MARTIN LEE

Martin Lee owner of the The Mira Hong Kong hotel in China.
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REACHING FOR A STAR

With his sleek and chic The Mira Hong Kong, Martin Lee is infusing this Asian financial and trade capital with his finely honed sense of style and sophistication.

The Mira Hong Kong, a lustrous urban sanctuary that takes hotel standards to a new level, has proven to be an instant hit for owner Martin Lee. “We want to introduce a new kind of modern cultural lifestyle into Chinese society,” Lee says. “This is much more than just ...

“We want to introduce a new kind of modern cultural lifestyle into Chinese society. This is much more than just ‘new is better.’ This is about creating a cultural context for the so-called new wave of China that is influencing the world.”
MARTIN LEE
Panoramic view of the city of Hong Kong, where the Hotel Mira is.
The lifestyle guru Colin Cowie in front of The Mira Hong Kong's ballroom.
The interior of a bedroom at The Mira Hong Kong hotel. The amazing ballroom of The Mira hotel designed by the famous party planner Colin Cowie.
Martin Lee owner of the The Mira Hong Kong and managing director of Miramar Group.

... ‘new is better.’ This is about creating a cultural context for all of the changes in retail, hotels, restaurants and the so-called new wave of China that is influencing the world.” "The Mira Hong Kong brand introduces a chic, upscale hospitality concept designed for tech-savvy design aficionados who appreciate tasteful and stylish interiors and personalized, intuitive service,” says Lee. Lee, 39, is executive director and vice-chairman of Henderson Land Development Company Ltd.—the owning company of The Mira Hong Kong. His father, Lee Shau-Kee, is the company’s chairman and has a net worth of $18.5 billion, putting him at number 28 on the Forbes list of the world’s richest people. About five years ago, Lee turned his attention to the The Miramar Group’s eponymously titled The Miramar Hotel, a timeworn Hong Kong institution in need of a makeover. Lee brought in celebrity lifestyle guru Colin Cowie and spent $65 million renovating the 16-floor property. Cowie and Lee first met when Lee hired him to plan his wedding to former model and actress Cathy Chui at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney, Australia, where Chui spent much of her childhood. They now have two young girls. Lee was so impressed with what Cowie accomplished on such short notice that he asked him if he would like to redesign the ballroom at the The Mira Hong Kong. In the midst of it, Cowie asked Lee what his vision was for the rest of the hotel. The result of this collaboration can be seen in the 492 guestrooms, suites, dining and event facilities. As one discerning guest wrote on the hotel’s website, “Short of tucking your guests in for the night, there’s really not much more to want for during your stay at The Mira Hong Kong.”

The Mira Hong Kong overlooks the city's Kowloon Park in Central Tsimshatsui. Finely furnished lobby at the Leon's Place in Rome, Italy. Detail from the streets of the Italian Capital, where Leon's Place Hotel is.
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