It’s been a crazy year, so perhaps it’s not surprising that, even though it opened last April, the first time I visited The St. Regis Hong Kong was to try the hotel’s new 24-Hour Plus package (from $3,888/night). But once I checked in, of course I didn’t want to leave.
Just look at all this André Fu–designed gorgeousness (he designed the whole hotel, including the restaurants) – sleek, chic and cosy.
Here’s what the 24-Hour Plus staycation package includes:
- Guaranteed upgrade to a Premier Room
- $1,000 dining credit at any hotel outlet
- Virgin Canto Mary for two (or enjoy Alain Milliat juices by the pool)
- Personalised fitness training for two
- Valet parking
- Option to upgrade to a suite from $3,300 (includes another $1,000 dining credit)
- Extend your stay for 24 hours and more, subject to availability
After check-in, Karry, my assigned butler, showed me to my room and explained the Hong Kong history-inspired design elements and how the butler service works (it includes a packing service, beverage service, garment pressing, shoe shining and more). The personalised service and attention to detail impressed me; soon I realised it’s a standard aspect of The St. Regis experience. Everyone knows your name and does their best to make sure you’re cared for.
The room screams luxury, from the Frette linens, robes and slippers, to the Claybrook bathtub, to the Laboratoire Remède products, to the Distillerie de Paris spirits, made exclusively for The St. Regis.
Definitely check out the motorised blinds and smart controls. They’re cool but also useful. One side of my room was facing office buildings, so I had the daylight blinds drawn almost the whole time, but it didn’t take away from the experience at all. My goal was to rest (and eat!) during this staycation, so it was nice to be cocooned in the room.
Before starting my marathon of eating, I did some reading by the pool. I loved the intimate mini cabanas, which also offer enough coverage if it starts to rain.
Afternoon tea at The Drawing Room
The Drawing Room just launched a new afternoon tea menu ($398/1; $718/2; $998/2 for unlimited food). It’s a fresh take on afternoon tea. While it has finger sandwiches, sweets, scones and a wide variety of craft teas by PLANTATION on offer, the options are wheeled around on a trolley. Guests can choose four sandwiches and four sweets.
I really loved the mix of sophisticated and comfort-food flavours. The Le Voyage Français sandwich with black truffle butter, Comté cheese, green apple and micro mustard was delicious, as much as the Viva Las Vegas chicken Caesar wrap (not pictured) was. This Orange Creamsicle with orange jelly and whipped orange vanilla ganache brought me back to my childhood.
Tea is a lovely experience (and The Drawing Room itself is gorgeous), but this isn’t a place I’d come hungry, unless you want to indulge in the unlimited-course option.
Pre-dinner drinks at The St. Regis Bar
Each St. Regis location has its own take on the Bloody Mary. The Hong Kong version, called the Canto Mary, features dried tangerine peel, Chinese five spice and soy sauce. There are three versions (red, green, yellow), and I tried them all in a flight. All are nice, but if I had to pick a favourite, the green was the most refreshing with its slight tang.
Dinner at Rùn
All the restaurants at The St. Regis are suitable for both big groups and solo diners. On the night I visited Rùn, there were quite a few business dinners as well as solo diners. Interestingly, there were few couples, but this is probably because it was a Tuesday. The decor is elegant and suitable for all types of occasions.
Chef Hung Chi Kwong (formerly of Cuisine Cuisine and Man Wah) cooks up modern Cantonese dishes with skill. I had tasting portions of the dishes below, but à-la-carte prices are included for reference. Special set menus can be arranged in advance with the restaurant.
BBQ Ibérico pork, Chinese marinated foie gras, Wagyu beef puff ($228–368)
Double-boiled abalone soup with kelp, goji, baby coconut ($388)
Steamed lobster with caviar, egg white, cream and prawn broth (market price)
Fried rice with dried sakura shrimp and mullet roe ($138/person)
The abalone soup with its potent flavour was a highlight. It turns out the chef bakes the coconut first to get all the juices out, and this sure makes a difference. The lobster dish is also one I will be thinking about for some time. The steamed egg base was like a rich, creamy pudding, and the lobster and caviar were decadent toppings.
The next morning, after ordering two lattes via the butler service, I tucked into the Chinese Breakfast Set ($320). Usually, breakfast is served at Rùn, but I opted for in-room dining. Two separate staff members had recommended the abalone congee, and indeed it was rich and comforting. The set also comes with steamed shrimp dumplings, lobster and garlic spring rolls, steamed pork and shrimp dumplings, mini glutinous rice in lotus leaf, soy milk and a choice of tea. The bread basket ($158) came separately.
Lunch at L’Envol
All that was left to try was L’Envol! Chef Olivier Elzer has been making waves in Hong Kong for some time now (Pierre at the Mandarin Oriental, L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon and his own restaurant, Seasons), but it was my first time trying his food. Here are the dishes I tried from the current Allure lunch menu ($688–898 for 3 or 5 courses, including coffee or tea):
Summer truffle salad with butter lettuce, Parmesan, truffle dressing, shaved truffles
Roasted frog legs with tarragon, pastis custard, tomato butter sauce
Brittany skate wing cooked on the bone
L’Envol cheese plate
La Mangue Alphonso (mango blancmange, lemon cream, mango coriander sorbet)
Keep in mind that the sauces for the frog legs and skate are both very rich, so you may not want to choose both dishes (or go ahead if you're a fan of rich sauces!). I’m till thinking about the tomato butter sauce against the tender frog legs (no bones) and the extremely creative mango dessert.
With The St. Regis, I think what you see is what you get and what you get is luxury. The rooms are amazing, the food is amazing (both Rùn and L’Envol have each already earned a Michelin star), the views are amazing – and you’ll pay a pretty penny! But if you’re looking for a special treat, it’d be hard not to have a lovely time here. The 24-Hour Plus staycation package is valid until 31 August 2020.
1 Harbour Drive, Wanchai, 2138 6888, book online
This write-up is based on a complimentary media staycation provided in exchange for an honest review and no monetary compensation. The opinions expressed here represent the author’s.
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