BLINK redefines Hong Kong’s Southside Riviera at The Fullerton Ocean Park Hotel

BLINK Design Group has revived a new era of glamorous seaside resort grandeur in the distinctive interiors of the new Fullerton Ocean Park Hotel in Hong Kong’s history-rich Aberdeen district…

high ceiling corridor with windows facing onto the ocean along one side at Fullerton Ocean Park

Inspired by the heritage, architectural traditions and marine biodiversity of the island’s southside, The Fullerton Ocean Park Hotel Hong Kong stays true to the brand’s promise to explore the world differently. BLINK has brought its full collection of ‘placemaking’ experiences to bear in creating interiors which bring ‘The Fragrant Harbour’ back to life in a contemporary yet timeless design journey.

latticed wood screen detail with wooden table and bench in front of window overlooking the sea by Blink design at Fullerton Ocean Park Hotel

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BLINK’s founder and creative director, Clint Nagata, was inspired by the local fishing village history and architectural styles, sailing culture and influences from the naturally diverse southern coast of Hong Kong Island, weaving them into the design of this unique modern day oceanfront destination.

“We have drawn on many influences for inspiration in this fascinating project,” discussed Nagata. “Textures and patterns from the southern coast vernacular, mountains and islands, the district’s lush vegetation, seafaring adventures and the rich history of the local sampans reimagined as beautiful patterns on screens, woven rattan finishes, inspirations from the district’s rich marine biodiversity, bohemian chic, eclectic accents, rare and exotic materials and an elegant seaside resort have all been brought to bear.”

A further source of inspiration was glamour of the island’s southside riviera, exemplified by the 1950s when it was the setting for the classic Hollywood film ‘Love is a Many Splendored Thing’ and a playground for celebrities like William Holden and Clark Cable.

suspended lights above curved reception desk and niches in the wall lit up and displaying objet

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Steep hills and lush greenery frame the entrance, with warm coloured timber portals marking the drop off. Contemporary screen patterns inspired by seafaring adventures line the main entrance, creating a dramatic sense of arrival. The reception counter is a statement millwork piece crafted in green stucco and surrounded by tropical indoor plants in locally-made vessels. Woven rattan finish forms the backdrop for the reception counter, intentionally creating a relaxed luxury-first arrival impression, styled with memorabilia redolent of the heyday of ‘The Fragrant Harbour’.

“A fascinating collection of Aberdeen sampan memorabilia is on display,” added Nagata. “Guests may recall their own memories of sampan rides from their childhood days.”

natural wood surfaces and a full size tree in dining area with high ceilings and views over the harbour in Hong Kong

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The over seven metre-high ceiling of the Lighthouse Lounge lends graciously to a panoramic view of the South China Sea, seating 94 guests comfortably at the horizon. Columns that line the space carry hints of bygone Victorian architecture details such as vertical elements on the white timber. Warm coloured, nature inspired materials are integral parts of this iconic space, literally the ‘living room’ of The Fullerton Ocean Park Hotel adorned with large trees and tropical plants.

Large fans suspended from the high ceiling draw parallels to the glamourous verandas of Repulse Bay, casting flickering shadows and affording cool breezes. Handmade rugs add a natural touch, tied in with nautical themed colours on throw pillows. The lounge is effortlessly connected with the outdoors, blending the boundaries of nature. Refined natural abaca screens provide sun shading while the use of rattan nods to the Fullerton brand’s Singapore roots.

BLINK has continued to draw inspiration from the Hong Kong Riviera vibe for its stunning spa and suites. Guests are enticed into a world of sculptured landscapes and relaxed glamour. The spa transports guests from urban Hong Kong to a resort vibe, finished with Southeast Asian well-being touches. The luxurious changing rooms take advantage of the long floor plate, maximising the view of the bay and mountain. A vitality pool tucked in a quiet corner lends privacy yet offers guests a sweepingly dramatic panorama.

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