LEIGH TUNG CHOU

OCCUPATION: Luxury brand consultant

MY STYLE: During the day my style is preppy with a modern twist. I love blazers by Stella McCartney, striped shirts by J. Crew, and cargo pants or jeans by J Brand. I usually wear all this with Lanvin or Alaia flats during the day. For a night out, I’ll do a more streamlined silhouete: Roland Mouret or Roksanda Illinic dresses and Christian Louboutin heels. As for the home, my husband and I both collect works by contemporary Chinese artists Zhu Ming and Xu Lei, and also like James Nares and German photographer Candida Hofer.

I LOVE HONG KONG BECAUSE: Vibrancy and internationalism. I love the fact that it has so much culture as a thriving metropolis, and yet it’s just 20 minutes away from beautiful natural reserves and parklands. I can take my children to see a ballet and then go for a hike with them in the hills—all within 15 minutes oof my front door!

Museum of Coastal Defense

When it comes to this historic museum, Leigh Tung Chou says it best herself: “Formerly known as Lei Yue Mun Fort, this museum was built by the British in 1887 and used as a strategic fort at the entrance to Hong Kong’s inner harbour. Today, it has a historical trail and old bunkers. My son loves running around to see all the old artillery and cannons.”

 

208 Duecento Otto

Formerly a meat storage warehouse, this cavernous, elegant hotspot is perfect for an after-work drink, intimate dinner, or private soiree. Pizza is a popular offering (Duecento Otto’s pizza oven was custom-designed in Italy), but the kitchen also branches out with such delicacies as quail with raisin and mint. Go midday for the three-course “express” lunch, which includes antipasti, secondi, and dolci, with tea or coffee, for HKD 158.

 

The Upper House

The sister property of Beijing’s Opposite House is just the sort of understated exuberance you’d expect from renowned Hong Kong architect Andre Fu. The feel of The Upper House is decidedly metropolitan, with stainless steel touches, sweeping city views and a spa-like bathroom, while polished bamboo and Asian art pay homage to the city in which you’re staying. Muted color palettes, accommodating staff and a rooftop lawn provide the perfect escape from the city far, far below.

 

Sevva

The Prince’s Building is full of destinations, but for a special treat (and an even more special view), head up to Sevva on the 25th floor. “In the afternoon, we’ll come for egg tarts or a piece of yummy cake,” says Crystal Wong. The in-house bakery, Ms. B’s Sweets is always delectable (Leigh Tung Chou recommends the famous “crunch cake”), but don’t miss dinner, when diners can enjoy music, family-friendly eats, and signature cocktails.

 

Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong

Kate Moss, Catherine Zeta-Jones and other celebrities have been spotted at this ultra-lux hotel, which happens to be the flagship location for the global chain. Even if you’re not staying in one of the sophisticated, high-tech rooms, it’s worth coming to Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong—which overlooks the glimmering Victoria Harbour—for a spa treatment, or a meal at one of the hotel’s ten restaurants (three of which have Michelin stars)!

Nichola Hunt

Cocktail aficionado. Large dog breed lover. Fondness of summer dresses. Hater of pickles. Born in London, based in Bali.

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