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Review / Review of Island Shangri-La

Amelia Hoyes

"If I had to describe Island Shangri-La in one word, it would be opulent"

As one of the oldest, most luxurious hotels in Hong Kong, Island Shangri-La continues to live up to expectations. Find out what Carrier's Amelia thought on her recent visit...

Elegance, art and / endless chandeliers

The word that first came to mind when I walked into Island Shangri-La was opulent. Situated 56 floors above Pacific Place - Hong Kong's most prestigious shopping and cultural district – the hotel‘s ceilings are adorned with decadent crystal chandeliers, and magnificent views of the Peak and Victoria Harbour unfold from the floor-to-ceiling windows. The first thing to catch your eye is the "Great Motherland of China" - a 16-storey landscape silk painting considered to be the largest in the world. You can admire the enormity of this art work from the Atrium and the elevators – which to my surprise had their floor mats changed daily so that the correct day of the week greets you as you prepare to step inside. For me, the stand-out feature of the hotel is the heated 28 meter outdoor pool - quite the luxury here in Hong Kong, where the majority are inside. Make sure you reserve a table at The Lobster Bar & Grill – it’s frequently been voted into the World’s 50 Best Bars list and, after dining there myself, I can see why.