Hong Kong is home to an abundance of old-world iconic hospitality brands, yet recently, the city has been seeing new, wellness-integrated hotel openings across the board, like Rosewood and soon-to-be-opened The Hari Hotel. One of the latest hotels on the block, The Murray, a Niccolo Hotel, has been making waves since its debut in 2018. Taking the name of the historic modernist building it occupies on the iconic Cotton Tree Drive, the luxury hotel offers a calming respite away from the downtown hustle. Compare Retreats’ Editor and Partnerships Manager Faye Bradley checks into the Explorer Suite for a one-night staycation away from the city crowds.
Nestled between Garden Road and Cotton Tree Drive in Central, The Murray, A Niccolo Hotel, is strategically set amidst the financial district to attract business travellers and locals to experience the tranquil location while being only a stone’s throw from offices, shops, and restaurants. Guests can reside in nature at the nearby Hong Kong Park or take a trip to the highest point in the city via the iconic Peak Tram. The hotel is within walking distance from public transportation and taxis.
The 25-floor hotel houses 336 rooms and suites which showcase floor-to-ceiling windows with modern, sleek interiors. The Murray’s colour scheme comprises a gentle yet modern combination of whites, golds, and blacks, with slightly retro furnishings. Bathrooms are expansive, with marble interiors and indulgent bathtubs for evening rejuvenation.
There are five F&B outlets available at The Murray, A Niccolo Hotel. Popinjays is a contemporary rooftop restaurant that offers rooftop views overlooking the city. At the Garden Lounge, guests can try the light bites and The Murray’s Signature Afternoon Tea. The Tai Pan features dishes using the finest seasonal organic ingredients and artisan produce to reinvent classics. Breakfast offers a healthy range of fresh smoothies and fruit bowls, amongst others. Murray Lane and Guo Fu Lou provide guests with exceptional cuisine and ambiance. If guests are staying with their furry companions, there’s are several al-fresco spaces which are dog-friendly.
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Wellness at The Murray is hosted at the tranquil spa, which features three single and two couple treatment suites, each with its own private steam or sauna facility for ultimate seclusion. Guests can indulge in the specially-curated wellness offerings, including the bespoke massages and the beauty treatments using products from Dr. Barbara Sturm, Grown Alchemist and Kerstin Florian.
Spa guests can snack on the re-stocked personal bar of healthy treats, which replaces guilty pleasures with wholesome, nutritious drinks and snacks.
There’s a range of fitness activities to choose from, including outdoor boot camps and hikes through Hong Kong’s varied nature trails. Wellness seekers can also hike the outdoors, book a personal coaching session at the gym, and try the rejuvenating Tai Chi or yoga classes.
Spend a day by the heated lap pool in the spa area, where there’s a wall of greenery on one side and loungers on the other. There’s even a vitality pool for pre-and post-treatment relaxation.
Although The Murray is one of the newer hotels amongst the well-established crown gems of Hong Kong, it proves to be a modern heritage-inspired venue ideal for business and wellness travellers alike. As the only spa in Asia that in partnership with Dr. Barbara Sturm, the in-house spa offers restoring treatments that range from age-defying facials to bespoke therapeutic massages. The dog-friendly hotel welcomes local and foreign guests looking for a modern urban respite, which pays homage to quality hospitality, refined restaurants, and tailored wellness offerings.
Located within the centre of Hong Kong’s urban hub, The Murray is surrounded by an abundance of things to do and eat, including a variety of health-conscious restaurants and outdoor scenery. Venture out to see the best of the lush green Hong Kong Zoological Gardens and Botanical Gardens, just minutes away from the hotel. When booking your room or suite, the higher the ladder, the better the bathtubs. Book your retreat with Compare Retreats to receive a complimentary room upgrade (subject to availability).