The Grand Hyatt is a luxury 5 star hotel situated in the Wan Chai district right on the prestigious waterfront of Victoria harbour. It is just five minutes from Central, and across the water you can see the neon lights and bustle of Kowloon. It takes about forty minutes in a taxi to get there, or the Grand Hyatt can arrange a limousine if you need to stretch your legs after a long flight.
Recently refurbished throughout, the Grand Hyatt definitely impresses as you enter the triple storey foyer. Dark marble pillars shoot towards the distant ceiling, huge marble and gold sweeping staircases cascade towards you, and flower arrangements the size of small gardens fill the foyer with heady scents and lush perfumes.
We had the Victoria Harbour Suite, with over 90sq meters of luxury to enjoy. The first thing you notice day or night upon entry to the Suite are the dazzling 270degree views of the Hong Kong skyline. At night it is a glittering jewel studded spectacle, in the daytime a serene (for Hong Kong) and ever changing watercolour.
Once you tear your eyes away from the view, the room itself is pretty special too. Decorated in calm neutral colours (perfect after a busy days shopping in Hong Kong), and rich golds and light marble, it nevertheless felt solid, special and sumptuous. Our Suite featured a large separate living and dining area, which seamlessly led into the large king sized bedroom. A huge double bath tub with tv screen formed the divider between the bedroom and the ensuite, which included double sinks and a large shower.
After arriving slightly jet-lagged, we tried one of the seven restaurants available at the Grand Hyatt. Thinking we would have an early night in preparation for our stay, we decided to try the Grand Hyatt Steakhouse. It turned out to be a beautiful restaurant, which manages to create an opulent yet private space for every table. Low lighting and private booths, dark wood and deep red decorations made it perfect for intimate dining. It also has quite a few pescatarian and vegetarian options for the non steak lover and friendly service that was second to none. Florian, the manager of the restaurant, was very helpful and supremely attentive, and we ended up staying later, and eating ( and drinking) more than we had first planned.
In addition, there are a number of other restaurants, from the excellent One Harbour Road, offering Cantonese food, through Grissini, an Italian restaurant with lovely daytime harbour views, and Kaetsu for Japanese cuisine (to name a few). We had breakfast in the labrythine Grand Cafe, where pretty much anything you could imagine for both western and eastern breakfast palates is served.
As we had the Victoria Harbour Suite, we also had access to the Grand Club Lounge, a two storey palace on the top floor of the hotel. There you can spoil yourself all day long, with complimentary drinks, cocktails, champagne, food and refreshments, a complimentary breakfast buffet from 7 until 10.30am, and a wonderful finger food buffet between 5.30 and 7.30 in the evening, again with champagne and cocktails. As beautiful and impressive as the room is (and it is), the view is the star. Huge double height windows from floor to ceiling reveal the Hong Kong skyline in all of its glory. Whilst you sit and gaze at the view, whilst surrounded by complete luxury, you are looked after and pampered with quiet, discreet but friendly service. Heaven!
I visited the spa on the eleventh floor and treated myself to a bit of ‘me’ time. As soon as you enter the Plateau Spa, you feel relaxed. The serene ambience calms you, and the expert therapists know exactly what you need to unwind. I had an amazing hour long facial which felt like minutes. Next to the spa are lush green gardens, which add to the feeling that you are in a sanctuary, and which include a 50 meter outdoor pool and saunas. Apparently there are jogging lanes, tennis courts and squash courts there as well, but it sounded a little active for me, so I stuck to the pampering.
The Grand Hyatt is a perfect choice for Hong Kong. It is close to all of the great shops in Central, close to Kowloon by ferry or taxi if you fancy a bit of craziness, and it is a wonderful and luxurious haven when you need a bit of peace and tranquility.
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