Nothing beats the laidback lifestyle that comes with beachside living. That’s part of the great appeal of Hong Kong Island’s Southside – and why sea-view apartments in beautiful Repulse Bay are so popular. This stretch of residential and retail properties set across a picture-postcard beach and bay is a revered HK locale.
Iconic landmark residence The Lily, by property group Chinachem, rises dramatically from the southeast end of Repulse Bay. It has 100 apartments and a wide range of state-of-the-art facilities, with bespoke experiences offered by L’hotel Group, Chinachem’s hospitality arm. Now, L’hotel Group has announced that a number of spectacular two-bedroom apartments in The Lily will be available for year-long leasing. So, if you’re dreaming of a sea change (and, let’s be honest, many of us are after a testing couple of years!) and you’re in the market for a high-end home, here a few of the key selling points.
Apartments in Repulse Bay – 7 highlights of The Lily
The first thing that strikes you about The Lily is the building itself. This is a property with the “wow” factor. With a design inspired by London architect Sir Norman Foster, whose vision can be seen in other Hong Kong landmarks such as the HSBC Main Building in Central, it features a graceful, curving façade that enhances the panoramic views. No surprise that it has won numerous architecture and property awards; these include receiving a prestigious International Property Award in 2011, voted by a panel of over 60 international judges.
If you’re a fan of natural surroundings, they don’t come more stunning than this. The Lily is at the heart of Repulse Bay; just off Repulse Bay Road, in fact. It’s surrounded by the greenery of the Southside slopes, and Tai Tam beyond. It overlooks the iconic beach, which is just a few minutes’ walk away, and the South China Sea. And there’s great shopping a stone’s throw away, too, including popular retail complex The Pulse. So, whatever your preference, you can be hiking to Victoria Peak, swimming in the ocean, sunbathing or shopping just a few hundred metres from your front door.
Despite The Lily’s quiet and secluded feel, it’s just a short journey to Central; under half an hour, in fact. Even closer is the cool enclave of Wong Chuk Hang, which is just 10 or so minutes by car, while seaside favourite Stanley is only a couple of kilometres to the south of Repulse Bay. What’s more, you can take advantage of a free shuttle bus to Wan Chai; there are covered parking spaces for those who prefer to drive, too.
The Lily’s unfurnished two-bedroom apartments in Repulse Bay range from 1,300 to 1,400 square feet. They include a foyer, generous living and dining area, kitchen with U-shaped counters, full bathroom, master bedroom with soaking tub and separate shower, and a guest bedroom; plus, all of them come with a sweeping view of the beach and bay, or the verdant hills of Southside. The vibe? Think a combination of a high-end home and opulent hotel accommodation.
You’ll be looked after at The Lily. Each of the two-bedroom units offers a professional maid and towel service twice weekly, as well as linen service once weekly (with the exception of Sundays and public holidays). That leaves more time for couples or young families to enjoy the on-site amenities, the neighbourhood and beyond. Also, the discreet nature of these services is in line with the high degree of privacy on offer in the apartments.
The Lily has some fab in-house hospitality facilities and services; again, they’re the kind of thing you’d expect to find in a 5-star hotel. For starters, there’s an indoor heated swimming pool, including a baby pool, along with a gym and Jacuzzi. A dedicated children’s playroom and playground will keep the little ones active; plus, there’s a multi-function room and barbecue gazebo to make entertaining large parties a breeze.
The Lily’s Guest Engagement Team helps you to familiarise yourself with local restaurants and events. You can also take advantage of L’hotel’s “Chef on Demand” service, which delivers gourmet meals to your door. In addition, there are expert event planners to assist with birthday or anniversary celebrations, and personal trainers to help residents get back in shape.
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