The iconic Peninsula Hotel has unveiled its latest boutique within the passenger departure area at Hong Kong International Airport, offering last minute gifts and memories for a touch and taste of Hong Kong.
Located in the ‘I Love Hong Kong’ retail zone, the new Peninsula Boutique offers a thoughtfully curated collection of the exclusive merchandise of The Peninsula Hotels – the best of eastern and western hospitality, which has its roots at The Peninsula Hong Kong beginning from 1928.
The latest Peninsula Boutique retail outlet at Hong Kong International Airport offers the finest selection of the hotel group’s delicacies, including artisanal chocolates, cookies, exquisite Peninsula tea blends and a range of fine gifts that allow passengers to take a slice of The Peninsula lifestyle back home.
“The Peninsula Hotels has a long history in serving travellers from all over the world with impeccable service, we are delighted to operate our own boutique at the travel hub of Hong Kong to offer customers a taste of The Peninsula,” said Julie Bourgeois, General Manager, Peninsula Merchandising Limited.
Following the renovation of the company’s flagship store at The Peninsula Hong Kong in November 2012, the new boutique showcases the iconic design developed by renowned international interior design firm Yabu Pushelberg, which has had a long association with The Peninsula Hotels and is known for pushing the boundaries of interior design and creating spaces that are luxurious and strikingly beautiful.
Inspired by travel, the 644 square-foot boutique has been created to resemble a trunk, featuring shelves and compartments fashioned from wood and leather which display the merchandise. Marble counter tops add an elegant yet contemporary feel.
To further enhance the enjoyment of departing passengers’ retail experience, the new Peninsula Boutique offers a range of exclusive products. These include hand-dipped chocolate cookies in three different flavours: hazelnut with raisins, apricot with raisins, and white chocolate chips. Made to an exclusive recipe from The Peninsula Hong Kong, these decadent treats are made from only the finest ingredients sourced from around the world, including Turkish apricots, Italian hazelnuts, raisins from the USA, and Swiss chocolate, making them simply too good to resist.
Other tempting items on offer include a selection of classic treats – butter egg rolls, coffee egg rolls, chocolate chip and macadamia cookies, along with mini milk chocolate bars, while artisanal treats to take home in a package combine sweetened walnuts, milk and dark chocolate delights with nuts and dried fruits, and assorted chocolate almond rocks.
Chocolate has always been a part of The Peninsula’s culinary culture and a wide selection awaits at the latest Peninsula Boutique. In addition to its signature items, which include truffles and pralines, The Boutique’s artisanal collections are also available. These are the creation of Maître Chocolatier, Marijn Coertjens, who spearheads ‘The Chocolate Room’ at The Peninsula Hong Kong, where he creates his finely crafted decadent treats. “Everything is hand-made, only the finest natural ingredients are used, and we limit production to ensure freshness and flavour,” says Coertjens. “The chocolates I create are classic flavours with a twist. Presentation is also of paramount importance and I hope our customers will perceive each piece of my chocolate as a delightful indulgence.”
In October 2015, Coertjens proved that he is one of the world’s finest chocolate chefs with a remarkable third-place finish at the hotly contested ‘World Chocolate Masters’ competition held in Paris. In addition, Coertjens also won two of the individual prizes — the ‘Press Award’ and ‘Best Artistic Creation — Where Nature Goes’.
The hotly contested final featured the top 20 chocolatiers from around the world, each a winner of the national Chocolate Masters heats held earlier this year. Competing across six categories under the theme “Inspiration from Nature”, Coertjens impressed the judges with his creativity and dexterity, particularly through his virtuoso chocolate sculptures inspired by the inhabitants of Brazil’s endangered rainforests, featuring a chocolate interpretation of the endangered golden lion tamarin monkey breaking free from a cage.
In a timely fashion, the new airport boutique also features a display of artisanal chocolates by Coertjens, which was only previously on show at the flagship boutique at The Peninsula Hong Kong.
Tea is also both a tradition and a passion at The Peninsula, from premium Chinese blends to Western classics. Also exclusive to the new Peninsula Boutique are flavourful packages of assorted fine Peninsula Blend Western and Chinese teas, exquisitely presented Peninsula-style, in special gift boxes that evoke a feeling of nostalgia as they bear archival images and luggage tags which recall the almost nine-decade history of The Peninsula Hotels.
The Peninsula Boutique also carries an array of fine gifts including silver-plated photo frames and keepsake boxes, souvenir mugs and stylish tote bags featuring the ever-popular and much-loved Peninsula Bear.
In true Peninsula style, no detail has been spared in other packaging, including boxes made from fine textured, custom-made FSC paper in elegant shades of green, brown, beige or burgundy, making purchasing from the boutique even more appealing.
For almost 90 years, The Peninsula Hong Kong has been at the pinnacle of fine food, and with the introduction of the new Peninsula Boutique at Hong Kong International Airport, guests and customers will now be able to enjoy the hotel’s delicacies not only in its restaurants, but also re-create their very own Peninsula experience at home.
The latest Peninsula Boutique is the first airport retail outlet managed solely by Peninsula Merchandising Limited.
The Peninsula Boutique is located at Shop 7E144, Level 7, East Hall, Terminal 1, Hong Kong International Airport, Chek Lap Kok, Lantau, New Territories, Hong Kong (at the ‘I Love Hong Kong’ retail zone). Opening hours: 7:00 am to 11:00 pm. For more information, please enquire at +852-2812-0421, fax +852-2812-0432, e-mail: [email protected] or visit peninsulaboutique.com.
A subsidiary of The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited, Peninsula Merchandising Limited distributes Peninsula merchandise and licences Peninsula Boutiques in key gateways of Asia.
The Peninsula Boutique outlets are located at The Peninsula Hotels in Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo (Boutique & Café), Manila, Bangkok and Chicago. Peninsula merchandise is also available at Peninsula Boutiques throughout Asia in leading department stores and shopping malls in Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and Taiwan and online delivery in Hong Kong, Japan, Korea and Taiwan at peninsulaboutique.com
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