Leaving the city for the holidays is great and all, but for those who are unable or uninterested in leaving Hong Kong this winter, it’s worth noting that there are some nice spots to spend a night or two locally. Negating the need to book international flights and plan complicated itineraries, here is a list of the best and most unique staycation accommodations for those in need of a little R&R without leaving town. By Sarah Moran and Josephine Lau
Six places to hole up for a staycation in Hong Kong this winter
Embrace your inner child and enjoy a merry staycation at Hong Kong Disneyland's 5-star hotel. Situated close to Disneyland, this lavish Victorian palace is fit for royalty, and full of that classic Disney charm – with live music in the 6-storey lobby and a Mickey Mouse-shaped garden. Experience the full Disney magic by indulging in a breakfast buffet at the Enchanted Garden with your favourite Disney characters, or treat yourself at the ‘Kingdom Gifts’ – the hotel’s souvenir store that has more selections than the ones in the theme park.
If you're looking for a change of pace this holiday season, an escape to this country getaway in Tai Po promises a Hong Kong experience unlike any other. Guests can enjoy a delicious breakfast surrounded by swaying trees and verdant fields, and raiding the garden, which is replete with organic vegetables perfect for lunch or dinner. Where else in Hong Kong can you breathe in air as fresh as this?
15 minutes away from the Lam Tsuen Wishing Tree in Fong Ma Po Village, Lam Tsuen, Tai Po
Put the five-star service on hold and enjoy a staycation aboard one of the luxurious houseboats offered by travel booking platform, Holimood. With massive rooftop decks, barbecue facilities, open kitchens, spacious bathtubs and prime stargazing spots, these stylishly furnished houseboats are equipped with everything you need for an amazing getaway in local waters. The best part is that if you stay more than five nights, you get one free daily round-trip on a sampan or speedboat!
While Japan has its famous capsule hotels, here in Hong Kong a funky hostel is offering millennials a taste of the ‘real Hong Kong’ with caged sleeping bunks. Located in the heart of Sham Shui Po, Wontonmeen features a quirky communal living space that’s styled with vintage furniture, hammocks and neon signs. The 11-storey building is part hostel, part residential, and is home to creative individuals and even Wing Chun disciples, who regularly hang out in the hostel and café downstairs.
For those burned-out city slickers seeking to get away from the city's hustle and bustle, look no further. Converted from the old marine police station, this charming nine-room boutique hotel is perched high on a lush hillside, with panoramic views of Tai O – one of Hong Kong's most tranquil fishing villages. The hotel preserves its colonial-style architecture where you can explore its heritage and its surrounding landmarks. Its glass-roofed, greenhouse-style restaurant is also a gorgeous place to dine under the stars.
This glamping site in Yuen Long is the answer for those who enjoy the comforts of home, but want to escape into the great outdoors. It offers a series of whacky accommodation from fun inflatable cabins and a bubble-like “eco-sphere”, to luxury caravans with air conditioning and heating – all spacious enough that you don't have to contort your body to crawl into. There are inflatable games, kites, barbecues and a lot more to keep you entertained. So simply show up, sit back, and enjoy the simplicity of being outdoors.