Where you choose to stay on holidays can really make or break a vacation, so it’s critical to select family friendly accommodation that meets everyone in the family’s needs. Sassy Mama, a mummy blog in Hong Kong, gave suitcases&strollers their expertise with recommendations for out-of-town visitors on where to vacay in HK, Macau and beyond. Here's their list of where to stay in Hong Kong with kids.
Hong Kong’s very own Grande Dame, The Peninsula has always been a great choice for mum and dad’s R&R needs, but who knew they were so kid-friendly? If your little darlings get bored of The Pen’s scrummy children’s room service menus, they can rustle up their own soon-to-be-award-winning cuisine at an in-house kids’ cookery course. Featuring sushi, chocolate, pastry and dim sum lessons, you’ll soon be reaping the benefits of Junior’s new found love of cooking. The Peninsula Kid’s Academy offers a wide range of cultural and fun activities every day, and full details are available on booking. Aside from the stunning pool with a view, The Peninsula offers the usual child-friendly amenities such as cots, bottle warmers and sterilisers. Additionally, there are a few of the extra special touches you’d expect from a high-end hotel such as mini-bathrobes and toiletries, cuddly teddy bears to take home and colourful bed linen. Keep an eye out for special packages with super discounted rates.
Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, Sha Tin
The Hyatt is perfect for easy access to a quieter stay in Hong Kong – far enough from Central to feel like you’re not in Hong Kong, but near enough to be hassle-free, with easy access via the MTR. Also, Sha Tin is one of the few places in the ’Kong that you can easily and safely ride a bike, so it’s ideal for the whole family. There is also Camp Hyatt, a dedicated activity centre for children offering both outdoor and indoor facilities if the heat and humidity gets a bit too much. (For parents, a must-do at the Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, Sha Tin is a visit to Melo Spa. From the ultra-comfy robes to the good-enough-to-eat local honey and pomelo body treatments, this makes a great post sightseeing indulgence for grown-ups.)
Grand Lapa, Macau
How about something a little different from the usual Cotai Strip blackjack and poker vibe? The Grand Lapa Macau is part of the Mandarin Oriental Group and the only 5 star resort located downtown, right near the Jetfoil terminal. With a fabulous outdoor pool, a waterfall and rock climbing on site, this offers the kids a great opportunity to blow off some steam on your visit to the sister SAR.
Once you’ve tired of all the luxury over at the Peninsula, The Bradbury Jockey Club Hostel is the perfect down-to-earth antidote. Adjacent to the lovely Plover Cove Reservoir in Tai Po, New Territories, the hostel hosts a wide range of family-friendly outdoor activities and water sports. The local hiking is second to none with spectacular views from the nearby Pat Sin Leng range, and older kids will love renting bikes to cycle along the magnificent main dam of the reservoir. With 16 person dorms, two, four and eight person rooms there are options to suit every size of family. You must become a member of the Hong Kong Youth Hostels Association to stay, although this is valid for 12 months and entitles you to benefits such as discounted local talks and exhibitions, shopping and travel deals.
Yes, that’s right, camping! Just outside Hong Kong’s urban jungle lies thousands of square kilometres of glorious greenery and beautiful beaches, perfect for a family adventure. Pitch a tent, zip up your sleeping bag and don’t forget the ghost stories.
Oooh La La, Pui O Beach, Lantau
Enjoy hassle-free family camping at Ooh La La on Pui O Beach, Lantau Island. They will provide and set up all equipment, including the tent. Bring your own grill or enjoy their freshly prepared food. They make it easy so your family can enjoy the 3.5 kilometre deserted beach, wild buffaloes bathing, and frozen margaritas for the adults…all a short ride away from the hustle and bustle of the city. For active kids, kayaks and bikes are available to hire.
Palm Beach Teepee Village, Cheung Sha, Lantau
These are super cool. Individually hand-painted tepees are the accommodation of choice at Palm Beach Watersports Centre at Cheung Sha beach. With sizes up to 26 feet in diameter (sleeps 20!) this is the perfect place for an alternative sleepover with the kids (and some friends). During the day, there’s plenty to keep them busy with windsurfing, kayaking and body boarding to name but a few of the sports on offer.
SOMETHING A BIT DIFFERENT
Combine the lure of the ocean waves with a family adventure by shifting your holiday seawards. Saffron Cruises offer junk trips all over Hong Kong with a choice of comfortable motor cruisers or traditional junks with campbeds on deck for ultimate stargazing. Fully crewed, Saffron will arrange catering and drinks so all you have to bring are your sea legs.
Tel: +852 2857 1311
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By Sassy Mama