With international travel more complicated than in the pre-COVID world, hoteliers have undoubtedly turned to domestic tourism for some sort of revival. In fact, Xotels writes that one of the top 10 hospitality and hotel trends in 2021 is local travel. Turns out the answer is close to home after all. With this in mind, Portier has compiled a list of staycation recommendations for fellow Hong Kongers to quench their thirst for travel experiences and novel views:
1. B&B Cheung Chau
True to its name, B&B Cheung Chau is located on the island of Cheung Chau, an hour away by ferry from Central. This unique hotel offers two off-location dining options - Thai Food Restaurant and Austrian Eggenberg Island Café & Bar. If you don’t feel like hitting the beach, why not visit the hotel’s Creative Workshop? Not only can you make your own souvenirs, you can also get henna paintings. If you’re going with an S.O., make sure to check out the Love Lock Wall in Cheung Chau!
B&B Cheung Chau, G/F, 83 Tung Wan Road, Cheung Chau, Hong Kong
2. Hong Kong Gold Coast Hotel
The Gold Coast Farm has some tasty produce!
Another beachside hotel is the luxurious Hong Kong Gold Coast Hotel, whose name echoes its location by the Gold Coast. For those of you planning a family staycation, this resort boasts highly family-oriented facilities (Mini Train Ride, anyone?) with the Gold Coast Ziplines accommodating both adults and children. Nature-lovers will find that, other than the nearby Golden Beach, you can drop by the Gold Coast Farm or take a guided tour around the Butterfly and Herbs Farm.
Hong Kong Gold Coast, 1 Castle Peak Road, Castle Peak Bay, New Territories, Hong Kong
3. The Murray Hong Kong
Beautiful rooms at the Murray
Stepping away from the beach, we have The Murray Hong Kong, from where you can marvel at the famous Cotton Tree Drive. The Murray offers a half-hour guided tour to guests interested in learning about the hotel’s history, art and architecture. Guests can also expect to nurture their holistic health through their wellness programme during this staycation. Besides facilities for families and individuals, dog owners will be delighted to find their beloved pet working out at the Pawsome Gymnasium after munching on luxury treats during the hotel’s pet afternoon tea event!
The Murray Hong Kong, 22 Cotton Tree Drive, Central, Hong Kong
4. Ovolo Southside
Can you spot Freddie Mercury in this photo of the Rock Star suite?
A warehouse in its past life, the Wong Chuk Hang-based Ovolo Southside offers a unique opportunity to witness the power of art in breathing new life. For artists, this could be the perfect staycation to birth creative energies! Graffiti and art installations from Hong Kong and around the world are peppered across the hotel - This one’s for the creative souls.
Ovolo Southside, 64 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong
5. Rosewood Hong Kong
Another hotel opening to a breathtaking seaview, Rosewood Hong Kong towers over the Victoria Harbour. The luxury establishment offers a wellness programme for those looking to escape the city’s stressful troubles - the Asaya One-night Wellcation. For a holistic staycation, dine from the menu at Asaya Kitchen, whose sustainably sourced food is prepared to nourish your health!
Rosewood Hong Kong, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
6. Cordis Hong Kong
Don't miss out on the Chuan Spa!
Instead of escaping the hustle and bustle, what about relaxing right in the middle of it? Cordis Hong Kong, situated in the heart of Mong Kok, stands out with its Chuan Spa wellness programme that incorporates Traditional Chinese Medicine. The Chuan Spa also offers a kid’s menu, allowing parents and children to enjoy a relaxing evening together. You can also join the Daily Tai Chi class for a more active staycation!
Cordis Hong Kong, 555 Shanghai Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong
7. Tai O Heritage Hotel
Managed by the Hong Kong Heritage Conservation Foundation, Tai O Heritage Hotel’s roots can be traced back to a marine police station founded in 1902. It looks over the fishing village of Tai O and offers guests an intimate look at the village’s traditions and history. As a boutique hotel, guests can expect small but stylish rooms. Make sure to check out the local Tai O delicacies served at the hotel.
Tai O Heritage Hotel, Shek Tsai Po Street, Tai O, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
While our normal has been wildly disrupted by COVID-19, we have come to understand that humans possess a deep desire for adventures - but who's to say that the adventures in our own backyard can't be just as fun and exciting? Have a good one this summer with Portier recommendations!