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Kerry Hotel in Hong Kong – a review of this new Shangri-La group hotel in Kowloon.

My parents used to own a holiday home in Repulse Bay, Hong Kong. That was more than 15 years ago. I was curious to see Hong Kong again and rekindle those childhood memories.

As we were planning a trip to Japan, we thought we would make a stop in Hong Kong on our way back to London.

We weren’t planning on a major tourist trip, just a visit to shop, absorb the vibe of the city and eat lots of Chinese food. It was also the perfect opportunity for me to review the newly opened 546 room Kerry hotel based in Kowloon, Hong Kong.

Kerry hotel, is part of the Shangri-La group of hotels. It opened on 28th April 2017 and has been designed by renowned architect and interior designer, Andre Fu. Andre Fu wanted to embrace the concept of an ‘urban resort’, a modern take on luxury that is relaxed.

Taking advantage of the hotel’s waterfront location and sweeping views of Hong Kong, he had successfully transformed the hotel into a light, bright and contemporary space. I was in awe of the lobby lounge area, with its 8 metre high floor to ceiling windows, that span 80 metres, opening up onto a waterfront terrace, topiary garden and a panoramic view of Victoria Harbour. Here is the view. Check out this impressive coffee machine in the lobby lounge area, where they served their signature local coffee and tea mixture yuanyang, in addition to a reinterpretation of local dishes and cakes.

The modern fluidity of the space was punctuated by an oasis of very on trend, green potted plants, such as the Fiddle leaf fig plant and Cheese plant. How do you like the pared down elegance of the bedroom? This suite featured eucalyptus timber, anodized bronze and mineral blue carpeting.  These custom designed lights brought Asian design references into the room Doesn’t this just look so dreamy?
This outdoor lounge area was so relaxing, just look at those soft chairs with their own foot rests.

You really felt like you were at a luxury holiday beach resort, and not in the centre of busy Kowloon. Breakfast was an absolute treat at their exclusive club lounge. Can you believe that this was my starter? The absolute piece de resistance was the à la carte breakfast. Take a peek at my eggs Benedict with lobster, the best I have ever tasted. I loved the Kerry hotel’s Club Lounge so much, I spent the morning there, with my laptop, editing photos.

This was my view from where I sat. I had vouched I would not leave Hong Kong without a photo of a Classic Junk boat. I managed to capture a distant view of one in this photo. Can you see it? There was such a variety of cuisines and food options at the Kerry hotel. We didn’t feel the need to go out in search of food. Adjacent to the lobby area, is Dockyard, an all day dining restaurant. It had 9 individual kitchens, serving up street style food from Japanese, to Korean, to Indian, Vietnamese and more.

There was also another all day dining area called the Big Bay Café, serving up delicious food at separate stations according to how the food was cooked. This is Hung Tong, the contemporary Chinese restaurant, with decor designed to take guests back to the historical heritage of Hung Hom (an area in Kowloon). Doesn’t the decor look wonderful? Look at those exposed bricks, vintage inspired leather chairs and tinted glass pendants. Check out the colourful bar area at Red Sugar. They served an impressive collection of craft brews, wine and oak barrel-aged cocktails.  It was total luxury at the Kerry.

I didn’t venture out of the hotel much, as I got to experience the Hong Kong I wanted, right where I was.

Here was where I lounged, looking at the beautiful views. This was the view just before sunset. It’s making me want to go back. Hope you have enjoyed my little tour of Kerry hotel.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

( All photography are by me, Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. I was a guest at Kerry Hotel, but all views are my own).

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