Lee Cobaj

Lee Cobaj

Travel writer Lee Cobaj was raised in Hong Kong and specialises in writing about Asia. She is a regular contributor to a variety of top titles including National Geographic Traveller, Conde Nast Traveller, and The Sunday Times.

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Christmas 2021 in Hong Kong: 10 of the best deals, from a night with an igloo to a Wild West Christmas, cinnamon spice spa and festive music

Feeling flat after another year of pandemic problems? We’ve found 10 of the best Christmas deals and events in Hong Kong to get you in the festive spirit.

Feeling flat after another year of pandemic problems? We’ve found 10 of the best Christmas deals and events in Hong Kong to get you in the festive spirit.

5 Dec 2021 - 1:15PM
Four tours around Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour and beyond, from a basic ferry to dim sum on a junk and a luxury catamaran/hotel package

A trip around Hong Kong harbour can’t be beaten, and these tours range from cheap water taxis to the ultimate in indulgence: a three-night Peninsula hotel/boat package.

A trip around Hong Kong harbour can’t be beaten, and these tours range from cheap water taxis to the ultimate in indulgence: a three-night Peninsula hotel/boat package.

14 Nov 2021 - 3:15PM
From Whitney Houston’s dresses in Nashville to the most expensive Rolex in Los Angeles to a U$1 billion Egyptian archaeological showcase, the world’s newest museums

Memorabilia of musical and movie stars grace new museums in Los Angeles and Nashville, treasures of ancient Egypt have a new home and with M+ opening, Asia has three new art mega-museums.

Memorabilia of musical and movie stars grace new museums in Los Angeles and Nashville, treasures of ancient Egypt have a new home and with M+ opening, Asia has three new art mega-museums.

12 Nov 2021 - 8:09PM
Halloween staycation deals at Hong Kong hotels: from 5D horror at The Park Lane to meeting Disneyland’s villains, have a haunted holiday

Experience a 5D horror movie courtesy of The Park Lane, meet a host of Disneyland villains when you stay at the resort – we round up some of the best hotel Halloween staycation deals in Hong Kong.

Experience a 5D horror movie courtesy of The Park Lane, meet a host of Disneyland villains when you stay at the resort – we round up some of the best hotel Halloween staycation deals in Hong Kong.

18 Oct 2021 - 12:45PM
CBD therapy, Ayurveda treatments, gong baths: the latest wellness spa trends and where to enjoy them in Hong Kong

The latest wellness trends, from CBD therapy to mind spas to Ayurveda treatments, and the Hong Kong hotel spas where you can find them.

The latest wellness trends, from CBD therapy to mind spas to Ayurveda treatments, and the Hong Kong hotel spas where you can find them.

10 Oct 2021 - 2:15PM
Designers take us inside Hong Kong’s latest urban micropark – bright pink, with movable furniture and swaying grasses

With movable modular furniture and a bright pink colour scheme, the Portland Street Rest Garden in Kowloon’s crowded Yau Tsim Mong district really stands out.

With movable modular furniture and a bright pink colour scheme, the Portland Street Rest Garden in Kowloon’s crowded Yau Tsim Mong district really stands out.

22 Sep 2021 - 4:15PM
Bespoke storage, muted colours and tactile materials make a Hong Kong flat feel larger than it is

A nine-month project by interior designer Greg Ling Ho-sang transformed a couple’s Mid-Levels flat in Hong Kong into a modern living space with bespoke storage and muted colours.

A nine-month project by interior designer Greg Ling Ho-sang transformed a couple’s Mid-Levels flat in Hong Kong into a modern living space with bespoke storage and muted colours.

15 Sep 2021 - 9:40AM
Have some Hong Kong staycation fun playing Pac-Man in a retro games suite and learning how to make sushi or swim like a mermaid

Play Pac-Man or other retro games, learn how to make a watch or to swim like a mermaid – tail included – this summer in Hong Kong: these hotels have made staycations fun and educational.

Play Pac-Man or other retro games, learn how to make a watch or to swim like a mermaid – tail included – this summer in Hong Kong: these hotels have made staycations fun and educational.

22 Aug 2021 - 10:15AM
What coronavirus? Island-hopping through the Maldives, while involving many Covid-19 tests, offers a glimpse of what post-pandemic travel could feel like

Thirteen up-the-nose PCR tests and one uncomfortable night’s rest on an airport floor were a small price to pay by our reporter for nearly a month in the Maldives.

Thirteen up-the-nose PCR tests and one uncomfortable night’s rest on an airport floor were a small price to pay by our reporter for nearly a month in the Maldives.

8 Aug 2021 - 6:45PM
Family-friendly Hong Kong duplex a home for the coronavirus era with its creative approach to living and work spaces

Interior designer Christine Ritter’s efficient layout turned a 1,700 sq ft duplex in Tsim Sha Tsui into a space where adults and children can work or learn from home – a dwelling for the Covid-19 age.

Interior designer Christine Ritter’s efficient layout turned a 1,700 sq ft duplex in Tsim Sha Tsui into a space where adults and children can work or learn from home – a dwelling for the Covid-19 age.

28 Jul 2021 - 9:30AM
Smart lighting, custom furniture turns a Hong Kong industrial unit into an art-filled, eye-catching studio

Initially envisaged as an art gallery, a couple’s studio in Ap Lei Chau, Hong Kong, serves as office, event space, music studio, home from home and doggy day care centre.

Initially envisaged as an art gallery, a couple’s studio in Ap Lei Chau, Hong Kong, serves as office, event space, music studio, home from home and doggy day care centre.

7 Jul 2021 - 12:39PM
A playful interior design makeover sees a family home go from bland to bold

Bored of staring at plain white walls, the owners of this 1,600 sq ft flat in Hong Kong decided they wanted vibrant wallpaper patterns that pop.

Bored of staring at plain white walls, the owners of this 1,600 sq ft flat in Hong Kong decided they wanted vibrant wallpaper patterns that pop.

23 Jun 2021 - 9:30AM
Golf, climbing, skiing and go-karting – four indoor places to practise outdoor sports in Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s humid summers can make doing sports unpleasant. These venues allow you to drive, climb, ski, and practise your golf swing and putting in air-conditioned comfort.

Hong Kong’s humid summers can make doing sports unpleasant. These venues allow you to drive, climb, ski, and practise your golf swing and putting in air-conditioned comfort.

21 Jun 2021 - 12:15PM
A feng shui designer’s light-filled rental studio balances all the elements and is filled with vintage furniture packed with meaning

Elements of wood, fire, earth, metal and water are always on display in Thierry Chow Yik-tung’s Chai Wan rental studio, from a vintage gold shop sign to a tank filled with fish. 

Elements of wood, fire, earth, metal and water are always on display in Thierry Chow Yik-tung’s Chai Wan rental studio, from a vintage gold shop sign to a tank filled with fish. 

9 Jun 2021 - 3:49PM
The new hotels in Asia Pacific we’ll be booking first after the coronavirus pandemic, from Thai spa retreats to an Australian city property

Holidaymakers should consider staying at these new or refurbished hotels in Australia, Thailand and Vietnam – three countries that have dealt with Covid-19 competently so far.

Holidaymakers should consider staying at these new or refurbished hotels in Australia, Thailand and Vietnam – three countries that have dealt with Covid-19 competently so far.

7 Jun 2021 - 7:50PM
How an interior designer keeps his Hong Kong studio fresh and uplifting

Interior designer JJ Acuna’s 1,200 sq ft rented studio in Chai Wan is filled with places in which to work, relax and socialise, and he keeps things fresh by rotating furniture and works of art every year.

Interior designer JJ Acuna’s 1,200 sq ft rented studio in Chai Wan is filled with places in which to work, relax and socialise, and he keeps things fresh by rotating furniture and works of art every year.

12 May 2021 - 11:32AM
From eyesore to colourful, inviting micro park, how a Hong Kong public square was transformed to benefit a whole community

An ugly Hong Kong public square has been given a makeover, and is now a colourful and inviting micro park. Lead architect Marisa Yiu talks about its beautification, and the bureaucracy they overcame.

An ugly Hong Kong public square has been given a makeover, and is now a colourful and inviting micro park. Lead architect Marisa Yiu talks about its beautification, and the bureaucracy they overcame.

30 Apr 2021 - 10:30AM
The world’s worst cruise? Sailing from Singapore to Thailand complete with monkey attacks, sexism and even a punch-up

A Singapore-to-Thailand cruise turns out to be the misadventure of a lifetime for one travel writer, who realised she had made ‘a horrible mistake’ soon after stepping aboard.

A Singapore-to-Thailand cruise turns out to be the misadventure of a lifetime for one travel writer, who realised she had made ‘a horrible mistake’ soon after stepping aboard.

17 Apr 2021 - 3:09PM
Luxe dog beds, canine caviar, photo shoots – pet staycations at hotels in Hong Kong reach new heights

Chef-cooked meals (for your dog), dog beds, chew toys, bath salts, a pet wardrobe, photo shoots – luxury hotels in Hong Kong are sparing no effort with their pet staycation packages. Some even welcome cats.

Chef-cooked meals (for your dog), dog beds, chew toys, bath salts, a pet wardrobe, photo shoots – luxury hotels in Hong Kong are sparing no effort with their pet staycation packages. Some even welcome cats.

6 May 2021 - 1:32PM
Hong Kong bedding brand Baea wants to ‘let nature in’ using quality, sustainable materials

Hong Kong’s land and seascapes inspired third-generation textile merchant, Baea founder Adah Chan, to dream up motifs that sway and skip across her bedding.

Hong Kong’s land and seascapes inspired third-generation textile merchant, Baea founder Adah Chan, to dream up motifs that sway and skip across her bedding.

2 Apr 2021 - 10:39AM
Louis Vuitton’s Objets Nomades transports us far away from Hong Kong through the captivating exhibition design of Nelson Chow

Designer Nelson Chow uses two floors of the Pedder Building in Hong Kong to not only display LV’s 56 objets, but take us on a multisensory journey. Never can the peripatetic exhibition have induced a greater yearning to travel.

Designer Nelson Chow uses two floors of the Pedder Building in Hong Kong to not only display LV’s 56 objets, but take us on a multisensory journey. Never can the peripatetic exhibition have induced a greater yearning to travel.

29 Mar 2021 - 3:14PM
Fukushima, Japan, home of the samurai and a place of magical beauty despite the disaster that struck region 10 years ago

Cedar-scented forests, seductive spa towns, samurai castles and villages – Japan’s Fukushima region is still a magical place 10 years on from the disaster that struck it.

Cedar-scented forests, seductive spa towns, samurai castles and villages – Japan’s Fukushima region is still a magical place 10 years on from the disaster that struck it.

8 Mar 2021 - 7:38PM
From Kung Fu Panda land and Wizarding World of Harry Potter ride at Universal Studios Beijing to Super Nintendo World and Legoland New York, new theme park attractions

Kung Fu Panda land and Wizarding World of Harry Potter ride at Universal Studios Beijing, Super Nintendo World, Legoland New York, the Velocicoaster – new theme parks and rides are waiting for you.

Kung Fu Panda land and Wizarding World of Harry Potter ride at Universal Studios Beijing, Super Nintendo World, Legoland New York, the Velocicoaster – new theme parks and rides are waiting for you.

3 Mar 2021 - 6:15PM
Inside a Hong Kong home infused with elements of Japanese design, complete with bonsai gallery and onsen-style en suite

Trips to Japan inspired a pilot’s cool, calm and collected Tsuen Wan flat, complete with pebble ‘stream’, bonsai gallery and onsen-style en suite.

Trips to Japan inspired a pilot’s cool, calm and collected Tsuen Wan flat, complete with pebble ‘stream’, bonsai gallery and onsen-style en suite.

18 Feb 2021 - 4:31PM
How designer Tina Norden gave Feast restaurant at East Hong Kong an interior revamp for the times

When East Hong Kong decided to revamp its hotel restaurant, it enlisted the help of former guest Tina Norden, an architect and interior designer with Conran and Partners.

When East Hong Kong decided to revamp its hotel restaurant, it enlisted the help of former guest Tina Norden, an architect and interior designer with Conran and Partners.

28 Jan 2021 - 5:49PM
A Hong Kong home gets a modern European makeover inspired by Dutch villages

Tommy Hui of TBC Studio employed a luxurious European aesthetic to the interior of a Tsuen Wan flat, inspired by its views of Ting Kau Bridge.

Tommy Hui of TBC Studio employed a luxurious European aesthetic to the interior of a Tsuen Wan flat, inspired by its views of Ting Kau Bridge.

27 Jan 2021 - 11:00AM
Pair upcycle plastic waste into benches for public in a Hong Kong town, showing the potential of a circular economy to reduce marine pollution

Two designers upcycled 20,000 items of salvaged plastic to make public benches for Sha Tin Town Hall, to show the potential of a circular economy to reduce the flow of plastic waste into the world’s oceans.

Two designers upcycled 20,000 items of salvaged plastic to make public benches for Sha Tin Town Hall, to show the potential of a circular economy to reduce the flow of plastic waste into the world’s oceans.

18 Jan 2021 - 12:40PM
How a Hong Kong interior designer transformed a flat from derelict and dingy to light-filled and desirable

Liquid Interiors helped a fashion designer and first-time homebuyer get her sophisticated and sustainably sourced home.

Liquid Interiors helped a fashion designer and first-time homebuyer get her sophisticated and sustainably sourced home.

7 Jan 2021 - 3:05PM
Best hotel and travel vouchers to gift for Christmas and beyond for when travel returns

The pandemic has pushed many hotels and travel groups to offer additional value for their gift vouchers, some with no expiration dates. Here are the best deals we’ve found.

The pandemic has pushed many hotels and travel groups to offer additional value for their gift vouchers, some with no expiration dates. Here are the best deals we’ve found.

13 Dec 2020 - 6:34PM
Mask-free in the Maldives: what it’s like now in the tourist idyll – as beautiful as ever, and coronavirus-free

A visit to the Maldives proves as memorable as ever despite the coronavirus pandemic, thanks to the Indian Ocean archipelago’s robust safety precautions and unspoilt beauty.

A visit to the Maldives proves as memorable as ever despite the coronavirus pandemic, thanks to the Indian Ocean archipelago’s robust safety precautions and unspoilt beauty.

23 Nov 2020 - 6:09PM