Spa Review: Hong Kong’s Peninsula Spa by ESPA

Hong Kong's Peninsula Spa by ESPA
Victoria Harbor makes a stunning VIP-suite backdrop

Since 1841, when Hong Kong first became a British colony, this glamorous heart of Asia has been hailed by jet-setters as a sparkling Oz of an island, where East not only meets West, but East also meets East—a place where modern and traditional Asian cultures beautifully co-exist. Nowhere in Hong Kong (which Britain handed back to China in 1997) is this more apparent than at The Peninsula Hong Kong.

Towering over Victoria Harbour, the city’s massive international port, The Peninsula is widely considered the region’s most iconic and storied hotel. And people-watching in the Peninsula’s 1928 lobby during daily high tea promises a parade of chic Shanghai women in Chanel suits and cheongsams, Indian families sheathed in beautiful saris and kurtas, and Japanese couples sporting this season’s Comme des Garçons runway looks.

European visitors are also seen here, feasting on an international spread of dim sum, curried sandwiches and British scones. So it’s fitting that seven floors up, the hotel’s Peninsula Spa by ESPA offers a menu of Oriental, ayurvedic and European treatments.