In dire need of a last-minute weekend getaway without hopping on a flight? Want to explore more of Hong Kong? Lucky for you, Hong Kong has a wide array of options for those looking to unwind without leaving the city. From sandy getaways to sky-high penthouse retreats, urban spa escapes to simply getting an excuse to check out a new neighbourhood, there’s plenty to choose from. Treat yourself to a stay at these iconic hotels, each offering ideal settings for the perfect staycation in the city.
Hong Kong Gold Coast Hotel
Best for: A quiet beach getaway
A sandy getaway doesn’t necessarily mean you need to book flights. If you’re looking to unplug and soak up the sun in an unfamiliar coast, Hong Kong Gold Coast Hotel offers waterside accommodation with direct access to the beach, as well as rooms facing Gold Coast Yacht and Country Club. Located in the west side of Hong Kong, plenty of gorgeous sunsets are definitely on the agenda. The newly designed rooms also have family staycations in mind, with 10 dreamy kid-friendly rooms immersing guests in themes such as Racing Car, Carnival, Outer Space, Hong Kong Tram and Dinosaur. Plop off the little ones at the Outdoor Kids Island and Sharks and Pirates zones before settling down to some me-time, an exquisite dinner at YUÈ, the hotel’s Michelin-recommended Cantonese restaurant, or even take a splash in the free form swimming pools with water slides and water park on-site.
The Upper House
Best for: A weekend recharge
Perfect for an energising weekend pick-me-up that puts you on top of the world, The Upper House’s gloriously elegant and massive rooms (starting at 730 sq. ft. — they’re the most spacious in town) is the perfect place for any executive to feel pampered. Designed by Hong Kong architect Andre Fu, The Upper House offers some of the best scenic views over the harbour, as well as windows gazing into the glistening and beating heart of the city. While the hotel is known best for cocktails at Café Grey Deluxe and Bar for its sexy skyscraper views (go at sunset, to see the city transition into its nighttime glory), you might also be equally coaxed into mornings of meditative yoga at the secret garden The Lawn — and relaxed picnics on the green afterwards.
Best for: Victoria Harbour appreciation
One of the best al fresco cocktail spots on Kowloon side, Red Sugar, is tucked in the latest harbourfront hotel in Hung Hom, Kerry Hotel, Hong Kong. Here, a lush urban jungle terrace offers prime views of the Hong Kong skyline. If you’re looking to escape city stresses without leaving town, the views here will surely rejuvenate you. Interior Designer Andre Fu placed Hong Kong’s iconic cityscape under the spotlight, with 546 guest rooms all featuring equally stunning views. There’s also a range of excellent dining options so you barely have to leave the hotel; a brand new wellness and fitness programme at Base Camp Kerry Sports, including its newly opened The SPA as well as the 25-metre outdoor infinity pool, which is where you’ll get your money shot: an unobstructed panoramic view of the skyline.
Grand Hyatt Hong Kong
Best for: A restful weekend retreat
The Grand Hyatt Hong Kong has had a decades-long reputation for wining and dining its guests in the lap of luxury, and has recently undergone several stages of refurbishment, with completely renovated guest rooms. For those seeking fabulous ways to unwind once all the work is done, the expansive hotel is an apt urban retreat, perfect for staycations: you can take a tranquil dip in the outdoor pool, enjoy a relaxed afternoon tea at the iconic Tiffin Lounge, get pampered head-to-toe at the all-suite oasis that is Plateau Spa, and at night, enjoy a romantic dinner at the Grand Hyatt Steakhouse or Grissini. Grand Hyatt Hong Kong is also a stone’s throw away from the streets of historic Wan Chai, where you’ll find a number of hip eateries, heritage and arts spots to explore.