Experience the Philippines’ tropical paradises just a few hours away
Dubbed the Pearl of the Orient, the Philippines offers an unparalleled experience for travellers thanks to its plethora of islands – each unique in their own way. From the snorkelling paradise of Cebu to the chocolate-hued hills of Bohol, the options to explore are endless. For those who want to discover all that the Philippines has to offer, Cebu Pacific offers frequent, affordable flights from Hong Kong to the capital city of Manila and from there, you can easily connect to many an island paradise. Piqued your interest? We thought it might! To help you start planning your perfect island getaway, here are five stunning destinations that offer an enticing array of must-see and must-do experiences. Have fun exploring! By Amanda Sheppard
5 fun-filled getaways in Mainland China
The recent launch of the High Speed Rail has opened up a whole new world of travelling opportunities. Now connecting Hong Kong with 44 exciting and vibrant destinations in Mainland China, the High Speed Rail makes it easier than ever for you to achieve a perfect weekend getaway, whether its to short-haul destinations such as Shenzhen and Guangzhou, or with mid-haul journeys to places like Xiamen and Guilin. So for all your travel junkies out there who are looking to take advantage of this new convenience, why not make a trip to these five fun-filled cities below – all of which are just a train ride away.
The best hotels in Hong Kong
Four Seasons Hotel
A seven-minute walk from Hong Kong Station, this luxury hotel overlooking Victoria Harbour is also an eight-minute walk from Central Ferry Pier 7 for services to Tsim Sha Tsui, and 5km from Victoria Peak.Elegant rooms with harbour or Peak views come with flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, free Wi-Fi and Nespresso machines. Upgraded rooms add lounge access with complimentary breakfast, drinks and snacks. Suites provide living areas and game consoles, and some offer steam rooms. Kids age under 18 stay free in their parents' room. Room service is available.There are two restaurants, two bars, a brasserie and a pool terrace, as well as a spa and a gym.
Grand Hyatt Hong Kong
Directly connected to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) and a five-minute walk from Wan Chai MTR Station and Star Ferry Pier, the luxurious Grand Hyatt Hong Kong offers a 50m-long heated outdoor pool and a spa. Its elegant rooms overlook Victoria Harbour from floor-to-ceiling windows. Free Wi-Fi is provided throughout the entire property. Modern rooms are equipped with a 42-inch flat-screen cable/satellite TV, a minibar and tea/coffee making facilities. Marble bathrooms offer a separate bathtub for a relaxing soak. All guest rooms feature free handy smartphone device with 4G internet, unlimited local calls and international calls to USA, UK, Australia, Singapore and mainland China. Grand Hyatt Hong Kong is less than 1km from Pacific Place shopping mall, Times Square, Lan Kwai Fong and SoHo. It is a 40-minute drive from Hong Kong International Airport. The well-equipped health club includes tennis and racquetball courts and a 24-hour fitness studio. The tour desk provides sightseeing arrangements and car rentals. One Harbour Road features Cantonese cuisine while Grissini serves Italian dishes. International and Japanese dishes are served at the hotel’s other restaurants. Drinks and nightly live entertainment are available at Tiffin and Champagne Bar.
The Upper House
Another hotel built atop Pacific Place is this design-driven, one-of-a-kind luxury property. The Upper House, designed by renowned architect Andre Fu, is full of chic, modern appeal with stunning suites looking out onto Hong Kong’s stunning skyline. Take a break at beautiful all-day eatery Café Gray or rent a bike from one of hotel’s in-house fleet and cruise through the city in style.
W Hong Kong
Sitting high inside West Kowloons’s ICC building, the W Hong Kong is one of the coolest spots in town. Just steps away from luxury shopping mall Elements and the Airport Express rail line, you’re only minutes away from some of the best sights in the city. The world-class Bliss Spa and outdoor pool are perched high above the city, so, along with the sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck, you’re in for some of the best urban views anywhere in the world. With amazing dining options from traditional Cantonese to the trendy Woo Bar, your trip is set.
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Off the eaten path: The best restaurants in Macao outside the casinos
Whether comparing Michelin stars or the cities’ food scenes in general, Macao often comes across as the poor relation compared to Hong Kong. But the truth is, our sister SAR is full of great eateries – you just have to know where to find them. We sidestep the entertainment complexes and present the best places to eat like a local in Macao.
The best coffee shops in Macau
Much has been written about Hong Kong’s booming coffee culture. But what of our sister SAR? Surely Macau is just entertainment complexes and drinking holes, without a cracking coffee house in sight, right? Wrong – there’s a café scene over there that most certainly rivals our own. From artisanal gems to resort-based coffee giants that tout some of the most expensive blends in the world, Macau is fast becoming an Asian leader on the caffeine front. We’ve brewed up our eight favourites for you to check out on your next trip over.