February 7, 2012

The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong

I was traveling in Asia over the Christmas holidays, and had the delightful pleasure of celebrating my wedding anniversary at Tosca, the Southern Italian restaurant located on the 102nd floor of the brand new Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong. It would have been impossible to book a table there during the holidays, even on a week night, but because my brother in law Brian was one of the Project Managers that helped to build the hotel, he was able to pull a few strings for us. It was especially nice to walk through the hotel with him, because he was able to tell us all the "behind the scenes" in the construction of the hotel, and how ideas evolved into the final execution.

The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong was built just a few years ago, and is now an iconic landmark in Hong Kong as one of the world's tallest hotel. We were enthralled the minute we stepped out of the car at valet, by the panoramic view of Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour.




The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong steers away from traditionalism and instead, takes the lead in one of the more contemporary and stylish hotel under the design talents of Singapore's LTW Designworks. I especially love the subtle oriental influences around the hotel.







It took all of 52 seconds to get from the 9th floor lobby to the 102nd floor restaurant. Arriving at Tosca, we received service that was definitely up to par with the Ritz Carlton luxury brand, and were seated near a window with spectacular views of Hong Kong's magnificent skyline. 




My hubby ordered the Chef's Tasting Menu while the rest of us feasted on appetizers and entrees from the menu. Each dish was artfully presented, but I have to admit, I wasn't blown away by the overall taste of the food. The ambiance and service definitely made up for it though, and so did the wine and desserts. :) 




When the last of our dessert plates were swept clean, we decided to indulge in some after-dinner drinks at Ozone, the chic and sophisticated bar located on the 118th floor (top floor) of the hotel. It was jammed pack, both inside and outside, even on a Wednesday night! The vibe was fantastic, and the unparalleled view was the icing on the cake.



I would have liked to stay there for a night, and to experience their world-class spa, but alas, we shall save this special treat for our next visit! 


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