Above: The dining area at Caprice.
DestinAsian recently had a chance to re-visit the Four Seasons Hong Kong. (See also: Video: Inside the Four Seasons Hong Kong Hotel.) The property certainly lives up to the reputation the Four Seasons brand has built for itself over the past half century. Designed to offer maximum comfort, the hotel comes with all the perks one would expect from a property of this caliber, plus a little bit extra. Here are a few of the hotel’s more memorable features.
** Situated in the heart of Hong Kong’s central district, the hotel is part of the International Finance Center (IFC), an 88-story landmark complete with high-end fashion boutiques, restaurants, and a cinema. The IFC is linked to Hong Kong Central Station and the Star Ferry terminal, making exploring the city from this location a breeze.
** The 399 bright guestrooms (including 54 suites) feature floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall windows with panoramic views of Victoria Harbour, Kowloon, and the Peak. Guests can choose between Western- and Chinese-style rooms.
** The Four Seasons Hong Kong is the world’s only hotel with two three-star Michelin restaurants: Lung King Heen and Caprice have both earned three stars in the Michelin Guide Hong Kong Macau 2012.
Helmed by executive chef Chan Yan Tak, Lung King Heen specializes in Cantonese delicacies. Try the restaurant’s signature dish, wok-fried prawns with dried chilli and shallots.
Serving contemporary French cuisine, Caprice features a creative assortment of dishes. Chef Vincent Thierry takes inspiration from the seasons of his homeland and imports many of the products from France. The restaurant’s open kitchen setting lets guests build their appetite while they watch a uniformed army of chefs in action. Try Caprice’s signature dish: langoustine ravioli with veal sweetbreads, girolle mushrooms, and shellfish sauce. Meanwhile the Caprice Cheese Cellar boasts Hong Kong’s largest selection of artisanal French cheeses, and the wine cellar offers an extensive selection of French wines (as well as other fine drops from around the globe).
** Escape Hong Kong’s heat spells at the hotel’s spectacular sixth-floor pool terrace. With sweeping views of the harbor and cityscape, the terrace offers a choice of an infinity pool, lap pool, whirlpool, and a cool plunge pool. Both the 24-meter infinity pool and the 20-meter lap pool are heated and equipped with speakers for some underwater easy listening.
8 Finance Street, Central; 852/3196-8888; rates from around US$580 to US$1,200.