Summer is coming to and end and there is absolutely nothing worse than returning from a vacation in paradise with smooth, white sandy beaches and a cocktail in hand at all times than to come home to the chaos of Hong Kong and go straight back to work. Real talk, nothing comes as a bigger slap in the face than a pile of emails as tall as the ICC. Well, there is only one way to pull you out of the post-holiday blues and that’s to have a little day trip adventure. If you aren’t ready to wean yourself off the holiday lifestyle- and lets be honest, when are we ever- check out our favourite places to have a staycation in Hong Kong!
Sun, sea, village-life and hiking trails, all the ingredients that make Clearwater Bay an excellent place for a weekend getaway to make you feel like you never went back to work. Located on the eastern tip of the New Territories, this gorgeous strip of outdoor living has always been a favourite among families in Hong Kong. Here are our favourite things to do
Trek your way to Po Toi O
Po Toi O means a ‘bay shaped’ like a sack, and is a small fishing village at the east of Clear Water Bay Country Park. Here hikers can discover the ancient ways of the production and harvesting of sea food. Dozens of rafts are floating on the clear water, which keep fish in sheltered areas, while creating a tranquil atmosphere that is perfect for winding down after a week stuck in the office.
Take a hike from Clearwater Bay to reach to Po Toi O fishing place and enjoy the scenery along the way, by taking in the contrasting views of Clearwater Bay through the 1 hour hike. Once you’ve arrived at Po Toi O, choose from one of their famous seafood restaurants to satisfy the foodie in you!
Spice up your de-stress weekend plan
If you’re the type of person that prefers to bask in the sunlight on a peaceful beach and then get pampered from head to toe, we recommend going straight from the beach to Queen’s Castle Organic Day Spa and feel instantly comfortable in this cosy day spa.
BloomMe Loves: Aromatherapy Massage ($480/60mins, $680/90 mins)
Discovery Bay is located on the scenic, northeast coast of Lantau Island – Hong Kong’s biggest and arguably most magnificent island. Discovery Bay is not only well-known for its uncrowded beaches and hiking trails with tremendous view, but also for its easy access to nearby islands. Here’s your guide to having a good time in Hong Kong’s very own piece of master-planned suburbia.
Grab a book and hit the beach
Speaking of beach on Lantau, you just cannot miss out Tai Pak Bay, where you can find excellent sheltered tree-lined artificial beaches. With just a few minutes walk to the ferry pier, this beach is perfect for a day getaway to relax away from the city. If you’re not keen on the idea of being static on a beach feel free to take advantage of all the water sports too that happen throughout the day. The perfect balance of adventure and relaxing.
For those hiking heroes…
Why not go on a hike from Discovery Bay to Mui Wo. It’s an easy trail- suitable for even the least athletically included- that takes around 2 hours to get to. Take in the incredible views that Hong Kong has to offer and immerse yourself in the beauty of nature. Both Mui Wo and Discovery Bay are easily accessible from Central pier so you can make a full day of pampering, sunbathing, hiking and discovering.
Another way to unwind at the weekend
One of the ideal ways to de-stress on weekends is to have a refreshing facial. Nothing preps you for a tough week ahead more than a facial to refresh your face and mind! For a quality facial in an award winning day spa, then there is no where else to go but Sense of Touch in Discovery Bay!
BloomMe Loves: Clarifying Detox Facial $820/60mins
Want to get away from it all? Be completely surrounded by nature at Long Ke Wan, in Sai Kung Country Park. Accessible only by boat or taxi plus a hike, Long Ke Wan will take you back to your vacation in Phuket, Philippines or even Vietnam with its pristine white sand beach. Hiking there will take about 20 minutes from the dam down to the beach, but it is rewarding with amazing vistas of the bay and the South China Sea.
Note that though this beach has no facilities – no running water, shops, or lifeguards, it also has a total lack of people, so when you’re craving your escape, make sure to bring plenty of water, sunscreen and other essentials. Weekends are popular with locals and tourists alike, many of whom who camp overnight to witness the epic sunrises from the bay.
The best way to access Long Ke Wan is by taking a taxi from Hang Hau (tip – save more with a green cab) and asking to go to “dong bah” (東壩). Alternatively you may get lucky and find a boat willing to take a large group from Sai Kung pier, but expect to pay around $150 per person with a minimum of group of 10.
So there you have it BloomMe Girls; our two favourite spots for a weekend away to ease you back into everyday life. It’s not quite a holiday but Hong Kong is beautiful and diverse enough that you can always find what you want!
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Summer is coming to and end and there is absolutely nothing worse than returning from a vacation in paradise with smooth, white sandy beaches and a cocktail in hand at all times than to come home to the chaos of Hong Kong and go straight back to work. Real talk, nothing comes as a bigger…