Friday, 21 August 2009

Breakaway - Moon Over Water & Just Desserts

Sometimes you just have to give yourself a big treat – hear that? BIG TREAT! After all, I think we do enough for all those around us to give ourselves a pat on the back and a nice, well earned reward. If we don’t…let’s face it - no one will! Just arrange it all and use his credit card. (Left pix: SEVVA rooftop terrace)

That’s what popped into mind when I came across a recent release about aqua luna. It’s an authentic Chinese junk that looks like it sailed straight out from antiquity, looking particularly dramatic at night with its silent, towering red sail. Oooh…Very nice indeed. Its in Hong Kong, and run by the very stylish aqua group. Won’t you love to have a party onboard. And that’s exactly what they have just rolled out – private events over lunch or dinner. I’ll take dinner, thank you.

For the private, three-hour sailing, you board the junk at Central or Tsim Sha Shui with your guests. Imagine taking in the lights and sights of Victoria Harbour en route to your pre-chosen destination. Where would that be? Perhaps to Tsing Ma Bridge to watch the fireworks at Disneyland or to a secluded beach cove for a late night dip…Then settle down on the upper deck lounge beds of the junk and sip drinks before aqua luna moors up and serves a gourmet buffet dinner from the kitchens of the aqua group restaurants. Alternatively, there’s a two hour drinks cruise around the harbour with canapés and drinks if you prefer mealtimes on terra firma.

Three hour package at HK$23,000 for up to 30 persons with buffet dinner, 3-hours unlimited free pouring of wines and drinks, etc. Two hour drinks and canapé sailing at HK$300 per head.
Tel: 852 2116 8821 or email for details.

A Necessary Extravagance
To maintain one's fabuliciousness, some amount of extravagance is called for - in restrained, stylish doses in keeping with the current economic mood. Smaller, but more frequent doses of fabuliciousness can work, and we suggest Ms B’s Sweets. We, ourselves, were gobsmack, over the moon with just one look at these confections, found at Ms. B’s Sweets in Hong Kong’s super-chic SEVVA. Of these sinful mounds of gorgeousness, bestsellers are Ms Gokson's 'Original Crunch Cakes', 'Marie Antoinette’s Crave' cakes and classic Lemon Meringue Pie. Look out for divine new offerings recently rolled out, with equally glamorous names like Coco, comprising coconut mousse on light coconut sponge with coconut macaroon and fresh whipped cream, Divine, chocolate truffle on triple chocolate sponge with blackberries, raspberries and strawberries, and Marrakesh, which is an almond sponge with pistachio butter cream. (Prices range from HK$400-450 for 500g cakes to HK$650-750 for 1 kg).

And while you’re there, drink in the extravagant five-foot vintage Venini chandelier, one of a pair that graced the British Embassy in Rome in the 1950s. The rest of the restaurant is soaked in lusciousness too, especially with its rooftop terrace and 360-degree view of the skyline. Perfect for a luxurious spot of moongazing!

10 Chater Road Central,
Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 2537 1388


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