Stay and be pampered: Hong Kong staycations that will leave you refreshed and relaxed
Hong Kong offers many enticing hospitality options for anyone taking a vacation at home, including spa treatments and wellness programmes that will leave you feeling pampered and revitalised
In search of some much-needed R&R, Hongkongers routinely travel to Bali or Thailand to luxuriate by resort-style pools interspersed with soothing spa treatments. Or you could stay right here and find the same relaxing staycation, avoiding the tedium of even short-distance air travel.
At Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, Sha Tin, mid-week or weekend guests can join the long-staying serviced suite residents to enjoy full use of the palm-fringed pool with waiter service from the poolside bar.
Inside, luxurious steam, sauna and Jacuzzi rooms are provided separately for men and women, with well-appointed change facilities. But this is just an entrée to the main event: Melo Spa at the Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, Sha Tin, positioned as the first international branded spa in the New Territories.
Melo Spa is named after pomelo (in Cantonese, pomelo translates as “Sha Tin grapefruit”), which along with citrus fruits is incorporated into signature treatments.
According to spa manager Andy Liu, Melo Spa aims to offer a unique spa experience inspired by the location’s native culture and its natural surroundings. Consulting local specialists to ensure authenticity, she explained, treatments are developed using locally grown ingredients and create a balance between traditional practices often dating back thousands of years, and the latest international spa techniques.
Nine spa suites, half with outdoor private terraces, feature large whirlpool bath tubs, oversized rain shower cubicles, changing areas and grooming stations alongside the main treatment space. There are two double suites, each with a private steam room, and the option of a group spa experience in Melo Moments, a separate space featuring 12 custom-designed lounge chairs with built-in foot basins. “These are popular for pampering parties – such as bridal showers, significant birthdays or corporate gatherings – where groups can enjoy foot massages, manicures, pedicures and head and shoulder massages while enjoying delicacies from our chefs,” Liu says.
There’s even a spa menu for kids (along with a kids’ club, called Camp Hyatt). “We hope to become a real neighbourhood spa and part of the local community,” Liu says. “We try to create a sanctuary that is warm and welcoming, doesn’t feel intimidating or elitist, but one which does provide an elite experience and service level.”
Over at Auberge in Discovery Bay, rooms and suites from one to three bedrooms allow plenty of space to stretch out.
In the property’s Spa Botanica, 10 spa rooms overlooking the South China Sea include one couples room complete with Jacuzzi.
While taking in the restful views, guests can choose from more than 30 wellness experiences ranging from the 180-minute Detox Retreat for one – combining a full body massage and purifying facial – to treatments designed for family members to share (such as the 75-minute Mommy & Princess Treat and Daddy & Prince Treat). Christopher Wong, marketing communications officer, says that from cleansing facials to stress-releasing massages, “Spa Botanica is equipped to provide a head-to-toe makeover, leaving guests feeling revitalised, refreshed and relaxed.” He adds that Spa Botanica was included in Conde Nast Traveller UK’s coveted list of Top 10 Urban Day Spas and was awarded Best Spa Experience at the 20th Singapore Tourism Awards.
Auberge, which caters to both short and long-stay guests, also has a 25-metre outdoor pool surrounded by mountain and sea views; an attached kiddy pool; and a dedicated Kids’ Club offering various organised activities.
For an even more intensive treatment, The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, spa has just launched a suite of non-surgical face toning procedures by CACI, a leading UK anti-ageing technology developer.
The CACI system uses microcurrent therapy in which tiny electrical impulses mirror and work in harmony with the body’s own bioelectrical field to soften lines and wrinkles while stimulating the production of collagen and elastin. The deeply penetrating current re-programmes the facial muscles for toning, lifting and firming effects.
For immediate visible results, the CACI treatments incorporate advanced products from 111SKIN, a skin care brand developed by London-based plastic surgeon, Dr Yannis Alexandrides.
If a bucolic country environment appeals more than city smog, Harbour Plaza Resort City might be more your style. Located near the Tin Shui Wai MTR station, or accessible by car from the Route 3 expressway and frequent hotel shuttle, the property’s serviced suites offer self-sufficiency with a fully equipped kitchenette.
Resort facilities include a swimming pool, gymnasium, steam room and sauna, with a range of spa treatments available for purchase.