It’s time to rediscover the city with a Hong Kong family staycation!
As much as we love the thought of an overseas vacation, this summer it’s looking a little different! 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 children, need to get back to nature or are looking for the best kids activities, we’ve got something to suit all tastes.
Fancy a family staycation that combines top-notch facilities, activities and dining options? Who wouldn’t! This summer, be sure to check out the Ultimate Rosewood Urban Escape. The package includes a one-way city transfer to kick off your stay in style as well as exclusive access for two to the renowned Manor Club executive lounge (with its stunning panoramic harbour views). Plus, you’ll be treated to $1,000 credit to be used at one of the hotel’s eight dining destinations (have you tried Bayfare Social, HENRY or the newly opened CHAAT yet?). It wouldn’t be an urban escape without a little relaxation and shopping and so you’ll also receive $800 credit to Asaya Wellness, a complimentary KLUB 11 Gold Membership and a $500 K11 MUSEA gift voucher.
If you’ve been looking for an excuse to try out a true urban escape with the family at The Murray, Hong Kong, a Niccolo Hotel, now is your chance. When you book a family staycation at this inner-city sanctuary this summer, 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 Monday, 31 August, 2020.
Best Hotels For Kids In Hong Kong
Celebrate the reopening of Ocean Park this weekend with a staycation at the Ocean Park Marriott. It’s open for business and proving a firm favourite for families staying in Hong Kong this summer. 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 hotel pools for kids in Hong Kong with slides and even a shark (not a real one, of course!). When the heat gets too much, head indoors to the Kids’ Corner.
No Hong Kong family staycation roundup 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. When Disneyland is open, 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. 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 activities, games, movies and the Storybook Playroom. Outside they can burn off some energy climbing around the playground, exploring the Mickey Maze or swimming in the pool.
Editor’s Note: The facilities mentioned at Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel are currently open, with guests asked to reserve timeslots for pool access (to allow for adequate social distancing and cleaning between sessions). The pools and communal facilities at Explorers Lodge and Hollywood Hotel remain closed at this time.
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 be 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!).
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 currently open, but please confirm directly with the hotel before booking your stay.
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
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 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 summer staycation is the perfect opportunity. We love the tropical outdoor pool, complete with a waterfall for that jungle feel, the beautiful harbour view rooms, and of course indulging in a treat or two at the Plateau Spa.
The Four Seasons has long been synonymous with the epitome of 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 littlest guests will be treated to a special welcome amenities kit, in-room glamping and fun family activities including a scavenger hunt, hot chocolate latte art classes (with cookies!) and endless hours of fun by the pool!
The pool at the Conrad is reason enough for families to book in a staycation. 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!
Sassy Mama tip: If you want to make use of Conrad’s excellent fitness facilities (including the pool) without booking in a stay, you can purchase a day pass. Use of the gym, steam and sauna is $250 on weekdays and $380 on weekends, use of the pool, steam and sauna is $400 on weekdays and $550 on weekends (kids aged 3 to 12 using pool only is $180) or take advantage of the lot for $480 on weekdays and $600 on the weekend. There are also annual memberships available.
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.
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.
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, and a fun in-room tent to keep them entertained.
Launch yourself into the hustle and bustle of Mong Kok and use the Cordis Hotel as your base to explore Kowloon. This summer, the hotel will have lots of exciting kids activities on offer including pool parties (complete with floating beds, toddler pools, balloon fun and face painting!), kiddy spa sessions and baking classes. 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!
Note: Poolside Family Fun available on 11 and 25 July and 8 and 22 August. Baking Classes available 27 June, 25 July, 29 August and 26 September. Be sure to confirm at time of reservation.
If you’re all about relaxing around a rooftop pool and enjoying fabulous city views then Sheraton Towers in Tsim Sha Tsui should be on your family staycation list! When you aren’t chilling out by the pool, your 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
Need a break from the city’s hustle and bustle? 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 and cooling down in the 25m outdoor swimming pool. 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.
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.
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 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!
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.
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”!
Read more: Guide To Tai O: Where To Go And What To Do With Kids
Just because we can’t venture overseas this summer 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 the unique Hong Kong summer 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 stay 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.
For the full experience, book “The Eight Loves of The Peninsula Hong Kong”. You’ll be treated to daily breakfast for two, one-way limousine transfers, $500 hotel credit (to be used on dining or at the spa), flexible check-in and check-out times, chocolate from the Peninsula Boutique and a $500 gift voucher for use on dining or spa treatments in the future. You’ll also get to choose your “love”, whether it’s food, art, community or wellness (amongst others) and enjoy experiences around it. These include a cooking class with the renowned culinary team, classic movie screenings in the hotel’s most unique venues or an aviation history tour with a visit to the hotel’s helipad! Rooms start at $3,880 per night, with 50% off either a second room or night.
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. 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.
Sassy Mama tip: The flagship fine dining restaurants Pierre and Man Wah, on the 25th Floor, will both close for renovations at the end of July. Be sure to book your table now to get in before they close!
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.
Read more: 50 Things To Do With Kids In Hong Kong
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in May 2019 and updated in June 2020.
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Featured image courtesy of Four Seasons, image 1 courtesy of Rosewood Hong Kong, image 2 courtesy of The Murray, image 3 courtesy of Ocean Park Marriott, image 4 courtesy of Gold Coast Hotel, image 5 courtesy of Le Meridien Cyberport, image 6 courtesy of Ritz Carlton, image 7 courtesy of Cordis Hong Kong, image 8 courtesy of Sheraton Towers, image 9 courtesy of Concerto Inn, image 10 courtesy of The Warwick Hotel, image 11 courtesy of The Peninsula, image 12 courtesy of Upper House via Facebook.