For a bucket list honeymoon, there are few better destinations to plan your dream trip than to Hong Kong. When it comes to the world’s most eclectic and international cities, nothing compares to Hong Kong, brimming with history, culture, incredible landscapes, architecture and food. Though it’s a compact geographic area—7.4 million people live in a 1,1046 square km area—there is so much to explore and as you are going the distance to travel there, make sure you do it all!
Hong Kong is described as the world’s most vertical city because of the incredible amount of skyscrapers which permeate the skyline (there are 317 towers taller than 490 feet!). Hong Kong itself is comprised of several areas with Hong Kong Island, the Kowloon Peninsula, the New Territories and Lantau Island being the main ones. It’s surrounded by water and mountains, many of which have intricate trail systems making it a hiker’s paradise. For a Hong Kong honeymoon our hotel of choice is the Cordis Hong Kong, which sits on the Kowloon side in Mong Kok—known as one of the world’s busiest districts. This 42-story hotel has 665 rooms all of which feature modern, light and bright styling with incredible floor to ceiling windows so you can take in panoramic city views.
The service and hospitality at this hotel are best in class—the staff is dedicated to making your stay the best it can be. A big part of this hospitality is dining, which is a next-level experience. There are four diverse restaurants in-house, each with its own unique style. For traditional Cantonese dishes, Michelin Guide recognized Ming Court as a must—it has one of the best wine collections in Hong Kong with over 400 wines from 100 regions. For a cool urban vibe, Alibi offers a global menu in a slick and chic space. Personal wellness is also a focus at Cordis and at the Chaun Spa you can get your Zen back via a treatment menu heavily influenced by elements of traditional Chinese medicine and Wu Xing (the powers of the five elements). Daily Tai Chi classes poolside on the rooftop is also an incredible self-care exercise.
Cordis is perfectly positioned for exploring all the markets, shops and street foods in Kowloon. The Ladies Market, Flower Market Road, Sneaker Street and the Langham Place Mall (it’s attached to the hotel!) are all steps away.
Exploring Hong Kong Island is a quick subway ride and it’s in this district you will find some of the most iconic travel musts like the Star Ferry, the Hong Kong Trolley (or “Ding Ding” as the locals say), the Peak Tram and Victoria Harbour. Seeing the Hong Kong skyline from the water is essential, so book an evening cruise on the Aqua Luna, a tradition Chinese wooden junk boat—the light show you’ll experience set against the towering skyline is magical.
There are some standout eateries on Hong Kong Island which you will want to book in advance. Hexa is located on the water in Harbour City and is the cool place to hang and dine and enjoy spectacular views. Also hit Zuma in The Landmark for incredible Japanese—this spot is always buzzing with hip and haute locals. And don’t forget to try the local delicacies of egg tarts and milk tea!
Travel bonus: Hong Kong is also an connecting point to several other of the world’s most romantic travel hot spots like The Maldives—read our story on honeymooning in this dream destination and how to get there in style traveling Cathay Pacific Business Class.