China's most romantic hotels: W Hong Kong

Culture | by Stephan Larose
Posted: February 23rd, 2011 | Updated: April 23rd, 2012 | Comments
[showtime] Trying to find China's most sensuous suite can be quite the challenge. With our China's sexiest stays: China's top 10 romantic hotels piece we gave you an idea of what romantic retreats China has to offer. It's a good place to start, but to be sure you're booking the right room for a weekend of love, your knowledge of each hotel's offerings must be more intimate. To that end we've asked each hotel to tell us more about themselves, giving you the info you need to make sure your seductive sojourn goes just as planned.... Here we take a closer look at the Hong Kong scene—Timeout Magazine’s Spa of the Yea 2008 and Asia Spa’s Urban Spa of the Year 2009. What is the W Hong Kong's most romantic feature? W Hong Kong: What we're really proud of at the W is our fresh, urban design concept. It's the result of a collaboration by two incredible design firms, Yasimuchi Morita of Glamorous (Japan) and Nic Graham of G+A (Australia). They worked in tandem to create a design narrative that expresses a symbolic "enchanted forest"—very apt for Hong Kong where a jungle of skyscrapers reach up to create an iconic urban canopy crowded with a fantasia of neons. Among the cutting-edge design features you'll find are Japanese sandboard walls, Cardoso stone floors, our must-experience Bubble Lift, monochromatic holograms by Australian artist Fabio Ongarato, video art by artist Jennifer Steinkamp, and of course our G+A designed "Wow" rooms—bathed in natural light, 2/3 offering glorious harbor views. What spa treatments would the hotel recommend to couples? W: You can't find a more romantic indulgence than at Bliss Hong Kong. Our 60 minute Double Choc Pedicure is a chocolate fête for your feet that satisfies the sweetest tooth. The treatment includes a hot chocolate skin-smoothing soak, a shin-sloughing sugar scrub combined with all the prerequisites for a perfect pedicure—with a cup of supremely creamy W Hong Kong cocoa served on the side. Not only does chocolate's scent and flavor stimulate well being by opening the floodgates of the body's neurochemical pleasure centers, cocoa butter's rich fatty acids plump-out and firm the epidermis, while glycerides soften skin and deliver moisturizing lipids. What is the W's most romantic room? W: At 120 square meters, our WOW suite is the choice pick. It's a stylish urban retreat adorned with every thoughtful luxury and amenity. You can view Hong Kong's stunning skyline straight from your signature W bed while enjoying the comfort of 400 thread-count linens. You'll find cutting edge entertainment in-room delivered through the finest sound systems and screens, the smallest of which start at 42”. In addition, harbor-facing showers make fantastic, intimate little hot spots with a view, even better with music thanks to the suite sound system. Where is the most romantic place to dine in the hotel? W: Where better to spice things up than at über-stylish Sing Yin? Savor Chef Bryan’s tailor-made eight-course set menu, guaranteed to get you in the mood, especially when accompanied by a glass of Perrier-Jouet Champagne. Sing Yin's menu offers a creative mix of traditional Chinese cooking in a hip, stylish contemporary setting that is both edgy and respectful to Hong Kong’s gastronomic traditions. Design elements here start to flirt with guests as soon as they arrive. Dramatic high ceilings at the entrance provide a canvas highlighting black-and-white imagery and traditional Chinese artifacts suspended above gigantic screens visualizing Hong Kong's cosmopolitan bustle. Further in, an LCD fish tank interlaces real and virtual marine life while the decor simulates the grocery/boutique/barbershop look we so often see celebrated in Hong Kong cinema. Browse more of China's top 10 most romantic hotels.

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