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Two weeks ago, I turned 31. It wasn’t a milestone birthday, but since I had spent my 30th birthday in quarantine after returning from London at the beginning of the pandemic, I wasn’t going to object to doing something special this year. As COVID-19 restrictions have eased in Hong Kong, as well as case numbers continuing to decrease (0 new cases were recorded during our visit), I was looking forward to a more “normal” birthday. So when the Four Seasons Hong Kong invited me for a rejuvenating staycation over my birthday weekend, which happens to coincide with the Four Seasons brand’s birthday, I packed my bags several days beforehand and couldn’t wait to finally visit one of the most renowned luxury hotels in the city.
The Four Seasons Hong Kong is conveniently located in Central, right next to the famous IFC Tower and IFC Mall as well as the Central ferry piers and MTR stations. Home to several Michelin-starred restaurants and boasting some of the most personal and enjoyably hospitality, it’s very easy to see why Four Seasons Hong Kong is one of the best hotels in Hong Kong. Overlooking Victoria Harbour and with some of the most beautiful views of the city, calling this spot home for a few days was something I would never forget. On top of celebrating my birthday, I’d be here to indulge in their Sleep Well program as well as their Taste of a Dragon staycation package.
Our staycation was scheduled to begin in the afternoon on my birthday, so when I woke up in the morning my beau made me birthday waffles before we grabbed our bags and made our way to the Four Seasons Hong Kong. This was my third time staying at a Four Seasons property (I’ve previously stayed at their hotels in Whistler and in Hội An), but this was my first time staying at the iconic Four Seasons in Hong Kong. The Four Seasons hotel, along with the connecting IFC Tower and mall, looks like it’s made of glass. With the Hong Kong skyline reflecting off of it, it’s hard to miss it when admiring Hong Kong Island from Kowloon or onboard a ferry. If I take a ferry to Central from my neighborhood, the Four Seasons majestically awaits me as the ferry pulls into the pier below.
After checking in, we were escorted to our spacious one-bedroom harbour view suite overlooking Victoria Harbour and Kowloon. The first thing I saw upon entering the suite was the 100+ floor ICC tower across the harbour, with the sun reflecting off the building and bouncing into our room to light up our room. Awaiting us was a lovely birthday card handwritten by the hospitality staff, balloons, chocolate cake, champagne, and a bottle of one of my favorite wines from Napa Valley. The Four Seasons goes above and beyond for birthday celebrations (we celebrated my beau’s birthday at the Four Seasons The Nam Hai in January 2020), and I was feeling extremely grateful and at home on such a special day. On top of all this, if I ever needed anything, including just to order some late night hot chocolate, the Four Seasons app has a Whatsapp feature to simply text someone with my request any time of day.
In-room Afternoon Tea
For about half of the pandemic, Hong Kong put severe restrictions on restaurants and dining outlets to limit the spread of COVID-19. Some restrictions included not being allowed to eat at restaurants after 6 pm (delivery and takeaway were still allowed) and only 2 people were allowed at a table (yes, that meant with a family of five, one person would have to eat by themselves). A lot of hotels began to switch to private dining in your room, romanticizing the setting and making the experience feel ultra private and exclusive.
The Four Seasons Hong Kong offers in-room afternoon tea (as well as in their lobby Lounge). The benefit of having an in-room afternoon tea experience meant we had the room to ourselves and since we were on the 38th floor, we had a bird’s eye view of the city as we indulged in delicious delicacies and English breakfast tea. From egg salad sandwiches to fresh scones (some of the best in the city!) to mini red velvet cakes, this private romantic afternoon tea was the perfect way to kick off my birthday staycation.
Happy Hour at Caprice Bar
After our in-room afternoon tea, we slowly unpacked and watched a bit of TV before getting ready for some wine and cheese at Caprice Bar before our dinner reservation at Lung King Heen. Named one of Asia’s 50 Best Bars, this exclusive, intimate bar is tucked in the corner of award-winning French restaurant Caprice. After walking down a hallway of vintage wine bottles (yes, I squealed), I suddenly found myself surrounded by plush seats, a fireplace, dim lights, and views overlooking Victoria Harbour that helped add to the coziness.
With an extensive wine list that made my tail wag, I selected a Burgundy red wine (it’s my latest obsession) while my beau decided to try something from their unique cocktail list, a special twist on the classic Old Fashioned. Since our dinner reservation was still at least an hour and a half away, we decided to enjoy some French cheese with our drinks and ordered a board of all their cheese selections. My standout favorites were the goat cheese and the Four Seasons’s signature cheese.