First published on 16 Oct 2012. Updated on 13 Nov 2012.
Eat and drink
Locals, expats and travellers have been ordering G&Ts on the deck up at Sevva for a number of years now. You’ll need to get here early, but grab a table on the Terrace and drink among the spectacular company of the island's brightest skyscrapers. 6-14A Chater Rd, Central, Hong Kong. +852 2537 1388.
Over in West Kowloon at the near-to-new Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, you’ll find the world’s highest bar, Ozone, that remarkably has an outdoor area. When the clouds roll in and the city views disappear almost 500 metres up in the air, don’t despair: the gents behind the mahogany will ensure you’re being served some of Hong Kong’s best drinks. Order a chilli vodka martini or go for a glass of Austrian Riesling. 1 Austin Rd West, Kowloon, Hong Kong. +852 2263 2263.
Set to open this month is the city’s first Tiki bar, Honi Honi, headed up by leading bartender and rum aficionado, Max Traverse. Expect great Mai Tais and Zombies in true Polynesian style, including an outdoor bamboo lounge. Third Fl, 52 Wellington St, Central, Hong Kong. +852 2353 0885.
The degustation menu at the Peninsula’s Philippe Starck-designed Felix restaurant continues to be the toast of Kowloon. The six-course ‘Felix Experience’ starts with salmon tartar matched with a glass of 2003 Dom Perignon and culminates in a pear cake matched with a glass of 2007 Château Belingard. Salisbury Rd, Kowloon, Hong Kong. +852 2696 6778.
See and do
Those with a keen eye for a shopping bargain should hop on the MTR to Mong Kok and explore the neighbourhood’s stall-lined streets including Tung Choi (ladies' street), Temple Street (men’s street), Fa Yuen Street (sporting goods) and Sai Yeung Choi St South (electronic goods).
At the other end of the spectrum, all of the big brands are available at Pacific Place, from Shanghai Tang to Zara. 88 Queensway, Central, Hong Kong. +852 2844 8900.
A must-do in Hong Kong is a visit to the Tian Tan (Big) Buddha and Po Lin Monastery on Lantau Island. The Buddha took 12 years to complete and is 34 metres high, dominating the surrounding forest-covered hills of Lantau. Catch the MTR from Central or Kowloon and then the Ngong Ping 360 cable car to the top. Lantau Island, Hong Kong. +852 2985 5248.
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Side trip to Macau
If you’re looking at staying in Hong Kong for four or five nights, hop on a Jetcat to Macau, a one-hour boat ride away, where you’ll uncover both a city rich in Portuguese history and focused on being the gambling centre of Asia. Hotels and casinos fill the skyline of Macau city and the Cotai Strip, a short drive away. All of the major Vegas brands are here – including MGM, Wynn and the Venetian – alongside Melbourne’s Crown. Book a room at the Sheraton Macao Cotai Central, the world’s largest Sheraton hotel, featuring a shopping centre, restaurants, bars and a small casino. Cotai Strip, Taipa, Macau. +853 2880 2000.
The Grand Hyatt Hong Kong is a stone’s throw from Hong Kong Harbour and the rooms to book are the ones that have that outlook. Have a glass of Champagne, poolside, at the Waterfall Bar. 1 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai, Hong Kong. +852 2588 1234.
At the Island Shangri-La Hong Kong, which sits atop popular shopping centre Pacific Place, you’ll find rooms with a great view over to Kowloon or bustling Central. Classic cocktails are to be had at the Lobster Bar and Grill, while signature Restaurant Petrus serves up Michelin-starred cuisine in a classic Shangri-La setting.Pacific Place, Supreme Court Rd, Central, Hong Kong. +852 2877 3838.
Cathay Pacific flies three times daily from Melbourne to Hong Kong on three-class Airbus A330s. For not much more than a full economy airfare, Premium offers wider seats, a larger pitch and recline, bigger TVs, quality meals and wine, and a glass of bubbly on boarding.