Reimagined Regent Hong Kong set to reopen in June


Regent Hong Kong has shared the first glimpse of its stunning transformation as it starts preparing for its grand reopening in June 2023.

Set on the edge of the majestic Victoria Harbour, the legendary hotel called on visionary Hong Kong-born, Milan-based designer Chi Wing Lo to create a design language integrating storied heritage, serene aesthetics, and the Regent signature Beauty of Contrasts.

Regent Hotels & Resorts joined the IHG Hotels & Resorts luxury and lifestyle collection in 2018. For two years, work was undertaken to reimagine a new era for the brand as a storied and heritage luxury icon, building on its founding ambition to take modern luxury to new heights. Regent Hong Kong brings these new brand foundations to life through daring design, innovative restaurants and bars and immersive experiences underpinned by service that works behind the scenes to create an endless sense of calm to enable uplifting experiences.

Revered for his considered, meticulous approach balancing tactile materials and the most skilled artisans, Chi Wing Lo and his team brought over 30 years of architecture, interior and furniture design to their very first hotel project. The design beautifully juxtaposes the most spectacular views of bustling Victoria Harbour with serene interiors layered with textured materials and quietly decadent touches.

Tom Rowntree, Vice President of Luxury & Lifestyle Brands for IHG Hotels & Resorts, said: “This is a moment, a true moment, for both the Regent brand and also especially for Regent Hong Kong.  The aura of the new Regent Hong Kong, its genius loci, has the magic to distinguish an urban oasis from a soundproof chamber, a retreat from a lodging, a haven from a hotel… Chi Wing Lo has encapsulated the Regent vision to create something different and unique – a design that can represent Hong Kong and create a sense of serenity, contrast, and balance within the city. Regent Hong Kong is a true flagship for the brand.”

This opening of Regent Hong Kong marks an exciting addition to the over 450 luxury hotels already within IHG’s luxury & lifestyle collection, one of the largest in the world.  Centred around guests, IHG and its best-in-class loyalty programme, IHG One Rewards, offers richer benefits and more ways to earn than ever before, all powered by leading technology on the new IHG One Rewards mobile app.

Guests at Regent Hong Kong will discover a rare urban sanctuary on Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour. Founded in 1970 to become the epitome of modern luxury, the vision of Regent Hotels & Resorts culminated in 1980 with the landmark opening of Regent Hong Kong. True to its pioneering purpose, and inspired by the beauty of contrasts, the hotel embraces the creative philosophy of Chi Wing Lo and draws inspiration from the creative tension between serenity and stimulation to heighten the senses, which comes to life with bold design, uplifting service and novel, tailored experiences.

Classic Harbourview Room
Amidst relaxing tones and meticulously chosen details, Regent Hong Kong is peppered with signature personal havens – nestled, personalised spaces designed to inspire indulgent moments and unique experiences. To celebrate the brand’s approach to framed views, the splendour of the harbour is augmented with textured ceilings, custom-design furniture and careful compositions so as to invite guests’ contemplations from Regent Hong Kong’s unrivalled setting.  One such example is the layered scene offered in guestrooms where purposefully positioned mirrored sliding doors reflect the vibrant waterfront, focussing the viewer’s eye on the spectacular cityscape.

Chi Wing Lo said: “A beautiful view without a special vantage is merely a postcard anyone can buy; a view without a frame is simply a view that has not passed through the eyes’ lens.  With this in mind, Framed Views of the harbour take centre stage in a multitude of interpretations. The Oasis Bathroom is a sanctuary for the senses, with the bath experience reimagined as an art form.”

Chi Wing Lo’s design contributes to the contemplative spaciousness of the guestrooms, with walls minimised to create an open plan layout. In select harbour-view rooms, a sliding door opens to reveal the spectacular view of the harbour from the curved, free-standing soaking tub. In others, a unique moongate design of Nero African granite leads to a one-of-a-kind bath and shower experience. The curtainless shower provides a sense of spaciousness and the AXOR overhead showerhead with rain flow, and mono modes to revitalize and invigorate. The use of flamed and brushed granite, natural oak, split cut "illusive" granite accents, honed Calcutta vanity counters, and furniture-style washbasins all come together to create an atmosphere of peace and tranquillity to make every bathroom a true oasis and a personal haven within each guest room.  
Chi Wing Lo added: “A guestroom that evokes contemplation cannot be ‘loud’, nor should its finishes, colour or elements be fighting for dominance amongst themselves. The sound of tranquillity is a symphony of silence played by the soft-tone carpet, the harmonic furniture, the diminishing echo from the patterned mirror, the rhythmic vaulted ceiling, few clear but melodic and reticent details… and fine craftsmanship in wood, leather, fabric, glass and stone.”

Regent Hong Kong’s dining destination soft-launched in December. Since then, guests have been able to rediscover the decadently indulgent restaurants that Regent was renowned for, with each restaurant bringing back not only all-time favourites and refreshed classics, but also new immersive culinary journeys that go beyond the excellence of the cuisine itself with sensory encounters inspired by Hong Kong's rich culture and art.
The iconic restaurants at Regent Hong Kong include:
•    The Steak House – The ultimate haven for meat and wine lovers featuring curated selections of the finest meat from around the world, perfectly seared on the original charcoal grill, with an elaborate salad bar and wine list featuring some of the world’s best wines with big bottle vintages, from Magnum and Jeroboam to Balthazar and Nebuchadnezzar.
•    Harbourside – A vibrant immersive buffet experience, transporting guests to the world’s local markets, with a focus on Asian and Western cuisine.
•    Lobby Lounge – A captivating oasis with awe-inspiring views of Victoria Harbour, the quintessential meeting place for afternoon tea, with origin coffees and a selection of Chinese and Western teas and Regent’s famous day to evening champagne ritual featuring selections from small Champagne Houses.            

At the same time, two Michelin star Yan Toh Heen which remained open during the renovation period has also made a return - back to its treasured original name, Lai Ching Heen, from when it first opened in 1984, meaning “Regent scenic pavilion” in Cantonese, while continuing to offer exquisite Cantonese dishes that blend tradition with modern flair.

Regent Hong Kong now joins Regent Chongqing, Regent Shanghai, Regent Phu Quoc and the soon-to-open Carlton Cannes – A Regent Hotel in crafting the most refined experiences for modern luxury trendsetters. Regent Phu Quoc in Vietnam opened in April 2022, becoming the first new-build Regent to open following the brand’s new repositioning.  Regent Hong Kong returns to Victoria Harbour after a full renovation and is set to be closely followed by the opening of Regent Bali Canggu in late 2023. Regent hotels are poised to open in Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Kyoto and Sanya within the next few years. – TradeArabia News Service