Not travelling right now? Book a Hong Kong staycation for your family. Take advantage of the great staycation packages and hotel offers around town. From the Four Seasons to the Rosewood, the Grand Hyatt to the iconic Peninsula Hotel there’s never been a better time for a holiday at home.
Holidays look set to continue with the staycation theme for a while yet. Thankfully, we’re spoilt for choices in Hong Kong. There are five-star luxury options — Grand Hyatt, Four Seasons and Rosewood staycations are hugely popular right now; perennial family favourites — Gold Coast Hotel and the Disneyland Hotels never disappoint; and staycations where you can all try something new — sailing, glamping or taking a cruise. Maybe you just want to use your hotel as a home base for your staycation to be closer to beach or hiking adventures. One this is certain, we’re all in need of a break and there’s a Hong Kong staycation to suit all tastes. A change is as good as a holiday after all!
Read more: 50 Things To Do With Kids In Hong Kong
Editor’s Note: The situation in Hong Kong regarding closures and restrictions on opening hours due to the coronavirus is constantly evolving. Check directly with each hotel prior to booking to avoid disappointments on staycation packages or opening arrangements of facilities.
Hotel Staycations To Take In Hong Kong And Kowloon
Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong
Treat your family to a staycation at the iconic Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong and experience the impeccable rooms and service for yourself. Make the most of the gym overlooking Victoria Harbour, take a swim in the pool and relax. Sassy Mama Editor Jess Mizzi definitely vouches for the incredible spa services, especially for pre and postnatal massages! Be sure to make time to experience the legendary dining options, whether it’s afternoon tea or brunch at the Clipper Lounge or a refined Michelin-starred experience at Man Wah.
The Park Lane Hong Kong, a Pullman Hotel
Looking for a great value hotel staycation to treat the family? Take look at The Park Lane in Causeway Bay. The family rooms comfortably sleep up to four (two queens or one queen, one twin and a sofa bed). If you are looking for some activities while on holiday, there is a range of classes on offer including art jamming, yoga on the roof, fitness, photography and even tarot classes. And don’t forget to leave time to take the kids for a session in the playroom!
Grand Hyatt Hong Kong
The Grand Hyatt has long been home to one of our favourite family-friendly alfresco brunches in Hong Kong. If you’ve been looking for an excuse to linger a bit longer, a Grand Hyatt staycation is a treat. We love the harbour view rooms, and of course, indulging in a massage at the Plateau Spa. There’s a kid’s swimming pool and a huge outdoor playground as well.
The Four Seasons has long been synonymous with luxury Hong Kong staycations. Fine dining aficionados are well catered for with the three-Michelin starred Caprice and Lung King Heen along with the two-Michelin starred Sushi Saito. Wondering if you should bring your kids on your Four Seasons staycation? We think so! The hotel pool is one of the best in Hong Kong and there is a fantastic playroom for kids under 6. The Four Seasons staff go out of their way to accommodate their youngest guests with welcome gifts and in-room activities a nice touch.
The Kerry Hotel — Currently Only Available For Quarantine Stays
The Kerry has quickly become the staycation option of choice for savvy Hong Kongers in the know. Whether you come for the excellent rooftop bar or simply to relax in the well-appointed rooms, you won’t be disappointed.
Hyatt Centric Victoria Harbour
Harbour views without the Central price tag? Head on over for a staycation at Hyatt Centric Victoria Harbour. Everyone will enjoy taking a dip in the infinity pool and the food at Cruise and Farmhouse will please the whole family. You can even bring your furry friends along with its dog-cation package.
Treat the family to a sky-high staycation at the top of the ICC with Ritz Carlton. As part of the family staycation offerings, you can book in for the Ritz Kids Night Safari. Parents will enjoy the amazing views, but we all know the kids will be more interested in the in-room tent, backpack, bathrobe and slippers as well as some special kids’ amenities. The Ritz-Carlton is another popular choice for those looking for pet-friendly hotels.
This hotel gets the seal of approval from one Sassy baby who loved her recent staycation (teepee, teddy and rocking horse included!). Opt for one of the staycation offers, which includes perks such as daily breakfast for two, gift vouchers, refreshments, discounts and more.
Sassy Mama tip: Book the suite! It has a door to the bedroom, so you can settle your little one down for the night while you crack open a bottle of bubbly and relax in the other room. Bliss!
Cordis Hong Kong
Launch yourself into the hustle and bustle of Mong Kok and use the Cordis Hotel as your base to explore Kowloon. The hotel has a Cordis Kids programme with lots of exciting kids staycation activities on offer and even a spa menu for the little ones. There are well-appointed family rooms to enjoy and special kids amenities and entertainment provided.
Hong Kong Staycations Especially For Kids
No Hong Kong family staycation roundup would be complete without a mention of Disney! And the Disney Cast definitely know how to bring the magic to life (we’re sure you’ll be wowed with the attention to detail!). You have three hotels to choose from: Disney Explorers Lodge, Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel (pictured above) or Disney’s Hollywood Hotel (currently closed). Disneyland Park aside (see our guide to Hong Kong Disneyland for tips), there is also plenty of staycation fun to be had at the hotels. We’re sure your youngsters will love the facilities at the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel, including the Children’s Activity Centre full of Disney-themed arts and crafts, games and movie nights. Be sure to check out all the special hotel offers up for grabs right now.
Sassy Mama tip: You need to make a reservation to use the swimming pool at the Explorers Lodge when booking (for guests at the Disneyland Hotel you can’t use this pool, unfortunately). The playroom, arts and crafts, movie time and outdoor play areas are all open with no need to make a reservation.
Hong Kong Disneyland Hotels, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, Lantau Island, Hong Kong, Explorers Lodge: 3510 2000; Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel: 3510 6000; Disney’s Hollywood Hotel (currently closed): 3510 5000, www.hongkongdisneyland.com
Gold Coast Hotel
A Hong Kong staycation at the Gold Coast Hotel is the closest you can get to checking into a resort. Just a 30-minute drive from Central and you’ll arrive at a palm-fringed pool haven! The kids can be let loose at the water park, Sharks and Pirates Adventure Zone or the outdoor Kids Island (all open). Make the most of the room facilities by retiring to one of the awesome kid-themed rooms. You can also choose from safari, pirate, dinosaur, carnival, racing car and even a Hong Kong-themed room (complete with a tram for a bed!). There are regular family staycation packages on offer so check its website regularly.
Ocean Park Marriott
As if trips to Ocean Park or Water World aren’t enough, kids will be wowed from the moment they enter this hotel to find the 16-metre high aquarium! The pool is arguably one of the best for kids in Hong Kong with slides and even a shark (not a real one, of course!). Head indoors to the Kids’ Corner playground (open from 9am to 6pm, with various toys) and let the kids blow off some energy! There are regularly updated staycation packages so be sure to check for the best deal.
Read more: Your Ultimate Guide To Ocean Park Hong Kong
Saiyuen Green Getaway
Embrace island life on Cheung Chau at this 11-acre outdoor adventure playground. Your tented accommodation ranges from a Native American Teepee, a Geodesic Dome (designed for stargazing), a Mongolian Ger, an African Safari Tent or a Romantic Tree Cocoon. There’s even space for you to pitch your own tent if you’re a true camping enthusiast! Your littlest ones can learn to ride a bike, pet the goats and get involved in arts and crafts, while teens can try their hand at adventure activities like abseiling, archery and a tree-top canopy walk.
Cruise To Nowhere — Dream Cruises and Royal Caribbean
If you’re staycayed out and really need a change of scene, a cruise-cation (or sea-cation) might be just what you need. Get your sea legs at the ready and book a “cruise to nowhere”. You have two solid options here in the 852: Dream Cruises and Royal Caribbean. One Sassy family recently embarked on the Genting Dream via Dream Cruises and loved it. In actual fact, the cruise ship will set sail for the duration of your stay so you do go somewhere (uninterrupted, sweeping ocean views await). Plus, you’ll even go through immigration on your return – just like a regular vacation! With so much to do onboard for all, the only “problem” might be that the staycation isn’t long enough.
Hotels To Use As A Base For Exploring Hong Kong With Kids
We’ve all been going the extra mile to explore the far-flung reaches of Hong Kong with our kids. In the New Territories and islands, you’ll find fantastic hiking, biking and beach adventures, farms to visit and even museums.
Auberge Discovery Bay
Need an island staycation? Auberge Discovery Bay is your place. Only 25 minutes from Central, at the Auberge you’ll be treated to ocean views and first-class facilities. Food-wise, you’ll be sorted at the open-plan Café bord de Mer & Lounge; complete with an outdoor terrace, this is the perfect spot for a casual breakfast, lunch or dinner with the family, or perhaps a cocktail or two. Opt for the family-friendly deals that allow kids under 12 to stay for free, and enjoy a relaxing family getaway.
Overnight Sailing, Sai Kung
Just because we can’t venture overseas doesn’t mean we can’t take the family on an action-packed adventure. Charter the 56ft sailing sloop Daybreak and embark on your own eco-adventure around Sai Kung, the Geopark and the white sand beaches of Tai Long Wan. Relax on board, eat some delicious (and fresh!) seafood and lap up this unique Hong Kong staycation.
The Pier, Sai Kung
Love the idea of hiking through the country parks and exploring the beautiful islands and beaches around Sai Kung, but hate the limited transport options to get you back home (or is that just us)? Treat yourself to a night or two at The Pier Hotel in Pak Sha Wan. With just 40 beautiful guestrooms and suites (each with a fully equipped kitchen, living and dining areas), you’ll be able to make yourself a little home away from home. Make the most of its family staycation deals (complete with a welcome gift for youngsters) and take the kids to explore the Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark.
Cheung Chau has always been a popular day-trip destination for families looking to escape the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong. Make the most of your staycation and truly discover what this island has to offer with a few nights at the Warwick Hotel. It’s a short walk from the ferry pier and has well-appointed rooms, most with ocean views. Check out the hotel’s latest offers.
Tai O Heritage Hotel
Make the most of Lantau Island’s natural beauty with a stay at the Tai O Heritage Hotel and give the kids (and mums and dads!) a history lesson to boot. The hotel’s rooms have been appointed to keep in with the heritage of the building and will see you well-positioned to explore the best that Tai O has to offer. Make time to visit the Tai O Lookout restaurant, a beautiful, green, glass-roofed restaurant with colonial-time décor.
More Staycations In The New Territories And Islands
Silvermine Resort – Direct beachfront location in Mui Wo, Lantau Island
Mingle Farm – Glamping in a bubble tent and more in Yuen Long
Sheraton, Tung Chung – Base yourself here for a day trip to Ngong Ping 360, the Big Buddha, hiking the Lantau trails or a visit to Tai O.
WM Hotel – A new opening, walking distance from Sai Kung town and occupying prime position on the waterfront.
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The Peninsula Hotel
The Grand Dame of the Far East is worth leaving the kids for. With over 90 years of history, a Peninsula Hotel staycation is like stepping back in time to experience old-world classical grandeur, elegance and, of course, hospitality. You’ll want to make time for High Tea in the lobby as the string quartet plays, a sneaky pre-dinner drink in The Bar and a meal at Felix with its incredible gastronomic offerings and stunning harbour views. Take a look at all the Peninsula staycation packages on offer.
Rosewood Hong Kong
While the team at Rosewood are super accommodating for kids, we think this one is best saved for an adult indulgence. Be sure to check out the Rosewood staycation packages for the best rates at the hotel. You can expect inclusions like breakfast, kids welcome packages, dining credits and more.
The Upper House boasts possibly the biggest standard hotel rooms in a Hong Kong hotel (starting at 68sq metres/ 730sq feet!). The thought of relaxing in the huge bathtub with a glass of champagne in hand while you soak in the skyline views is enough to have us booking a room!
The Hari Hong Kong
This new kid on the block opened its doors in December 2020 and is offering several Hong Kong staycation packages. For a special night away from the youngsters, try the Romance In Style package includes breakfast for two, personalised cocktails and a bottle of bubbly and some romantic finishing touches.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in May 2019, with updates in 2020, and most recently in September 2021 by Jess Mizzi and Alex Purcell Garcia.