Wan Chai is not only one of Hong Kong’s most up-and-coming neighborhoods, it is also home to the brand new Design Hotels™ member property Mira Moon, sister hotel of The Mira Hong Kong. Inspired by the Chinese moon festival legend of Chang’er and the jade rabbit, the 91-room hotel was conceived under the creative direction of Wanders & yoo, led by innovative Dutch designer Marcel Wanders. Together, they created a hotel that shows off Chinese Modernism through the clever use of Chinese motifs and handicrafts, while offering a modern take on the Moon Festival fable.
Due to open in November, Mira Moon adds vibrancy to the revitalized Wan Chai neighborhood. The sleek and compact 32-storey high-rise was purpose-built by internationally-renowned design atelier AB Concept and Hong Kong based Dennis Lau & Ng Chun Man Architects & Engineers.
The Making of a Fantasy
Meaningful Chinese motifs and icons are cleverly incorporated and appear subtly throughout Mira Moon. The peony, also known as the king of flowers in Chinese art, is one of the main design inspirations behind the furnishings. The moon and jade rabbit are also stylized decorative motifs at the end of every corridor. From bespoke carpets and handcrafted columns, to glazed ceramics and glass shards, traditional exquisite Chinese craftsmanship is showcased throughout the hotel. Other elements of the fairytale can be seen in the hotel’s lobby, where three pendulous moon-shaped Chinese lanterns hang above an intricately tiled floor, representing each of the key characters which can be seen at various times throughout the lunar calendar: the Moon Goddess once a year, the Rabbit once a week and the Moon once a month.
The hotel’s main color scheme is a bold surge of lacquered whites and rich China reds while its playful secondary color palette in shades of avocado, carrot and coffee mirrors the vibrant surrounding neighborhood. Inside the 91 rooms–dubbed Half Moon, Full Moon and New Moon are handcrafted furnishings off-set by smart technological solutions. They include an Air Play music system and pre-installed apps on the iPad mini to access hotel services and the city’s latest hotspots. The minibar has shake-it-yourself cocktail recipes and room amenity packs come in violet and tabak scents. Female guests also get special treatment on dedicated ladies-only floors. From beauty items such as perfumed talcum powder and creams, curling irons and facial steamers to emergency fixes like heels, leggings and fashion tapes, ladies get pampered to the hilt with an
extensive and thoughtful array of products.
The hotel’s 50-seat restaurant Super Giant serves Chinese-Spanish fusion tapas in an eclectic setting, which was also designed by Wanders & yoo. The astronomy, moon goddess and jade rabbit theme continues between the hotel and restaurant.
Location at Lucky Number 388
With its 388 Jaffe Road address, Mira Moon is located in the heart of Wan Chai, a treasure trove for the curious. Besides quirky finds, the area is also one of the busiest commercial areas in Hong Kong and home to many small and medium sized enterprises. The neighborhood is seeing a birth of several urban renewal projects such as Star Street, the latest artistic dining and lifestyle precinct. It is within walking distance to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong Arts Centre and Wan Chai Star Ferry Terminal that offers easy access between Kowloon and Hong Kong Island.