16 May, 2013
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WEEKENDER: W Hong Kong pool party, Cheung Chau Bun Festival, Art Basel and more

16 May, 2013

We’ve given up keeping track of the weather, but come rain or shine, we’re here to give you that special dose of weekend inspiration! Enjoy the long weekend, girls!

Splish splash!
Ladies, it’s time to break out those bikinis! Hong Kong’s amazing summer season is FINALLY upon us and this Saturday, the seriously cool W Hong Kong is hosting its first pool party of year, as part of their famous GET WET Summer Series. Get ready to sip stylishly on a glass of Veuve Clicquot while taking in AH-MAH-ZING views of our city’s picture perfect skyline from their fabulous rooftop swimming pool, before heading to the uber-cool after-party at WOOBAR to carry on the fun until the midnight hours! This extravagant pool party is guaranteed to be far cooler than any you’ve been to before – we’re talking international DJscelebrity guestsfree-flow drinks… oh, and did we mention you’ll be partying at the highest outdoor pool in Hong Kong?! So go on, it’s time to have a truly incredibly night!

When: 18 May, 8pm
Where: WET DECK & WOOBAR, W Hong Kong, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon, Hong Kong
How much: $300 (includes one complimentary standard drink at both pool and after-party), $850 (includes free-flow standard drinks and Veuve Clicquot, plus one drink at after-party); buy tickets here

Have you ever seen a group of grown men (and some seriously strong women!) scramble to the top of a bamboo tower covered in buns? Yep, we didn’t think so! Voted one of the world’s “Top 10 Quirky Festivals”, the Cheung Chau Bun Festival includes a huge parade of multi-coloured paper mache Taoist deities, lion dances, traditional music and, of course, the unique Bun Scrambling Competition at midnight! Make sure you check out our full article about Cheng Chau Island here to make the most of your adventure to one of Hong Kong’s real cultural treasures.

When: 17 May, 10.30am-midnight; see full schedule here
Where: Cheung Chau Island; ferries leave from Central Pier 5, more info here
How much: Free entry

Bring on the bling
Need to add some more sparkle to your life? Custom fine-jewellery designer Plukka is hosting a fabulous trunk show featuring some of their most luxurious made-to-order pieces this weekend! With a mix of stunning statement necklaces, divine cocktail rings and dream-worthy diamonds on offer, this is a must for all you jewellery lovers out there – so check out what will be on show in advance here. And just in case you needed a further incentive to spend, we’ve heard that there will be a cheeky VIP discount on all purchases made on the day too.

When: 18 May, 1-5.30 pm
Where: The Principal, 9 Star Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
How much: Free entry; RSVPs required to [email protected]

State of the art
For those of you who can’t make it to Basel in Switzerland, have no fear – Art Basel is here! Come scope out the “Olympics of the Art World” for amazing works from galleries all over the world, plus loads of expert talks, special presentations and panel discussions! So whether you’re an art collector, artist, critic or just want to see some beautiful pieces of work, this is one of the must-visit events of the year… And don’t forget to enjoy some prime people-spotting opportunities at the swanky Le Vernissage opening night too!

When: Vernissage 22 May, 5-9pm; 23-25 May, 12-7pm; 26 May, 12-5pm
Where: Hall 1 & 3, HKCEC, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
How much: $250 (one day ticket), $750 (four day ticket), Vernissage $750. Available via www.hkticketing.com, 3128 8288, or purchase at the door.

Art attack
With Art Basel in town, don’t forget that art isn’t just fun to look at – it’s also fun to eat! The Mandarin Grill + Bar at Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong have come up with an incredible ART menu featuring a crazy-creative three-course lunch and five-course dinner that’s set to amaze, delight and stimulate all your senses; we’re talking dishes inspired by Andy Warhol, Van Gough and Damien Hirst, plus chef Uwe’s trademark spectacular dessert (served ON the table!). All diners enjoying this special feast will also receive a complimentary ticket to Art Basel too. Now that really is art that looks good enough to eat!

When: Until 26 May
Where: Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, 5 Connaught Road, Central, Hong Kong
How much: Three-course lunch $708, five-course dinner $1588 (including ticket to Art Basel, plus 10% service charge); call 2825 4004 to book.

A very Sassy party!
You’re all invited to the Sassiest shindig of the year – our Sassy Awards Party! Come celebrate our fabulous awards winners and our brand spanking new City Guide at hip alfresco lounge bar, Vibes, at The Mira in TST. There will be a complimentary welcome drinkscrummy canapéshappy hour prices and amazing raffle prizes up for grabs (check out the full list of goodies here… we just wish we could win them ourselves!) – who could say no to that?!

When: 22 May, 7-9pm
Where: Vibes Bar, The Mira Hotel, 118 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
How much: Free! Complimentary welcome drinks to the first 300 guests to arrive. RSVP on the form here

Got an event you’d like us to feature in The Weekender, or have a top tip for us? Email us the deets at [email protected].

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