In such a fast-paced city as Hong Kong, the chance to get away from it all provides a vital counterpoint to work pressures and the sometimes dizzying hustle and bustle of everyday life. Serviced apartment operators go out of their way to create an ambience that seems like a haven from the outside world, while also providing activities and facilities that allow residents to relax, re-energise themselves and enjoy life to the full. 'Our spacious, modern apartments are complemented by a comprehensive clubhouse complex,' says Hilda Cheung, marketing and communications manager of Hong Kong Parkview. 'It includes a private gym and top-class sports facilities, which show our commitment to providing the ultimate lifestyle for residents.' The development's indulgent spa and resort area has everything from Roman baths to a sauna, steam bath and two outdoor swimming pools. There are courts on site for squash and tennis; children have their own games zone and interactive playrooms; and the extensive three-floor gymnasium, which was completely refurbished late last year, now has state-of-the-art fitness equipment. 'It is a stylish and dynamic exercise environment,' Cheung says. 'But we also offer a full calendar of classes and leisure programmes catering to different interests.' These run the gamut from strength training and conditioning to rock climbing, any of which is a cue to set aside other concerns and develop a well-balanced lifestyle. In that respect, another big factor is that Hong Kong Parkview sits amid the tranquillity and greenery of Tai Tam Country Park. Although only 15 minutes from Central, it offers a genuine escape from the city, along with a secure and friendly sense of community. Taking advantage of its location in Repulse Bay, The Lily is also able to give residents resort-style living plus the convenience of easy access to Hong Kong's financial districts and shopping areas. Apartments looking over the beach and out across the South China Sea induce an immediate sense of calm, while top-class facilities offer everything needed for a relaxing - or active - modern lifestyle. There is an indoor swimming pool and whirlpool jacuzzi. The fully equipped gymnasium has exercise bikes, running machines and weights, so even non-athletes can keep in trim. And for families with children, there is a separate pool, play areas, an internet zone and a barbecue terrace. 'Southside living has a laid-back style all its own,' says Mandy Wong, national director (projects) for Jones Lang LaSalle residential leasing and relocation services. 'Repulse Bay beach is right on the doorstep, the ideal place for an early morning jog or a summer stroll before dinner. In addition, the clubhouse at The Lily organises all kinds of festive activities and classes for special interests such as yoga, cooking and art, which are all very popular with residents.'