Team work makes the dream work
Team building; a burden for some, a necessity for others and a perfect excuse for a jolly good time for most! Whether you work for a global company, a small start-up or if it’s just you and your business partner, it is always beneficial to leave your cubicle for an afternoon, get to know your colleagues better and see a different side of Hong Kong. Sassy rounds up some of the most inspiring, relaxing and daring activities to suit every team.
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What better way to get your team together than to form a rock band to play two popular songs in three hours? Team Music addresses not only all your corporate needs – leadership agility, team chemistry and change management – it does so in a creative way, focusing on the 3 C’s: Clarity, Chemistry and Commitment. With half-day or full-day corporate retreats, your teams will work together to create two rock songs in English, Cantonese and Mandarin. Best of all, no musical experience is necessary!
Karaoke is also widely available in Hong Kong with the likes of sought-after warbling joints Neway and MRRED never far away. If you are looking to throw a laidback karaoke party, Blackroom is the perfect get-together place to burst into songs with your coworkers. With a wide variety of entertainment facilities ranging from gaming consoles to a human-size Jenga, there will never be a dull moment. String is a premium karaoke bar that provides a full selection of champagne and delicacies that will tickle your palate. Across the water, Music Box offers traditional Japanese karaoke with private rooms and songs a plenty available in over six languages.
Team Music, bookings available here.
Blackroom, prices start from $35 per hour, per person.
String, online booking available here.
Music Box, prices start from $200 per head for groups of three or more, for a three-hour session including one drink.
There is nothing like getting out of a stuffy, air conditioned office to stretch your legs and enjoy some of Hong Kong’s natural wonders. Hikes can be a great place to start, bearing in mind level of difficulty suitable for the participants. There are also plenty of scenic routes located on the island and close to the business districts such as Lady Clement’s Ride to Aberdeen Country Park and Wong Nai Chuck Reservoir to Tai Tam Tuk Reservoir. If a hike feels too strenuous, then perhaps rent a few pedal boats and surrey bikes at Inspiration Lake Recreation Centre and explore the scenic arboretum whilst discussing the company figures. For the more adventurous, kayaking is a great way to enjoy HK’s waters whilst perfecting your working-as-a-team skills. Windsurfing Centre HK in Sai Kung or Aqua Bound at Stanley Main Beach are two accessible and beautiful options. For easygoing indoor activities, you can’t go wrong with bowling, ice skating or a game of trampoline dodgeball at the Ryze Ultimate.
Check out our top hikes for more hiking ideas.
Inspiration Lake Recreation Centre, pedal boat hire starts from $70 per 30 minute, surrey bike hire starts from $100 per hour.
Aqua Bound, single kayak hire starts from $80 for one hour.
Windsurfing Centre HK, prices start from $100 per single kayak, per day.
Bowling: Thunder Bowl, prices start from $160 per hour, per lane, Tikitiki Bowling Bar, prices start from $199 per hour, per lane
Ice-skating: Glacier at Festival Walk, prices start from $55 per person, per session; The Rink at Elements, admission fee is $20 per person and skate fee starts from $0.5/min.
Ryze Ultimate, prices start from $150 per hour however corporate group discounts are available
Test your strength, agility and teamwork with some extreme sports! Perfect for those who need to let off some steam and prove their metal (or not!) in front of their colleagues. Choose from indoor paintball or war games, all just a short journey away in Kowloon. Meet your fellow coworkers on cloud nine in this spaceship themed laser tag game. Or if you want the ultimate teamwork test, why not try one of our Hong Kong’s ‘room escapes’? Freeing Hong Kong offers freaky themed room escapes, such as ‘killing blaze’ and ‘Jurassic’ that will challenge your clue solving, patience and teamwork!
Paintball HQ, prices start from $280 per adult and group discounts are available.
Impact Force, basic gear fees start from $100 per person.
Lasermads, prices start from $3,188 to rent entire venue for an hour.
Freeing Hong Kong, prices start from $108 per person, online booking available here.
When it comes to getting your team’s attention, naturally food and drink spring to mind! Aside from the plethora of fine eateries HK has to offer, there is plenty in the way of hands-on cooking and baking courses to try. Sugar lovers can join an The Loft Kitchen class for pastry making fun or the Intercontinental for dessert and cake baking classes with their acclaimed pastry chefs. The more carnivorous can experience a sausage making class at The Butcher’s Club and if you can take the heat, why not enter a Kitchen Battle at Corner Kitchen, for some think-on-your-feet cooking.
If your boss thinks eating is cheating then a liquid lesson could be on the cards and HK is certainly the place for refined wine palettes. For picturesque settings, host a wine tasting event at the garden terrace at Ginsberg+Chan in Central or within the homely surroundings of Umami Concepts in Sai Ying Pun. Umami Concepts offers fabulous cooking parties too which Team Sassy has thoroughly enjoyed in the past! If budgets are tight, why not organise an in-house Scooper Bowl within the boardroom – invite everyone to bring in their favourite ice cream and a sprinkling of toppings – voila! Bake offs can also be a great fun, especially if you volunteer to be on the judging panel.
The Loft Kitchen, bookings available here.
The InterContinental, Baking Club classes start from $1,888 per person including light breakfast, lunch and beverages including champagne, groups must be between 4 – 10 people.
Butcher’s Club, prices start from $1,100 per person per session including free flow wine and beer, groups must be between 10 – 50 people.
Corner Kitchen, prices start from $1,000 per person, minimum 4 – maximum 24 per group.
Ginsberg+Chan Wine Merchants Asia, venue hire prices start from $3,800 for two hours.
Umami Concepts – venue rental prices start from $1,500 per hour with a minimum charge of $8,000, cooking party prices start from $550 per person with a minimum charge of $8,000
Getting arty and crafty is great for bonding and getting those creative juices flowing! Channel your inner Picasso with an afternoon of art jamming in Central, where resident artists can help you create motivational themes or projects tailored to your company’s brainstorming needs. Equally, at Hong Kong Art Tutoring in North Point, you and your employees can join the studio’s carefully designed team building classes where learners study the thought process of an artist to help them think in the right creative direction.
The green fingered among you may prefer a floral jam instead at Blush, where attendees can choose from a selection of beauties at the flower buffet and create a sweet-smelling posey or even a combination of both art and floral jamming at Choco L’ART Studio. Want to know the best thing about this team building option? You get to take home your creation!
artjamming, prices start from $200 per person, bookings available here.
Hong Kong Art Tutoring, booking information available here.
Blush, floral jamming starts from $500 per person.
Choco L’ART Studio, prices start from $420 per person, per session, for 4 – 6 people.
Something at Sea:
One of Hong Kong’s most celebrated past times has to be messing about in boats. Another perfect environment to feel inspired, relaxed and er… close to naked with your colleagues! For a team that deserves a hearty thank you, Michaelangelo’s luxury junk certainly has the wow factor and with its plush decor would make for a memorable day at sea, and Breakaway’s luxury yacht is one of our favourites for a smaller group.
For an evening soiree, the traditional Aqua Luna is always a good option for enjoying a glass of wine whilst watching the light show and can also be hired out for private functions. For boating with a difference, Saffron Cruises offer a variety of fishing trips as well as additional corporate packages, whilst Lazydays’ junks offer ultimate relaxation with massages and mani/pedis, courtesy of Hava Massage and Nail Library, available on board. For professional party people, there are also plenty of junks offering food and booze packages to lift everyone’s spirits including Island and Jaspa’s Junks, for an all day excursion – see our junk guide for the full list.
Michelangelo, charter costs start from $24,000.
Breakaway Luxury Yachting – see price list here.
Aqua Luna, adult tickets for Symphony of Lights Cruise cost $295 and include a drink on board.
Saffron Cruises – fishing charter costs start from $7,500, quotations available here.
Lazydays, Spa on the Sea Package costs $1,400 per person, minimum of 12 people.
Island Junk, sightseeing cruise prices start from $630 per adult.
Jaspa’s Junks – cost per adult is $750, 14 person minimum.
Sometimes the team just deserves a break and nothing says R&R like a spot of pampering in one of HK’s luxurious spas. With sparties growing in popularity, why not treat the team to a private spa session at Sparadise, Sense of Touch or L’Occtaine? LUSH boasts three custom parties for a fun (and educational) pampering time. You have the option to DIY your own bath bombs or face masks to bring home. Can’t afford an afternoon away from the office? A private room at Ten Feet Tall for a group footie could also do the trick. If you want to go all out for the team, The Mandarin Oriental also offer group sessions, however you may want to run this past HR before adding it to your company plastic!
Sparadise, prices start from $600 per head for a basic package, minimum of 6 people.
Sense of Touch – prices start from $688 per head, minimum of 4 people.
L’Occtaine, signature treatments including facial and massage start from $1,700 per person.
LUSH – price start from $220 per head for Happy Hour.
Ten Feet Tall, prices start from $340 per head for a 50 minute foot massage.
The Mandarin Oriental – bookings available here.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on 7 January, 2015, and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.