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By Gayatri Bhaumik | July 24th, 2020

In a dense city like Hong Kong, it can be a little challenging to find a staycation that feels a little bit like a vacation. Most of the time you’re more likely to run into people you know, venture back out into the city for dinner, or otherwise find that you’re constantly reminded that you’re still in the city. Not so with a staycation at Kerry Hotel Hong Kong.

Perched along the Hong Ham waterfront, this sprawling hotel is located in a quiet spot that feels far from the maddening crowds of Central and Tsim Sha Tsui. This summer, they’re offering a slew of exciting packages that allow guests to kick back, relax, and experience the best of the hotel. We check in for a mid-week staycation on their Millennials Me Time offer.

First Impressions

A real sense of calm prevails in the lobby of the Kerry Hotel Hong Kong. Maybe it’s the soothing interiors of earthy tones bathed in natural light that streams in through double-height windows; perhaps it’s the fact that it feels so far removed from the chaos that reigns in most other parts of Hong Kong. Either way, stepping in here truly feels like you’re getting away from it all.

Tucked discreetly to one side of the lobby are several minimalist check-in desks. The process is quick and relatively, though, in these times, it does involve the usual health declaration forms and temperature checks. While the formalities are completed, you’ll find it hard not to be distracted by the people that are quietly enjoying a languishing afternoon tea in the Lobby Lounge, even on a Wednesday afternoon.

Deluxe Sea View Room at Kerry Hotel

The Room

Soon enough, we’re whisked up to the 15th floor and shown to a Deluxe Sea View Room. It’s stylish, well-appointed, and a veritable oasis away from the city. There’s a clean color palette of greys, whites, and creams accented by wood panels and shades of blue that adds to the sense of tranquility that pervades the Kerry Hotel Hong Kong.

Of course, the room’s real selling point is the unique view across Victoria Harbour; rather than the stock standard – but admittedly breathtaking – postcard view of the Hong Kong skyline, this Hung Hom hotel offers a new perspective over the neighborhoods of Causeway Bay and North Point.

The room’s fitted with everything you could possibly need. A king-sized bed draped in white linens (the nightstands have charging points built in), a little dining/work table, and a cozy sitting area by the window. The open minibar is well-stocked and complimentary upon check-in, while the bathroom features a separate bathtub and rain shower and a fully-equipped amenities tray.

The Staycation

The first order of business after settling in? Heading to the pool deck to catch some late afternoon sun. Kerry Hotel Hong Kong has a rather lovely infinity pool; although there are loungers fringing the pool itself, there’s also a more secluded deck filled with plenty more so – at least most of the time – finding a perch shouldn’t be too difficult, especially on a weekday.

One of the hotel’s best-kept secrets is Red Sugar, an expansive alfresco lounge that’s a great spot for catching the sunset. We’re here on the Millennials Me Time package which includes a complimentary round of cocktails at the bar, so we head down that way around 7pm, just in time for golden hour.

When it comes to drinks and presentation, Red Sugar is hard to beat. They’ve recently launched “Our Little Time,” a series of decadent cocktails inspired by Hong Kong’s past. We sample a couple of these signatures and were impressed with each one – it’s a surprisingly effortless display of mixology. The Victoria’s Treasure – a concoction of Havana Club 7 Year Old Ram, liquorice syrup, Angostura bitters, and candied ginger – was a perfect aperitif.

Red Sguar at Kerry Hotel

The drinks are ably seconded by a tapas menu, so if you’re feeling peckish, you’ll be glad to know you can fill up on these alone. The Padron peppers, grilled octopus, ham and cheese toastie, and calamari were all a treat – and filling enough to make up a dinner.

The next morning, breakfast is served at the Club Lounge. Under normal circumstances, the package’s complimentary breakfast for two would be at the hotel’s buffet restaurant, Big Bay Café; but, these are hardly normal times (thanks COVID-19), and so we head to the lounge for a semi-buffet. There are pastries, fruit, charcuterie and cereal on offer to start; diners can then order two hot mains from an a la carte menu – if you’re wondering, the eggs benedict are worth indulging in.

Lest you think a staycation here is all about the food and drinks, the next bit of the Millennials Me Time package includes a trip down to Base Camp Kerry Sports and its spa. You get your pick of 60-minute massages, and I’m scheduled for a relaxing aromatherapy massage; suffice it to say, the experience is thoroughly rejuvenating and an hour later, I float back up to my room in a deep state of bliss.

Some Final Thoughts

Hong Kong’s hotels are offering plenty of indulgent staycations during a summer when we’re all grounded and staying in town. Kerry Hotel Hong Kong’s Millennials Me Time package is great value for those who need a little break, but the hotel’s real advantage is that its location makes you really feel like you’re getting a vacation.

Hop on the new ferry service from Central and 20 minutes later, you’re checking into the hotel for a thoroughly relaxing stay – you could almost forgive COVID-19 for ruining all our summer travel plans (but only almost).

Millennials Me Time Package at Kerry Hotel Hong Kong – from $2,500

  • One night accommodation in your choice of room
  • Daily breakfast for two
  • A choice of a private outdoor yoga class or a 60-minute massage for two at the spa
  • One round of cocktails for two at Red Sugar

Looking for more in-depth stories about Hong Kong? Check out our city living section.

Written by The Loop HK for Kerry Hotel Hong Kong.
The author was a guest of Kerry Hotel Hong Kong.