Wondering how you can still enjoy the Easter holidays? Here’s how.
With the world in turmoil due to the coronavirus crisis, now may seem like a bleak time to be celebrating the upcoming Easter weekend (10–12 April) — what would normally be a joyous occasion for family and social gatherings. But perhaps it’s more important than ever to adhere to traditions of faith, and to celebrate the spirit of family and community. While large Easter get-togethers may not be possible during this time of social distancing, there are several ways you can still get into the spirit of the springtime holiday.
Cook up a lamb feast for two at home
Now may not be the best time to invite the whole extended family over for dinner, but virtual get-togethers are the next best thing. If it’s just you and your partner at home, think about conferencing in your family while cooking up your own Easter feast at home. The star of any Easter table should be succulent lamb; Waves Pacific is making it easy with their Roaring Forties lamb, in addition to other gourmet meats and produce delivered directly to your home. The British and European lambs are bred off an island of Tasmania, and are renowned for their delicate and unique flavour. Waves Pacific supplies lamb to the city’s top restaurants from Arcane to Otto e Mezzo — which means it should be good enough for your Easter feast, too.
Visit the Waves Pacific website here to order.
Enjoy a relaxing Easter staycation
Travel plans disrupted during the Easter holidays? Why not bunker down at a luxe Hong Kong staycation instead. We’ve previously verified Landmark Mandarin Oriental as one of the top staycations in town; this spring holiday, they’ve launched the ‘Egg-specially For You’ room package, for families to spend the Easter weekend together. The offer includes a stay in a luxe suite with a bevy of Easter activities from a private Easter egg hunt to a relaxing bubble bath in the circular 7-foot tub, and in-room dining credits. Guests also receive early check-in, late-check-out, a welcome beverage, turndown amenities, and a LMO goodie bag.
Available from 3–13 April 2020, priced from HK$4,100 plus 10% per night. Landmark Mandarin Oriental, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2132 0088
Eat way too many Easter chocolates
The Easter holidays are generally license for sweet tooths to indulge in all manners of sweets, whether it’s milk chocolate eggs, marshmallow bunnies or carrot cake. Those in search of saccharine sweets will want to head to Butterfly Patisserie at Rosewood Hong Kong, where chef Holger Deh has created a delectable range of spring-inspired dessert creations. Shop online here for Easter-themed confections from Sakura and Calamansi Butterfly Kisses to chocolate Easter eggs and praline cakes, or pop by The Butterfly Room to enjoy the sumptuous Easter Afternoon tea (10–13 April) with the full spread of irresistible cakes and hors d’oeuvres for two.
The Butterfly Patisserie, Rosewood Hong Kong, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 3891 8732
Dine stress-free at a trusted restaurant
While we should all stay home as much as possible, it’s also a crucial time to be supporting the struggling hospitality industry, whether it’s through delivery or pre-paid cash vouchers. Several F&B groups have gone to lengthy measures to provide a safe space for diners (increased distance between tables, a cap on group size, hourly sanitising procedures) which makes it both possible — and imperative — to support your go-to neighbourhood eatery during these times.
Piedmontese restaurant Castellana is offering a decadent 7-course Easter feast, Wan Chai Greek tavern Artemis & Apollo is planning a special rendition of Souvlaki Sundays on Easter Sunday (HK$388), and Maison Libanaise has prepared a hearty Lamb Ouzi, or slow-roasted lamb shoulder starting from 10 April (HK$288 for two). Check up on your favourite restaurants offering Easter promotions, and show your support to those beloved neighbourhood establishments doing their part to keep the community safe and well-fed.
Indulge in self-care with a restorative spa sesh
Self-quarantine and isolation can take a toll on our physical and mental health, which is why it’s more important than ever to take care of yourself, whether it’s at-home workouts or fuel for the brain. If your social plans are disrupted this Easter, a rejuvenating spa session may be just what you need to recharge. Grab your significant other and head to Angsana Spa by Banyan Tree at Hotel Icon, where you can enjoy the Easter special promotion: a luxurious 90-minute body massage for two, featuring aromatherapy relaxation performed by Banyan Tree’s elite trained therapists.
Priced at HK$2,280 (Mon–Thurs) or HK$2,480 (Fri–Sun). Angsana Spa by Banyan Tree, 9/F, Hotel Icon, 17 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Hong Kong, +852 3400 1052