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Mice Net : February 2009
hong kong and well-designed for the needs of business travellers. A further 49 suites of between 70 and 100 square metres and eight Signature Suites, are also on offer, plus pool and gym facilities. For events, the Mira’s ballroom regularly handles banquets for 600 (800 for cocktails), and there’s a further seven multi-function rooms. Yamm Restaurant’s booths and semi-private dining rooms are popular with both locals and guests for Asian and Western cuisine in high-ceiling splendour (HK$500pp). USP: A 500GB Blu-ray PC/entertainment centre in all rooms gives flat screen TV access to email/internet. Each room’s mobile phone provides free local calls, hotel assistance and messages while on the move. the W Hotel Hong Kong 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon Station, Kowloon www.starwoodhotels.com/whotels What: On a prime waterfront location in West Kowloon, the new 393-room W Hotel recently opened for business, conveniently located above Kowloon’s Airport Express Link Station. This latest W offers a waterfront boulevard with stunning views of the bay and city skylines. With 930 square metres of event space with spectacular harbour views, W Hong Kong features fully adaptable conference equipment, a range of dining options and seriously modern rooms. Capacity: The 393 guest rooms are decked out for all kinds of business travellers, and range in size from the 40 square metre “Wonderful” rooms to the 200 square metre “Extreme Wow” suites, many with harbour views. One of eight meeting spaces, the grand Great Room (435 square metres) has spectacular views of Hong Kong Harbour for conferences and soirées, and all rooms are fully wired with the latest technology. Catering well to incentive groups, the newest W offers Wish Workshops™, to uncover hidden talents 188 mice.net and learn new skills, where you can do anything from learning how to be a chef to yoga positions. For time out at the W, Recess offers a menu of fun activities for everyone. USP: Located next door to the International Commerce Centre, the world’s third tallest building, means W is adjacent to Elements, one of the city’s most luxurious lifestyle shopping malls. The W Fitness Centre on the 73rd floor has one of the world’s highest rooftop pools. Dining is in the style the W brand is renowned: the contemporary bistro Kitchen offers international and pan-Asian favourites, while Fire restaurant serves up steaks and seafood. The Living Room and Liquid Lounge are great places to meet for a drink, with cocktails and light snacks served. MUST SEE & dO Many of the best activities in Hong Kong involve simply getting out and about. The street-life and street food, the magnificence of the harbour and the shopping will all fill an itinerary. Here are some particularly good ideas. breakfast tai chi class at the Peak The 360 degree views from The Peak on Hong Kong Island provide an essential perspective of the natural beauty of Hong Kong. Passing glimpses into the exclusive worlds and exotic mansions of Peak residents are all part of the enjoyment of the 30 minute bus ride up. Alternatively, visitors can take the eight- minute trip via the world’s steepest funicular railway. At the top, the refreshing breeze and tai chi class (40 maximum) with Mr Ng, one of Hong Kong’s best known masters, is followed by breakfast