Can’t get away this summer? We’ve got you covered!
As much as we love the thought of exotic summer vacations, sometimes it is just too hard to travel – especially with little (or big) ones in tow! Thankfully, we are spoilt for choice, with some true gems right on our doorstep for a Hong Kong staycation. Whether you want a romantic night away from the family, need to get back to nature or are looking for the best kids activities, we’ve got something to suit all tastes.
New Luxury Hotels
These are perfect for Mum and Dad to leave the kids at home and enjoy a romantic weekend.
You’ll be hard pressed to leave the grand views over Kowloon Peak or Victoria Harbour enjoyed from your spacious room at the Rosewood in Tsim Sha Tsui. If you can tear yourself away, it would only be to enjoy the luxurious Asaya spa or for a dip in the 25-metre outdoor pool (also with panoramic harbour views). Of course you’ll need to eat, so the Butterfly Room is an excellent option for afternoon tea while the hotel’s other restaurants are also sure to impress. Make sure you save time for a drink at Darkside! Enjoy a classic cocktail while listening to sultry live jazz (and maybe enjoy a rare aged spirit).
Looking for luxury without leaving Hong Kong Island? The St. Regis opened its doors on the waterfront in Wan Chai in April 2019 and is certainly making an impression. The 27-storey tower is home to 129 guest rooms (all with a personal butler), along with gourmet Chinese and French restaurants headed up by Michelin starred chefs. To take advantage of the full food and wine scene, start your stay with an indulgent afternoon tea in The Drawing Room and follow it up with a carefully crafted cocktail in The St. Regis Bar while relaxing with some live jazz. You’ll love the opulent grandeur that greets you as you enter the hotel, but also appreciate the nods to iconic Hong Kong heritage – the gas street lamps from Duddell Street and the colonial columns from the old Wan Chai police station both make an appearance.
For when you want to feel a world away, without leaving Hong Kong Island.
We already love venturing to this southside hotel for brunch at Komune or a chilled cocktail on the terrace at Above. This funky urban escape makes for a great Hong Kong staycation spot. We think teens will love staying in the Rockstar Suite or hanging out playing pool in the lounge. Love the thought of a staycation but can’t bear to leave your precious pooch? Ovolo has you covered with the introduction of V.I.Pooch! Your fur baby will be treated to its very own doggy bed, a food bowl and its very own “doggy bag” with special treats and toys.
Sassy Mama Tip: Take advantage of the summer “Vitamin Sea” promotion! It includes a picnic hamper with goodies from Komune, a swag bag of beach gear and complimentary round-trip Ubers to Deep Water Bay or Repulse Bay. Prices start at $1180 for a two person stay.
Stanley Oriental Hotel
Craving a beach getaway but need easy access to Central? Book a week (or more) at the Stanley Oriental Hotel. This is also a great option for those considering a move over to the Southside without the commitment! Perfectly located on Stanley Main Street you’ll be able to take full advantage of the beachside facilities, Stanley Market and the restaurants dotted around Stanley Plaza and Main Street. The hotel is modern and its studios and suites (ranging from 500 to 1,200 square feet) all feature panoramic sea views and the creature comforts of home (kitchenette, washer/dryer and entertainment systems).
Best Hotels for Kids
Give the kids an action-packed adventure, right here in the city.
Ocean Park Marriott
Make the most of your day (or days) at Ocean Park by staying right next door at the newly opened Marriott hotel. Your Ocean Park experience starts from the moment you enter the lobby where you’ll find a 16-metre high aquarium! The experience continues after you check in and the kids are sure to love whichever themed room you choose. 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).
Sassy Mama Tip: Try out the new Ginger Grill. This Thai restaurant is located inside Ocean Park but stays open after the park closes, making it a perfect dinner option while you stay at the Marriott.
Summer Offer: Get in before 1 September, 2019, to take advantage of the Summer FEAST Family Getaway. It includes one-nights accommodation, Ocean Park tickets for two adults and one child and $1,000 dining credit (rates from $2,180 to $2,730 per night).
Ocean Park Marriott, 180 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong, 3555 1688, www.marriott.com
Hong Kong Disneyland
Keep the magic of Disney going for more than just a day (or just take advantage of waking up in Disneyland to get an early start to the rides!). No Hong Kong staycation round up would be complete without a trip to Disney! Guests have three hotels to choose from: Disney Explorers Lodge, Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel or Disney’s Hollywood Hotel. By staying at Disney you will be treated to priority access to attractions and shows as well as exclusive entrance to the park to make your experience even better. The fun continues at the hotel and your little ones will love morning movie time with Goofy, poolside games and activities in the afternoon and an evening story time.
Sassy Mama Tip: Make time in the evening for the Disney Movie Premiere. Kids can enjoy an alfresco classic Disney movie while sitting in miniature cars – just like an old fashioned drive in!
Summer Offer: Book the Disney Three Magical Days to enjoy two nights accommodation, two days general admission tickets, daily breakfast, meal coupons, photo passes and access to reserved parade viewing areas.
Hong Kong Disneyland Hotels, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, Lantau Island, Hong Kong, 3510 2000, www.hongkongdisneyland.com
Gold Coast Hotel
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 be lying by a palm-fringed pool. The kids can let loose at the water park, Sharks and Pirates Adventure Zone or the outdoor Kids Island. When they’re all tired out retire to 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!).
New Territories and the Outlying Islands
The Pier Hotel, 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 (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 this Hong Kong staycation 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!
Sassy Mama Tip: Plan ahead! Book 21 days in advance and you can stay in a Superior Terrace for just $988 (price per room, per night during the week).
Green Getaway, Cheung Chau
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 star gazing), 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.
Concerto Inn, Lamma Island
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 the perfect 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. Take the kids to hike 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.
Shenzhen and Macau
Ok so it’s not exactly a Hong Kong staycation, but with the new High-Speed Railway, Shenzhen is just a 14-minute (yes, just 14 minutes to Futian Station!) train ride away. There are new hotels going up everywhere, but we were very excited to hear the iconic Raffles hotel has just launched. Situated in One Shenzhen Bay T7, even the building is a landmark on the glossy Shenzhen skyline. Guests can expect unbeatable views over Shenzhen Bay and back towards Hong Kong. Along with the five-star service you’d expect at a Raffles Hotel you’ll also enjoy the beautiful guest rooms, dine at one of the six in-house restaurants and bars or relax in its award-winning spa.
Galaxy Macau Complex, Macau
Feel the need to escape Hong Kong, but can’t quite swing the airfare? Macau is just a one-hour ferry ride away (or take a bus across the new bridge). There are staycation options to suit everyone, whether you’re taking the whole family or looking for a romantic option just for mum and dad. If you’re travelling with kids we love the hotels in the Galaxy Macau Complex (Ritz-Carlton, Banyan Tree, JW Marriott, Hotel Okura, Galaxy Hotel and Broadway Hotel) purely for the access to the Grand Resort Deck.
Galaxy Macau, Cotai, Macau, +853 2888 0888, www.galaxymacau.com
Featured image courtesy of Florian Wehde via Unsplash, image 1 courtesy of St Regis Hong Kong, image 2 courtesy of Ovolo Hotel Southside, image 3 courtesy of Ocean Park Marriott, image 4 courtesy of Gold Coast Hotel, image 5 courtesy of The Pier Hotel, image 6 courtesy of Concerto Inn, image 7 courtesy of Raffles Shenzhen.