EIC Raul Manzano's Luxury Guide To Hong Kong
When it comes to luxury and opulence, Hong Kong really is one of the seats of extravagance in the Southeast Asia region. From food to clothing to personal grooming, there’s really no shortage of places to go to in Hong Kong.
This is why our EIC on the Move, Raul Manzano, flew to this former British Colony to check out some of the hotspots in the city. If you’re after a luxurious itinerary in Hong Kong, make sure you visit these interesting places.
Ascot Chang, Landmark Prince’s
What is now a world-renowned bespoke suits brand actually has it origins in Kimberly Road, Hong Kong in 1953. It all began when a 14-year-old left his hometown to apprentice in Shanghai, who soon peddled his custom-made shirts door-to-door, and eventually opened his first 600 sq. ft store at 34 Kimberley Road. His first branch at the Peninsula Hotel in 1963, still stands up to this day.
Raul visits the Ascott Chang branch at Landmark Prince’s, inspects their array of high-quality fabrics and craftsmanship, and gets a bespoke suit tailored for him. Here's a fun fact: Did you know that former US President George W. Bush, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Andy Warhol were some of the famous personalities dressed by Ascot Chang? Our EIC sure is in the big leagues!
Hotel Vic is a newly reopened hotel at the fashionable district of North Point on Hong Kong Island, which boasts of luxurious accommodations and amenities, and has beautiful panoramic views of Victoria Harbour. Hotel VIC even levels it up with the only rooftop infinity pool overlooking the Victoria Harbour. Truly a great way to unwind and relax!
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For more pampering options, Hotel VIC also has its own sauna and steam room, and a 24-hour gym so you don’t skip on your daily workout routine. Interestingly, they also have two virtual reality flying machines by ICAROS inside the gym. Raul tries the virtual reality gaming machine that doubles as a fitness equipment, and comes with a VR headset for the complete experience.
The Iron Fairies
This bar is unlike any other bar you’ve been to before. Born from designer extraordinaire Ashley Sutton’s visit to iron mines in Western Australia, The Iron Fairies showcases an eclectic and bold décor that can’t be quite encapsulated in words or pictures. It’s both mysterious and magical, and feels like you’re transported to a brand new place the moment you step in.
The Iron Fairies has indeed become one of Hong Kong’s most sought-after bars, featuring low-hanging chandeliers, circular tables topped with the namesake iron fairies, and individual “furnaces” tucked in the nooks and corners.
Probably one of the most famous names in the food industry, wherever you are in the world, is Gordon Ramsay—not only for his amazing talent as a chef, but also because of his explosive personality. This time, he’s brought a touch of London to Hong Kong with London House, located at the East Tsim Sha Tsui dining district.
Expect a traditional English vibe, an all-British menu, with drinks and cocktails to perk you up after a long day. And with Raul, of course, he’s starting his dinner with a glass of London House’s carefully concocted cocktail.
Have you ever found yourself in a foreign country, in need of an emergency grooming? Well, if you’re a gentleman—or traveling with a gentleman—in Hong Kong, look no further than Handsome Factory in Tsim Sha Tsui.
Handsome Factory is every bit the traditional barbershop—checkered floors, leather seats, and a retro vibe that will bring you at ease. They’ve got haircuts, wet shaves, beard trims, and everything in between—done only by the experts.
Follow Raul Manzano as he explores luxurious Hong Kong Catch on the brand new season of EIC on the Move, airing on Metro Channel, channel 52 on Sky Cable and channel 174 on HD, starting April 7, Sunday, 8:30 p.m. Catch fresh episodes every Sunday, and replays throughout the week.