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Expand your horizons without flying abroad at these unique staycations in Hong Kong. Whether romantic, healing or family-oriented, your summer staycation is guaranteed to be a success.


Family staycation: Thomas The Tank Engine at the HK Gold Coast Hotel

1 Castle Peak Road (Castle Peak Bay), Tsuen Wan

Photo courtesy of scmp.com.

If your children are fans of Thomas the Tank Engine (W. Audrey’s The Railway Series), then a staycation at the Hong Kong Gold Coast Hotel in Tsuen Wan is perfect for your family. From July 9 to August 31, the hotel offers a special Thomas & Friends package which includes Thomas & Friends gift packs, in house Thomas & Friends cartoon channel and Thomas & Friends themed decorations in the deluxe rooms. Kids can also enjoy the swimming pools and a new water fun land. 

Practical information: To book, call 2452 8833; www.goldcoasthotel.com.hk.

Family staycation: Ice Age, Junior MasterChef and Spa at SkyCity Marriott Hotel

1 Sky City Road East, Hong Kong International Airport, Lantau Island, Hong Kong

Hong Kong SkyCity Marriott Hotel has lots to offer as an island getaway. There is no better time than now to enjoy the luxurious comforts of this five-star hotel with its impressive activities and packages this summer. Children explore cooking in a Junior Marriott MasterChef class, mum and dad get to pamper themselves at the award-winning Quan Spa, and the whole family is treated to the spectacular Live Ice Age musical at AsiaWorld-Expo.

Practical information: Get reservations by phone at 3969 1888 or via the official webpage www.skycitymarriott.com.

Family staycation: Auberge’s Tropical Funland Summer Packages

88 Siena Avenue, Discovery Bay, Hong Kong

Spend quality time with your kids with Auberge’s Summer Camp Package. Children play Bubble Soccer, participate in drama and cooking classes and even take care of Hong Kong’s heaviest horse, Goliath!  Auberge is also offering the Colour Your Stay package for children with a passion for art and the Dream Come True package, which allows children to gain insight on a variety of career roles in a fun way. In addition, Café bord de Mer & Lounge has prepared tantalising lunch and dinner buffets and a Summer Fun Kids Corner, where children enjoy an array of tasty foods and let their imaginations run free while creating their own delectable DIY desserts.

Practical information: visit http://www.aubergediscoverybay.com/ and click “offers” to get details on packages. For reservations or enquiries, contact Auberge’s reservations department by e-mail at reservations@aubergediscoverybay.com or at 2295 8355.

Charming staycation: The Tai O Heritage Hotel, converted from the old Tai O Police Station

Shek Tsai Po Street, Tai O, Lantau Island

Photo courtesy of taioheritagehotel.com.

The Tai O Heritage Hotel is a charming getaway, with nine colonial-style guestrooms overlooking the sea. Those who are looking for a romantic addition should sign up for the hotel’s sunset boat tour that takes in the sites of the nearby Tai O village. Boarding at Shek Tsai Po Pier, the 30-minute tour weaves through the landmarks of the fishing village, the rope-drawn ferry bridge and the stilt houses.

Practical information: To book, call 2985 8008; www.taioheritagehotel.com.

Healthy staycation: Sommer Life Beach Retreat for body, mind and soul

34 Tung Wan Tau Rd, Mui Wo, Lantau Island

Photo courtesy of nathaliesommer.com.

With its own private beach and surrounded by mountains and greenery, the Sommer Life Beach Retreat near Silvermine Bay beach in Mui Wo, Lantau, is the ideal getaway. Run by life coach Nathalie Sommer, her husband Matt and their French bulldog Jolie, the retreat is the perfect antidote for city folk, with packages that include coaching programmes, organic vegetarian meals and healthy smoothies.

Practical information: Sommer Life Beach Retreat, Mui Wo, Lantau, tel: 5501 8633, nathaliesommer.com/sommerlife. Prices from HK$1,100 per night, or HK$1,900 all-inclusive.

Intro photo courtesy of aubergediscoverybay.com.

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