K11 ARTUS puts design front and centre, with artisanal serviced residences that promise to be luxurious homes away from home. Ahead, we review our one-night stay in the Grand Harbour One.
Tucked away on the Victoria Dockside, K11 ARTUS calls itself “Asia’s first artisanal home concept” and it truly delivers. We were delighted by the state-of-the-art tech and design throughout the space and the thoughtful touches that elevated our stay — with rare archival Chinese works from fast-disappearing Chinese craftmanship accompanying us every step of the way.
My first sighting of K11 ARTUS was of a gorgeous building overlooking the Victoria Harbour, situated right next to its sister retail and cultural destination, K11 MUSEA. This serviced apartment with comprehensive hotel services concept has its own entryway from the dockside but is also reachable through the mall. It really takes full advantage of its unbeatable location, giving me and other guests easy access to top luxury retail brands and fine-dining restaurants, as well as landmarks and museums, in the area.
As I walked through the West Lobby and Living Salon, I was struck by the works of art that decorated the lifts and spaces: wooden miniatures with handy magnifying glasses hung so that you can take a closer look, as well as porcelain vases and chests embedded with semi-precious stones on view from the ground floor all the way through the art-filled salon up to your room.
Don’t miss the seven-metre-high library with a vast variety of design books and literature on display and, to my delight, available to borrow. K11 ARTUS also boasts a serene 25-metre outdoor infinity pool and a 24-hour(!) gym.
The residences here range from urban hideaways or harbour-view studios to three-bedroom apartments and luxurious penthouses — so whether you’re on a long-term stay or a short vacation, you’re guaranteed to find the perfect place.
I stayed in Grand Harbour One, a one-bedroom harbour view residence with light-filled living and dining areas, floor-to-ceiling doors and a wraparound private balcony that offered me expansive, sweeping views of the South China Sea and Hong Kong Island’s stunning skyline.
I loved how spacious and airy the residence felt, which also included a king-sized bed, a walk-in closet, a wide harbour-facing bathroom with both a shower and deep tub, and a fully-equipped kitchen and dining area. These features made for a sophisticated private home, built perfectly for a long-term stay.
In particular, I couldn’t stop raving about the Aesop bath and body products in the bathroom and the Dyson hair dryer on the table; it felt like the most premium items were at my disposal, which truly elevated my experience.
The large TV in the living area’s IPTV feature gave me easy access to services and entertainment, with a fun bonus being the ability to order dishes from K11 MUSEA directly to my room. This IPTV feature saves you that tricky queuing time, as a concierge brings you your meal directly to your room, and also gives you the easy convenience of settling your food bill when you check out.
I’d suggest having breakfast at The Commune overlooking the sea. Here you can feast on everything from seasonal Asian eats to freshly baked goods with clotted cream and tea-infused jams. I picked up a little crème brulée, served in a beautiful porcelain bowl that was later confirmed to be a handmade piece!
What really sets K11 ARTUS apart from other serviced residences is its dedication to preserving and promoting fast-disappearing ancient artisanship. The K11 Craft & Guild Foundation is both an archive of Chinese traditional craft, dating back as far back as the Ming and Qing Dynasties, and a charity that empowers Chinese craftsmen and curates their creations.
Antique pieces include the beautiful Baibaoqian closet that sits in the lobby (with inlay work combined with gold lacquer, depicting scenes of children playing), and vibrant and intricate Guangcai porcelain bowls and vases, hand-painted on white porcelain, depicting detailed scenes and figures.
What’s more? The Artist In Residence Programme supports the city’s local art scene by inviting talented creators to stay as guests at the ARTUS residential homes in an effort to inspire new and inventive works of art. As the first cohort of the programme, K11 ARTUS has invited filmmaker Man Lim Chung, writer and illustrator Sophia Hotung and figurative portrait artist Brendan Fitzpatrick under its roof, giving them the thoughtfully designed spaces and settings to produce their next great work.