It’s not easy to highlight a place you love so much in a just nine photos. During our most recent stay at Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, my 8-year-old daughter and I were honored to take over the hotel’s Instagram account to showcase how we usually spend a day there.
While our day was packed full of hotel-based activities, in reality, when in residence we have a tendency to stay close to home, literally, because it once was our home.
Exciting announcement! Tomorrow, my daughter and I take over the Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong Instagram account for the day. Why? My daughter was born in #hongkong, her first home was this hotel (until she was 2) and we happen to be in residence right now on holiday. We hope to show you why we love this city and property so, so very much. Follow our day at @fshongkong! #fshktakeover #FourSeasons #luxurytravel #familytravel #fsfamily
We kicked off our day with buffet breakfast at Blue Bar.
Good morning from the Blue Bar, my daughter's favorite breakfast buffet! I'm @lajollamom, a former resident of Four Seasons Place and mother to a little girl born in #HongKong. We're so excited to sharing our day at the hotel with you via #FSHKTakeover and have so many fun things planned! But back to breakfast… she recommends the strawberry pancakes and braised noodles while I go for the birchermuesli and fresh pastries. So good! #fourseasons #ourHK #discoverhongkong #familytravel #fstaste
The Blue Bar transitions to a hip meeting spot for after-work cocktails in the evening with a complimentary light appetizer buffet. They also make my favorite lychee martini in the world. Since you get the entire shaker, it’s like 2.5 delicious martinis in one!
Next, we wandered the hotel to try to select one of the many floral arrangements to showcase. With so many to choose from, this took much longer than one might think. I saw the florist once or twice throughout the four years we lived in the hotel. It was as if new arrangements appeared by magic once a week or so. I could have easily filled the entire day’s Instagram feed with hotel flowers, alone.
Resistant to change, I admit to initially not being keen on a new and improved nail bar. It replaced the room inside the spa where I’d been having my nails done for over a decade (I go every year when we visit). We were hosted by the nail bar for manicures and after stepping inside, I immediately changed my views… because look at this one.
The view from the new @fsnailbar is spectacular! It is an experience, with champagne, fresh juice, smoothies and snacks available. And, you could arrange a afternoon tea set from The Lounge downstairs to enjoy here with a friend. Talk about a fun girls' day out! Sonia has been doing my nails here since before my daughter was born. #fourseasons #FSHKTakeOver #ourhk #discoverhongkong
This isn’t your average nail bar. In addition to a panoramic view, they’ve elevated the experience by offering complimentary drinks (champagne, even) and healthy snacks during treatments. The products used are top-of-the-line and the decor is absolutely lovely. It’s the type of place that I would love to exist near my home (it doesn’t).
With perfect nails dried, we headed two floors down for lunch at Lung King Heen, the hotel’s 3-Michelin-star Cantonese restaurant.
If you are ever in Hong Kong, make a reservation to dine here because this is some of the best Chinese food in the world. The menu is extensive but staff recommendations are helpful to those who aren’t very familiar with Cantonese cuisine. During the weekdays, the lunch set menu is an excellent option, too.
My daughter’s birthday was just a few days away, so the restaurant sent her dessert dim sum with a candle. Having been born in Hong Kong, she self-identifies as Chinese so this was a particularly big thrill for her.
After a few minutes of rest in our lovely Harbour View Suite, we were set up in a cabana and hit the heated pool. I tread water and swim here for much-needed exercise while my daughter plays.
This my friends is the best outdoor pool deck in #HongKong. It's hard to beat enjoying poolside iced lollies in the comfort of a luxe cabana or plush lounge chair. Listen carefully for the underwater pool music and take in that view! We've done Tai Chi out here with Master William, too. #FSHKTakeOver #ourhk #discoverhongkong #fourseasons #familytravel #luxurytravel
While clouds hovered, April in Hong Kong is actually incredibly pleasant weather-wise. I was hoping to take a more dramatic shot from the brand new Hong Kong Observation Wheel during golden hour when the light bounces off the skyscrapers. But, I think the clouds got in the way.
Nevertheless, my daughter quite enjoyed our 20-minute spin around the wheel during our outing.
By this point, I was becoming sensitive to sending so many photos out in a single day, but I did forget to showcase the hotel’s Executive Club (which I will tell you about in another post) which is where we watched the sunset over a cocktail for me and watermelon juice for her. While the breakfast and light supper buffets are full of good local and international offerings, including a fresh noodle bar, I had a hankering for Hainanese chicken rice.
Each night, my daughter preps the window area so that we (and the stuffed animals) can watch the nightly 8pm Symphony of Lights laser show over Victoria Harbour. Also, the Hainanese Chicken Rice at the hotel is amazing. I always order this or the Alaskan King Crab salad (both available in The Lounge). #FSHKTakeOver #fourseasons #discoverhongkong #ourhk #familytravel #luxurytravel
I usually eat Hainanese Chicken Rice, the Alaskan King Crab salad and birchermuesli multiple times throughout my stay in addition to other amazing dishes. Like other Four Seasons Hotels, it is a pleasure to dine in the hotel.
One day, I’ll make a collage out of the photos I’ve taken in this spot over the years.
I have taken a photo her here each year of her life and the sign has become a height chart of sorts (I predict she'll be well into the lettering next year). Thank you for following our day! There is still so much to say about how much we love this hotel. It was our permanent residence for 4 years and they took such good care of me as a new mom. We visit annually because some of the same staff members are still here and it will probably always feel like home. Catch up with our posts by checking #FSHKTakeOver. I'm @lajollamom signing off! â¤ï¸ #FourSeasons #discoverhongkong #ourhk #familytravel
I adore this hotel and look forward to a return in about 11 months (not that we’re counting or anything). Be sure to follow me at @lajollamom and the Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong Instagram at @fshongkong.