Rediscover the city rather than travel this year with a Hong Kong family staycation!
As much as we love the thought of an overseas vacation to a winter wonderland or perhaps the beach (whatever floats your boat), this festive season, it’s looking a little different. Thankfully, we are spoilt for choice, with some true gems right on our doorstep for a Christmas Hong Kong family staycation. Whether you want a romantic night away from the children, need to get back to nature or are looking for the best Christmas dinner and displays for your 2020 family pictures, we’ve got something to suit all tastes. Keep in mind that as most of us are staying in Hong Kong this year, hotels are requesting that you book several days in advance to avoid disappointed little elves.
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.
An unforgettable overnight stay awaits you at Rosewood Hong Kong, with everything you need to get into the holiday spirit. Included in its Festive Staycation for two is complimentary daily breakfast, festive set lunch or dinner at the Rosewood’s upscale Hong Kong tea house Holt’s Café or a nutritious set lunch at Asaya Kitchen, plus you can treat yourself to some Christmas goodies with your new KLUB 11 Gold Card Membership. Also part of the package is a $500 K11 MUSEA gift voucher, allowing you to take full advantage of the many shops conveniently located right below your room.
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 throughout December as part of its Holiday Retreat deal. What’s more, you’ll enjoy daily breakfast for two, KLUB festive room amenities, 11 Gold Card Membership and a $500 K11 MUSEA gift voucher thrown in as well. And keep your eyes peeled as Santa Claus himself will also be camera-ready from Thursday, 24 to Saturday, 26 December 2020 for those all-important family pics!
When booking a family Christmas staycation at this inner-city sanctuary, 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 at The Tai Pan, 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 until with nightly rates starting at $2,500 (plus 10% service charge) and rediscover our vibrant city. Offer is valid until Sunday, 28 February 2021 (excluding the period from Wednesday, 23 December 2020 to 3 January 2021).
Or ring in Christmas and New Year in style with The Murray’s whole host of staycation packages loaded with privileged benefits, including dining credits, complimentary happy hours and more. Are you a fan of an indulgent afternoon tea? Don’t miss the Murray Merry December package for a pre-Christmas stay, from Tuesday, 1 December to Wednesday, 23 December, which comes with festive afternoon tea for two (complete with Prosecco!), daily house pours and evening canapes at Murray Lane. For $2,800 per night, it also includes daily breakfast for two, complimentary overnight parking for one vehicle, unlimited artisanal coffee, premium teas and soft drinks from Murray Lane (book here).
Alternatively, opt for the Murray Festive Escapade on the key days (Thursday, 24 December to Sunday, 3 January) and get all this along with $2,000 worth of dining credits per night! Whilst you’re there, don’t miss the hotel’s festive Christmas Market, set against the picturesque backdrop of the iconic arches. Perfect for some last-minute gift shopping (book here)!
Great Hotels For Kids In Hong Kong
No Hong Kong family staycation roundup would be complete without a trip to Disney! And the Disney Cast definitely know how to bring the magic of the festive season 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 recently closed its doors (thanks COVID-19 *grumpy face*), there is still plenty of fun to be had at the hotels. We’re sure your little ones will love the facilities at the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel, including the Children’s Activity Centre full of Disney-themed arts and craft, games, movie nights, the Disney Fun Fair with small toys and scooter fun activities. 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 the festive time with a staycation at the Ocean Park Marriott and the enjoy the Delish Eatcation Room Package (also known as the Joyful Christmas Package), which includes a complimentary buffet breakfast and dinner buffet at Marina Kitchen for two adults (children under 3 eat free and there is a half-price discount for children over 3). 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!
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. You can still make the most of the awesome 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!). For some extra cheer, book the Müllerchen European WOODerful Christmas room package for families, and enjoy the parent-child Müllerchen Christmas tree making workshop. Little ones will also receive an exclusive Müllerchen face mask holder, and you can enjoy the dinner buffet option included (when staying on certain designated dates).
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.
Although already fully booked for December, we’re including this to keep on your 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.
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 Festive Staycation option with 30% off bookings.
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, some special kids’ amenities, a fantastic pool 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! The South Escape Staycation includes a pick up from Hong Kong Island in a Tesla (or free parking space), buffet breakfast for two adults, a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine (perfect for when the kids are asleep!) and more.
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 Christmas 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. This festive holiday season the hotel has the Grand Festive Celebration package (scroll down to view this Christmas special) that includes daily breakfast, 1-pound Coffee Luwak Chocolate Cake and bottle of Champagne. Explore the Mezzanine floor with the kids, as it transforms into a winter wonderland complete with Santa’s grotto and a festive post office, plus a range of goodies for families to enjoy.
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’s a beautiful outdoor swimming pool overlooking Victoria Harbour, harbour view rooms and a range of dining options both in the hotel and in the surrounding neighbourhood. With a 2020 Staycation Package that includes a nightly rate from as low as $990 (plus 10% service charge), $800 dining credit, free room upgrade (subject to availability), a complimentary roll-away bed for the kids, early check-in and late check-out (as late as 6pm), this has got to be one of the best deals in town. But If you’re looking for something special on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day or New Year’s Eve, opt for the Magical White Christmas And New Year deal, with which includes various dining options.
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. 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!
Family-Friendly Hotels In Kowloon
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!
The Kerry has quickly become the staycation option of choice for savvy Hong Kongers in the know. Whether you come for the harbour view infinity pool, the excellent rooftop bar or simply to relax in the well-appointed rooms, you won’t be disappointed. As an added bonus when you book the Family Adventure you will enjoy complimentary breakfast for two adults and two kids, 20% off the rate for a second room, free valet parking, a welcome amenity kit for your kids, a fun in-room tent to keep them entertained, and $1,000 hotel credit. Christmas has come early!
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. This winter, the hotel will have 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! For the foodies in the family, try the Festive Buffet Staycation instead.
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.
New Territories, Outlying Islands And Adventures
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.
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.
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 also check out the Christmas dining options. There is also a Christmas Candy Jar workshop available in the last two weeks of December, for those dining at Tai O Lookout. In keeping with the hotel’s commitment to history and heritage, this year, it has recycled wooden planks from the Tai O fishing village to create its Christmas decorations.
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. It’s just a short walk from the ferry pier and has well-appointed rooms, most with ocean views.
Just because we can’t venture overseas this winter 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.
Parents’ Retreat: Luxury Hotels
The Grand Dame of the Far East is worth booking the babysitter for. With over 90 years of history, a Christmas 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 while you admire the impressive Christmas decorations, a sneaky pre-dinner drink in The Bar and a meal at Felix with its incredible gastronomic offerings and stunning harbour views.
There are several package options for the full festive experience. Deals can include surprise gifts, fine dining, a Northern Lights inspired turn-down package, breakfast offers, hotel spending credit, a surprise visits from Santa himself, and so many more seasonal treats! Children are also welcome, of course, with additional supplement charges in some deals for ages three to 11 and for those over 12 years.
Leave the kids at home 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.
This Christmas, the hotel is offering a Hong Kong retreat at $2,700 per night (available till Sunday, 31 January 2021 for Hong Kong residents only). This includes daily breakfast at Clipper Lounge or Café Causette for two people, an extra bed for a child under 12, a complimentary bottle of house wine for stays between Tuesday, 22, December 2020 and Wednesday, 6 January 2021 and additional benefits for fans of M.O. Besides the Christmas specials, the regular staycation package and the Families By M.O deal are popular for their benefits, complimentary meals for kids under 12 years old, children’s amenities, age-appropriate activity guides, 50% off a second room 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! Plus, we’ll always be fans of a cocktail or two at Café Gray Deluxe not to mention the afternoon tea. The House Is A Glow package is one of the festive offerings and includes hot chocolate treats, afternoon tea, traditional feasts, seasonal cocktails, a $500 gift card, and even the chance to experience Santa’s Cabin at Pacific Place – though tickets for this are limited.
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, and most recently updated in December 2020 by Alex Purcell Garcia.