St. Regis — Hong Kong, China
In a destination heaving with luxury hotels, the St. Regis group has certainly made an impact with the opening of its newest property in Hong Kong’s Wan Chai district – a bustling neighbourhood alive with nostalgic trams and traditional pawn shops.
For starters, the interior of the 129-room property is the work of André Fu, who has taken his design cues from the stately residential legacy of the brand’s original New York property, and subtly woven it in with personal childhood memories of his hometown, without slipping into obvious east-meets-west design tropes.
This is most evident in the guestrooms, where plush materials like deep purple-veined marble, rich timbers, buttery soft leather accents and lacquered surfaces are revealed through details like the milk tea-coloured bed headboards, which nod to traditional Hong Kong shutters.
In the public spaces, a similar sense of place continues, particularly in the triple-height lobby, which is decorated with a handblown Lasvit chandelier, designed by Fu, which nods to the city’s glittering skyline; soaring floor-to-ceiling brushed bronze screens – inspired by traditional Hong Kong window frames – and vintage-style gas lamps, similar to those seen on Duddell Street.
In the St. Regis bar a mural, by artist Zhang Gong, takes centre stage, its bustling Hong Kong street scene providing a colourful backdrop for cocktails like the Canto Mary – this hotel’s take on the classic Bloody Mary – made with dried tangerine peel, five spice and Kowloon soy sauce.
Follow this with a bite to eat at L’Envol, one of the hotel’s two onsite restaurants, where Michelin-starred chef Olivier Elzer serves an ingredient-led menu of modern French classics, like lobster with hazelnut butter, alongside an indulgent cheese trolley that might make you never want to leave. §