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Hot summer staycations for Hong Kongers

As we move into a second lockdown summer, Hong Kong's hotels have welcomed the long holidays with a fun range of staycay options. These are our top picks.

Magic moments

Time to get your wizard on at Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong.

Hong Kong’s Mandarin Oriental has partnered with hobby store Museum Context to launch 'The Magic Chamber Staycation' package.

Mini witches and wizards are invited - along with mum and dad - to enjoy a range of themed activities, including a photo booth, magic tattoos and an ‘invisible experience’ where guests vanish in front of the camera after donning a magic cloak.

Kids can also enrol in the Magic Potion Workshop (at an extra charge) in the hotel’s The Chinnery restaurant, where they can mix-up all sorts of concoctions and elixirs.

Staycation guests will also receive a themed postcard which can be popped into an ‘enchanted mailbox’ in the hotel’s lobby, with postal anywhere in Hong Kong.

And guests who book into a Harbour View Room, Club Room or Suite will receive a surprise gift from Museum Context.

The staycation package includes activities, a complimentary themed postcard, a Magic Potion Workshop (at additional cost), daily breakfast for two adults, dinner set menu for two adults and a flexible 24 hour check-in. Bookings can be made until June 26 for stays until August 15. Children must be aged between four and 12 years to enrol in the Magic Potion Workshop. Rates start at HK$2,000 per night.

Wonderful workshops

Cooking up a storm on summer camp at Hong Kong's Rosewood Hotel.

Luxury harbour front hotel Rosewood Hong Kong is launching a 'Family Wonderlust' attraction with a menu of fun summer camps for kids.

Rosewood Camp offers hands-on fun for kids, exploring culture, cuisine - and curiosity.

Camps include a snooker workshop with master Marco Fu, a cooking class with chef Peggy Chan showing children how to conjure up vegetarian dishes using local produce, and a matcha whisking and blending class led by a ‘matcharista’ from Hong Kong matcha tea shop, Matchali.

The package is part of Rosewood’s Summer by Design collection, a series of journeys designed to encourage exploration of art, wellness, sustainability and cuisine and which will be launching in Rosewood hotels around the world this summer.

The Summer By Design journeys, including the Family Wonderlust initiative in Hong Kong, will be available to guests staying at Rosewood properties until September 6.

The Great outdoors

Feeling the sand between their toes on a summer camp at Yim Tin Tsai Island.

Hong Kong’s Island Shangri-La is launching ‘Fam-tabulous’ staycation packages with plenty of Hong Kong-inspired activities based around arts and culture, nature, adventure and wellness.

Island Shangri-La will be partnering with Mochy Group and Baker & Bloom to whisk staycation-ing kids away and keep them busy with fun activities, such as gymnastics, sports classes, STEM workshops and creative courses.

But the piece de resistance is an adventure-packed four day Family Summer Camp, which combines a break at the Island Shangri-La with heaps of outdoor nature-based fun. Excursions include walks in Hong Kong Park, nocturnal wildlife spotting on Braemer Hill and uncovering an old Hakka village and mangrove forests on Yim Tin Tsai Island. One weekend camp will include a yacht trip to Hong Kong’s UNESCO Geopark to explore sea caves by kayak and learn about the volcanic geology of the area.

The package also includes daily breakfast for two adults and one child, a HK$1,000 hotel credit per night, afternoon tea for two, lunch at café TOO, a family picnic and a 30% discount on wellness treatments, as well as transfers to Yim Tin Tsai, Sai Kung and Braemer Hill.

The Family Summer Camp is suitable for kids aged four to 12 years and costs from HK$20,800 for three nights and from HK$24,050 for a four night stay. There is an additional charge of HK$5,800 for each additional child. Book before June 25 and take advantage of an early bird ten per cent discount. All summer staycation packages are available until August 29.

Art smart

Hong Kong artist Francesco Lietti hard at work.

The Langham, Hong Kong, is offering a ‘Paint & Stay’ package to residents this summer.

The city hotel is collaborating with Hong Kong-based Italian artist, Francesco Lietti and will also be hosting a charity exhibition, ‘It’s All In The Art’ in the hotel lobby along with the staycation. A series of ‘Paint. Eat. Sip’ workshops where participants can help Lietti create a skyline artwork is also being launched.

The exhibition will showcase Lietti’s colourful artwork of scenes from all over Asia and 20% of the proceeds of paintings sold will be donated to Matilda’s Children Foundation.

The Langham will also auction the completed collaborative art piece from the Paint. Eat. Sip workshops and proceeds will go to the same charity.

The Paint & Stay staycation includes a two-and-a-half hour painting class with Lietti for one person (HK$400 supplement for a second person), an upgrade to a City View room, buffet breakfast for two, a complimentary bottle of wine and a set of canvas, paints and brushes.

Bookings can be made until August 22 for stays on selected dates until August 22. Rates start from HK$2,238.

The Paint. Eat. Sip workshops run 6.30-8.30pm, June 24, July 1 and July 8 and cost HK$500 per person including two gin and tonics and canapes.

Sail away

Sailing the South China Sea in style.

The five-star Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong property is collaborating with luxury holiday home rental group, Stay One Degree, to launch a ‘City and Sea Staycation’. The special package combines what are arguably two of Hong Kong’s most popular summer pastimes, a staycation and a day on the water.

The package includes a bespoke yacht experience; options run to a 100ft wooden sailing yacht, a catamaran or a motor yacht. And Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong will be at the helm, taking care of catering arrangements and on board hospitality.

The staycation element includes a one-night stay in a Harbour View Suite with late check-out until 3.30pm and a HK$800 dining credit. Guests will also have access to The Mandarin Club lounge with daily breakfast and afternoon tea including one child under 12 years. The package also offers limousine transfer to the yacht’s embarkation pier.

Rates vary according to the vessel selected, enquiries should be made to Stay One Degree.

Wellness boost

Lululemon's Chris Tang putting guests through their paces.

Hong Kong’s The Langham hotel is collaborating with local ambassadors for international sports brand lululemon on a wellness staycation package for Hong Kongers.

‘Rejuvenate, Recharge, Redefine’ aims to “refuel your inner self” and improve your movement, as well as the opportunity to indulge a little as you relax at the five-star property.

Lululemon ambassador Chris Tang is a rehabilitation and pre-habilitation specialist and will be guiding guests through an hour-long self-care ‘mobility’ class. The class aims to increase and improve range of movement and posture with stretching and stability work.

And fellow ambassador and gong and singing bowl master Malbert Lee will be leading an hour of sound experience with gentle movement to promote energy flow. This will be followed up with gong and singing bowl sound meditation to lift the mind, body and spirit.

Also included in the staycation is a complimentary pink lululemon yoga mat, a complimentary upgrade to a Deluxe Room, healthy amenities for two, a detox dinner set for two and a buffet breakfast for two. Both wellness classes are included in the package.

Bookings are open now for stays from June 9 to September 11, 2021. Prices per room start from HK$2,388.

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