Five great ideas for a Hong Kong staycation
If you want a staycation with the full five-star treatment then the city’s grand dame, The Peninsula, is a safe bet. This year it’s added some culturally rich activities to its Peninsula Academy programme. “The Peninsula Picnic – A Gastronomic Journey to Hong Kong’s Green Spaces” starts with a Rolls-Royce pick-up and transfer to one of the specially selected picnic locations, guests get to enjoy the contents of a deluxe picnic hamper (colourful sandwiches and rolls, Japanese sushi rolls, cold cuts, pâté board, scones, teas and fruit punch) served by a Peninsula pageboy. A sketch artist will also be on hand to capture the moment and guests get to keep a picnic blanket embroidered with their initials. Oh, and there are also super-luxe accommodation packages available – including the “Suite Life” package.
Salisbury Road, Kowloon, tel: 2926 2888, peninsula.com
For mind, body and soul
With its own private beach and surrounded by mountains and greenery, the Sommer Life Beach Retreat near Silvermine Bay beach in Mui Wo, Lantau, is the ideal getaway. Run by life coach Nathalie Sommer, her husband Matt and their French bulldog Jolie, the retreat is the perfect antidote for city folk, with packages that include coaching programmes, organic vegetarian meals and healthy smoothies. Prices from HK$1,100 per night, or HK$1,900 all-inclusive.
Sommer Life Beach Retreat, Mui Wo, Lantau, tel: 5501 8633, nathaliesommer.com/sommerlife
For the family
To celebrate the 70th anniversary of W. Audrey's The Railway Series, the Hong Kong Gold Coast Hotel in Tsuen Wan (near the new Harrow School) has gone Thomas the Tank Engine crazy with a Thomas & Friends package available from July 9 until August 31. Book a stay in the recently refurbished deluxe seaview rooms and receive Thomas & Friends gift packs and enjoy the inhouse Thomas & Friends cartoon channel. If that’s not enough guests can upgrade to a deluxe room filled with Thomas & Friends themed decorations (including a Thomas & Friends backpack). Kids have access to swimming pools and a new water fun land.
1 Castle Peak Road (Castle Peak Bay), Tsuen Wan, tel: 2452 8833. goldcoasthotel.com.hk
The Tai O Heritage Hotel – converted from the old Tai O Police Station – is a charming getaway, with nine colonial-style guestrooms overlooking the sea. Those who are looking for a romantic addition should sign up for the hotel’s sunset boat tour that takes in the sites of the nearby Tai O village. Boarding at Shek Tsai Po Pier, the 30-minute tour weaves through the landmarks of the fishing village, the rope-drawn ferry bridge and the stilt houses.
Shek Tsai Po Street, Tai O, Lantau Island, tel: 2985 8008, taioheritagehotel.com
The holidays are all about giving the credit cards a workout and shopaholics are well catered for at the Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel & Towers which has launched a Trio Summer Shopping Surprises accommodation package. This includes a harbourview room, inhouse treats such as strawberry delights and sparkling wine, a breakfast buffet for two at The Café. A personal shopping porter, and chauffeured limousine are available at preferential rates and there are shopping privileges at Sogo TST, ISA boutique and TSL Jewellery. Minimum two nights, valid until September 30.
20 Nathan Rd, Kowloon, tel: 2732 6771, sheratonhongkonghotel.com