An autonomous territory and former British colony on the Pearl River Delta, Hong Kong is an urban adventure with a show-stopping skyline and accelerated tempo. As one of the most significant financial centers on the planet, the region has the world’s highest Financial Development Index score and one of the highest per capita incomes. At the same time, more than 70 percent of Hong Kong is sprawling parks, mountains, geological treasures, historical gems and a deep natural harbor. When you fly into Hong Kong on a private jet, be prepared for a sensory feast and a dynamic cultural landscape that will compel you to plan your return trip before you board your flight home. You’ll soon find that there’s never enough time to explore the Pearl of the Orient.
The Upper House
Designed by architect Andre Fu, the all-suite Upper House on the top floors of the J.W. Marriott Hotel greets you with stylish luxury and a haven of indulgence, from the window-side bathtubs to high-end wine refrigerators. With incredible personalized service and contemporary artwork around every corner, you’ll feel worlds away from the bustling city below.
Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong
Perch on the 102nd to 118th floors of the International Commerce Center skyscraper in West Kowloon, guests at the Ritz-Carlton enjoy the best views of the city from every room. For a memorable experience, snag a window-side seat for high tea in the lobby. You’ll also find Earth-shattering views from the pool and Ozone, the highest bar in the world.
8½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana
Headed by Umberto Bombana, one of the best Italian chefs on the continent, 8½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana lives up to its glitzy promises. The restaurant features an extensive wine list, glamorous décor, stellar service and magnificent handmade pasta. Try the cavatelli with shellfish ragout and sea urchin. If seafood isn’t your thing, the beef tenderloin and short rib won’t disappoint.
Fa Zu Jie
A restaurant that’s so off the books that it doesn’t have a website, you’ll find Fa Zu Jie tucked away in a hidden alley off Lan Kwai Fong. The reservations-only restaurant features creative Shanghainese French-inspired dishes on a prix-fixe menu that are prepared in an open kitchen. Be sure to book your table at least a few weeks in advance.
Taking in the view from Victoria Peak is a must-do for any Hong Kong visitor. At 1,805 feet above sea level, the peak’s summit rewards you with views of Victoria Harbor, Kowloon and Hong Kong Island. On a clear day, you can even see Kowloon’s eight mountains. Reach the top in seven minutes aboard the Peak Tram, the world’s steepest funicular railway. If you go during the day, make a return visit after dark.
Charter a Junk
Escape the city center and partake in the local tradition of chartering a junk for a day of leisure and good food. The experience gives you a magnificent view of the city and the opportunity to see some places you might have missed on foot. Jaspa’s Junks with Costello Concepts offers all-inclusive party junks with fully equipped kitchens for an unforgettable day on the water.
Hike the Dragon’s Back
Escape the high rises and crowded streets and head to the Hong Kong Trail on Hong Kong Island. The 31-mile path’s most popular portion is the Dragon’s Back, which takes you to Shek O Peak and its 360-degree views of waterfront communities, countrysides, beaches, bays and the South China Sea. Other great hikes worth checking out include Lion Rock, Wilson Trail, and Lantau Peak at sunrise.