Not travelling this CNY? No Worries! Book a Hong Kong family staycation instead.
As much as we love the thought of jetting off to a tropical beach or another urban escape, vacations this Chinese New Year are looking a little different. Thankfully, we’re spoilt for choice with some true hotel gems right on our doorstep – perfect to make the most of the long weekend for a CNY Hong Kong family staycation. Whether you want a romantic night away from the kids, feel the need to get back to nature or are simply in need of a change of scene, we’ve got something to suit all tastes. A change is as good as a rest after all – or so they say! Keep in mind that as most of us are staying in the city, hotels are requesting that you book several days in advance to avoid disappointment.
Editor’s Note: The situation in Hong Kong regarding closures and restrictions on opening hours due to the coronavirus is constantly evolving. Many businesses are taking extra precautions, but please make sure you follow the latest government advice and stay home if you have recently travelled overseas, have interacted with anyone who has been away, or display any symptoms. Also, check directly with each hotel prior to booking to avoid disappointments on deals or facilities.
Hong Kong Island Family Staycation
The Four Seasons has long been synonymous with luxury in Hong Kong. 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. It’s worth booking a babysitter so you can indulge once the kids are tucked up in bed. Now just because this is a five-star option doesn’t mean the kids aren’t catered for. The Kids’ Fun Staycation package is ideal for the littlest guests, who will be treated to a special welcome amenities kit with colouring books and crayons, in-room glamping and cookies and milk during the turndown service. Or, take a look at the Chinese New Year Staycation option with 30% off bookings (from Monday, 1 to Monday, 15 February 2021).
The Grand Hyatt has long been home to one of our favourite family-friendly alfresco brunches in Hong Kong and if you’ve been looking for an excuse to linger a bit longer and fully enjoy the facilities on offer, a CNY staycation is the perfect opportunity. We love the beautiful harbour view rooms, and of course, indulging in a treat or two at the Plateau Spa (restrictions permitting). The hotel has the Chinese New Year Poon Choi & Stay package (scroll down to view this special) that includes daily breakfast and a Poon Choi dinner for two.
Looking for a little luxury without the price tag that comes along with a Central address? Consider a stay at the Harbour Grand Hong Kong in North Point. There are beautiful harbour view rooms and a range of dining options both in the hotel and in the surrounding neighbourhood (and a gorgeous outdoor swimming pool overlooking Victoria Harbour for when restrictions are lifted). With a Breakaway Staycation package that includes a nightly rate from as low as $990 (plus 10% service charge), dining credit, room upgrade (subject to small charge and availability), a complimentary roll-away bed for the kids, early check-in and late check-out, this has got to be one of the best deals in town. But If you’re looking for something special over Chinese New Year, opt for the Chinese New Year Dinner Buffet package.
Sassy Mama tip: Take the kids and head up to the 42nd floor at 8pm to watch the Symphony of Lights with a unique view of the lights on both sides of Victoria Harbour.
The pool at the Conrad is reason enough for families to book in a staycation – though, this is currently off-limits due to restrictions (*sigh*). Surrounded by Admiralty’s skyscrapers it truly is an oasis in the heart of the city. The rooms are spaciously appointed with views over the mountainside greenery or the city and weekend brunch at Nicholini’s is always a winner when there are hungry mouths to feed!
Treat your family to a staycation at Le Méridien Cyberport. Nestled in the greenery and surrounded by fresh air, it is the perfect place to unwind and indulge in some quality family time. There are spacious rooms overlooking the greenery and the sea, special kids’ amenities, a fantastic pool (currently closed) and a selection of international restaurants to whet your appetite. It might only be a 15-minute drive (on the free hotel shuttle) from Central, but you’re sure to feel a world away!
Ring in the Year of the Ox with The Murry Staycation package and you’ll not only get to enjoy the indulgence of staying at one of Hong Kong’s newest five-star hotels but also $1,200 dining credit (we recommend using this one at Popinjays!), daily breakfast for two, free breakfast for kids under 6 ($160 for kids aged 6 to 12 years), a children’s amenities kit and free parking. Experience this contemporary luxury for yourself and rediscover our vibrant city. Offer is valid until Friday, 30 April 2021.
Family-Friendly Hotels In Kowloon
This hotel gets the seal of approval from one Sassy baby who loved her recent staycation (teepee, teddy and rocking horse included!). Opt for the Ox-some New Year package, which includes daily breakfast for two, a Tang Court Chinese New Year pudding and limited edition lai see packets. They will also provide you with a comfy cot for VIP guests as well as activities to keep them entertained. One Sassy Mama recommends staying in the suite which 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!
Launch yourself into the hustle and bustle of Mong Kok and use the Cordis Hotel as your base to explore Kowloon, social distancing permitting of course. The hotel has a Cordis Kids programme with lots of exciting kids activities on offer including kiddy spa sessions and baking class staycations. There are well-appointed family rooms to enjoy and special kids amenities and entertainment provided so be sure to let the hotel know you are bringing the little ones along! The CNY package that we’re eyeing is the Bed & Breakfast Special.
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. There isn’t a specific staycation package for families at the moment, but for the foodies in the family check out the Ox-picious Afternoon Tea and other yummy treats.
If you’re all about relaxing and enjoying fabulous city views then Sheraton Towers in Tsim Sha Tsui should be on your family staycation list! Little ones will be entertained by the complimentary kids’ amenities kit and activities pack and the whole family can enjoy getting involved in the City Hunt – a fun way to explore the neighbourhoods’ nearby attractions.
Treat the family to a luxury, sky-high stay 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, their special backpack, bathrobe and slippers as well as some special kids’ amenities. Be sure to book this one in advance to ensure availability! If you’re staying at the Ritz Carlton and have a budding pilot at home, consider signing him or her up for the Junior Aviator Programme as well, that’s currently available for staycation and dining guests till Thursday, 15 April 2021.
For an unforgettable Chinese New Year staycation, the Rosewood Hong Kong has everything you need to get into the holiday spirit. The Good Fortune Staycation package includes $500 hotel credit, festive room amenities, 10,000 KLUB points and a $200 K11 MUSEA e-gift voucher. If you wish to stay for longer (and we wouldn’t be surprised if you did), Rosewood is spreading extra joy with a complimentary third night for every two consecutive paid nights as part of its Spring Festival Stay deal. What’s more, you’ll enjoy daily breakfast for two, CNY room amenities, 11 Gold Card Membership (and 10,000 KLUB points) and a $200 K11 MUSEA e-gift voucher thrown in as well.
New Territories, Outlying Islands And Adventures
Cheung Chau has always been a popular day-trip destination for families looking to escape the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong for the quieter island life. Make the most of your island escape and truly discover what this island has to offer by booking in for a few nights at the Warwick Hotel (pictured above). It’s just a short walk from the ferry pier and has well-appointed rooms, most with ocean views. For CNY, check out the Seafood “Pun Choi” room package to ring in the Chinese New Year. For just $1,280 you’ll enjoy an ocean view room, semi-buffet breakfast for two, plus an abalone Pun Choi for two (in-room dining) and seasonal Chinese desert to boot.
Need a break from the city noise? Auberge Discovery Bay is your place. Only 25 minutes from Central, at the Auberge you’ll be transported to an island oasis, surrounded by ocean views and complete with first-class facilities, including Spa Botanica, which offers 10 treatment rooms and over 50 treatment options, including ones for children and teens. Get your workout done at the gym (with 360-degree views!) before chilling with a book at the poolside lounge (there’s also a 25m outdoor swimming pool for when restrictions are lifted). 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. Pick from the many CNY room and dining packages (including vegetarian poo choi!) to enjoy a relaxing family getaway.
Just a short ferry ride from Central, you’ll find yourself a world away on this little island – perfect for a Hong Kong staycation. Concerto Inn is an ideal retreat for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. It’s just a small guesthouse (only 14 rooms) located on Hung Shing Yeh Beach, a short 20-minute walk from the Yung Shue Wan ferry pier. Get away from the crowds and hike with the kids on the Family Trail, eat fresh seafood or simply relax by the beach. You can even bring your fur-baby as the hotel welcomes dogs to stay as well.
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 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, or pack a picnic and grab a boat to Sharp Island. Mum and Dad might even be able to squeeze in a date night!
A day out on Lantau Island is fabulous, but can be a long day with lots of travel time when you are trying to squeeze everything in with the family in tow. Make the most of the area’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. Try some of the signature dishes featuring Tai O specialities such as shrimp paste, “Mountain Begonia”, and the award-winning “One Pebble Lane”! Don’t forget to check out the Chinese New Year afternoon tea menu.
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 experience.
Great Hotels For Kids In Hong Kong
A Hong Kong staycation at the Gold Coast Hotel is the closest you can get to feeling like you’re a world away from Hong Kong without heading to the airport. Just a 30-minute drive from Central and you’ll arrive at a palm-fringed pool haven (even if you can only look at it at the moment)! Once restrictions are lifted, the kids can be let loose at the water park, Sharks and Pirates Adventure Zone or the outdoor Kids Island. Even if the pools are still closed, you can still make the most of the room facilities by retiring to one of the awesome kid-themed rooms. Future astronauts will love the outer space room while little princesses will be right at home in their own carriage bed. 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 is a CNY 2021 Package (starting from $980) which includes a guided tour of the farms and Leaf Path, plus a Chinese New Year Dragon Hat Workshop and outdoor games for the kids. Or opt for the Book 2 Get 3 package, where if you book two nights in any of the kid-themed you’ll get the third for free (for bookings before the end of November 2021).
Editor’s Note: At time of publication the Sharks and Pirates Adventure Zone, Kids’ Island and Water Park were all closed due to social distancing measures. The adults’ pool is also currently closed.
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 of Chinese New year 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 or Disney’s Hollywood Hotel. Although Disneyland Park has currently closed its doors (thanks COVID-19 *grumpy face*), there is still plenty of 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 craft, games and movie nights. Be sure to check out all the special hotel offers up for grabs right now.
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: 3510 5000, www.hongkongdisneyland.com
Editor’s Note: The facilities mentioned at Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel are currently open. All other pools and outdoor playgrounds remain closed at this time.
Celebrate this festive time with a staycation at the Ocean Park Marriott where the kids will be wowed from the moment they enter and find the 16-metre high aquarium! The experience continues after you check into a themed room of your choice. Will you stay in the Whiskers Submarine, Red Forest or Bao Bao Paradise room? Sassy Mama also loves that the Ocean Park Marriott has gone green, literally. There are vertical gardens covering the building and greenery on the rooftop (all helping with energy-saving too). 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!). Although it’s usually open all year round, it’s sadly closed at the moment due to the COVID-19 restrictions. Head indoors instead to the Kids’ Corner playground (open from 9am to 6pm, with various toys) and let the kids blow off some energy! Can’t bear to leave your fur baby at home? Book your Paws on Vacation getaway that includes your doggie darling.
While there is limited space, there are still some options available over Chinese New Year, and we’re definitely keeping this on the radar for 2021 as it’s too good to miss! Get ready to embrace island life and the great outdoors at this 11-acre outdoor adventure playground. Your tented accommodation ranges from a Native America 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! There are activities to keep the whole family entertained. 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.
Parents’ Retreat: Luxury Hotels
The Grand Dame of the Far East is worth booking the babysitter for. With over 90 years of history, a staycation at the Peninsula Hotel 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.
This CNY book the Ox-Picious Journey retreat experience from Friday, 12 to Thursday, 18 February 2021. Enjoy a host of luxurious privileges including breakfast for two, transfers for room guests (one-way arrival for room guests or round-trip for suit guests), $688 or $1,288 dining credit (depending on your room), a Peninsula “Historical Journey” or “Artisanal Journey” tour, admission to the “Fortune Catching Net @Sky Terrance 428” with a return tram ride to The Peak welcome amenities and more! If you can’t leave your little ones behind (after all, helpers are on leave too!), you know that kids will love The Peninsula as well. Children under two stay for free, though there is a surcharge for guests aged between 3 to 10-years-old ($390) and 11-years-old and above ($1,390).
Leave the kids with your babysitter and treat yourself with a stay at the iconic Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong to 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 in the steam rooms and saunas (when they’re open). This Mama can vouch for 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 Pierre.
The staycation packages and the Mandarin Oriental’s family-friendly approach are popular for their benefits, such as welcome gifts, baby products and facilities, special Children’s menu, games and entertainment and even babysitting services if you can’t bring yourself to leave your mini-mes at home!
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! Plus, we’ll always be fans of a cocktail or two at Café Gray Deluxe not to mention the afternoon tea. With plenty of special stay offers, how about making the most of your kid-free night this valentines and CNY with the Romantic Getaway? A bottle of bubbles, 3-course dinner, JOYCE beauty kit, $200 shopping discounts, and more. There’s even a free-standing limestone-clad bathtub, perfect for two…or just one if mama needs some peace and quiet for once!
This new kid on the block opened its doors in December 2020 and is offering several packages in February for Chinese New Year and Valentines. For a special night away from the youngsters, the Romance In Style package (scroll down to see all options) includes breakfast for two, personalised cocktails and a bottle of bubbly and some romantic finishing touches. While the Rom-Coms & Chill option includes the same perks, plus the use of Airplay, Chromecast and Miracast systems to get your favourite flick on the TV, as well as in-house sweet and savoury popcorn, 10% off the minibar and more!
With Valentine’s Day coinciding with the Chinese New Year, W Hong Kong is inviting you to a romantic gastronomical journey to start off the new year. Available from Thursday, 11 to Monday, 15 February, the Pump Up the Eats XOXO edition Staycation includes a food fest from Sing Yin Cantonese Dining, KITCHEN and the glammed-up WOOBAR. You can also enjoy a slice of us-time with bliss® spa’s $500 gift voucher. Prefer something more intimate? Top up this staycation deal and spoil your better half with the “Bathe-Away in Bliss” in-room bath ritual.
Read more: 50 Things To Do With Kids In Hong Kong
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in May 2019 by Jess Mizzi, updated in July 2020, December 2020, and most recently in January 2021 by Alex Purcell Garcia.