Pack your weekend bag and get ready for an unforgettable stay right here in Hong Kong. From five-star hotels and star-gazing igloos to rustic camping and island escapes – Hong Kong is the ultimate destination. So, with the long weekend coming up at the end of the month, we thought it was time to check out some of the city escapes. Whether it’s a girls’ trip, a romantic getaway or simply a relaxing holiday – have a look at our top picks for some inspiration…
Birds chirping, the smell of a BBQ, and getting in touch with mother nature. Camping isn’t at the top of most Hong Kongers’ lists, but sometimes all we need is a break from the bustle of the city to recharge.
If you are after crystal-clear waters and fine sand, Ham Tin Wan and Long Ke Wan are fan favourites – but expect a bit of a hike to reach these secluded spots.
On the lookout for the best camping site with a view? Then Tap Mun Island offers a breath-taking setting perfect for the ultimate selfie, just be aware of the photobombers (stray cows).
For our not so experienced campers – Treasure Island on Pui O and Sai Yuen Farm in Cheung Chau offer glamping options, which include picnic tables, chairs and pre-pitched tents (more on the next slide).
Sassy tip: To hire tents and utensils, go to any of the local shops nearby the camping sites, otherwise be sure to pack your own gear.
Take a step outside your comfort zone and try something a bit more adventurous. Look beyond the usual lavish hotels and you’ll find a collection of extraordinary accommodation options.
If you want an outdoorsy feel without the hassle of carrying a backpack, then delight in a bohemian sleepover at YHA Ngong Ping SG Davis Youth Hostel. The enchanting bell tents have all the bells and whistles including bedding, speakers and WiFi.
Looking for something a bit more unconventional? Then try a native American experience in a tepee at Sai Yuen Farm (complete with mosquito nets and a fan). The farm has several unusual choices, from domes and tree cocoons to African safari tents and Mongolian Gers.
If it’s an away-cation you are looking for (without actually going on an overseas trip), then why not enjoy a laid-back island vacation a bit closer to home.
Lamma, a 25-minute journey away, is scattered with village houses, magnificent short hikes and beach-side cafés. Though not five-star, Concerto Inn or Bayshore Inn have all the basics, and you’ll have the Lamma coast as your neighbour.
Alternatively, take a short ferry ride to Cheung Chau from Central and you’ll find yourself on the quaintest of islands. This fishing village is famous for frozen watermelon lollies and its love lock garden, where you can paint your very own love lock. A must-stay is Lychee Sunset Hotel, boasting unique neon light designs and a rooftop perfect for impressive sundowners.
Lastly, although most locals don’t see Lantau as an “island escape”, there are definitely hideaways that have the same relaxing appeal. Stepping off the ferry in Discovery Bay, you’ll feel worlds away from the city as beachgoers play volleyball, children ride bicycles and residents zip along on golf carts. Our top pick in this tranquil town is none other than Auberge which offers the same feel as a tropical resort.
With a short hike from DB you’ll find yourself in Mui Wo, this hamlet has a good deal of friendly locals, water buffalo, and appealing eateries. We’d suggest adding Die Stoep to your itinerary for dinner, with an array of delicious African dishes.
Sassy tip: All of the islands offer bicycle rentals to get around and it’s the ideal way to explore the twists and turns of the narrow streets.
There is nothing quite like putting your feet up and enjoying a chilled glass of wine while watching Netflix. We’ve chosen a few of our favourite Airbnb locations to give you that home away from home feeling…
If it’s a quaint cottage you’re after then a French-style abode overlooking Sai Kung is the perfect spot. This two-bedroom home boasts a BBQ area with breath-taking views over the ocean. Wanting to be a little bit more indulgent? Then why not book a 4-bedroom hilltop mansion in Cheung Chau. This extravagant pad features a rooftop jacuzzi, manicured lawns, an indoor fireplace and a kitchen as big as most Hong Kong apartments.
Keen for a seaside escape? Bask in the sun and simply enjoy beachside living in a contemporary village house nestled in Shek O village. The open-plan house has a lush garden, sophisticated interiors and a dining room fit for a feast.
The best part about any of the homestays on Airbnb, is that you can really embrace “mi casa es su casa”. Simply pack a bag and go – these residences are fully equipped with everything you’ll need!
Sassy tip: Contact your host prior to your stay and ask for suggestions on places to visit and where to eat – locals always know where the best-hidden gems are.
Hong Kong is home to interesting architecture and rich cultural history, and locals and tourists alike are searching for a memorable experience paired with top-notch service – why not find a hotel that embodies all the above?
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Our city is filled with an abundance of opulent, curious and quirky choices, so we waded through the lot and picked a few hotels that stand out from the rest.
For those after a unique boutique hotel, The Fleming in Wan Chai and House 1881 in TST are both just up your street. The Fleming has an array of chic rooms as well as the deliciously decadent Osteria Marzia as its restaurant. House 1881 showcases exquisite old-school interiors coupled with pristine gardens; on top of that, it’s a history-filled cultural landmark.
Luxury hotels such as The Peninsula and Shangri-La, are an obvious choice if you’re looking for the finest of stays. Service here is in a league of its own, and the attention to detail unparalleled. But the most attractive part is their ability to make you feel right at home, including how you like your coffee or eggs in the morning.
Sassy tip: Be sure to keep an eye out on hotel websites for deals targeted specifically to Hong Kong residents.
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