Words by Faye Bradley
Following the success of the highly-anticipated Victoria Dockside, Adrian Cheng’s venture into luxury artisanal homes brought high hopes for urbanites – and landed far from disappointment. K11 ARTUS officially opened back in 2019, an ultra-luxury residence welcoming creatives looking to retreat. LLM – Luxury Lifestyle Magazine’s Hong Kong-based contributor, Faye Bradley checks into the fully-serviced residence for a one-night stay in total bliss.
Intimate and secluded next to upscale shopping mall K11 MUSEA, K11 ARTUS pays tribute to fine art and traditional Chinese pieces for a modern-chic aesthetic. The property is Asia’s first luxury residence with a mission to promote and preserve fast-disappearing artisanship, with works dating back to the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Cheng’s fond appreciation for these art pieces are evident in the hotel décor, and there’s even a dedicated space for it – the K11 Craft and Guild Foundation, which also donates to Chinese craftsmanship.
The André Fu-designed residence is sleek from head-to-toe. My guest and I entered through a nondescript lobby entrance, where the receptionist took us up in the lift to the official check-in area. Flooding in with natural light from its floor-to-ceiling windows, the sophisticated space exuded luxury through its art collection and contemporary furnishings. After an efficient registration, we were escorted through to the room, where an impressive – to say the least – accommodation awaited.
There are different room types for short-stay and long-stay guests. We’d fawn over calling the luxury residence ‘home’ for a longer timeline, but that, of course, would entice a heftier price tag. Many business travellers who frequent Hong Kong, however, tend to opt for the latter so they have a permanent space to stay in the city.
We stayed in the Grand Harbour one-bedroom residence, a humble, sophisticated space comprising decadent views from its expansive balcony. One thing to note about Hong Kong properties is the lack of balconies – especially large ones – so to find such a feature at K11 ARTUS made it even more of a gem.
The room is equipped with a semi-open kitchen, a king-sized bed overlooking the Victoria Harbour and an indulgent walk-in closet perched between the bathtub and the bathroom. Little knick-knacks like the magnifying glass (a souvenir to take home), a mini drawing pad (also to take home) and cool coffee table books add the final home-like touches. Bathroom amenities are supplied by none other than the premium skincare cult favourite, Aesop.
There is one on-site restaurant, The Commune, which serves breakfast and lunch menus for hotel guests and the public. We had just missed lunch by the time we checked in, so we tried the in-room afternoon tea set instead – an indulgent spread of sweet and savoury delights for a warm welcome treat. Breakfast was hearty and is included in most stays, offering classic western egg dishes, or Chinese breakfasts. I do think that there could be more variety in the morning meal options though – particularly on the local cuisine, which could cover more specialties (i.e. dim sum).
For dinner, we were granted with HK$1,000 dining credit to spend on any K11 MUSEA restaurants, ordered via the built-in menu on the room television. It was a little bit difficult to navigate, but we managed, and ended up trying a vast range of the restaurants from the mall. Highlights included hot chicken soup from Bot Noodle and dessert from A Happy Pancake – we hope to see more upscale dining options on the menu for future stays.
Being a residence-first concept – as opposed to a hotel – K11 ARTUS is well equipped and undoubtedly one of the best designed accommodations in Hong Kong. Neighbouring its sister property Rosewood Hong Kong, the residence is happy to recommend spa treatments and cuisine within footsteps from its location. There’s a 24-hour gym for guests looking for their fitness fix, while the rooftop boasts a spectacular infinity swimming pool with panoramic views.
Nestled next to art and fashion mall K11 MUSEA, the conveniently located residence can be accessed from any angle. There’s a bus stop right outside the shopping mall where lots of public transport makes a stop. Guests can take the MTR and exit through J to make their way to K11 ARTUS. For those arriving in style, there’s a sleek pathway for cars to drop-off and pick-up whenever needed.
In a nutshell
Victoria Dockside has stirred up well-deserved anticipation in Hong Kong thanks to its abundance of new openings over the past two years – Rosewood Hotel, arts and culture events, a revamped Avenue of Stars and more. Then there’s K11 ARTUS, the luxury artisanal home welcoming creatives from all over. Another visually-perfect masterpiece by brainchild Adrian Cheng, the residence ticks the boxes in design, service and tribute to the arts.
I recommend the Breezy Staycations By The Water package, which includes a one-night stay, daily breakfast for two at The Commune, an Artisan Lounge ARTISANAL Afternoon Tea Set for two (worth HK$748+10%),a choice of a 60-minute personal training session for two (worth HK$2,000) or one-way private transfer to/from a local destination and access to The Pool and The Gym until 6pm on check-out day.
Rooms can be booked from £396 per night.
Photography courtesy of K11 ARTUS