Hong Kong reverberates with the kind of vitality so alluring you’ll overlook the seeming lack of human charm or the city’s frenzied pace—but if those are make-or-break elements in helping you determine where to spend your hard-earned money, choose The Mira Hong Kong in Tsim Sha Tsui. Formerly known as the Miramar Hotel, founder Martin Lee roped in celebrity lifestyle guru Colin Cowie to breathe fresh design into the slightly dated, 16-floor property with 492 guestrooms and suites, event spaces and luxury spa services. Now, a wide frame of white waves greets guests at the entrance; a coy sparkle emanates from the dark-tiled floor as you walk across it to check in with courteous lobby staff.
Here, there is only one choice when it comes to the type of view—the one overlooking Kowloon Park with an unhindered bird’s eye perspective of the maze garden that you can take in, while relaxing in the Arne Jacobsen egg chair with a cup of tea before heading out into the city. Don’t forget to take the complimentary, in-room portable “Wi-Fi buddy” device along to stay on track with your urban exploration exploits. Abundant as dining options might be in every other nook and cranny of Hong Kong, you’ll be well-informed of the joys of modern Cantonese delights at Cuisine Cuisine, the hotel’s award-winning restaurant. Traditional dishes are elevated with quality ingredients and innovative sauces, but the desserts here are the unexpected gems. A humble sago pudding is rendered glorious with the addition of champagne jelly and a fragrant, jasmine-infused steam for a little flair to end one’s meal. The indulgence doesn’t have to end there.
The spa floor welcomes guests to the LED-lit, indoor infinity pool, with a “wet zone” that features a hydro pool, a sauna and a relaxation room with waterbeds; or you can grab drinks at Vibes, an open-air lounge tucked away on the fifth floor, encased from prying eyes by a wall of bamboo. The Mira isn’t just another business hotel; the human element is everywhere—impeccable service and considerate design, but discreet, as is expected of the best properties in this class.
First published in Esquire Malaysia's December 2016 issue.