Tai O Heritage Hotel, Lantau Historic Boutique Hotel Opens

[20/03/12] 

One of the biggest Hong Kong tragedies is that its architectural heritage has been lost to modernity, so it's a real treat to announce the re-opening of the 110-year-old Tai O police stations as a boutique hotel. A government investment of HKD66.7 has turned the historic building into a nine suite destination overlooking the South China Sea and it's the type of place you'd expect to see Tintin running around the corner trying to evade capture.

We'd suggest taking a 20-minute guided tour of the Grade II building and then wandering through the local village which used to be the fishing epicentre of Hong Kong. Content with life you'll say to your missus, "we really should do this more often", and although you mean it sincerely, your sentiment will come to nothing. You can then retire to the Tai O Lookout, the hotel's rooftop restaurant, for a thoroughly underserved eating and drinking session.

Starting at HKD1,480 for the night (including breakfast), the rooms are decently priced and you can throw in little extras such as bottle of champagne. That said they do make a meal out of the bonuses, such as: "The special moment will be captured and put in a tailor-made photo frame." A photo's a photo's a photo. Nonetheless, the hotel is one of the few places you can visit for a weekend without leaving Hong Kong and that gets our vote.

Hedonistic heritage.


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