Surrounded by a forest of elegant high-rises and overlooking the bustling streets of this incomparable city, THE REFINERY CLUB in Hong Kong is elegance distilled to its purest form and a haven to relax, refuel and reconnect.
Hong Kong – few other cities in the world so instantly conjure up visions of towering buildings and old traditions fused in a unique sensory extravaganza. With its iconic skyline, harbour and sprawling parks, mountains and islands, it is one of the world’s most magical places. The city is also a hotbed of global commerce, and home to business professionals from around the world. As a global centre, Hong Kong has more than its fair share of private members’ clubs, from the old established country and jockey clubs, to swish creative clubs for younger professionals.
One of the newest pearls in the city is The Refinery, a contemporary members’ club set in the heart of Taikoo Place in Quarry Bay on east Hong Kong Island. This area looks back on a rich heritage: originally the site of the Taikoo Sugar Re nery, which was set up in 1881 by John Swire and produced sugar until 1972, it has since been redeveloped and is now a thriving business and entertainment district. The club is located in Dorset House which is also home to prestigious commercial tenants.
Managed by the Peninsula Group, a hotel group with luxurious properties in the world’s major cities, The Re nery club has a minimalistic design and five-star hospitality with a soft modern update. The chic art-decomeets-mid-century interiors cocoon you from the moment you enter the elegant reception area with its bespoke gold desk and soothing turquoise walls. Step round the signature rod screens to enter the inviting lobby bar, where skilled mixologists shake cocktails and pour local craft beers. The main lounge is an open-space that is ideal for after-work drinks and which serves an Asian allday menu. The mellow long lounge with its tucked-away booths is perfect for meetings and connecting with fellow members. In good weather the outdoor terrace set high above the buzz of Tong Chong Street is the spot for a causal open-air break.
Presenting an innovative, ever-changing menu, the main members-only dining room at The Re nery serves sophisticated Cantonese cuisine with a focus on ingredients that are sustainable, natural and fresh. Semi-privaterooms and a private dining room are also available with bespoke menus tailored to occasions; and a built-in professional presentation system is easily accessible.
Executive Chef Jacky Chan is the Michelin-starred mastermind behind the gourmet offerings, which truly stand out even in a city as dedicated to food as Hong Kong. Chan has curated an innovative Cantonese menu, incorporating subtle international influences. One of his most notable dishes is The Eastern Pearl: pumpkin soup with a crab meat and truffle shrimp quenelle, a creation that garnered him the gold award in a competition hosted by Hong Kong Tourism Board in cooperation with the Chinese Culinary Institute.
The sleek gym presents the opportunity to work out in a comfortable and fully functional space with advanced smart equipment and a vast range of optimised exercise plans. A personal trainer is on hand to suggest exercises suited to body type, tness goals and potential. The club hosts events and workshops for members, such as a bakery collaboration that highlighted the unique history of the old Taikoo Sugar Refinery. To pairwith the cakes, a special Pu’er tea sourced from a 1,800-year-old tea tree dating back to the Tang Dynasty was served. Other events include wine dinners, business networking events, presentations and workshops.
The club’s membership is comprised of young professionals, including executives and entrepreneurs, young talents and seasoned professionals, who enjoy the amenities of the club to connect, network and socialise with other forward-looking minds and modern thinkers. Casual wear is allowed, but no torn jeans, shorts, singlets, sandals or sportswear of any kind. Electronic devices should be muted at all times; mobile phones generally cannot be used, but important calls can be takenon the terrace. The Refonery is pleased to provide a haven for visiting members of Business Club Hamburg – connecting the Elbe River with the South China Sea, and the port of Hamburg with Hong Kong harbour.