The Luxe List 2009, China: The Mira, Hong Kong

Situated near Kowloon Park in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui, the 493 rooms and suites at The Mira—formerly the Miramar Hotel—are done up with contemporary furnishings by Arne Jacobsen and Herman Miller in shades of green, red, purple, and silver. For full immersion, book one of the eight larger suites, which boast outdoor Jacuzzis. Off to one side of the art-studded lobby, Yamm restaurant’s open kitchens  specialize in sushi and yakitori platters; on your way out, pick up slabs of homemade chocolate or over-the-top cupcakes in the patisserie. Facilities include a basement spa and infinity pool, but the star of the show has to be Vibe, the fifth-floor alfresco bar where flashy molecular cocktails are the order of the day (118 Nathan Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui; 852/2368-1111;; doubles from US$387).

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