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By Gayatri Bhaumik | September 20th, 2018

These days, it feels like there’s a new hotel opening every week in the Harbor City. So there’s no better time to line up a Hong Kong staycation! We’ve scouted some of the newest, coolest additions to the Hong Kong hotel scene to find the best spots to hole up in.

An N3 Grand Deluxe Room at The Murray, a great choice for a Hong Kong staycation.
An N3 Grand Deluxe Room at The Murray.

The Murray, Hong Kong

A not-so-secret hidden gem, The Murray, Hong Kong occupies a quiet spot between Central’s Garden Road and Cotton Tree Drive, and offers unique views of the Hong Kong from every angle. A building that once housed government offices has been transformed into one of the city’s best new hotels – and makes a perfect spot for a Hong Kong staycation. Rooms are spacious and well-stocked with a loaded minibar, oversized bathtub with Grown Alchemist amenities, and huge flatscreens that mirror Apple devices. Downstairs, wellness offerings include a 24-hour gym, an oasis-like pool with vertical gardens and waterfalls, and a zen spa offering thoroughly bespoke treatments. While you’re here, head up to rooftop restaurant Popinjays and sip on a signature cocktails with a side of views, nab a terrace table at the Garden Lounge to enjoy afternoon tea amidst greenery, and slip into The Tai Pan for a delicious European-inspired set dinner.

22 Cotton Tree Drive, Central, +852 3141 8888

The Deluxe Harbourview rooms at Hotel VIC on the Harbour boast stunning views of the Kowloon skyline.
The Deluxe Harbourview rooms at Hotel VIC on the Harbour boast stunning views of the Kowloon skyline.

Hotel VIC on the Harbour

North Point may not be the first neighborhood you think of for hotels, but the brand new Hotel VIC on the Harbour is aiming to change that. This behemoth 671-room hotel sits in one of the city’s quirkiest neighborhoods, surrounded by tiny, local Michelin-starred snack stores and the North Point ferry terminal. Inside, rooms are perfect for two, and come with free minibars and an app that allows guests to order room service, make restaurant reservations or speak to a concierge. Ask for one of the Deluxe Harbourfront rooms for full harbour views through floor-to-ceiling windows and a full-size bath. When hunger strikes, head to Cruise, the rooftop restaurant that offers spectacular views of the Kowloon skyline with Japanese izakaya-style bites and modern European dishes. Alternatively, you could enjoy a ginormous international buffet at all-day-dining destination The Farmhouse. Don’t want to miss your daily workout? No worries. There’s 24-hour gym with VAR technology and a rooftop pool overlooking the harbor.

1 North Point Estate Lane, North Point, +852 3896 9888

The outdoor terrace at The Pier, one of the newest options for a Hong Kong staycation. Photo: Nicole Slater
The outdoor terrace at The Pier, one of the newest options for a Hong Kong staycation. Photo: Nicole Slater

The Pier

If you’re looking for a truly relaxing and rejuvenating Hong Kong staycation, The Pier is the best way to go. This all-new hotel is located in Sai Kung, and offers quaint, tranquil charm with its surrounding beaches, greenery, azure waters and bobbing yachts. All rooms are calming retreats dressed in earthy tones, but book a Premium Ocean Front Terrace for a deepsoak tub, kitchenette, and balcony overlooking the water. Catch the sunset from a lounger perched between the rooftop pool and the surrounding waters, then head down to WA Theatre Restaurant for an interactive dining experience where innovative Japanese dishes are the star.

9 Pak Sha Wan Street, Sai Kung, +852 2912 6766

The Surrealist-inspired Dada Lounge & Bar at The Luxe Manor. Photo: The Luxe Manor / Facebook
The Surrealist-inspired Dada Bar + Lounge at The Luxe Manor. Photo: The Luxe Manor / Facebook

The Luxe Manor

Tucked away in the heaving streets of Tsim Sha Tsui is this hedonistic hotel that’s certainly not for the faint hearted. One part grand European mansion and two parts surrealist fantasy, this is a Hong Kong staycation full of fun and whimsy. Book one of the themed suites which features unique design concepts with hi-def TVS and DVD players, butler service, free minibars, late chickout, Gilchrist & Soames amenities, and – if you pick the right one – an oversized bath in keeping with the room’s theme. The quirk factor extends to the property’s dining offerings, which includes private dining rooms that are perfect for intimate dinners a deux. For a more social option, Grab drinks at the Dada Bar + Lounge – a weird and wonderful homage to Dadaism and Salvador Dali – then nab a table at FINDS, the Nordic-inspired restaurant where chef Jaakko Sorsa dishes up clean, mod Nordic plates.

39 Kimberley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, +852 3763 8888

The outdoor pool deck at east, Hong Kong, a great choice for a Hong Kong staycation.
The outdoor pool deck at east, Hong Kong.

east, Hong Kong

Ever thought about holing up in Tai Koo for a weekend? East, Hong Kong may just convince you it’s the right choice. Start at the top where the hotel’s newly renovated rooftop offering, Sugar, delivers harbor views, craft cocktails and delicious bar bites. Downstairs at Feast, dine on decadent buffet-and-made-to-order meals (or perhaps afternoon tea) helmed by executive chef Mark Percy. Work off the culinary indulgences with a sweat sessions at BEAST, the hotel’s wellness offering which includes a gym and infinity pool deck. When you’re ready to retire for the evening, make for one of the six Suites to hole up with an Insta-worthy bubble chair, Appelles bath products, Apple TV and 24-inch flatscreen, and a designer tub. You’ll find plenty of ways to rest and relax, but should you get restless, Cityplaza mall – which its many shops, restaurants, cinemas and ice rink – is literally on your doorstep.

29 Taikoo Shing Road, Taikoo Shing, +852 3968 3968

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