There is little more luxurious than spending a morning sipping tea overlooking the skyline, followed by having your face massaged with space-age (literally) creams, then filling up on wholesome organic greens.
And this is precisely what you will find if you walk your well-heeled feet over to The Ritz-Carlton to sample their new spa and The Lounge & Bar offerings.
The Lounge & Bar have launched the Go Green organic salad bar with seasonal themes. For autumn, the theme is Golden Crush, which means lots of autumnal fruits and vegetables, of course, such as pumpkin, beetroot, fig, winter squash, turnip and parsnip. Pumpkin is particularly heavily featured in a range of variations, alongside a vast selection of salad fillers such as spinach, lettuce, quinoa, lentils, couscous, flaxseeds, sesame seeds and many other nuts, grains and dried fruits. You can build yourself a hearty bowl of health and then plonk yourself down in front of one of the best views of the harbour to take it all in (food and scenery).
A warming dose of fennel soup will fill up any remaining space, and they also have two hot dishes on offer every day, as well as a selection of breads and cheeses. We sipped on the cucumber carrot water and felt positively pious about our wholesome, healthy lunch.
The buffet is available for $248 per person and is served between 12–2pm on weekdays.
Organic salad bar
A scenic salad experience
There could be another reason we were feeling quite so joyous, and it probably had quite a lot to do with the 90-minute facial massage that preceded the lunch.
The Y LIFT facial is a new treatment at The Ritz-Carlton, and it boasts an impressive panel of scientists and a plastic surgeon behind the creation of the 111 skin creams that are utilised during the process. With three different skincare masks (one each for face, eyes and neck) and a vigorous massage to penetrate deep into the tissue, this range of products was created by NASA scientists to treat the dry skin of astronauts returning from space by boosting collagen production and encouraging the skin's elasticity. With an astronomical price to match, this lifting, toning and deeply relaxing treatment goes for $2,680 from Monday to Thursday and $2,780 from Friday to Sunday and on public holidays.
The Ritz-Carlton Spa by ESPA is an exceptional space to enjoy a treatment, owning the title as the highest hotel spa in the world. The picture windows display Hong Kong in mesmerising fashion, with the scenery demanding calm and tranquility. A treatment includes use of the spa's full amenities, which count an indoor swimming pool (with the same breathtaking views), outdoor whirlpool, fitness centre with outdoor terrace and aroma steam room, stone saunas and 'experience' showers.
Y LIFT facial
The results? Incredibly smooth and taut skin with a glowing complexion. Long-term effects remain to be seen, but if NASA scientists have had a hand in the development of these products, we should probably trust they have some pretty legit science behind them. And given we're all going to be space tourists soon enough, we better start preparing our skin with the right stuff before we set off into the stratosphere.