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.
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!
To book, Email: [email protected] or visit http://www.teammusic.com/en/team-building-hong-kong
Karaoke is also widely available in Hong Kong with the likes of sought-after warbling joint Neway never far away. For a private VIP room, you could opt for Penthouse Skylounge in Wan Chai, claimed to be the biggest karaoke bars in Hong Kong which also boasts some fine views over the harbour. Across the water, Music Box offers traditional Japanese karaoke with private rooms and songs a plenty available in over six languages. Kimberly’s Filipino karaoke bar located on Li Yuen Street, Central is a secret gem of a karaoke bar (it doesn’t even have a website!). With cheap drinks, an array of English and Tagalog songs ready to be sung and an extremely friendly owner called Gloria, it’s an all round winner.
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 Park and Wong Nai Chuck Reservoir to Tai Tam Tuk Reservoir. If a hike feels too strenuous, then perhaps rent a few pedal boats on Wong Nai Chung Reservoir and enjoy a little turtle watching 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 easy going indoor activities, you can’t go wrong with bowling, ice skating or even a game of trampoline dodgeball at the recently opened Trampoline Park.
See hiking routes here – our Top 5 hikes are here.
Aqua Bound, single kayak hire starts from $60 for one hour.
Windsurfing Centre HK, prices start from $100 per kayak, per day.
Bowling: Thunder Bowl, Hong Kong Bowling City.
Ice-skating: Glacier at Festival Walk, prices start from $50 per person, per session; The Rink at Elements, prices start from $60 for a full day’s skating.
Ryze Ultimate, prices start from $150 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 outdoor war games, all just a short journey away in Kowloon. 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 ‘stalker’s treachery’ and ‘prison chaos’ that will challenge your clue solving, patience and team work!
Paintball HQ, prices start from $280 per adult and group discounts are available.
War Games (website in Chinese), minimum 16 players per team and prices include transport and lunch.
Freeing Hong Kong – 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 I Love Cake class for pastry making fun or the Intercontinental for dessert and cake baking classes with one of their Michelin Star chefs. The more carnivorous can experience a sausage making, nose-to-tail or a sous-vide 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 on the terrace at 8th Estate Winery in Ap Lei Chau or within the homely surroundings of Umami Concepts in Mid Levels (see our experience at Umami here!). 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…
8th Estate Winery, bookings not currently available.
Umami Collaborative – bookings available here.
The Intercontinental, SPOON baking 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 $1,300 per person per session including dinner and free flow wine and beer, with discounts available for bigger groups, maximum 10 people per session.
I Love Cake – bookings available here.
Corner Kitchen, prices start from $1,000 per person, minimum 4 – maximum 24 per group.
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. T
he 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 Chocolart Studio. You can also pick up a new DIY skill at the very cool A Pair And A Spare studio in Sai Ying Pun. Try knotting, shelving, flower arranging and more! Want to know the best thing about this team building option? You get to take home your creation!
Art Jamming, maximum 60 people – bookings available here.
Hong Kong Art Tutoring – bookings available here.
Blush, floral jamming starts from $450 per person.
Chocolart Studio, prices start from $350 per person, per session, for 4 – 6 maximum.
A Pair and A Spare workshops – email [email protected] for enquiries about private events.
SOMETHING ON THE 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 (see our trip on Breakaway here).
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 Lazy Days’ 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 Jaspas’ and Island Junks, for an all day excursion – see our Junk Guide for the full list.
Michaelangelo, charter costs start from $24,000.
Breakaway Luxury Yachting – see price list here.
Aqua Luna, adult tickets cost $120 and include a glass of wine on board.
Island Junk, prices start from $300 per person, packages are subject to minimum charge.
Jaspas Junks – cost per adult is $650, 14 person minimum.
Lazydays, packages start from $890 per person.
Saffron Cruises – bookings available here.
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 (check out our sparty at L’Occtaine here!)? We recently had a blast at the LUSH beauty school in Mongkok, which is a fun way to pamper yourself and your colleagues (find out more here). 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.
Ten Feet Tall, prices start from $320 per head for a 50 minute foot massage.
Sense of Touch – see the booking form here.
L’Occtaine, signature treatments including facial and massage start from $1,600 per person, maximum 9 people per group.
LUSH party – bookings available here.
The Mandarin Oriental – bookings available here.