The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong

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There are certain properties whose luxuries are well above the rest. The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong surely makes that list. Perched atop the Airport Express Kowloon Station, this luxury hotel—designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates—is the highest hotel on the planet, and among the highest buildings in the world. Occupying the top 17 floors of the International Commerce Centre (the lobby is on the 103rd floor), this five-star hotel on the Kowloon peninsula will take your breath away, starting with the elevator ride, which soars to 1,588 feet at 32 km/h. Rooms offer a wealth of amenities and unrivalled views of Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong Island, and the New Territories. And from Ozone, the world’s highest outdoor bar and patio, to the indoor swimming pool on the top floor, to the two-Michelin-starred Tin Lung Heen restaurant, there are plenty of opportunities for your heart to skip a beat.

Photos by Joshua McVeity.

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May 6, 2014