Although the threat of #WuFlu might have lead to a wave of cancellations in Hong Kong this month, there are still some February wellness events out there worth getting out of the house for (while donning your best mask and bottle of hand sanitizer, of course.) Here are the best health and wellness events in Hong Kong this Feb from Valentine’s Day races and dinners that give back, to the city’s first ever Wellness Week!
February 14: Floral Living Afternoon Tea x Floral Jamming Workshop
Take matters into your own hands with your Valentine’s bouquet this year, with this floral jamming workshop cum afternoon tea at Asia Society. Budding florists (pun entirely intended) will learn the art of floral design, creating a bespoke creative bouquet using a medley of fresh flowers. Guests will also be served a Floral Living Afternoon Tea, a healthy menu of sweets and savouries inspired by floral and herbal ingredients, and a special gift from natural skincare brand Jurlique.
Costs $700/2 pax for ASHK members; $780/2 pax for non-members. 3-6pm, AMMO, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty, asiasociety.org/hong-kong.
February 14: Every Heart Deserves Love Dinner
Whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s or Galentine’s, everyone knows Feb. 14 is the best day of the year to treat yo’self with a decadent dinner out. This year, Meraki Hospitality Group is pledging to donate $25 for every Valentine’s Day menu sold in one of their restaurants to local charity Feeding Hong Kong; for every $100 raised, 20 meals are funded for those in need. Restaurants participating are Brazilian-Japanese hotspot Uma Nota, modern Middle Eastern eatery BEDU, and their newest addition, Malaysian fusion restaurant JALAN. Make a reso and show some love for an admirable cause!
February 15: The Valentine’s Day Race
The Valentine’s Day Race from Trail Hub is a trail race on Lantau, offering two race routes to choose from. Tough Love is a 14+k course that comes with lots of climbing, but with rewarding views from Lo Yan Shan on the Chi Ma Wan Peninsula. For something with a little less elevation, the 9k Easy Love route heads out along the coast and offers a less strenuous run. Partnerships of all forms are welcome; there’s even a category for mums and dads to get involved with the kids. You’ll find the start and end point of the race at Treasure Island on Pui O Beach.
Entry costs $550 per team. Starts at 9am, Pui O, Lantau, thetrailhub.com/valentinesdayrace.
February 15-16: Freespace Outdoors
Hosted at the West Kowloon Art Park, this community-focused event is packed with entertainment suitable for all ages. Expect free music and dance performances, art installations, a community exercise event, screenings and workshops taking place throughout the weekend – all against the backdrop of Hong Kong’s iconic skyline! Best of all, it’s totally free but registration is required for selected workshops.
Open 2-8pm on Saturday and 2-9pm on Sunday. Freespace Livehouse and Art Park, West Kowloon Cultural District, westkowloon.hk.
February 17-24: Wellness Week
Hong Kong’s first ever Wellness Week kicks off across the city this month! Love a good sweat sesh, or just looking to get pampered? You’ll find deals and events related to all aspects of health and fitness in a whirlwind week of well-deserved wellness celebration! With more than 25 special offers available, as well as dozens of events to attend, make sure you mark your diaries so you don’t miss out on any of the action. Partners include The Upper House, Kerry Hotel Hong Kong, ClassPass and lululemon. Check the website to browse the rest of the deals!
February 22: The Hive Wellness Retreat 2020
Co-working space The Hive was one of the first in Hong Kong to organise a fully-fledged wellness retreat, and this year it’s back! The Hive’s Wellness Retreat features yoga, meditation, fitness classes and workshops, plus healthy food, drinks and products at the marketplace. It’s free to attend, but you’ll need to pay for tickets to specific classes or workshops, which include breathing workshops, barre class, and a DNA-based smoothie workshop.
Ticketed events $50-280. 10am- 4pm, The Hive Sheung Wan, 3/F, 33-35 Hillier St., Sheung Wan. More info at bit.ly/2RlP7cD.
March 22: Run for Survival
Join this year’s Run for Survival, an annual obstacle race organised by the Ocean Park Conservation Foundation in support of Marine Conservation. Do your best baby shark impression and complete missions and challenges around Pak Shek Kok Promenade to save our marine animals. The obstacle run is suitable for runners of all ages and abilities – the 10km individual Timed Challenge can be completed individually or in a team while beginners or families might prefer the 3k Fun Run. Entry costs $300 for individuals in the 3k distance and $380 for the 10k distance. A minimum donation to the charity is also requested in addition to the registration fee.
Pak Shek Kok Promenade, Sha Tin, opcf.org.hk/en/.