The original Mr & Mrs Smith (aka Smith co-founders CEO James and CTO Tamara) are fresh off the plane after visit to Asia in search of new Hong Kong boutique hotels. They report back from action with a mini city guide listing five things to love about Honkers…
1 THE UPPER HOUSE
What makes this Hong Kong’s Upper House hotel so great? The jaw-dropping view from our bedroom and bathroom (above, from right), and Marcel Thomas – the hotel’s fabulous Director of Guest Experience – who looks after you like no other.
2 HAPPY FOOT MINI SPAS
Our feet were very happy after an hour’s worth of pummelling reflexology at Happy Foot on Lyndhurst Terrace. The masseuse chants ‘No pain, no gain’ as you grip the side of your lazyboy chair – but boy, is it worth it! Perfect for pop-in pedicures and massage, too. Happy Foot, 11th floor, Lyndhurst Tower, 1 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central (+852 2521 0066).
3 THE SOJO DINING SCENE
The SoJo bar and restaurant hub (‘South of Johnston’) has some fantastic venues. All the food served at Yin Yang (left) – a Ship Street restaurant set in a Grade II-listed heritage house – is brought in fresh from the owner’s farm in the new territories. It’s very intimate, and a great way to enjoy some seriously good Modern Chinese cooking (pictured top left). Yin Yang, 18 Ship Street, Wan Chai (+852 2866 0868).
Round the corner on Johnston Road, Madam Sixty Ate (pictured left, and top, second from left) is fine fusion dining in super-fine surroundings. A seriously good-looking space, the restaurant’s many corners feature birdcage chandeliers, stained walnut flooring, punny bird-print ‘flock’ wallpaper, retro-feel leather dining chairs and an Asian-infused Modern European menu (courtesy of respected chef Chris Woodyard) to drool over. Madam Sixty Ate, Shop 8, 1f the Podium, J Senses, 60 Johnston Road (entrance on Ship Street), Wan Chai (+852 2527 2558).
4 HOTEL JIA
This Starck-spangled stay is still the best value boutique hotel in Hong Kong, and it’s still looking fresh (right). Jia Hong Kong was also a hit with our anonymous reviewer, music journo Chris Cottingham – check out his Jia review.
5 MR ROCKY’S MADE-TO-MEASURE SUITS
Mr Smith’s is thrilled with his new made-to-measure shirts and jacket, courtesy of Mr Rocky‘s tailoring services. He was measured at 11am on Saturday and the finished pieces were delivered at 4pm Sunday; now that’s what we call service! Rocky’s Fashions, Shop 19, Ground Floor,
Far East Mansion, 5–6 Middle Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon (+852 2368 0385).
For more insider city tips, read the full Mr & Mrs Smith HK city guide… Londoners looking for a taste of Hong Kong should look out for next month’s Hong Kong – Live in London! street festival taking place on South Molton Street, 12–18 September.