I start this review with some bad news; the Hyatt’s famed 828 deal is no longer. But in its place is the wonderfully enticing Escape 24 package, only available for HKID holders, it’s most definitely the excuse you’ve been looking for to pamper yourself with a staycation.
WHAT IT INVOLVES
- Choose your check-in time and stay for 24 hours from that point onwards (but to extend your weekend you can cheekily continue using the facilities like the pool after check out)
- A stay in a Grand Deluxe Harbour View Room for two guests with full access to all hotel facilities including pool, gym, complimentary parking
- Your stay includes a $1,000 voucher to be used towards food, beverage or in the Plateau Spa
- Only valid for HKID holders so bring it along for check-in
- The package costs $2,800+10%
So, it does come in punchier than the old 828, but that generous voucher makes all the difference and suddenly converts it into a fantastic deal. But just to be sure, dutifully, on a wonderfully sunny November weekend, I went to check it out and ensure it was up to scratch…
Our 23rd floor Harbour View room was nothing less than perfect with sweeping harbour front views visible from every corner of the room. Recently refurbished, it felt brand new. My favourite feature was the open plan bathroom with a deep bath tub, positively inviting you to soak whilst gazing at the skyline beyond (if you decide bravely like me to take a gamble on keeping the blinds open – who can see you that high up anyway?!). Whilst the hotel itself takes a classical approach to hotel design with chandeliers and marble, the rooms are refined luxury with modern touches and oriental hints. Expect top-notch toiletries, technology and bedding, and the utmost comfort at every step.
THE HOTEL AND RESTAURANTS
Despite the luring beauty of the view from the room, I couldn’t resist decamping to the pool. It’s the largest one in Hong Kong, surrounded by lazy sun loungers, an al fresco restaurant and more than just a hint of holiday air…
If you feel the need to be more productive, the gym is high spec, there is a sauna with yet more great views and even tennis courts and a running track. I chose, unashamedly, the route of least resistance; pure lethargy. But one important decision has to be made and that’s how to spend your voucher. The appeal of a massage is hard to resist but if you don’t want to blow it all, do as I did and opt for a $550 30-minute treatment for a hint of spa time.
I toyed with the idea of blowing the voucher on frivolous fancies I don’t normally justify, such as poolside cocktails and afternoon tea… But in truth, I’m a foodie at heart, and the Grand Hyatt’s restaurant offerings were just too good to miss out on so I decided to use the rest of my voucher towards satisfying my ever-greedy stomach.
I implore you to start your night as I did in the newly revamped Champagne Bar. A cavernous space with art deco touches, live music and a delightful selection of champagnes; it would add a hint of glamour to any evening. Then for dinner there are so many enticing options. Italian feasting at Grissini, dim sum delights at 8 Harbour Road or my choice for the night, a carnivorous feast at the Steakhouse. Dining options here are pricy by any standards but I had been wanting to dine here for ages so saw the voucher as a way to offset the cost of the evening and justify the indulgent treat that was to follow – see my full review here.
However, if you’re looking to not spend more than the package total then either stick to more casual dining options, or blow your voucher in the spa and picnic in room as per my above idea. This could be the perfect option for a girlie weekend or hen do.
As a side note, breakfast isn’t included in the package. I checked it out and would have to say it erred on mildly disappointing – especially for the price, so my tip would be to skip this and either order some pastries for breakfast in bed or skip it altogether.
Whilst this package is only 24 hours versus 828’s previous 36 hour stint, the fact that you can stay on using the pool (just dump your bag in the changing room lockers) makes it just as much of a weekend retreat. The higher cost is completely offset by the view from the room, the voucher and the sheer luxury world you are invited to share in. So, in summary, I would thoroughly recommend this package for so many reasons and will undoubtedly be returning myself.
Rooms are subject to availability and can only be booked via email or phone enquiries rather than online as they’re only open to HK residents…which means you’ll need you HKID card on you when checking in. If the hotel is super full or has a function going on, rooms won’t be available which isn’t such a bad thing as there was an art auction and a wedding the weekend we were there and not only did it make it more crowded but it also meant some public areas were closed off for private do’s.