Travel Review: Hong Kong, the Victoria Beckham way
Hong Kong is a key business hub for style guru Victoria Beckham, what with it being home to her first store outside of London and everything. This city might be awash with consumerist possibilities, but it’s so much more than that – it’s a vibrant splash of skyscrapers, eateries, cultural hotspots and hiking trails. And, while there are many ways to explore this urban jungle, the most glamorous is, of course, the Victoria Beckham way. Because if anyone understands luxury, it’s Posh Spice. So, for fashion bunnies heading to HK, prepare to soak up the very best this city has to offer in true A-list style.
Rest your pretty head
After a long day of business or sightseeing in stilettos, a good night’s rest is vital in order to wake up sharp for the next day’s challenges. If hotels were Spice Girls, The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong (ritzcarlton.com) would definitely be Posh Spice. It is the most exquisite of hideouts in the city and sits on the top 17 floors of the 118-storey International Commerce Centre, making it one of the world’s highest hotels. So, it goes without saying that the views are simply sublime. Besides the five-star service and luxurious rooms, the hotel also features Michelin- starred Italian restaurant, Tosca, which boasts Victoria Harbour as its backdrop, and Tin Lung Heen, the two Michelin- starred restaurant that o ers refined authentic Cantonese cuisine and an incredible degustation menu. And let’s not forget ultra-modern OZONE, the highest bar in the world, or Almas Caviar Bar, where the world’s finest caviar and a selection of bubbly is served, darling.
Hong Kong is a culinary capital, with the finest delicacies from all over the world. It’s easy, however, to overindulge with those tempting stir-fries and sticky sweet treats at every turn. Thankfully, Grassroots Pantry (grassrootspantry. com) serves up a healthy rescue. VB is a loud-and-proud, uber-healthy dieter, so we suggest heading to this plant- based dining sensation to feast on greens galore. Founded by chef Peggy Chan, the Hollywood Road gem is a major hangout for Hong Kong’s health-conscious and stylish, incorporating unprocessed, sustainable, organic, and locally produced vegan ingredients on the menu. We strongly recommend the amazing ‘From The Garden’ sharing platter, which features a range of fresh veg drizzled with yummy strange things like fuyu mayo, pistachio moss, and black olive soil. Meanwhile, the green tea soba noodles are light yet filling, and for dessert sample a slice of the truly delicious raw lime pie. For five-star service fit for a Beckham (and sky-high prices to boot– we warned you), hit the New Punjab Club (newpunjabclub.com), one of the spiciest joints on the Hong Kong foodie scene. Locals are lining up around the block to sample the post-colonial Punjabi cuisine whipped up by a team led by chef Palash Mitra, formerly of London’s Michelin- starred Gymkhana. Try the samosa chaat (smashed samosas with crispy noodles, tamarind glaze, and yoghurt – wild!) and tandoori machli (starring a very tasty cobia fish), and don’t miss the tailor- made mixed drinks.
Shop for VB originals
Hong Kong is a haven for shoppers, but your first port of call clearly has to be Asia’s flagship Victoria Beckham (victoriabeckham.com). Surely everyone needs a VB clutch in their life? Then there’s the Ladies’ Market in Mong Kok, which is filled with noise, awash with colour, and a labyrinth of stalls selling everything from souvenirs to traditional Chinese garments and sportswear. While this could be a lot of girly fun, Posh prefers glitzy air- conditioned malls. So, for something more upscale, head to The Landmark (landmark.hk), one of Hong Kong’s fanciest shopping centres, with a range of boutiques from the world’s top designers (and home to VB’s store, naturally). Also, don’t forget to head to Lane Crawford (lanecrawford. com.hk) to pick up some essential VB Estée Lauder make-up. There are branches in Tsim Sha Tsui, Central, and Causeway Bay.
Take your equivalent of David, Brooklyn, Harper, Romeo, and Cruz to Ocean Park (oceanpark. com.hk/tc), Hong Kong’s home-grown theme park with a heritage of delivering family fun and fond memories. It’s the perfect day out for all ages (even granny Jackie will enjoy it here). Plus, part of the proceeds from admission ticket sales goes to the Ocean Park Conservation Foundation Hong Kong to support wildlife conservation projects. Now, you could enter via standard admission, but there is also a special VIP Premium Tour with a personalised itinerary and VIP access to each attraction (rates vary depending on your requests). You and your group of one to six people are taken by your own personal guide through the theme park and fast-tracked on just about anything you wish to see. What’s more, there is even a special animal encounter included, be it with a dolphin, seal, or penguin. A photographer is also on hand to capture those precious moments. To round it all off, go all-out with this Beckham theme and head to Madame Tussaud’s (madametussauds.com/hong-kong) to say hello to waxwork David. Or, you know, see how you measure up next to a Kendall Jenner while the youngsters play around with Lady GaGa without testing her patience. Now, that’s major.