A stay at the Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong

I’ve just had an awesome minibreak a mere five minutes from my apartment.  Now you may think it odd to vacation so close to home but once you are jettisoned into the glamorous world of a luxury hotel, you immediately feel relaxed and in your happy place.  A staycation is all about enjoying the extraordinary things you wouldn’t have at home; TV in the bathroom, a luxury pool, gourmet buffet breakfast and a turndown service.

Opened in 1991, the Island Shangri-La remains one of Hong Kong’s most luxurious hotels.  If you feel like treating yourself to a stay here or in fact any Shangri-La then you’ll be pleased to know they are running a ‘School’s Out, Fun’s In’ promotion till the end of August.  If you present a valid student ID card or teacher ID card then you are entitled to benefits like a free breakfast, HKD $800 dining credit, discount on activities and even a room upgrade (for teachers).

The Room

Room 3 Island Shangri La

The hotel’s decor is sumptuous Chinese but done tastefully, think velvet carpets and crystal chandeliers.  We stayed in a Horizon Club Harbour View room.  The room is large and thanks to the great weather, we enjoyed stunning views over Victoria Harbour.  

Room View Island Shangri La

In addition to the King bed, there was plenty of room for a rollaway for my 4yo and a wooden cot for my 20 mth old.  The bathroom is enormous with a separate bath and shower.  The high point for my kids being able to watch a movie in the bath!

Bathroom Island Shangri La

The Shangri-La chain is always family friendly and it’s the little touches that count from providing kids slippers and cookies to a pack with diaper and wipes that make you feel so at home.

Our room type meant we had access to the Horizon Club, the most beautiful club lounge I have ever seen in a hotel.  

Horizon Club Lounge

If you are not sure whether to spend the extra money to upgrade to club benefits, it’s worth considering how much you might save.  We went in for the 6-8pm canapés thinking we would have a snack on our way out for dinner.  However, there was so much food on offer and the lounge was such a lovely place to be, we ended up treating it as our dinner.

The big thing we were here to enjoy was the hotel’s pool.  Despite being in the city centre, the freeform pool looks out onto the Peak and is a perfect place to relax.  The kids loved splashing around and there’s even a grassy area for them to play on.  Beware though, the pool’s shallowest point is still a one metre deep so you’ll have to supervise the kids at all times.

Pool 2 Island Shangri La

The gym is extremely well equipped and the jacuzzi/sauna/steam room will help soothe those muscles.

Horizon Club rooms allow you to eat breakfast in Petrus.  This was, quite frankly, the fanciest place my kids have ever eaten breakfast! It was divine.

Breakfast at Petrus

You can’t beat a good club sandwich by the pool and the Waterside Terrace serves these hotel favourites alongside delicious Thai food.

If you are feeling greedy, you must go to Cafe Too and enjoy one of the ridiculous buffets.  Book ahead though as this place is extremely popular.

The Summer Palace is a glamorous restaurant with delicious dim sum and other Chinese treats.


Despite being aimed at the high-end business traveller, the Island Shangri-La is extremely kid friendly from plastic cutlery in the fanciest of restaurants to child amenities in the room.  I would definitely recommend this hotel for a minibreak, even if you live in Hong Kong.  In fact, I might even move in permanently.

Burke Family in Hong Kong


Thank you to the Island Shangri-La for organising and arranging our stay!

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