their magical terrace. Secret top tip – still awake by 6am? Go to Lin Heung Tea House for breakfast where you can dine with the locals.
Finally, what experiences shouldn’t be missed?
The perfect escape from the city for a relaxing afternoon or evening by the sea is Stanley, or for those of you who like a hike get there from Wong Ni Cheng Gap. Have an unforgettable massage at Zyg Health in Happy Valley (book a long time in advance.) Go for the 50 minute massage that costs 250 HKD – worth every cent!