[Hong Kong] Staycation at St. Regis Hong Kong to Celebrate our Anniversary
Last week, it was our 6-year wedding anniversary and we celebrated with a staycation at the new St. Regis Hotel in Wan Chai! Just opened in April this year, the hotel is breathtakingly beautiful with elegant East-meets-West designs by renowned local designer Andre Fu. Our stay was splendid from beginning to end - it started when our butler greeted us downstairs before we even got to the lobby. St. Regis is famous for its 24/7 personalized butler service and all guests regardless of room types will have this service. We completed the check-in process directly in the room and was surprised by the anniversary decor they had set up already in the room - what a great way to start our celebration! The hotel has 112 rooms and 17 signature suites in total, and we stayed at the St. Regis Suite with ample space at over 1000 sq ft, separate living room and bedroom, and guest bathroom.
In addition to sofas and TV, the living room also houses a long rectangular table that can double as a dining table and work desk.
Two 55 inch LCD TVs are available in the room - one in the living room and one in the bedroom. One of the cool features was the ability to access YouTube on the TV.
Also in the living room is the mini bar with all sorts of premium drinks and snacks but the most special drink would be the spirits by Distillerie de Paris which are exclusively made for St. Regis.
The highlight of the bedroom was of course the super comfortable king-sized bed with luxurious Frette linens.
Guests can connect their phones via bluetooth with all the speakers in the room to play their own music.
Smart controls of the room and USB sockets are conveniently placed by both sides of the bed.
The spacious bathroom features his and hers vanity sinks, standing shower, bathtub and sustainable amenities including wooden combs and toothbrushes.
Our room has two walk-in closets - the one with a mirror presumably doubles as a vanity table for the ladies.
As we settled into our room, the doorbell rang and our butler surprised us with a few more things for our celebration including a picture frame of us, a gorgeous heart-shaped cake, and a bottle of champagne!
Before dinner, we decided to check out the swimming pool on the 7th floor which also houses the fitness center and spa. Surrounded by skyscrapers, the outdoor pool is heated year-round and while not the biggest, it was adequate for laps. Service is quick with towels and alkaline water promptly provided by the staff.
When it was 5:30pm, we made our way downstairs to the lobby where the daily champagne sabrage (a St. Regis ritual) takes place to mark the transition from day to night. If you've never seen a sabrage before, it is the method of opening a champagne bottle by slicing the neck off with a sword. Every guest gets a glass of champagne afterwards of course.
In terms of dining options onsite, there are two main fine dining restaurants - L'Envol for French and Rùn for Chinese cuisine. Then there's The Drawing Room - the all-day restaurant where they also serve afternoon tea. I had already tried the afternoon tea on an earlier visit where you can choose your own combination of 8 different savory and sweet canapés from a cart (yes that means you can choose all desserts if you want)! For drinks, choose from 12 types of premium tea.
Before dinner, we had drinks at the beautifully decorated St. Regis Bar with a centerpiece mural depicting the history and culture of Wan Chai. The Bloody Mary is the signature cocktail of St. Regis and every location has its own twist using local ingredients. Of course I had to try HK’s version which is aptly named Canto Mary with dried tangerine peel, Chinese five spice mix and Kowloon soy sauce. Pro tip - it’s actually available in 3 versions (red, green or yellow) depending on the tomato juice you choose.
While the hotel hasn't obtained a license for the Astor Terrace yet, you can order your drink at the bar first and bring it with you if you want to sit outside.
The meal started with a refreshing welcome tea drink and snacks - eggplant with sesame sauce and fried mushrooms with honey.
Roasted Crispy Suckling Pig
Baked Diced Wagyu Beef Puff with black pepper sauce
Chinese Marinated Foie Gras
Double-boiled Abalone Soup with kelp, goji and baby coconut
Simmered Tiger Prawn with crab roe sauce
Steamed Spotted Garoupa Fillet with konjac and pickled chili
Wok-fried Wagyu Beef with garlic
Fried Rice with crab meat and salted duck yolks
Egg Custard with glutinous dumplings
Chinese Petit Fours
At the end, the restaurant presented us with a special dessert for our celebration - how cute!
The next morning, we had breakfast in our room. The hotel breakfast is normally served at Rùn but we decided to have it in-room for more privacy. I had the Chinese breakfast with congee, dim sum and soy milk while J had the American breakfast with eggs, bacon and pastries.
Thank you St. Regis for a fabulous staycation!
The St. Regis Hong Kong
One Harbour Drive, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2138 6888https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/hkgxr-the-st-regis-hong-kong/
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