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October 22, 2009

Once Upon a Time

Once upon time, a grand colonial building stood overlooking the glorious Hong Kong harbour. So resplendent was this structure that passers-by could have easily mistaken it for a palace graced with society’s starlets and crème de la crème. However, instead of hand painted, fresco adorned walls and glittering chandeliers, inside were bleak cement cells filled with the dregs of society. What a waste. . . But all fairy tales have a happy ending. And after over a century of time gone by and a few waves of a magic wand, this building has now been restored to its breathtaking destiny, a palatial playground fit for royalty.

The Historic Kingdom
This fairytale is based on a true story and the majestic palace that we’ve all been waiting for is finally here. Located in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui,1881 Heritage, the former site of the Marine Police Headquarters, is a 120-year old historical development, which has been revitalized and transformed into a new and stunning cultural landmark. From the preserved bomb shelter under the grounds that leads to the heritage hall, to the unique houses built for the carrier pigeons, who transported messages to nearby ships during the 19th century, to the original intricately designed cast-iron fireplaces and gas lampposts, this venue is brimming with charming remnants of its eventful past.

The Royal Couturier
If you’re off to the palace, it’s only fitting that you should be suited as a royal. And who better to provide these utterly gorgeous garments and accessories than the world’s best tailors and craftsman? The new flagship of Shanghai Tang (House 1) epitomises the brand’s spirit of preserving heritage while offering the best imperial tailoring and modern Chinese chic styling, and an outpost of Alfred Dunhill ensures that every man who passes through this kingdom will be outfitted in the apex of luxurious style (Shop G11). Whether you adorn Cartier (G06), Tiffany (G08) or Van Cleef & Arpels (G02 and 202), you’ll always be a belle at the ball. And you’ll never lose track of time, with the world’s finest watch shops all under one roof. From IWC (G12 & G13) who will be celebrating their new flagship’s grand opening next week, to Piaget (G03 & 203), Rolex (G16) and Vacheron Constantin, (103), there’s more than enough arm candy to go around.

The Enchanted Palace
The Hullett House is filled with the stuff that dreams are made of and surpasses any palace in fairy tale history. One part uber-luxurious historic design hotel, one part magical experiential dining and one part enchanting outdoor courtyard, adds up to one seriously charming hotel property unlike anything the city’s ever seen before. Giant guest rooms and suites have been influenced by periods of Hong Kong’s history, with iconic names to match and décor that runs the gamut from colonial country house to rock-star worthy splendor. Restaurants are even more diverse with six sumptuous choices to suit your fancy. From the stunning Parlour, ideal for recklessly long lunches and to-die-for cocktails, to the Stables Grill for superb pizzas, tapas and snacks (both now in soft-opening), to the soon to be revealed Cantonese Restaurant, Chinese Tea Room, Fine European Dining Room and British-style Pub, it will take many a visit to explore the ins and outs of this palace. Luckily, Dim Sum & Then Some has secured two exclusive offers to help you get started!Mention Dim Sum & Then Some during luxurious afternoon tea at The Parlour and enjoy a complimentary delectable “Dragon’s Back Cocktail” to start your evening in style. Or quote Dim Sum & Then Some when making your booking for dinner at The Parlour or Stables Grill and receive a complimentary sail home on the gorgeous Aqua Luna junk. After all, only mere mortals take the MTR! (No. 2 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, 3988 0000)

Whether you’re a hotel junkie, foodie, history buff, shop-a-holic or just looking to be inspired by a place with a bit of history and charm, we predict that you and your new palace away from home will live happily ever after!

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