If you can’t quite tear yourself away from Pui O after a day at the beach or a hike in nearby Lantau South Country Park, there are plenty of options for a staycation whether you’re a camper, a caravaner or more of a cabana type.
Located halfway down Pui O Beach, Treasure Island (TIG) is best known for its beachside restaurant and water sports rentals, but the group also offers both campsite and cabana rentals. The ensuite cabana rooms all have private beachside access; fully airconditioned with free wi-fi, they are well-stocked with bedlinens, towels, a small
fridge, kettle and basic toiletries. The large cabana rooms with a king-size bed and double sofa bed start at HK$1,300/ night. The slightly smaller rooms with a double or two twin beds start at HK$800/ night.
If you’re feeling more adventurous, TIG also offers campsite rentals in a large grassy space bordered by mature trees less than 50 metres from the beach. You can take your pick from either a four-person tent starting at HK$500/ night or a six-person tent startingat HK$700/ night.
“Camping is the perfect way for groups to spend time together,” says TIG business manager Michael Baird. “For families camping together, we often recommend booking the smaller four-person tents for the adults so they can enjoy a little peace and quiet, and booking the larger six-person tents for the kids.”
TIG provides a full-service camping experience which means the tents are set up ready for use, and come complete with bed rolls, cooking utensils, a gas camp stove, lantern and barbecue grill. Most importantly, TIG also provides water for campers. “Not having to carry your own water for the night takes a weight off people’s shoulders, both literally and figuratively,” says Michael.
If you have your own camping gear, you might want to check out the no-frills public campsite, maintained by the Hong Kong Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD), at the east end of Pui O Beach. Currently closed due to social distancing restrictions, it can accommodate 54 tents some 50 metres from the sea. To apply to camp here (for free), you need to be aged 18 or over and have a Hong Kong identity card. The onsite barbecue pits are a big draw and you can buy cooking equipment at the tuck shops on the road to the beach.
Another great way to enjoy a staycation in Pui O, complete with air conditioning, showers, bedding, power sockets and bluetooth speakers, is at JK Club Caravan Park situated just off South Lantau Road, in a superb rural setting some 550 metres from the beach. There are three slightly smaller caravans suitable for groups of up to four people, and three larger caravans suitable for groups of up to five people. Coming in at around 120 square feet, all six caravans have private bathroom facilities and a hot-water shower. You can rent a caravan from Monday to Thursday for HK$1,999/ night, and from Friday to Sunday and on public holidays for HK$2,499/ night. Groups of two enjoy a 10% discount.
Meal packages are available from the Garden Café, JK Club’s onsite restaurant, including a grill-your-own barbecue set complete with charcoal and stove. JK Club also boasts a seven-strong goat playground, and a 2,000 square foot organic farm where you can pick and eat freshly grown strawberries from mid-December to April. “We are hoping for cool temperatures in December so we can grow plenty of strawberries,” says TJ Loo, one of JK Club’s two business partners. Don’t forget the Moet! Reporting by Elizabeth Jerabeck and photos by Duey Tam