Rosewood Hong Kong opens its doors

Rosewood Hong Kong opens today as a magnificent new ultra-luxury property in the heart of the Victoria Dockside arts and design district on the shores of Victoria Harbour. Situated on one of Hong Kong’s most significant waterfront locations in Tsim Sha Tsui — Kowloon’s dynamic, culturally compelling heart — the property is set to become a grand icon for the city, celebrating the area’s role as Hong Kong’s new creative and cultural epicentre.

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A visionary legacy

The 413-room Rosewood Hong Kong is located at a prime Victoria Harbour waterfront location at the former New World Centre on Salisbury Road in Tsim Sha Tsui.  The ultra-luxury hotel occupies 43 floors of a multi-use tower, destined to become a landmark on the world-famous skyline.  Eight restaurants and lounges are complemented by recreational facilities including Asaya, Rosewood’s holistic wellness concept opening in Autumn 2019, as well as a fitness centre and swimming pool.  The Manor Club executive lounge provides exclusive privileges while The Pavilion, the brand’s signature residential-style meeting and function space, hosts corporate events, conferences and social celebrations.  Also on offer are 186 luxury Rosewood Residences for guests choosing longer stays with a dedicated lounge, indoor swimming pool and fitness centre along with special services and amenities. 

Rosewood’s opening in Hong Kong marks the evolution of another meaningful historic legacy.  The site is the former Holt’s Wharf, dating back to 1910, which was subsequently acquired and developed into New World Centre, a lifestyle magnet for the city in the 1980s, which holds a unique place in the hearts and minds of local residents as a place of discovery and wonderment.  New World Centre – a proud expression of Hong Kong’s transition to modernity and establishment as a regional business hub – was the creation of Dr. Cheng Yu-tung and Dr. Henry Cheng, the grandfather and father (respectively) of Rosewood Hotel Group Chief Executive Officer, Sonia Cheng.

A vertical estate

The Kohn Pedersen Fox-designed, 65-storey exterior pays homage to the city’s impressive verticality.  In lush counterpoint are the beautifully landscaped lawn, verdant gardens and terraces with spellbinding harbour views.  Renowned hospitality designer Tony Chi of New York studio tonychi, has created a complete and immersive experience for a new age of elevated residential hotel living. An homage to Rosewood’s origins as an aristocratic manor, Chi has conceived the entire hotel as a “vertical estate” which incorporates significant green spaces and outdoor areas throughout, creating openness and room to breathe as a defining element of the Rosewood Hong Kong guest journey.

Generously curated stays

More than 80 per cent of Rosewood Hong Kong’s rooms boast standout harbour vistas, with the remainder featuring verdant Kowloon Peak views overlooking the fabled Lion Rock and distant, scenic mountains.  

There are dedicated, generous “salons” on each guestroom floor from the 24th level up.  Each features carefully selected objets that reflect Hong Kong’s richly layered past. Guests may linger over a book with a fine tea or a cocktail before retiring to a guestroom where lovingly curated treasures and vintage collectables blend mid-century sophistication and fine modern accents with haute Chinoiserie touches.   

The ultimate in residential-inspired hospitality

Generous space and residential luxury are the hallmarks of Rosewood’s 322 light-filled guestrooms, which start at 53 square metres (570 square feet) and include the Grand Harbourview Rooms, boasting panoramic views of Hong Kong Island. Elevated homely comforts include eclectic curios and objets d’art, curated interior details, considered amenities, generous marble bathrooms with freestanding soaking bath and separate, freestanding vanities with hammered copper sinks and twin showers, as well as spacious walk-in closets.

Sumptuous textures and finishes weave a tactile tapestry into each and every room.  Elegant lacquer panels feature a contemporary take on the octagonal Chinese bagua symbol — a motif that subtly appears on property’s floors, ceilings, walls and doors – and is juxtaposed with chequered Loro Piana navy fine wool wall covering for a sartorial touch.  

Distinguished suite stays

Rosewood Hong Kong is home to the highest number of suites of any Hong Kong luxury hotel and also some of the largest.  The 91 suites, starting from 92 square metres (990 square feet), offer carefully curated stays, bespoke services, and inviting, artful interiors, with layered vignettes of carefully chosen custom furnishings that lend an air of having been lovingly acquired over time. Contemporary artworks with an accent on Hong Kong’s art talents are stylishly placed.   

Suite guests enjoy exclusive services including access to Rosewood’s Manor Club executive lounge, personal butler service, monogrammed pillow cases and robes, along with personalised amenities from arrival to departure. On each floor, the 123-square-metre (1,323-square-foot) Grand Harbour Corner Suites offer glittering panoramic harbour views from every vantage point. 

In addition, Rosewood Hong Kong features 18 of the most outstanding signature suites in the metropolis, each with its own unique character to meet the diverse needs of today’s sophisticated travellers. The crowning jewel amongst them, the superlative 1,000-square-metre (10,764-square-foot) Harbour House floor boasts spectacular views from private sky terraces on the 57th level and unique décor and design. Enhancing the lavish interiors, a garden oasis features harbour view sun decks and private lap pools.  Located on the same floor, the Harbour House and Garden House can be combined, offering an entirely private five-bedroom retreat complete with state-of-the-art private gym.

Privileged retreat

With its prime position on the 40th floor affording spellbinding Victoria Harbour views and multiple outdoor terraces, Rosewood’s signature executive lounge concept, the Manor Club, extends a sense of residential refinement to suite stays. Offering 24-hour service in an exclusive space, all-encompassing personalised services include elegant complimentary food presentations and handcrafted beverages throughout the day, a distinguished bar overlooking the harbour, a games room with pool table, as well as a host of auxiliary amenities. 

Authentic dining

Each of Rosewood Hong Kong’s eight dining concepts possesses a distinctive character and showcases creativity and a contemporary interpretation of accessible gastronomy and refined beverage craft. The hotel’s culinary programme is characterised by an accent on local cottage producers and seasonality via its Partners in Provenance programme.

The hotel’s food and beverage outlets comprise of:

  • Holt’s Café, an homage to the site’s original name, which draws inspiration from local cha chaan tengs and combines the local with Europe’s grand cafes and brasseries;
  • Tea Conservatory, featuring Chinese, premium-aged, single-origin herbal blends and rare vintage teas;
  • The Legacy House, which showcases sophisticated Chinese cuisine, with a heavy emphasis on Shunde cuisine;
  • DarkSide, a premium drinks bar offering specialty cocktails, coveted vintage cigars and a choice selection of wine and spirits paired with nightly live jazz sessions, and also an alfresco outdoor terrace overlooking Victoria Harbour;
  • The Butterfly Room, Rosewood Hong Kong’s inviting all-day lounge, which will serve refined continental breakfasts, chic coffee breaks, sophisticated pre-dinner drinks and small plates as well as afternoon tea, and;
  • The Butterfly Patisserie, modelled after a high-end jewellery atelier, showcasing breathtaking centrepieces of tiered cakes, rows of artisan gelatos and sorbets, and glass walk-in display cases.

Transformative wellness

In addition to Rosewood Hong Kong’s outdoor infinity pool and state-of-the-art fitness centre overlooking the harbour, the property will host the first urban outpost of Asaya, Rosewood’s signature integrative wellness offering, in Autumn 2019. Following the platform’s launch at Rosewood Phuket in 2017, Asaya – a word derived from Sanskrit to signify the setting of  intention or hope – is founded on the key objective of empowering self-change and transformation.  Set over two dedicated floors, Asaya will revolve around specific individual wellness goals, supported by alternative therapies and rituals, enriching fitness and lifestyle activities, healthy eating plans, a dedication to pure, authentic ingredients and specially designed social spaces for relaxation and reflection, with a membership programme that aims to build a sense of community both for local residents and global guests alike.   

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