Helicopter rides, hiking, cooking classes and more!
When you’ve been married (or just together) for a while, making the time for your partner is not only essential to keeping the love alive, it’s a good excuse to have some (much-needed!) time away for the kids. But when you’ve done the “dinner and a movie” night a million times, it makes finding the time for you and your mate less enticing. That’s why we’re here! We’ve come up with some fun “off the beaten path” dates sure to be an enjoyable time out for both of you. Whether you’re thrill-seekers, creative types or just want to get out of your flat, we hope these ideas will give you some inspo for the next kid-free day or night.
Fly And Dine
Okay, this isn’t a cheap thrill, but it’s thrilling nonetheless! Take an incredible 15-minute helicopter ride over Victoria Harbour followed by lunch (or dinner) at the Peninsula Hotel. But if you think you need a bit more pampering, check out the Fly And Relax offer, as it features the same helicopter ride plus a 60-minute aromatherapy massage, a 60-minute personalised facial, a light and healthy lunch or afternoon tea at the pool, and full use of the Relaxation Room and Therapy Suite. Now that’s what we call a great date!
Cost: Fly And Dine, From $10,546 for two people; Fly And Relax, $15,610 for two people.
Macau Tower Walk Experience
Get away for the day in Macau, and instead of going gambling (yawn!), put some adventure in your day and do the Tower Walk Experience! This isn’t for the faint at heart, as you’ll be walking 233 metres high (that’s 764 feet!) above the crowds, and there is no handrail to keep you from feeling like you’re going to fall off! Okay, so you’ll be strapped in (we aren’t crazy, you know), but you’ll definitely feel the thrill!
Cost: $788 per person (includes certificate, membership card, USB, T-shirt and tower ticket).
Food And Drink Walking Tours
One of our favourite foodies, Virginia Chan, leads walking tours around Hong Kong. Her “Humid With A Chance Of Fishballs” guided walks will have you tasting amazing local street food and checking out the streets of Hong Kong. She even has selected dim sum lunch tours, or, if you’re just wanting a cheeky drink with your soulmate, she offers local craft brewery tours, too.
Cost: Tours vary. Check here for price listing.
Prefer to do the cooking yourselves? Take a class together! Check out the private dim sum making class at Yum Cha ($550 per person), the group dinner class at The Mixing Bowl ($550 per person), a French dinner with wine pairing with Chef Rene Etienne ($588 per person), or a host of other classes suited just to your taste!
Yum Cha Dim Sum Class, $550 per person. Book here.
Mixing Bowl Dinner Class, $550 per person. Book here
French Cooking With Chef Rene Etienne, $588 per person. Book here.
For a full list of cooking classes all over Hong Kong, click here.
Stand Up Paddle Experience For Two
Getting a little exercise on your day out with the hubby is always a fun way to connect. If you’ve always wanted to try Stand Up Paddling (SUP), this two-hour experience is just for you. A trained instructor will lead you on all the SUP skills including how to stand up, kneeling and even falling safely into the water. When you’re both ready to take on the challenge, you’ll be guided to the gorgeous water along the Sai Kung coast for more.
Cost: $960 for two. Book here.
Private Kyokushin Karate Training For Two
The key word here is private, as this is a fun introduction to martial arts but it’s just for you and your partner! You’ll not only get a private Kyokushin Karate lesson for just the two of you but you’ll also get the chance to take two group lessons (in case you want to meet some like-minded karate enthusiasts!).
Cost: $1,000 per person. Book here.
Aqua Luna Cruise
Just want to go a little low-key on your night out? Hop aboard the Aqua Luna for its Sunset Cruise ($200 per person) or the go for the all-out Symphony Of Lights Dinner Cruise (early bird dinner is $834 per person; 10-course meal is $1108 per person), which includes 10 signature dishes by the award-winning restaurant, Hutong. But if you’re getting away during the day on a weekend, make the most of it and try out the Dim Sum Cruise ($440 per person), a two-hour cruise that takes you around to Aberdeen and lets you try out some fab dim sum. You can even head to Lamma for the day on its 75-minute Lamma Island Cruise ($450 round trip per person), where you’ll get to stay for two hours before embarking back home.
Cost: Sunset Cruise $220 per person; Symphony of Lights Dinner Cruise $834 per person, 10-course meal $1108 per person; Dim Sum Cruise $440 per person; Lamma Cruise $450 per person roundtrip.
Lamma Island Hike For Two
Always wanted to hike around Lamma but are unsure where to begin? Take this private, guided tour for two around one of HK’s most beautiful areas. Aside from the full-day tour on the trails of Lamma, you’ll get to enjoy a lunch break at Sok Kwu Wan village and check out the shops and local places for fun.
Cost: $1900 for two people. Book here.
Private Zip Line And Abseiling
If you know other adventurous couples who want to get away for a bit without the kids, this one’s a great activity. Take a private zip line tour (for up to six people). You’ll be ferried to Tung Lung Chau where you’ll hike 20-minutes to the zip line (it’s overlooking a cliff!). Once there, you’ll be strapped upon the line, zip over the sea and take in breath-taking views of the water and surrounding areas.
Cost: $5280 for six people. Book here.