New Years came and went and the first trip of 2016 had to be grand, so Nicole & I flew 15 hours to Hong Kong. I had only heard great things, from the culture to the sights and food… it was now or never! We ended up staying 5 days which was originally suppose to be 3 but due to the monsoon-like weather we had to extend and THANK GOD we did because the last full day was breathtaking. Some of my personal favorite moments were exploring the flower markets, swimming in our rooms infinity pool that overlooks the harbor and seeing Big Buddha in person (and let me tell you, he’s big) We also dived into the food world where Nicole was in her gluten-free prime, Explored every inch of our beautiful hotel and its property & took a ride on a junk boat! There’s honestly so much to see and do but please read below for everything I’d recommend most:
what to see:
The flower market – Explore the colorful-lined road of shops and wholesalers offering houseplants and bouquets by the dozen.
Big Buddha– Take Ngong Ping 360 (crystal cable car if possible) to Tian Tan Buddha for an afternoon you won’t forget.
Nan Lian Garden – A quiet, and peaceful garden to spend an hour or two at with family or a loved one.
A Junk Boat ride – hit the harbour in this unforgettable experience, preferably at night during the symphony of lights. the Aqua Luna is the specific boat we took and loved.
Victoria Peak – Even though it was too cloudy for us to experience, It’s one of the highest rated attractions to capture the skyline.
where to eat:
Grassroots pantry – If you’re gluten-free then this is the place for you. We indulged in gluten free pot stickers,pancakes and avocado toast. The ambiance inside isn’t bad either.
Ozone at the Ritz-Carlton – Ladies & Gentleman, the highest bar in the ENTIRE WORLD. It’s a must see, wether you go for high tea or a mixed cuisine lunch, you won’t regret it for the views of the harbour alone.
where to stay:
Intercontinental HK – We had the loveliest time at this property for multiple reasons but specifically the staff, service and views of Hong Kong Island.
Hotel Icon – Ranked at #3 best hotel in HK, it speaks for itself! we loved the design and rooms, they even have a living plant wall in the lobby. It’s crazy!
Photos that include myself were taken by Nicole Cogan