Monday, June 1, 2020

Rosy Staycation

With everyone still grounded and likely got nowhere to go through the long summer, we made amend by planning a weekend getaway a few weeks ago at The Rosewood – at least we got to travel across the harbor when travel across the ocean was not an option. Not my first time in the hotel – I was there for dinner at their steakhouse Henry a few months ago – but staying over the weekend let me explore a lot more of the property, its facilities and surroundings.

The upgrade to the “Grand Harbor View” room upon check-in was a nice touch, and gave us the million-dollar view of Hong Kong Island skyline on the high floor. We enjoyed the best sunset view in the comfort of our PJs lying against the couch by the window and loved the experience of waking up to that familiar yet magical sight the next morning.

The room was of very decent size with huge bathroom - free-standing tub, twin shower booth and all - and I love the touch of a well-stocked and well-equipped bar cart right in the living area with well-chosen selection of booze. With the hotel newly built from ground up of course everything was caught up with the latest technology with power sockets (with USB charging ports of course) plentiful and at all the right places, but the lack of work desk means you probably should leave your laptops or tablets behind and just relax and had fun. They definitely strike the right balance between timeless luxury and modern comfort in everything they put in.

The Infinity Pool is probably the most-talked about attraction of the property. The size of the pool might mean it can get crowded from time to time, but if you managed to get up early enough to beat them (it opens from sunrise to sunset), you got this serene view which felt like swimming into the harbor in this 25-meter outdoor lap pool. Or just chill at the poolside deck on sunny days like when we were staying. There were plenty more facilities that I wish we had more time to take advantage of, like the spacious and well-equipped gym, yoga studio or the Asaya spa right next to the pool.

And the fine team at Rosewood Hong Kong took good care of us during our stay. We communicated back and forth on emails a few times before we checked in and they are always on top of things. We spent our weekend at the hotel as part of birthday celebration and they sent us a nice chocolate cake which made it extra special. And throughout our stay they were friendly and helpful which we appreciated much.

With the connecting K11 Musea shopping mall next door, there's plenty to do in the neighborhood with shops of all kinds, a rooftop garden and art pieces scattered around the premise. Right outside was the harborside promenade re-open at the same time as the hotel and mall (now part of the Victoria Dockside development) - it was an enjoyable stroll along when no one's around and before the scotching heat in the early morning and did make us feel like a true vacation.

Stay-cation like this is not going to replace the actual travel when we got to visit new places aboard, but this is as close as we could get escaping from our normal routine for now. And we loved our time spent here – the hotel is as good as what everyone said.

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When? May 15 2020
Where? The Rosewood Hong Kong, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsimshatsui, Hong Kong

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