It’s around this time of year that we all start craving a mini getaway… whether it’s somewhere truly exotic or just anywhere to escape the humidity and rain! So whether you fancy a few days in a luxurious resort or just want a little fun daydreaming at an Italian market or a French foodie paradise, we’re here to make it come true!
Getaway to paradise
What’s summer without a getaway? If you’re looking for a tropical escape, then Song Saa is the place to go. A little piece of heaven located in Cambodia, Song Saa is a private island luxury resort with its own time zone! Luxurious individual villas (complete with king sized beds, sun decks, your own infinity pool and a permanently stocked mini bar), snorkelling and kayaking sessions, indulgent spa sessions, private dinners on the beach and 24/7 sunbathing opportunities… yes please! Check out Sabrina’s full review of her amazing stay here – and if you’re feeling tempted, Flight Centre have set up a special Sassy deal just for us…
SASSY SPECIAL OFFER: Stay 3 and only pay for 2 nights at Song Saa (plus two nights in Phnom Penh) and receive an extra HK$500 discount per person too! See more info on what is included, plus the full terms and conditions of the deal here. Simply call Flight Centre on 2830 2866 to book and quote SASSY HONG KONG to redeem the special price.
When: Offer ends 31 July 2013, for departures from 12 July-29 September
Where: Song Saa Private Island Luxury Resort, Cambodia
More info: See full terms and conditions here; call Flight Centre on 2830 2866 for more details
More wine for me please!
TGIF! Celebrate the end of the week with Monsieur CHATTÉ tonight for their 5th Anniversary Party! They are opening up their French gourmet store in Sheung Wan for un petit celebration, and there’s more than just free-flow French wine on the menu. Delicious French petit fours, cold cuts, farmhouse cheeses and live music too – plus a 10% discount on all purchases over $300, so you can indulge in a foodie shopping spree. Be spontaneous and call up your girlfriends ASAP, because we just got your Fridaynight plans sorted!
When: 7 June, 6.30pm onwards
Where: Monsieur CHATTÉ, 121 Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
How much: Free entry!
Row, row, row your boat
Fancy spending the mid-week public holiday the traditional Chinese way? Tuen Ng Festival, also known as Dragonboat Festival, is celebrated with action-packed boat races, traditional drumming and parades, and yummy rice dumplings – so get in on the action in places like Stanley, Sha Tin, Sai Kung and Discovery Bay and make a real day of it! If you don’t fancy squeezing in with the beach crowds, hit the iconic Aqua Luna junk instead for a day-long buffet cruise and onboard bar (with cocktails, mocktails and drinks galore), where you’ll get front row seats to all the action on the ocean itself, plus free shuttle boats to the beach to catch the winners at the finish line. Eat and drink to your heart’s content before bringing home a gift bag of traditionalzong zi dumplings!
When: 12 June
Where: Races all over Hong Kong (see full list of venues here); Aqua Luna departs from Tsim Sha Tsui Pier 1 at 11am or Central Pier 9 at 11.15am
How much: Free to watch; Aqua Luna $528, advance booking required via the website or by calling 2116 8821
La bella vita
Italy is so much more than pasta and wine, and you’ll be able to see for yourself just what the Italian lifestyle has to offer this weekend. The Italian Chamber of Commerce is holding an Italian Market over at Happy Valley, and this two-day fair will feature authentic products made in Italy, including wine, bags, jewellery and lifestyle products. There’s also going to be live music and shows plus a food court serving delicious delicacies from some of our fave Italian restaurants in town. Definitely make a note to drop by the cultural corner for a unique display of video art from the region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia too (and maybe get to know an Italian hottie or two while you’re there!)
When: 7 June 6-9pm, 8 June 12-9pm
Where: Entrance B, Happy Valley Racecourse, Sports Road, Happy Valley, Hong Kong
How much: $80 for members, $100 for non-members; to get tickets, email email@example.com
All about green
Get up early and be inspired this Saturday at Ecozine Live! As part of World Environment Week, Ecozine has brought together local and international speakers to host talks on sustainable living and environmental issues. Don’t start snoozing just yet… the topics range from business all the way to wellness, style and beyond. There’ll also be music, dance and comedy performances, as well as delish refreshments from the likes of MANA! and Secret Ingredient, plus a green pop-up shop by Sassy faves A Boy Named Sue. Don’t forget to grab your complimentary t-shirt and reusable water bottle before heading to the after-party at RED Bar + Restaurant. Being sustainable has never been this much fun!
When: 8 June, 9am–5pm, after-party 5–6:30pm
Where: Nomura, 30/F, Two IFC, 8 Finance Street, Central; RED Bar + Restaurant, 4/F, ifc mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong
How much: $300, including complimentary Dopper bottle, Ecozine LIVE! t-shirt and refreshments & complimentary drink at after-party; buy tickets here
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