If you ever want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre, then why not head out to the revamped beachside ‘hood of Repulse Bay? With one of Hong Kong’s most famous beaches on the island and the recently opened The Pulse, Repulse Bay is becoming our new go-to beachside destination. It’s easy to reach, has a host of new shops and restaurants and everything is just a few steps from the beach! Whether it’s named after the British navy ‘repulsing’ pirates occupying the bay or the HMS Repulse (no one is quite sure where its name comes from…), it’s definitely worth checking out for a lazy, relaxing weekend.
HOW TO GET THERE
Flagging down a taxi to Repulse Bay from Central will cost you around $100 or more… so if you want to save your moolah we’d recommend hopping on one of the many buses that head towards this beachy haven. Choose from buses 6, 6A, 6X, 66 or 260 from Exchange Square bus terminus (near MTR Hong Kong Station, Exit D) – you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the scenic route if you sit on the top deck of a double decker bus (just close your eyes when you speed around those windy corners…). Alternatively, get your next junk boat to make a stop here (see our junk trip guide for some more inspo)… it’s easy and quick to get to, and you can always move on to South Bay beach once you’ve enjoyed the shores of Repulse!
WHAT TO DO
Of course, the main attraction at Repulse Bay is the beach! Beach babes can tan, swim and build sandcastles to their heart’s content at this spacious sandy refuge, which has cool refreshments only steps away. Apart from the glorious sun, sea and sand there are a number of other activities to enjoy this side of the island. Check out some of our picks below:
1. Walk from Deep Water Bay to Repulse Bay
Before you hit Repulse, you’ll probably drive past the smaller Deep Water Bay beach, which is opposite the Golf Club. If you’ve got a furry friend who loves going on walks, then we would definitely recommend bringing your pooch down to the seaside and taking a leisurely stroll along the ‘Seaview Promenade’ from Deep Water Bay over to Repulse Bay. If you’re facing the sea, simply head to the left of Deep Water Bay beach and you’ll reach the path. The walk should take just over half an hour and is a really relaxing and easy… that indulgent lunch at The Pulse will feel well deserved after!
Seaview Promenade – from Deep Water Bay to Repulse Bay.
2. Workout at PURE Fitness
If the casual stroll from Deep Water Bay to Repulse Bay isn’t enough to get you working up a sweat (although in this heat, we doubt that’s the case!) then why not join Pure Fitness’ newest studio, Pure South? The fully equipped gym has everything you need to keep in tip top shape – from yoga and kickboxing to spartan training and cardio fitness, they’ve got you covered. The airy studio is the perfect place to escape to for a serious workout, and you can finish your day with a treat from their nood food juice bar, a healthy but delicious reward for your hard work.
Pure South – The Pulse Showroom, Shop 110, The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, Hong Kong, www.pure-fitness.com/en/hongkong/news
3. Great crafty at Anastassia’s Art House
This multi-award winning Russian Art Academy provides a creative indoor getaway. Unleash your inner creative side in this zen environment by signing up for one of their adult workshops in oil & acrylic painting, drawing or pottery. The gallery-like environment is the ideal place to unwind, so if you’re keen to take up a new hobby, why not start here? See other hobbies in Hong Kong here.
Anastassia’s Art House, The Repulse Bay Arcade, G/F, 107B, 2812 6465, www.arthouse-hk.com
4. Unwind at Sense of Touch Spa
We’re not going to lie – Repulse Bay Beach can get very busy, especially on the weekends. Despite its generous size, the beach can sometimes get a bit too hectic with tourists and locals alike who are looking to enjoy the sand and sea. If you’re looking for somewhere to really relax, then a treatment at the Sense of Touch Repulse Bay Spa might be just what you need! The swanky spa offers up special Repulse Bay signature treatments, which include the ‘Nostalgia’ series and the ‘Sea’ series. Very fitting for the colonial, seaside location! Check out our review of Sense of Touch at Repulse Bay here.
Sense of Touch at Repulse Bay, G211, 1/F, The Repulse Bay Arcade, 109 Repulse Bay Road, Hong Kong, www.senseoftouch.com.hk
5. Wine, dine at shop at the new shopping centre, The Pulse!
The Pulse is a brand new development in Repulse Bay which houses a number of amazing new restaurants and boutiques (we broke the news about The Pulse back in November!). See our favourite picks for shopping and dining below and don’t forget to stay tuned for fun events on its rooftop (which has an amazing ocean view). They’ve already hosted hot-tub cinemas and have plans for water carnival with water slides, water soccer, pop-up stalls and music this summer…
WHERE TO DINE
There are more and more restaurants popping up in Repulse Bay, and of course plenty of beachside snack vendors if you fancy a bag of crisps or an ice-cream to fill a hole. We’ve chosen our favourite places to fill our stomachs below, but keep going back to the Bay to check for any new openings!
Maximal Concepts have brought yet another seafood restaurant to the shores, but of course this resto has their signature special touch! Serving a mixture of South East Asia, Hawaiian, South American and Caribbean cuisine, Limewood has become the talk of the town. The unique beach BBQ menu and refreshing cocktails and just what you want on a warm, sunny day. The restaurant consists of a rustic looking bar area, a great place to stop for a quick drink and snack (make sure you try their chips with pork skin, salmon roe and sea urchin topped guacamole!). However, if you’re looking for a sit down dinner, Limewood’s large dining area faces the bay sitting a few feet from the sand.
Limewood Shop 103/104, Beachfront, The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, 2866 8668, www.limewood.hk
We have found you girls the perfect place to get your sushi fix! Shoku is the only new and authentic Japanese restaurant in Repulse Bay, located in The Pulse shopping centre just metres from the seaside. Head Chef Gavin Chow has introduced a menu that serves a variety of fresh seafood and charcoal grilled dishes – a perfect match to the restaurants ocean surroundings.
Shoku, Shop 109, Beachfront, The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, 2808 2333, www.facebook.com/ShokuHK/timeline
Opened in 1987, Spices is one of the oldest dining establishments in the Repulse Bay area. Not to be overlooked, Spices is a dining hotspot that serves up classic, delicious Asian dishes at very reasonable prices. The colonial style building that was previously the Repulse Bay Hotel creates an atmosphere like no other, with its high ceilings, archways and grand veranda overlooking the Bay. There’s nothing like experiencing a bit of old Hong Kong while you dine!
Spices Restaurant G/F, The Arcade, 109 Repulse Bay Road, Repulse Bay, 2292 2821, www.therepulsebay.com/en/dining_1.asp
Meen & Rice
Hong Kong’s renowned restaurateur, Yenn Wong, has brought Chinese comfort food to the Southside with yet another new restaurant, Meen & Rice! In the dai pai dong styled restaurant, you will find all of your favourite dishes – from fresh shrimp wonton noodle soup to homemade rice noodle roles. Plus, it’s the only place you’ll get your char siu fan fix in Repulse Bay… and who can say no to barbecue pork! If you’ve enjoyed 22 Chips, Chachawan and Aberdeen Street Social, then you must not miss Yenn’s latest venture!
Meen & Rice Restaurant Shop 113, Level 1, The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, 2566 8886, www.facebook.com/MeenandRice
Good old Classified – you can’t go wrong with the easy comfort food at this familiar Hong Kong chain. Whether it’s a coffee, juice or glass of vino you’re after to quench your thirst or a tasty breakfast to start off your day, they’ve got you covered (see the full all day dining menu at Repulse Bay here). This particular branch is beautifully decorated with hanging seats and a nautical influence… the perfect easy, breezy spot to grab a bite to eat.
Classified, Shop 107, 1/F, The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, Hong Kong, 2351 3454, www.classifiedfood.com
The brains behind fine dining arty restaurant Bibo have opened up a brand new venture at The Pulse. Hotshot offers a far more relaxed, beach-shack style resto that specialises in American comfort food. Yep, expect delicious fluffy pancakes, creamy milkshakes, classic burgers and decadent desserts, all in a super chilled environment. The surfer/skater vibe will transport you to the Californian sunshine…
Hotshot, Shop 114-115, The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, Hong Kong, 2515 1661, www.hotshot.hk
WHERE TO SHOP
There’s nothing like a bit of post-meal shopping to help you digest! There are an abundance of new shops at Repulse Bay, from clothing to footwear to home furnishings. Many of these new shops are located in The Pulse, but don’t forget to check out the Repulse Bay Shopping Arcade too for some classic finds.
Itsie Bitsie Boutique
If you want to look your best before you hit the beach, then be sure to check out the latest trends at Itsie Bitsie Boutique. Itsie Bitsie has come over all the way from Manila, and specialises in flattering and fashionable resort-wear brands. This little beachside boutique is a mutli-label haven full with luxury swimwear, sarongs and dresses that are perfect for our tropical climes. A must visit – especially if you’re getting ready for your next holiday!
Itsie Bitsie Boutique, Shop G117, The Repulse Bay Shopping Arcade, 109 Repulse Bay Road, itsie-bitsie.com/hong-kong
Active ladies will already be fans of the Escapade Sports, a sportswear shop that stocks multi-international brands. They’ve opened up a new location in Repulse Bay offering a wide variety of sports clothing and equipment, so pick up your new FitBit, grab a new pair of compression pants from 2XU and get ready to tackle your next hike! See our Top 5 beginner hikes here.
Escapade Sports Shop 110, Level 1, The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, www.escapade.com.hk
Lovers & Friends
One of the coolest new stores to hop onto the Hong Kong shopping scene is Lovers & Friends. This concept store stocks super cool international lifestyle brands like Superga, Havaianas, House of Holland, Sass & Bide amongst other. If you’re looking for casual new kicks this is the place to come… we’ve also got our eyes on their amazing in-house clothing brand, which uses a tropical pineapple print! Bring on the summer!
Lovers & Friends Shop 106, Level 1, The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, www.facebook.com/pages/Lovers-Friends-HK
Looking to pick up some beautiful additions for your home? Stop by one of Sassy’s favourite home-ware stores Indigo for some cute cushions, candle holders, ornaments, furniture and more. We love the ‘Summer Breeze’ collection with clean lines, pops of turquoise and beach-inspired furnishings.
Indigo, G111-112, The Repulse Bay, 109 Repulse Bay Road, Repulse Bay, Hong Kong, 2592 8721, www.indigo-living.com