Luxury Hotels

Bangkok – Hong Kong – Dubai

At Rosewood Bangkok, Girlahead found a make-your-own cocktail awaiting in Manor Suite 1812 – what a memorable touch to add to an overall picture of a striking building, by New York-based KPF, with, thoughtfully, a direct pedestrian walkway to Skytrain’s Ploenchit Station. Add to the memory superb service, led by GM Thomas Harlander, and such eatertainment thrills as taking a private elevator to the 30th floor Lennon’s Speakeasy, with Legay turntables and McIntosh C47 Audio Preamplifiers to turn your choice of over 6,000 vinyls.

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Now back to alcohol. Another wow arrival currently awaits at Rosewood Hong Kong, which is offering what it calls the ultimate staycation experience. Head to the hotel’s K11 Musea for a Macallan Room whisky tasting after which, as though carrying the theme beyond usual boundaries, there is a whisky-pairing dinner at HENRY. Instead of Girlahead’s choice of, say, an Haut-Brion or Screaming Eagle red, in a Riedel glass of course, this dinner comes with a single malt to go with a steak tasting menu designed by chef Nathan Green: finish the evening in DarkSide lounge, to savour a Macallan’s cocktail.

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Let us cross Victoria Harbour to Hong Kong Island’s Central area, to The Upper House, Swire’s avocado-hued luxury hotel that is cleverly making the most of having a sixth floor grassed terrace the size of two tennis courts.  This is, at least during this pandemic period, themed as an outdoor pop-up Maka Hiki Lounge, which is Polynesian for “new beginnings” (Maha Hiki is a Hong Kong brand owned by local Tiki bar conceptors Stéphane Levan and Max Traverse). Maha Hiki’s seven signature cocktails include Maka Hiki Punch (Plantation OFTD Overproof Rum, Rhum J.M Paille, Maraschino Liqueur, Orgeat Syrup, Homemade Falernum Liqueur, Grapefruit and Lemon Juice) and Bora Bora Spritzer (Tanqueray Ten Gin, Aperol, Cocchi Storico Vermouth and Taittinger Brut Champagne). Bar bites are inspired by islands worldwide, say Cuban Pulled Pork Sandwiches. On Thursdays, Maka Hiki adds cigar and rum tastings, and on weekends dogs are invited, no tastings offered.

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There are nearly always tastings, especially of finest Lianozoff caviars, in Jetex’s private jet terminal at Dubai International Airport: arrive early, to sample a few eggs from an exquisite mother-of-pearl spoon, and possibly join other gourmets in buying a tin for the ongoing flight.  Make a note of the Lianozoff name, by the way. Brand owner Karim Moubarik understands real quality, as does another luxury-lover, Adel Mardini. Listen to him here, below: