Editor's review: Taikoo Place Apartments

Taikoo Place Apartments

The water gurgled delightfully as we enjoyed a Dead Sea salt soak in a black marble Jacuzzi designed for two. I couldn’t think of a more pleasant way to spend a romantic evening. After scrubbing down with gently fragrant ESPA products, we treated each other to oil massages and relaxed on marble slabs as the wafting steam permeated our skin. I could easily believe that we were in a sophisticated Manhattan spa. Instead, it’s one of the perks of being a resident at Taikoo Place Apartments.

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Open less than two years ago, the 111 unit, 28-storey serviced apartment is part of Swire Properties’ on-going revitalisation of Taikoo Place; currently underway is the redevelopment of Somerset, Cornwall and Warwick House. Taikoo Place Apartments’ contemporary interiors were designed by Manhattan studio Richardson Sadeki, and the keen eye of co-founder Heidar Sadeki can be sensed throughout the property such as white marble bathrooms, plush aubergine-, charcoal- or chocolate-hued wallcoverings, and moody pendant lamps flanking the queen size bed in the studio apartment we stayed in. Although the space was open, I appreciated the thoughtful separation of the bedroom area with its dark wall and ceiling panels from the living and dining area with its bright white walls and expansive windows.

Taikoo Place Apartments

Taikoo Place Apartments

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My arrival experience was highly personal; there’s no concierge desk and all check-ins or outs are conducted inside each unit. I valued the 24/7 availability of the residence staff. While there’s always someone in the office to respond to questions, I never saw them otherwise. This made the apartment truly like home, where staff is only seen as required.

Taikoo Place Apartments range in size from 63 studios starting at 477 square feet to six two bedroom and two penthouses, with the largest unit at 1,610 square feet. Judging from its design, services and amenities, I hedge that the property is targeted at millennials. There is no dedicated desk in either the studio or one bedroom despite many residents being corporate staff who work in Taikoo Place or elsewhere in Quarry Bay. Furnishings like the oval marble-topped dining table doubles as a work area; same for the restful bed with Sealy mattress and pillows. With Wi-Fi throughout the property, a dedicated laundry room with three washers and three dryers on the third-floor, it becomes a popular Sunday hangout for those without in-suite washers.

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I enjoyed the casual elegance of the clubhouse floor, where I can grab a Nespresso while reading the morning paper or book one of the two private spas there for a relaxing evening. The clubhouse also includes a gym with Life Fitness equipment and two outdoor terraces; one functions as an al fresco party area that can seat 10 around a wooden dining table, and it comes with its own dedicated kitchenette.

Taikoo Place Apartments combine the best aspects of a five-star hotel with the service and stylish design of a high-end Manhattan residence. For me, that is a winning combination.

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