With the summer vacations in full swing, you might be finding it almost impossible to keep the kids entertained throughout the day! Tired of the same old options (HK Science Museum, The Peak, Kowloon Park…) the hubby and I decided to step it up a notch and go check out the Auberge Discovery Bay’s first ever Summer Funland as part of their special summer staycation package. With multiple activities to keep the children occupied, I would definitely recommend this for families who are getting a little cabin crazy with the endless wave of hot summer days!
The Auberge Discovery Bay is situated next to the DB North Plaza with lush green Lantau mountains on one side and picturesque seaside views on the other. It’s only a 25-minute ferry ride from Central (or MTR ride from Sunny Bay), but so far removed from the city’s hustle and bustle that you truly feel like you’re on summer vacation!
We reached the hotel around 1:30pm and first headed to the Bounty Carnival in the activity center. The main attraction at the Bounty Carnival is a trip on “The Bounty”, which is a replica of an original 1784 trading vessel. Interesting tidbit: this Bounty replica was built in full scale for the 1983 Hollywood film “The Bounty”, which starred Mel Gibson as Fletcher Christian and Anthony Hopkins as Captain William Bligh, and was later featured in many other TV series and motion pictures! It is now docked at the Auberge and is available for charter for weddings and private parties.
Our daughter couldn’t wait to be given a tour of the ship, accompanied by tales of how and when the ship was built, where it has cruised and how the controls work. She was also beyond excited to hold the ship’s wheel and ropes and to ring the bell!
Just before boarding the ship there were singing, dancing and theatre performances by the hotel’s mascots – ‘Molly’ the mermaid, ‘Pinky’ the dolphin and ‘Peter’ the pirate. All the kids enthusiastically participated in the theatre act and dance with the mascots. There were also a lot of picture opportunities at this point (which kept the parents happy!). After the show and the ship tour, we embarked on a little treasure hunt, which was great fun for the whole family.
Next on the agenda was a pizza-making session at Auberge’s Pizzeria! It was a wonderful interactive session where the chef got directly involved with the kids and helped them bake their own Hawaiian Pizzas (with ham and pineapple being her favourite, my daughter definitely enjoyed this activity!). There were also a couple of craft activities like colouring and designing your own chef’s hat and the kids were given healthy snacks and drinks to munch on. Kids are also given the option of decorating cupcakes if they prefer, although the pizza-making definitely seemed more fun!
After pizza-making, we visited the hotel’s bouncy castle, where all the kids were able to unleash mountains of energy while us parents sat back and relaxed. Following that, we boarded a “short and sweet carriage ride”, pulled by two handsome horses. It was beautiful to travel around the surrounding scenic area on the carriage (not a peep came out of my daughter during the ride, she was so much in awe!)
Before dinner, we had some time so we decided to check out the hotel’s pool. Nestled amongst the natural surroundings of the lush Lantau mountains as a backdrop, you really feel as if you’ve left Hong Kong! It’s very refreshing with a good-sized adult pool, a nice bubbling Jacuzzi and a smaller pool for the kiddies.
With our appetites worked up, we sat down to the “Sizzling BBQ Dinner Buffet” at Cafe bord de Mer, which was a lovely end to the day! The restaurant has a very lively atmosphere, with the starters and salads served inside, and the main courses grilled outside on the BBQ. Accompanying the main meats and veggies, there was a good spread of seafood, salads and sushi options to choose from. The best spread of all was the desserts though, which included lemon meringue pies (my favourite of the day), hot chocolate puddings, rice puddings and a chocolate fountain for dipping fruits and marshmallows — simply superb!
They also had a kiddie corner at the buffet with food just for the kids, including a large variety of candies and marshmallow treats. All in all it was a day well spent, and I would highly recommend the Auberge’s Summer Funland for a simple family-friendly summer staycation!
Auberge Discovery Bay Hong Kong’s Summer Funland Family Package is available now through 31 August starting from 2,700* up. The package includes two nights in a Mountain View Room, complimentary buffet breakfasts for two adults and a child under 12 years old at Café bord de Mer and free admission to select Summer Funland activities including the Bounty Carnival, Bouncy Castle and arts & crafts sessions (see here for all the details).
Sassy Mama Discount: Enjoy 10% off the BBQ buffet when staying at Auberge Discovery Bay. Simply call 2295 8355, press 2 and quote promotion code ‘Sassy Mama’.
Auberge Discovery Bay Hong Kong , 88 Siena Avenue, Discovery Bay, Lantau Island, Hong Kong, 2295 8288; www.aubergediscoverybay.com