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10 Best Places for Staycations in Hong Kong: Emerging Trends on the Rise as COVID Lingers

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Peninsula Hotel, Hong Kong

Before the pandemic, many Hong Kong people took every opportunity to travel. A quick weekend in Taipei here, an exotic trip in South America there…However, as a result of the global outbreak of Covid-19 and travel restrictions, many Hong Kong residents feel trapped in the tiny city.

The good news is – there are some crazy-good hotel deals that enable locals to enjoy a night away from home with friends or family and explore hidden gems in their own city! As the pandemic is getting under control in Hong Kong, and individuals are looking for ways to enjoy travel-like experiences without leaving the city, the rise of “staycation” is no surprise. A staycation—a word derived from “stay” and “vacation”—is a short trip that doesn’t really involve getting away too far physically, but still manages to break away for the day to enjoy something new.

While we’re not going anywhere else for a while, why don’t we explore the great city of ours, support local businesses and get some crazy-good deals!

Here are 10 best places for staycations in Hong Kong (for every budget!)

1. The Peninsula Hong Kong

Building on its long history as a global beacon of hospitality, The Peninsula Hong Kong is one of the oldest and most spectacular establishments in Asia. They offer a blend of the best Eastern and Western hospitality in an atmosphere of unmatched classical grandeur and timeless elegance. Other than its delightful high tea experience, they offer a true sense of arrival with stunning unobstructed views of Victoria Harbour. When we are after a luxurious staycation in Hong Kong, The Peninsula Hong Kong is our top pick.

2. Hyatt Centric Victoria Harbour Hong Kong

Victoria Harbour is always the icon of Hong Kong and the most precious public asset of the city. But now you can “own” the views by having a stay in Hyatt Centric Victoria Harbour! Knowing that Hongkongers love visiting Japan, the hotel launches a special room package called “We Miss Japan” with an array of privileges and experiences that make visitors feel like traveling! Highlights include Yukata experience, special menu by Chef Junya Nakanishi, and a gift pack filled with the popular Japanese snacks. Not a fan of Japan? Their 25-meter outdoor rooftop infinity pool, a VR workout machine in the gym, and rooms with panoramic Victoria Harbourfront views are for everyone!

3. W Hong Kong Hotel

Speaking of rooftop swimming pools, W Hong Kong Hotel offers something special. After a dip in their rooftop swimming pool, you can relax and unwind in some of the finest spa and wellness experiences in Hong Kong with a luxurious massage at a world-class spa. Plus, this beautifully designed hotel has stunning views of the city from nearly every room, and who wouldn’t fall in love with their ever-changing afternoon tea sets?

4. Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong

Mandarin Oriental is where to go when you are looking for an exquisite summer staycation. The lavish staycation package is giving you the option to curate your own special staycation by choosing a list of experiences to go with your stay. It includes dining and spa experience, access to the Kid’s Club filled with games and entertainment, pet program for dogs, and flexible 24-hour check-in and check-out. Other special activities include Art Tour by Lévy Gorvy, Curated Hotel History Tour, Wine Appreciation Class, Chocolate Master Class, Mixology Class, or a Flower Wreath Class. If you are looking for cultural immersion, Mandarin Oriental definitely has a lot to offer.

5. Cordis Hong Kong

Cordis is located in Hong Kong’s one of the busiest districts, Mong Kok. It may seem like an oxymoron to go to Mong Kok for a relaxing staycation, but here’s why. This summer, Cordis Hong Kong is launching 18 new exclusive staycation packages with an array of creative and fun activities. Its epic swimming pool and Chuan Spa that blends TCM with relaxation techniques are for busy people who want to feel alive. The convenient location also saves your traveling time. And you’ll have access to the awesome Club Lounge that has a changing selection of daily food delights.

6. The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong

The selling point of The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong? One of the highest hotels in the world! Indulge in The Ritz-Carlton’s Sky High Staycation Package and enjoy a glass of champagne at The Lounge and Bar. The hotel also offers a 20 percent discount at the dining venues – which include Michelin-starred Tin Lung Heen, Tosca di Angelo, and The Lounge and Bar.

7. Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong

Found in the heart of the city, Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong offers a series of retreats inspired by the axiom “Escape, To Reconnect.” The hotel is a peaceful oasis located amidst some of Hong Kong’s best shopping and dining destinations. Besides, Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong brought home an unprecedented eight stars, the most Michelin stars to be found in one hotel, anywhere in the world! Guests will experience the pinnacle of fine dining at the most sought-after restaurants in Hong Kong, all under one roof. Their guest rooms feature stunning views of either the Victoria Harbour or The Peak, along with its own dedicated wellness room with spa facilities and modern gym equipment.

8. Ovolo Southside

Nestled beside industrial warehouses, art studios, and coffee houses, Ovolo Southside brings the fun to the funkiest little area in town. The Ovolo Hotel group prides itself on creating fun, modern, intuitive hotels that put the focus on service. Inside, there is a distinct liveliness sensed throughout. Contemporary design elements and artwork bring the space to life, while guest rooms have a monochromatic palette. If you are looking for something warm and special, Ovolo Southside has that true essence of a staycation environment due to its surrounding neighborhood where many come to get inspiration.

9. Tai O Heritage Hotel

The Tai O Heritage Hotel is a wonderful staycation option for those looking to cut-away from the rest of the world. The hotel is tucked away on a small hill at the end of Tai O fishing village. Formerly the old Tai O Police Station, this historic building has been transformed into a stunning boutique hotel that has preserved its colonial colors. Visitors can take a chance to explore the charming village of Tai O during their stay, where fresh air and lush green hillsides meet ancient temples and small village houses.

10. The Murray Hong Kong, a Niccolo Hotel

The Murray Staycation offers contemporary rooms with unparalleled experience, including daily breakfast, generous dining credits, a complimentary roll-away bed perfect for your family expedition. Located in a not-so-busy spot in central Hong Kong, The Niccolo spirit is to make life effortlessly luxurious for its guests. No matter how well you know Hong Kong, you can always rediscover the many charms of this vibrant city from a luxury perspective.

Being a small city, it is impressive for Hong Kong to have so much to offer!

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