Fresh from Paris, I accepted the invitation of dear friends to be their guest for almost a week at the Mandarin Oriental in Hong Kong. How could I say no? Hong Kong is a fascinating city, and it is becoming my favorite place to visit. I was there last year for a week and I had a blast: http://newyorkspy.com/2013/11/high-tea-at-the-peninsula-hong-kong/
moi with my hosts Fernando Ferraz and Martin Jackson
Hong Kong / Jan 9th / 2014
This time around, I had to check the Ozone Bar at the top of Ritz Carlton…the view itself is a reason good enough for you to stop by, it is located on the 118th floor, and it is considered the highest bar in the world, but I believe that title goes to At.mosphere, at the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. To go up to the top, you exchange elevators a little over half way through, being this second one a very tight and stylish elevator…what a mess if the place is crowded.
At night, the Ozone is on the dark side, and at first, the ambiance is not really easy on the eyes; I believe a visit at the end of the day/early night could have been more appropriate; Ozone’s design suggests a surreal opulence with a mix of so many styles that is overwhelming at times…but still super cool. The geometric floor pattern replicates itself into walls and ceilings; giant three-dimensional sculptures become columns or the other way around , the materials are expensive but what else can you expect? That’s their point of view, and it is Hong Kong after all, the mood is always over the top.
I took a look at the drinks selection list, and the prices can be extended as high as your fantasy permits; I was in the mood for sushi, so I was expecting to order some amazing rolls, but that didn’t happen, for my surprise the selection was very poor, needless to say beyond boring.
The biggest disappointment was the staff uniforms…if you spend that kind of money to create such concept place, the staff should be dressed fiercely to match its surroundings, but unfortunately their uniform looked frumpy and cheap…sorry, but I look at everything…and I know that people don’t go to Ozone to look at the clothes…but I do…give me the whole experience … just saying!
by Gazelle Paulo