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High achievers: Hong Kong's best hotels for amazing views

May 18, 2016

High achievers: Hong Kong's best hotels for amazing views

(CNN) - With the world's greatest number of skyscrapers in one city, as well as thousands of buildings over 10 stories, Hong Kong's urban landscape has a way of overpowering visitors.

High achievers: Hong Kong's best hotels for amazing views

 
(CNN) - With the world's greatest number of skyscrapers in one city, as well as thousands of buildings over 10 stories, Hong Kong's urban landscape has a way of overpowering visitors.
 
Sometimes it's easiest just to stand in front of the window of your hotel room and take it all in.
From five-star palaces to youth hostels, presidential suites to rented apartments, you can pretty much be guaranteed views that you'll be posting and sending to friends as soon as you check in.
 
Hotel ICON
 
This unique five-star property is owned by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and operates as a research and training facility for the School and Hotel of Tourism Management.
 
Guests come for the sleek Tesla limos, classy club floor and award-winning dining.
 
But most of all for the intoxicating views from rooms, restaurants and particularly the pool deck and gym.
For more information on Hotel ICON, please visit www.hotel-icon.com
 
Media Enquiries:
Amy Ho
Marketing Communications Manager
T: +852 3400 1189
Email: amy.ho@hotel-icon.com

Afternoon Tea All in Spoon - Hotel ICON GREEN Launch new afternoon tea

April 28, 2016

(Hong Kong, 26 April 2016) - Sometimes, afternoon tea happens in spoon. Hotel ICON Executive Chef Philip Leung and Executive Pastry Chef Danny Ho have crafted an array of dainty delights on spoons especially for this May and June at the hotel lobby restaurant, GREEN.

Afternoon Tea All in Spoon - Hotel ICON GREEN Launch new afternoon tea

(Hong Kong, 26 April 2016) - Sometimes, afternoon tea happens in spoon. Hotel ICON Executive Chef Philip Leung and Executive Pastry Chef Danny Ho have crafted an array of dainty delights on spoons especially for this May and June at the hotel lobby restaurant, GREEN. 

Freshen up your appetite with the Lobster Medallion Waldorf Salad and Tomato Salad with Mozzarella. Follow by the savories include Seared Scallop with Pesto Risotto, Salmon with Caviar Cream and Foie Gras Cube with Port Wine Jelly.

Afternoon tea just isn't complete without sweets, Executive Pastry Chef Danny Ho has crafted a series of Tea WG infused desserts. Think Strawberry with Pink Garden Tea Mousse, Red Fruits Chocolate Ball, Lime and Vanilla White Chocolate Cream, Lychee Mousse and many more.

Warm raisin scones with fruit jam and clotted cream round things off, along with your choice of coffee or tea. To satisfy your taste buds with the perfect mix of sweet, servers at GREEN are pleased to offer some advice on tea pairings.

Grab a spoon to indulge in a midday perk-me-up! 
  
Afternoon Tea All in Spoon at GREEN is available from 1 May to 30 June 2016
•Monday to Thursday from 15:00 to 17:30: HK$218* per person/ HK$388* for two
•Friday to Sunday and Public Holidays from 15:00 to 17:30: HK$238* per person/ HK$438* for two 
•Address: Lobby, Hotel ICON, 17 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon 
•Telephone: +852 3400 1300
*Prices are subject to 10% service charge.

All the diners who enjoy the Afternoon Tea All in Spoon get a chance to receive a giveaway hamper sponsored by Tea WG.

About Chef Danny
With talent and tenacity, Chef Danny oversees all pastry and bakery operations at the hotel. A Malaysian, he is particularly known for his mastery of French pastries. His sugar showpieces have won countless awards including the Gold with Distinction Award in Pastry Professional Showpiecse at the Hong Kong International Culinary Classic in 2007, 2011 and 2013. Chef Danny’s attention to detail and perfection are reflected in all his carefully-crafted desserts. His intricate combination of the best ingredients with seasonal produce and mastered techniques remain the foundation of his creations.

About GREEN
Boasting subtle, sophisticated comfort, GREEN aims to be an easy breathing space with seamless service. A café by the morning and a French Brasserie the rest of the day, it sits beside Asia’s largest indoor vertical garden, designed by world-famous botanist Patrick Blanc. The French Brasserie-inspired menu featuring brilliantly-executed, timeless French classics such as Garlic Butter Bourgogne Snails, Foie Gras with Apple and Balsamic and Bouillabaisse.

For more information on Hotel ICON, please visit www.hotel-icon.com

 

Media Enquiries:
Amy Ho
Marketing Communications Manager
T: +852 3400 1189
Email: amy.ho@hotel-icon.com

Hotel ICON brings design works by Pierre Gonalons to Hong Kong in ICONIC art show for Le French May

April 20, 2016

(Hong Kong, 19 April, 2016) - As part of Hong Kong’s month-long celebration of French culture, Le French May, the city’s Hotel ICON is proud to partner with renowned French designer and artist Pierre Gonalons, represented by Avenue Des Arts, for the first exhibition of his work in Asia. The venue is Hotel ICON’s breathtaking 28th floor ‘Above and Beyond’ Lounge, featuring Hong Kong’s unique cityscape and skyline as its backdrop.

Hotel ICON brings design works by Pierre Gonalons to Hong Kong in ICONIC art show for Le French May

(Hong Kong, 19 April, 2016) - As part of Hong Kong’s month-long celebration of French culture, Le French May, the city’s Hotel ICON is proud to partner with renowned French designer and artist Pierre Gonalons, represented by Avenue Des Arts, for the first exhibition of his work in Asia. The venue is Hotel ICON’s breathtaking 28th floor ‘Above and Beyond’ Lounge, featuring Hong Kong’s unique cityscape and skyline as its backdrop.

The Parisian designer will present a selection of his design works alongside a number of his brand new creations that mix pop culture with classical inspirations, all created through the use of exceptional materials. Featured pieces will include lights, furniture, mirrors and limited edition pieces from his latest production, including Grand Antique Marble console and pedestal as well as his beautiful Pyramid tables in polished brass.

As well as his beautiful Pyramid Ascete edition tables in polished brass:

                                    
“It’s most fitting that our hotel, created, decorated and populated by iconic designers and creative thinkers, is playing host to one of the art world’s most exciting contemporary artists» said Richard Hatter, General Manager Hotel ICON. «We’re honoured to celebrate his work for the first time in Asia, especially given that Hong Kong’s breathtaking vistas provide the setting from our ‘Above & Beyond’ lounge.”

Hotel ICON will host an opening cocktail reception and spectacular 6-course Cantonese dinner at Above & Beyond. The menu with wine pairings has been created by their new award-winning chef Paul Tsui and takes place in the presence of Pierre Gonalons.
Cocktail starts at 7:00pm | Dinner starts at 8:00pm
Location: 28/F, Above & Beyond
Price: HK$ 1,200 + 10% service charge 
RSVP: 3400 1368 or aboveandbeyond@hotel-icon.com

Members of the public will be able to visit the exhibition from 2:30pm to 5:30pm, daily from 27th May until 26th June, 2016.

About Pierre Gonalons
Pierre Gonalons is a product designer, interior architect and creative director.

Born in Lyon with an Italian cultural background, he offers a vision of design that combines an echo of decorative arts and popular culture along minimalist lines. In an over-codified environment, he has chosen not to overdraw his creations, to let them have a chance to live beyond trends.

During his visit to Hong Kong, Gonalons will also present a special lecture to students from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Design.

A 2002 graduate from Camondo in Paris, Pierre Gonalons founded Ascète in 2003. Ascète’s creations, all individually signed, include furniture, lamps, objects and watches. In addition, Gonalons works with brands including Chloé, Kiehl’s, Lalique, L’Oréal Luxe, Nina Ricci Parfums, Pernod and others on product conception, space setting and creative strategy.

He was awarded Best breakthrough Designer at the 2007 Wallpaper Design Awards, while his first solo exhibition of limited edition furniture PAVILLONS for the Armel Soyer Gallery was presented at Design Miami Art Basel. Earlier this year, during the AD Collections fair in Paris, he launched a new production of exceptional pieces using Grand Antique marble from a renowned quarry which has just reopened in France.

Le French May is Hong Kong’s unique celebration of French culture, encompassing scores of events across the city in May. Avenue des Arts is a Hong Kong-based agency which provides Contemporary Art & Design Consultancy services for Hospitality, Property & Corporate projects.

Pierre Gonalon exhibition:
2.30pm to 5.30 pm daily, 27th May – 26th June, 2016 
Above & Beyond, Floor 28th HOTEL ICON,
17 Science Museum Road, 
Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon 
For enquiries, please contact (852) 3400 1318 or aboveandbeyond@hotel-icon.com

 
About Above & Beyond
Designed by the world famous Conran & Partners and located on the hotel’s 28th floor, Above & Beyond features panoramic views of Victoria Harbour. Aside from seasonal Cantonese favourites, the menu also includes dishes from other Chinese cuisines. Lunchtime diners can look forward to gourmet dim sum. For an exclusive party or special event, guests can choose one of ultra-stylish private dining rooms. Above & Beyond also features a well-stocked walk-in wine cellar, private tasting area, and a selection of fine wine from around the world.

For more information on Hotel ICON, please visit www.hotel-icon.com

Media Enquiries:
Amy Ho
Marketing Communications Manager
T: +852 3400 1189
Email: amy.ho@hotel-icon.com

Hotel ICON Welcomes New Executive Chef Paul Tsui to Award-Winning 28th Floor Restaurant Above & Beyond

April 19, 2016

(Hong Kong, 18 April, 2016) - Hotel ICON is delighted to announce that the vastly-experienced Chef Paul Tsui has joined them as executive chef of their award-winning Above & Beyond Chinese restaurant.

Hotel ICON Welcomes New Executive Chef Paul Tsui to Award-Winning 28th Floor Restaurant Above & Beyond

(Hong Kong, 18 April, 2016) - Hotel ICON is delighted to announce that the vastly-experienced Chef Paul Tsui has joined them as executive chef of their award-winning Above & Beyond Chinese restaurant.??

Chef Paul brings with him 23 years of culinary experience, having worked in some of the city’s most renowned fine dining Chinese restaurants including Spring Moon at the Peninsula Hotel, Fook Lam Moon and in The American Club Hong Kong.

“I’m honored to be taking the helm at a Above & Beyond, a unique restaurant with a first class reputation.  I’m excited to introduce my new menus and dishes and hope that my cuisine will be able to match the restaurant’s breathtaking city views!“ he said.

Chef Paul’s signature dishes are set to win over Hong Kong diners, combining the finest quality seasonal ingredients used daily across his menus, complemented by beautiful plating and flawless technique. Tsui is especially renowned for his remarkable and intricate knifework skills, producing stunning creations from everyday ingredients.

Canadian Wok-fried lobster with Egg White and Black Truffles matches silky and soft eggs with the unmistakable, delicate and luxurious aroma of truffle. Fish is another Tsui specialty, such as in the traditional Cantonese delicacy of Garoupa Fillet, Pork and Crispy Rice in Fish Broth. The ultimate taste of ocean and land in one dish, it warms from the inside.

In his new role, Chef Paul will be in charge of the Chinese culinary team at Hotel ICON, recently named a Forbes Four Star Hotel and currently rated #4 on TripAdvisor for Hong Kong hotels, it will be celebrating its fifth anniversary later this year.

Follow Hotel ICON on Instagram and Facebook to discover some of Chef Paul’s newest dishes, along with other culinary surprises from across the property


Above & Beyond Chinese Restaurant
Address: 28/F, Hotel ICON, 17 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Telephone: 3400 1318


For more information on Hotel ICON, please visit www.hotel-icon.com

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About Above & Beyond
Located on Level 28 of Hotel ICON in Tsim Sha Tsui, with panoramic views of the Hong Kong skyline from the floor-to-ceiling windows, Above & Beyond is, a culinary destination where the sophisticated, elegant interiors by Terence Conran & Partners are a fitting backdrop to the sumptuous Chinese cuisine from Executive Chef Paul Tsui.  Diners looking for a more intimate experience, may choose from Above & Beyond’s two beautifully designed private dining rooms and unique wine room. Above & Beyond  has won multiple awards including three “fork-and-spoons” in the 2016 Hong Kong Michelin Guide and was listed on Condé Nast Traveller UK’s “Best New Restaurant” list.

About Hotel ICON 
Unlike any other, Hotel ICON is an upscale Hong Kong hotel in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui East.  Standing as a testament to Hong Kong’s creative energy and vibrant arts scene, Hotel ICON showcases work from the city’s celebrated designers and the world’s most acclaimed architects. Offering the ultimate in comfort and committed to service excellence, Hotel ICON’s 262 stylish guestrooms comprise seductive extras, including complimentary wired and Wi-Fi internet connections, smartphone with unlimited mobile data and an ultra-slim 40” Ultra High Definition LED TV. Located on level 9, Hotel ICON’s Angsana Spa is a tranquil oasis while the harbour-facing outdoor swimming pool and fitness centre allow guests to exercise while enjoying views of Hong Kong Island’s spectacular skyline. With a maximum capacity of 580 persons, Hotel ICON’s grand Silverbox ballroom is the ideal venue for a celebration or theatre-style conference. Hotel ICON houses three restaurants: Above & Beyond, The Market and GREEN, providing guests with exceptional quality of the food and impeccable service. wallpaper* magazine included Hotel ICON in its 2011 list of the world’s Best Business Hotels and DestinAsian included the hotel in its Luxe List 2011. The premier hotel has also won in 2 categories including the Top 25 Hotels in China as well as the Top 25 Hotels for Service in China in the 2016 TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice Awards.

 

Media Enquiries: 
Amy Ho 
Marketing Communications Manager 
Email: amy.ho@hotel-icon.com

Hotel ICON’s Executive Pastry Chef Danny Ho wins PATA Face of the Future Award 2016

April 14, 2016

Danny Ho, Executive Pastry Chef at Hong Kong’s Hotel ICON has been announced as the recipient of the 2016 Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) ‘Face of the Future’ Award.

Hotel ICON’s Executive Pastry Chef Danny Ho wins PATA Face of the Future Award 2016

Prestigious honour recognises exceptional performance by young tourism professionals in Asia Pacific region
 
[Hong Kong, March 24, 2016] – Danny Ho, Executive Pastry Chef at Hong Kong’s Hotel ICON has been announced as the recipient of the 2016 Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) ‘Face of the Future’ Award. 
 
Danny wins the Gold with Distinction Award in Pastry Professional Showpiecse at the Hong Kong International Culinary Classic in 2007, 2011 and 2013.
 
Danny and his team at Hotel ICON value unique experiences that demonstrate Asian hospitality. For their PATA entry, they took a considerable chance by choosing the notoriously difficult Malaysian Durian as the main ingredient for Hotel ICON’s signature desserts. (need more info on the desserts!)
 
The durians themselves are imported directly from local farmers, with the hotel now the largest importer of their fruit. By being sourced from local producers,  the business generated directly improves the standard of living for local communities and also facilitates the development of the agricultural industry. With the success of their creative desserts, Hotel ICON’s reputation has steadily increased and now training courses are being organized to provide quality education to those wishing to enhance their skills in pastry. It’s fitting that a hotel owned by a leading educational establishment, HK Poly U, is recognising the skills of the next generation of pastry chefs.
 
PATA is dedicated to human capital development across the spectrum of travel and tourism and has presented a special award and prize to an exceptional ‘rising star’ in the industry every year. Every winner has exhibited initiative and leadership in the advancement of tourism as well as demonstrating a commitment to the sustainable development of the Asia Pacific travel industry.
 
"I was very surprised to win the 2016 PATA Face of the Future award and I feel so honoured to have been recognised in this way.” said Danny. “This award isn’t just recognition for me – it’s actually recognition for the amazing Hotel ICON team I work with who have worked tirelessly over the past 5 years in helping build up the reputation of the School of Hotel and Tourism Management of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. I couldn’t have done it without my team and the small groups of elite students. Hotel ICON is an important facility in training the next generation of hoteliers and the award validates our vision to create a commercially viable and industry-leading hotel that is admired by hospitality experts from the world."
 
Danny added, “Travel and tourism can contribute to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals for less developed countries. Citizens of less developed countries rely heavily on agricultural production to make a living. It is recommended that they can transform the raw materials in their home countries into multifarious goods, adding value (both monetary and non-monetary) to the product and the country. By collaborating with neighbouring or other developed countries, the less developed ones can sell the products, or hold training workshops to generate income and let travellers experience the local culture.”
 
Danny is known for his mastery of French pastries, with experience gained from the Shangri-la Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Cova Pasticceria & Confetteria and The Mira Hotel. His sugar showpieces have won the Gold with Distinction Awards in Pastry Professional Showpiece in the Hong Kong International Culinary Classic 2011, the Gold Award in Pastry Display in the Hong Kong International Culinary Classic 2007, and Medallist in Pastry Showpiece. Danny’s desserts focus on the combination of ingredients and technique. Influenced by seasonal produce and best ingredients, this philosophy remains a driving point of his desserts today.
 
-Ends-
 
About Hotel ICON
Unlike any other, Hotel ICON is an upscale Hong Kong hotel in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui East. Standing as a testament to Hong Kong’s creative energy and vibrant arts scene, Hotel ICON showcases work from the city’s celebrated designers and the world’s most acclaimed architects. Hotel ICON is a very special hotel with an equally special purpose: Not only does it embody all the creative energy and spirit of Hong Kong, it’s a “learning environment” on which the aspirations of future hoteliers come to life as part of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and an extension of its School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM). Offering the ultimate in comfort and committed to service excellence, Hotel ICON’s 262 stylish guestrooms comprise seductive extras, including complimentary wired and Wi-Fi internet connections and an ultra-slim 40” Ultra High Definition LED TV. Located on level 9, Hotel ICON’s Angsana Spa is a tranquil oasis while the harbour-facing outdoor swimming pool and fitness centre allow guests to exercise while enjoying views of Hong Kong Island’s spectacular skyline. With a maximum capacity of 580 persons, Hotel ICON’s grand Silverbox ballroom is the ideal venue for a celebration or theatre-style conference. Hotel ICON houses three restaurants: Above & Beyond, The Market and GREEN, providing guests with exceptional quality of the food and impeccable service. wallpaper* magazine included Hotel ICON in its 2011 list of the world’s Best Business Hotels and DestinAsian included the hotel in its Luxe List 2011. This premier hotel was ranked in the Top 25 Hotels in China and Top 25 Hotels for Service in China in the 2012 and 2013 TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice Awards.
 
About Danny Ho
With talent and tenacity, Chef Danny oversees all pastry and bakery operations at the hotel. A Malaysian, he is known for his mastery of French pastries. His sugar showpieces have won countless awards including the Gold with Distinction Award in Pastry Professional Showpiece at the Hong Kong International Culinary Classic 2007, 2011 and 2013. Chef Danny’s attention to detail and perfection are reflected in all his carefully-crafted desserts. His intricate combination of the best ingredients with seasonal produce and mastered techniques remain the foundation of his creations.
 
About PATA
Founded in 1951, the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is a not-for profit association that is internationally acclaimed for acting as a catalyst for the responsible development of travel and tourism to, from and within the Asia Pacific region. The Association provides aligned advocacy, insightful research and innovative events to its member organisations, comprising 97 government, state and city tourism bodies, 27 international airlines, airports and cruise lines, 63 educational institutions, and hundreds of travel industry companies in Asia Pacific and beyond. Thousands of travel professionals belong to the 43 local PATA chapters worldwide. The chapters organise travel industry training and business development events. Their grassroots activism underpins PATA’s membership of the Global Travel Association Coalition (GTAC), which includes ACI, CLIA, IATA, ICAO, WEF, UNWTO and the WTTC. The PATAmPOWER platform delivers unrivalled data, forecasts and insights from the PATA Strategic Intelligence Centre to members' desktops and mobile devices anywhere in the world. PATA's Head Office has been in Bangkok since 1998. The Association also has official offices or representation in Beijing, Sydney and London
 
 
Media Enquiries:
Amy Ho
T: +852 3400 1189
E: amy.ho@hotel-icon.com

Hotel ICON Presents Shades of GREEN – An afternoon tea set crafted by Executive Pastry Chef Danny Ho

April 14, 2016

GREEN, the lobby café at Hotel ICON, has the largest indoor Vertical Garden in Asia designed by world-renowned French botanist Dr. Patrick Blanc.

Hotel ICON Presents Shades of GREEN – An afternoon tea set crafted by Executive Pastry Chef Danny Ho

[Hong Kong, 1 March 2016] -  GREEN, the lobby café at Hotel ICON, has the largest indoor Vertical Garden in Asia designed by world-renowned French botanist Dr. Patrick Blanc. Inspired by this unique urban greenery, Hotel ICON’s Executive Pastry Chef Danny Ho has designed a set of fresh herbal-influenced savories and pastries for this spring. 
 
Cleanse and nourish your body from the inside out with a set of detox savories, including Sesame Tuna Tartare in a Cucumber Cup, Marinated Salmon Roulade with Basil, Crab Meat with Avocado Mousse, Parma Ham Roll with Baby Greens and Herb Crusted Liver Truffle. Utterly delicious, but low in calories.
 
Those with a sweet tooth are also looked after with a collection of light desserts featuring green tea and natural herbs, including Raspberry with Pistachio Macaroon, Matcha Soya Milk Panacotta, Apple Tart with Sugar-free Chantilly Cream, Nojito with Apple and Strawberry Basil Jello. Our confections are both sweet and satisfying – with none of the guilt!
 
Warm raisin scones with fruit jam and clotted cream round things off, along with your choice of coffee or tea. For a supplement of HK$60, a glass of G.H. MUMM Cordon Rouge Brut NV champagne or cocktail can also be yours.
 
 
 
 
 
Shades of Green Afternoon Tea Set at GREEN from 1 March to 30 April 2016
• Monday to Thursday from 15:00 to 17:30: HK$218* per person/ HK$388* for two
• Friday to Sunday and Public Holidays from 15:00 to 17:30: HK$238* per person/ HK$438* for two 
• Address: Lobby, Hotel ICON, 17 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon 
• Telephone: +852 3400 1300
*Prices are subject to 10% service charge.
 
High resolution images can be downloaded from
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/y7kgtilbpllu24v/AABITEzZPNbbe0h3VrU0vB3Ka?dl=0 
 
About Chef Danny
With talent and tenacity, Chef Danny oversees all pastry and bakery operations at the hotel. A Malaysian, he is particularly known for his mastery of French pastries. His sugar showpieces have won countless awards including the Gold with Distinction Award in Pastry Professional Showpiecse at the Hong Kong International Culinary Classic in 2007, 2011 and 2013. Chef Danny’s attention to detail and perfection are reflected in all his carefully-crafted desserts. His intricate combination of the best ingredients with seasonal produce and mastered techniques remain the foundation of his creations.
 
About GREEN
Boasting subtle, sophisticated comfort, GREEN aims to be an easy breathing space with seamless service. A café by the morning and a French Brasserie the rest of the day, it sits beside Asia’s largest indoor vertical garden, designed by world-famous botanist Patrick Blanc. The French Brasserie-inspired menu featuring brilliantly-executed, timeless French classics such as Garlic Butter Bourgogne Snails, Foie Gras with Apple and Balsamic and Bouillabaisse.
 
For more information on Hotel ICON, please visit www.hotel-icon.com
 
Media Enquiries: 
Amy Ho 
Marketing Communications Manager 
Email: amy.ho@hotel-icon.com