At Lung King Heen, the Taste of a Dragon eight-course menu is tailor-made for the package, and only three dishes are available on the a la carte menu. Prior to your booking, make sure to send your dietary restrictions so the meal can be made based on your preference. The experience started with a table-side tea ceremony, which was a great way to pass the time while waiting for the meal to start. There is also an option to order a sparkling tea for pairing (additional $150 per glass), and the wine sommelier will enthusiastically provide his recommendations. We started the meal with a bite of crispy scallop with fresh pear and shrimp paste, followed by a trio amuse bouche – shrimp on toast, mixed vegetable on crispy rice, and my personal favourite, the crunchy marinated jellyfish in sesame sauce. Three kinds of chillies are provided on the table to go with the dishes, and their signature vegetarian XO sauce was so good, you'd definitely ask for refills. The good thing is that the staycation package comes with a take-home jar of Lung King Heen XO sauce, which you can upgrade to a non-vegetarian version. Other dishes that stood out, and for which I will definitely come back for, were the simmered King prawn with ginger and spring onions and the restaurant's classic braised whole South African abalone and Chinese mushroom in vegetarian oyster sauce. All in all, it was a great dinner, though the intervals in between courses took a little longer, each dish made up for the waiting, and the tea and wine sommelier kept us entertained.
Braised abalone and Chinese mushroom in vegetarian oyster sauce
There are a lot of in-room activities that you can add to your stay. You can book a bath ritual (additional $288; book before 5pm) or a rum, wine, and cheese tasting (additional 188 per person per tasting set) for your nightcap. Upon returning to the room after dinner, the tub was already set up with an aromatic bath filled with lavender essential oil, dried tea rose, lavender, chamomile, and herbal bath poultice filled with Himalayan salt. It smelled like heaven and will leave you feeling like royalty. They even provide a calming facial sheet mask that you can use while enjoying the hot bath.
Four Seasons Hotel bath ritual
For the wine and rum pairing, the wine was easier to down than the spirits – especially after having such a heavy dinner – and the selection was great to pair with cheeses that included Caprice's famous aged Comté.
In-room wine, rum, and cheese tasting
After a goodnight's sleep, I called in for an in-room breakfast and hurried to the gym to shed the calories from the night before. By the time I finished my workout, breakfast was already rolled in the room in a food trolley that kept the dishes hot. Dining in overlooking the framed view of the harbour was a great way to start the day.
Singing Bowl Sound Therapy
Before checking out, I managed to sneak in a 30-minute Singing Bowl Sound Therapy (additional $288) at the Four Seasons Spa. The session began with inhaling wafts of aromatic oil before the therapist started with the enthralling sounds of singing bowls. After the session, I woke up feeling blank, as if all the noise in my head was suddenly gone, and I was very relaxed – a perfect way to end the stay.