Holidaying close to home ticks all the convenience boxes, while leaving you relaxed and refreshed. Kate Farr checks out some world-class hotels, where no passport is required.
Best for foodies
A true Hong Kong experience, Hotel ICON in East Tsim Sha Tsui is owned by PolyU’s School of Hotel and Tourism Management – the first teaching and research hotel of its kind in the world. This focus on cultivating hospitality’s rising stars means that guests experience the crème de la crème of service from the moment they set foot in the hotel’s sleek designer lobby.
Offering a range of suites and rooms with breath-taking harbour views, and various tempting dining options, Hotel ICON is the ideal choice for a gourmet getaway. Make time for buffet brunch or afternoon tea at The Market restaurant, a semi-buffet brunch at GREEN lobby restaurant, and a Peking duck set dinner at the renowned Above & Beyond. You can work off all that sumptuous dining, while soaking up the skyline, with a dip in the hotel’s rooftop pool.
Book in advance via the hotel’s website for a 10% discount on all rooms, or extend your weekend getaway to three nights for 25% off. Further benefits, if you book direct, include a 10% dining discount at all restaurants, early check-in and late check-out, priority room upgrade and complimentary access to the Timeless Lounge. Book a club room or suite to enjoy complimentary breakfast, afternoon tea and evening cocktails at Above & Beyond.
Book Direct Added Benefits packages from HK$2,200 per night, plus 10% service charge; three-night Stay Longer, Save More packages from HK$1,560 per room per night, plus 10% service charge.
Best for families
The ideal spot for a family stay, the Hyatt Regency Sha Tin is spacious, peaceful and offers as much – or as little – activity as you can handle. With dramatic views over Tolo Harbour and the Kau To Shan mountains beyond, the hotel’s out-of- town location gives it a resort feel, with plenty of onsite amenities to make your staycation a success.
Unwind at Melo Spa, which boasts a signature range of pomelo- (also known as Sha Tin grapefruit) based treatments, splash in the alfresco pool, or take a bike ride along the surrounding dedicated cycle paths. When hunger strikes, indulge in chiffon cake made from local Sha Tin honey at Patisserie café, and make sure you book well in advance for fine Chinese dining at Sha Tin 18.
Hyatt Regency’s Family Time deal allows you to extend your stay over a long weekend, with three consecutive nights for the price of two. You’ll also receive 15% off your food and beverage spend, a 10% discount on Camp Hyatt kids’ club activities and two hours of bike rental per guest. Alternatively, splash out on a Suite Deal and receive a free upgrade to even plusher digs, plus access to the 25th floor Regency Club, all-day lounge access with free-flow tea and coffee, and a private check in to beat the crowds.
You also get an hour’s meeting room use per day… though we suspect you’ll be far too busy relaxing to use it.
Family Time package from HK$1,200 per room per night, Suite Deal package from HK$2,000 per room per night, both plus 10% service charge.
Best for wellness
Offering five-star views across Kowloon Park and the city beyond, The Mira Hong Kong is a stylish property with facilities that are bang up to date. Featuring a gorgeous basement wellness area with a dreamy heated pool, plus a wide range of massages, facials and other pampering treatments at the onsite spa, you’ll quickly be transported a million miles away from Tsim Sha Tsui’s hectic streets.
After a day of rest and recuperation, kickback with some innovative cocktails at Vibes, the Mira’s alfresco lounge bar, and then dine at the hotel’s sleek contemporary Chinese restaurant, Cuisine Cuisine.
Advance bookings of 60 days or more via the Mira’s website are subject to a 20% discount, while guests also benefit from 15% off all food and beverage and à la carte spa treatments during their stay. If you’re keen to push the boat out then the Mira’s spa suites are dressed to impress, with open-plan bathrooms, an en suite steam bath and a Jacuzzi made for two. Don’t forget to put up that Do Not Disturb sign.
Spa suites from HK$2,496 per night, park-view rooms from HK$1,696 per night, both plus 10% service charge.
Best for the circus
For old-school glamour with impeccable service, you really can’t beat the iconic Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong (MO) in Central. This grande dame of Hong Kong hotels – the group’s original, and its flagship to this day – has been the byword for luxury since 1963, and is showing no signs of age yet. From the imposing marble foyer to the plush and elegant rooms, from refined afternoon tea at Clipper Lounge (the scones with rose petal jam are a must) to cocktails with sweeping views at M Bar – a stay at the MO is always a memorable occasion.
The hotel is currently offering a Stay and Cirque du Soleil package that includes a stay in a room or suite, 20% off Cirque du Soleil’s brand-new Central Harbourfront show, KOOZA (when booked through the concierge), daily breakfast for two at Café Causette or Clipper Lounge, and late checkout at weekends. If you’re planning a family stay, the package also includes an optional rollaway bed in your room, as well as circus-inspired welcome amenities for kids. Luxury and laughs? We don’t mind if we do.
Rooms from HK$4,480 per night, suites from HK$5,98 per night, both plus 10% service charge.
Sometimes you’ve just got to treat yourself. And when that time comes, how about the ultimate fuss-free extravagant escape – just beyond Pier 3 in Central – at the sumptuous and sophisticated Four Seasons Hong Kong. Offering unparalleled views across Victoria Harbour and up to The Peak from its understated yet luxurious rooms and suites, choose from contemporary Chinese or sleek Western-style decor for a truly personalised stay.
And stay you will. With two Michelin-starred restaurants (Lung King Heen and Caprice) expert cocktails at Blue Bar, a spa rated by Forbes as one of the world’s very best, not to mention what is probably one of the world’s most photographed infinity pools, there’s really no need to venture any further than the lobby.
The Experience More package offers guests booking two nights in a harbour-view room HK$800 of spending credit, which upgrades to HK$1,500 credit for suites. This can be used towards spa services or at any of the Four Seasons’ restaurants, making that three Michelin-starred meal a justifiable treat.
Packages from HK$4,600 per night, plus 10% service charge.
• Four Seasons Hong Kong, www.fourseasons.com/hongkong
• Hotel ICON, www.hotel-icon.com
• Hyatt Regency Sha Tin, www.hongkongshatin.regency.hyatt.com
• Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, www.mandarinoriental.com/hongkong
• The Mira Hong Kong, www.themirahotel.com
Images: Courtesy of Kate FarrTags: wellness, hong kong staycation, foodies, families, four seasons, hotel icon, hyatt regency, mandarin oriental, the mira