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"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes" - Proust
For me as a designer, travelling always keeps the eyes twinkling and the mind inspired,
and as many have said, 'Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer'.
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I had never been to Hong Kong before and even though everyone told me it is a shoppers dream, it wasn't the shopping that inspired me, but the food, the architecture and the culture.
Plus the fact that I fell totally in love with the beautifully designed luxury boutique hotel The Upper House, which we stayed in.
The Upper House is located high above the Pacific Place complex in Admiralty.
Not only was it beautifully designed by Andre Fu with every attention to detail perfectly executed, but the generous size of the minimal and understated room with a 'wow' view all across Victoria Harbour really felt like you were living in your own private residence and being discreetly looked after.
I can't speak more highly of the extraordinary service the hotel staff provided us, throughout our stay.
The paperless entry foyer that whisks you up the escalator through "Lantern' to the lobby space on level 6, where you will find a quietly perfumed sitting area and a glass door that leads you outside to 'The Lawn', a secluded outdoor space where you can relax and enjoy a drink or snack ... or even a complimentary yoga session on a Saturday or Sunday.
Each level looks down through a central 40 metre high atrium to a calming water installation below, or upwards towards the enormous roof window.
The wall of the atrium is clad with a wire art installation by Hiroshiwata Sawada
From there we were then whisked by an elevator to the 47th floor. We stayed in room #4708
The hotel did not have or need a spa, as the bathroom in our room was worthy of one. With it's bathtub 'with a view', it had everything you needed to relax and pamper yourself. From the bath salts and Moroccan Rosebath oil to the chemical free REN skincare range when you stepped into the walk-in rain shower.
The spacious bathrooms are sized over 300 sq feet and come furnished with sparkling Italian Perlato Svevo natural limestone floors and Beige Turkish Terre d’Oriente limestone walls.
There is also a luxurious walk-in dressing area and study area, which houses complimentary mini bar, snacks and coffee machine.
Just like you would decorate your home with curios, the hotel is decked with
sculptures and artwork by Asia's finest artists. A few that were in our room ...
The cherry on top of the cake is found on level 49, when you exit the lift onto the candle-lined Sky Bridge, which leads you to the Sky Lounge on one side and the beautiful Cafe Gray Deluxe restaurant and bar on the other.
(entry to Cafe Grey Deluxe)
(Cafe Grey Deluxe - image via Google)
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Do yourself a favour.
If you are planning a trip to Hong Kong, I would highly recommend The Upper House and if it's a bit too pricey for you, then at least consider a drink or dining at Cafe Grey Deluxe restaurant.
You won't regret it!
Thank you Upper House for an outstanding stay.