The narrow, black leather and mirrored elevators dash you from floor 103 to 118, where you're greeted by employees standing under soft red lights that set a decadent mood. You'll be moved to strike a pose as you walk down the mirrored corridor, but your sophisticated side takes over and pushes you toward the end of the hallway. Within seconds you spill out onto views few can rival and many envy. Welcome to OZONE, the highest bar in the world (*SEE PHOTOS BELOW*)
The mood is "Mad Men" meets "Sex and the City" with a side of "2011: Space Odyssey." The vibe is something out of a James Bond movie (Daniel Craig-style) and the ambiance can go from serene to seductive in a matter of seconds. The Ritz-Carlton officially crossed the line from conservative to cool when it designed OZONE.
Located on the 118th floor of the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, visitors and guests will be treated to panoramic views of the city and Kowloon when the hotel opens on March 29. Thanks to a sushi bar and Asian kitchen, wrap-around bars and a DJ booth, you can dine here, drink here, or dance here. Or, you can simply sit back and enjoy the views.
On Tuesday night in Hong Kong, OZONE opened up to hotel employees (and yours truly) for a reception celebrating the pending opening of the hotel. The novelty of being one of the first people to sip a cocktail at the highest bar in world still hasn't worn off, but I can assure you a trip to this new height will be worth the elevator ride.
And lest you think the view is the only thing appealing about this bar, think again, dear reader. After all, what's a good bar without a signature cocktail? OZONE has created a menu of specialty drinks specific to the hotel and bar. I convinced June Lee, manager of Ozone, to reveal of one of the bar's signature drinks - the Senses:
2.0 oz Hennessy VSOP 700m
1.5 oz fresh orange juice
2.5 oz Cranberry Juice Ocean Spray
splash of Chambord
splash of Lemon juice
splash of MONIN Vanilla
Shake and pour all ingredients in an old fashion glass. Garnish with 2 pieces of blackberries and orange twist.
My prediction: When this bar opens, it will be the highlight of Hong Kong.
My suggestion: Get there early, head straight outside and grab the corner table-and-sofa section to the right with city views of Hong Kong. It's the best spot in the house and bound to be a favorite for VIPs and celebrity guests. You might as well be first.
By day, the rooftop bar and lounge at Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong provides a relaxing atmosphere for guests wanting to take in the views and a pre-dinner drink.
Guests arrive and depart through the black and white marble hallway, accented at night by soft green lights that set the mood.
At night, the entry way to Ozone is lit with red lights and a flat-screen TV will flash photos of the hotel, the views and of Hong Kong as guests arrive.
When night falls on the city, the lights go dim at OZONE providing an awesome ambiance amid the backdrop of Hong Kong.
Carved wood and marble provides texture and depth the rooftop bar's design. Note the carved detail of the ceiling and how it mirrors onto the marble floor.
OZONE will offer menu items including Asian tapas and Japanese specialties. The pseudo-open kitchen allows guests to gaze at the view or their food preparation.
The sushi bar at OZONE offers fresh creations on a daily basis. A bar seating is available or guests can make reservations for one of the tables with a view.
The open-air area of OZONE offers the best views of Hong Kong. This corner section - adorned by an L-shaped sofa, padded window-sill seating, a table and tea lights - will be the best seat in Hong Kong when the bar opens on March 29.
There's no denying the highest bar in the world also has the best views. On one side of the open-air section of OZONE, views of Hong Kong Island and the Kowloon Peninsula provide the backdrop for bar-goers.
The open-air section of OZONE quite literally puts guests on the roof of the highest hotel in the world.
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