We’re all familiar with the idea of a staycation…but how many of you have tried a daycation? Many of the city’s top hotels and attractions are offering them this summer, from spa getaways to heritage tours. To help you get initiated, we’ve got all the best Hong Kong daycation ideas for a fun-filled, short-term holiday that won’t break the bank.
Perfect for: a spa getaway
Looking for a spectacular spa day that also includes some pool time? The Four Seasons Spa’s “Summer on my Skin” promo includes two hours of treatment time plus 90 minutes by the pool for a full day of pampering. First, pick your massage (Ayurvedic oil, lymphatic drainage, pre- or post-natal, or a Cellu M6 Body Revolution), and then your choice of either a 30-minute body polish, express manicure or express pedicure. Once you’re good and relaxed, nab a sun lounger and kick back by the pool with a complimentary wellness drink.
The package is $3,300 – a steal by Four Seasons standards – and runs until July 31.
Perfect for: rainy days
Hong Kong has so much to offer when it’s good weather, but your choices are a little limited when it rains. Located in the basement of the Mira Hotel, MiraSpa is a subterranean pamper palace that removes you completely from the bustle of TST above. Lounge by the indoor pool with a smoothie, work out at the state-of-the-art gym, and indulge in beautifying experiences galore. The Couple’s Day Retreat lasts for a marathon four hours and includes use of the pool and gym, bottle of champagne and fruit platter, massage, facials, scrubs and a private jacuzzi session. Looking for some alone time? Their new facial from German skincare brand Biodroga uses gold leaf to soothe reactive skin and provide deep nourishment for a glow that lasts for days.
Tai O Heritage Hotel
Perfect for: a taste of Hong Kong history in lush scenery
For a daycation with a cultural twist, head to Tai O and pay a visit to this famous stilt village, where fishermen still practice a traditional way of life. Once you’ve done exploring the photogenic village and having your fill of traditional snacks, head to the Tai O Heritage Hotel, a former police station that’s now a carefully restored nine-room boutique hotel. It offers daily docent tours, which are open to the public and run at 3pm, 3:30pm and 4pm. Architecture buffs will love the 20-minute guided tours that lead you through the former Police Inspectorate Headquarters, highlighting architectural features along the way.
Perfect for: a pool party with friends and family
Planning a Water World trip this summer? Make it boujee by levelling up to a VIP cabana, which turns a fun if slightly taxing day out, into a lush Hong Kong daycation! Facing amazing ocean vistas and lush jungle, the cabanas all come with a mini fridge, safe and even a charger, while some of the bigger ones come with sofas, umbrellas, tables and chairs. The larger villas and chalets – suitable for up to eight and 12 people respectively – also provide free towels, a locker and a selection of welcome drinks and snacks to help fuel the fun. Prices start at $628 for the smallest cabana on a weekday, and go up to $3,990 for the 12-person chalet on a weekend, which doesn’t include your entry ticket.
Perfect for: a taste of the houseboat life
For a Hong Kong daycation with a floating twist, check out the fleet of houseboats available for rent on Aberdeen Flair. Available for both day hires and overnight stays, these boats host private gatherings, offsites and other events, making them perfect for a chill day on the water. If you love to cook, the fully equipped kitchens come with a large alfresco entertaining area. Want to cool off in the water? They can arrange a private sampan to take you from the houseboat to Repulse Bay for a dip.
Perfect for: a tricked out junk boat party
Junk trips are the ultimate Hong Kong daycation, but if you’re looking for something a little more tricked out, check out Entourage, a three-storey, 75-foot yacht that can accommodate up to 50 guests. It offers fully catered charter packages and will drop anchor at picturesque spots around the Southside. Looking to set up a private wellness retreat? It has a fully equipped kitchen for prepping healthy cuisine and an outdoor terrace that’s perfect for yoga.