Four Seasons Hong Kong
Four Seasons Hong Kong is one of the best luxury hotels in Hong Kong, it’s a top end, world class hotel where every element has been fine tuned to make sure guests receive the highest quality at every turn. This is sophisticated luxury at it’s best, right in the centre of Hong Kong; we checked in to see how vegan friendly one of the best hotels in this iconic destination would be.
Located on Hong Kong Island, in a prime location linked by a walkway to the IFC shopping mall and close to rail links for both Hong Kong International Airport and Hong Kong Central Station, the Four Seasons Hong Kong is the perfect base for your Hong Kong trip. It overlooks the famous Victoria Harbour and is a stones throw from Hong Kong Park; Victoria Peak is within easy reach as are the cool restaurants and markets of the Mid Levels, reached by the world’s longest covered escalator system. Vegans will be happy exploring some of Hong Kong’s best vegan eateries and shopping opportunities from this luxury base.
Our Deluxe Harbour View Room had a modern, sleek feel with mirrors, marble, wood and lacquer; guests can choose between a more Western or Chinese design depending on their preferences. Huge, floor-to-ceiling windows let the light stream in and gave us a fabulous view of Victoria Harbour. No visit to Hong Kong is complete without time spent watching life go by on the river and our room at the Four Seasons gave us front row seats.
But the truth is, the Four Seasons Hong Kong is one of those hotels that you really won’t want to leave once you check-in. The rooftop pool area alone is enough to tempt you to stay, with 4 pools including a lap pool with underwater music, a sizeable infinity pool and a jacuzzi where you can get lost in that awesome Kowloon and Victoria Harbour view.
If you can drag yourself away from some luxury poolside lounging, there’s a spa (like no other we’ve ever seen) that will tempt you to stay. 2,044 sq metres of peaceful, luxury spa including a giant mosaic vitality pool where different jets massage the whole body, a sauna complete with colour therapy, a steam room with a giant amethyst for crystal healing, and an ice fountain and rain or mist showers to cool down afterwards.
Service was impressive, this is the kind of place where people notice things about you as a guest and adjust their service accordingly. Like a particular drink? You can expect someone to notice and to offer it to you the next time you see them. Have a cough? Expect a mug of warm water with lemon to arrive quietly at your table (yes, this actually happened to us).
The Vegan Food
The food was as good as every other aspect of this top end hotel. We were greeted with a pot of lemongrass and ginger so we could make a healthy and delicious herbal tea in our room.
But even better than the herbal tea was arriving back late one afternoon to find a dainty cake stand, full of sweet vegan treats for a luxury vegan afternoon tea. Delicious marinated pineapple, a gold leaf topped strawberry on a sweet biscuit, a mango topped shot glass of a creamy set coconut pudding and last, but not least, a decedent mouthful of rich vegan chocolate cake.
And just in case we didn’t impress upon you just how amazing those vegan afternoon tea treats were, we’ve included another picture (the chocolate cake was our favourite of course).
In the evening, we had access to the Executive Lounge on the 45th Floor, where cocktails and a light buffet was served, there were also vegan noodles and a helpful staff them who were on hand to offer us other options. Open 24 hours, the Executive Lounge was a great place to grab a coffee or step outside to admire the view from the balcony.
We took breakfast in The Lounge, the Four Seasons Hong Kong all day dining restaurant. The atmosphere was peaceful and calm with efficient and helpful staff offering us options from an a la carte menu. The chef, knowing that we were vegan, had prepared a healthy vegan breakfast for us including a super green juice and buckwheat pancakes filled with fresh avocado, beans, mushrooms and a tomato sauce, served with a light spinach salad. It was a imaginative breakfast choice made with the aim of giving us a healthy but delicious start to our day.
But it wasn’t all virtuous health food at our breakfast table, we also received a basket of vegan blueberry muffins, packed full of delicious superfood berries; these moist, sweet vegan cakes were crumbly and divine.
Other vegan dining options that we enjoyed included dinner at Lung King Heen, the Four Seasons Cantonese restaurant and the first Chinese restaurant in the word to be awarded the much coveted three Michelin stars. We ate traditional Cantonese food with some standout dishes like the ‘Crispy Tofu Sheet with Sesame’ that was a delightful creation of juicy layered tofu skin, coated in a light sesame batter and doused in aromatic, sweet and sour lemon sauce.
Read our review of Lung King Heen to see what other three Michelin star food we got to experience.
UPDATE: We headed back to Four Seasons Hong Kong to celebrate a birthday and had a truly wonderful meal at The Lounge. Executive Chef Andrea Accordi and his team prepared a remarkable multi course presentation of Italian ingredients that was both memorable and delicious.
Wow, just wow
Click here to read the review of one of the best vegan meals we’ve ever eaten courtesy of The Lounge at Four Seasons Hong Kong.
The Vegan Essentials
Non-feather pillows could be easily arranged by calling housekeeping where there was a selection of vegan pillows to choose from.
The in-room amenities were by luxury brand L’Occitane, who don’t use any animal ingredients and do not test their products on animals.
The spa had an extensive range of products to purchase including some vegan products too for example there was vegan sun tan lotion (made by ‘Sun Bum’) and a range of Cowshed products (just avoid those with beeswax and honey on the ingredients list) available to purchase.
The Vegan Food Quest Verdict
Check in to Four Seasons Hong Kong for a luxury hotel stay where vegan friendliness can be found in every corner of this world class property. Book a Club Premier Room to gain access to the impressive Executive Lounge where vegan canapés and cocktails as well as afternoon tea awaits you.
Don’t forget to treat yourself to a vegan Cantonese meal at Lung King Heen (try that crispy beancurd skin dish!) to see how the world’s only three Michelin star Chinese restaurant caters for vegan guests.
We were guests of Four Seasons Hong Kong but please rest assured that their generosity in hosting us didn’t influence our views
Four Seasons Hong Kong
8 Finance St
Telephone: +852 3196 8888
Cost From: £460 / $690 per night