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Despite the lack of options for overseas travel this Christmas, there are plenty of wondrous spaces allowing for a festive getaway right in the heart of the city. Make merry memories this festive season by enjoying the best seasonal staycation packages that Hong Kong has to offer right now.
Designed to swathe two guests in the luxury of their lavishly designed accommodation, with complimentary daily breakfast, Christmastide interior decorations, and an exclusive Christmas meal at contemporary Hong Kong-style Holt’s Café, Rosewood is pulling out the stops. Both their Christmas Edition celebration, as well as their Festive Staycation include all the above, and are also supplemented with a $200 K11 Musea voucher alongside 100 K Dollars for a last-minute gift hunt. Upgrade your Festive Staycation experience by tacking on a relaxing treatment from “The Morning After, The Night Before” series provided in partnership with Asaya.
Returning for its second run as part of their Staycation for Good series, the socially conscious Staycation for Good II: A Gifting Christmas package will be available for a stay between 18 December to 20 December. Fit for the family, this option will excite the little ones by keeping them busy at a Christmas cookie decoration class, an upcycling arts and craft workshop held by Principal Chan Free Tutorial World, as well as the opportunity to plan a party for their less privileged counterparts. A donation of $500 from each stay will be dedicated to Social Ventures Hong Kong, whilst guests are encouraged to give away a pre-loved toy to the cause to further share the fun.
Rosewood Hong Kong, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 3891 8888
Pop off your stay at the Four Seasons with a bottle of sparkling wine from their Let the Holidays Begin package, and revel in the revamped rooms and complimentary goodies. Rounding off the end of the year with fun for the whole family, the booking offer also includes an exclusive private tour of the IFC Orient Express is coming to town interactive experience, as well as a treasure trove of games and activities for your children.
Gourmands should check in under their Festive Staycation offer for a stay during 24 December, which comes with a Christmas eve buffet dinner for two with an ever-pouring non-alcoholic free-flow, and signature breakfast in time for Christmas morning as well. A gift of a Dr Barbara Sturm’s Serum Discovery set will also be waiting for you, in time to remedy the signs from staying up late to celebrate.
Four Seasons Hong Kong, 8 Finance Street, Central | (+852) 3196 8888
No time like the holidays to live it up! This Christmas, The Langham is locked and loaded with a whole array of swanky experiences for you to enjoy as part of their two-night Festive Indulgence staycation package available for stays between 14 December to 16 December. Uplift your senses with a private perfume customization workshop hosted by Penhaligon, along with a floral arrangement class led by David Austin’s floral ateliers, before enjoying premium discounts on the hotel shops and eateries. Keeping with the spirit of giving, 10 percent of the package proceeds will be donated to Matilda Hospital.
Also ongoing, from now until 2 January 2022, is a special holiday rate starting at $1,388 for one-night stays in a superior room bedecked with a lovingly decorated Christmas tree, that also comes with breakfast for two, lunch for two at Palm Court, and a selection of a delectable meal to be enjoyed at T’ang Court, Bostonian Seafood & Grill, or The Food Gallery.
All across the month of December, The Langham shows an unparalleled demonstration of traditional Christmas ceremonies. Sparks fly at their Christmas tree-lighting ceremony on 1 December as a kick-off to the roster of live carol choirs in the hotel lobby held everyday at 6 pm from 18 December to 26 December that is followed by complimentary mulled wine at 7.05 pm, ballet performances on 12 December and 19 December at 3.15 pm, as well as visits from Santa Claus himself between 18 December and 26 December during noon and again in the evenings.
The Langham Hong Kong, 8 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 2375 1133
In a nod to the winter wonderland and World’s Happiest Country, Finland, Kowloon Shangri-La is hosting an incredible Wonders of Finland staycation offer. Each room has been decorated according to a gorgeous Finnish-inspired theme, complete with a bundle of amenities to match; ranging from a light system that projects the aurora borealis right above your bed, to a cuddly Moomin or reindeer plushie. An admission ticket to the Taste of Finland event on 18 December is also included, so clear your calendar out for a day of learning about Finnish culture and fun activities!
Over on Island-side, the Nutcracker has come to accompany your stay at Island Shangri-La. The two-night Nutcracker Suite Staycation in an enchanted room decked out with Nutcracker-themed stylings, a Christmas tree, and personalised stockings that are waiting to be filled on Santas’s visit straight to your door. Available throughout December, it also comes with a festive room-serviced dinner, a premium hamper, breakfast at Café TOO, and a round-trip escorted by Rolls-Royce. For those who love to go for a rough tumble, the Christmas Kid’s Camp option is a perfect outdoor adventure targeted at kids aged five to 12 years old that arranges a bunch of programmes that brings together the whole family. Check out their full range of offers here.
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Overlooking the iconic Victoria Harbour with a spectacular unobstructed view of the cityscapes, Mandarin Oriental is just the spot to soak in all of Hong Kong’s jaw dropping scenes. Amping up the Christmas ambiance, their Festive Limited Time Offer (booking period until 14 December) for stays on 24 December and 25 December come with a lavish dinner buffet on the nights of Noël at the opulent Connaught Room, as well as elusive The Mandarin Club benefits.
If you’re looking to dig into their signature Michelin-starred gastronomy, the Festive Wonder Staycation at M.O. package for stays on 24 to 25 December and 31 December opens up your tastebuds to a curated dinner at Man Wah, a delectable brunch at The Aubrey, and of course, The Mandarin Club perks. Late celebrations are also welcome, as the festive Celebration Suite offer is available until 31 December.
Mandarin Oriental, 5 Connaught Road, Central | (+852) 2522 0111
At The Murray, the festive season lasts all December long, with two incredible packages for stays between 1 December to 30 December that guarantee delicious gourmet experiences and a wonderful time. Their vibrant Christmas Everyday package has you sorted from breakfast, afternoon tea, to dinner, and grants access to a range of fun activities that has you rubbing elbows with Santa himself.
Pawrents and their four-legged loves will be delighted by A Pawfect Christmas, which features customized Christmas stockings for both parties, as well as an adorable photoshoot session for the dolled-up dogs in complimentary Christmas costumes. Both packages will gift guests with a Perfume Constellations Set from Atelier Cologne’s Holiday Collection, and servings of welcome mulled wine at Cotton Tree Terrace, in addition to a whole bunch of other bonuses.
The Murray Hong Kong, 22 Cotton Tree Drive, Central | (+852) 3141 8921
Like a star that perches atop a Christmas tree, The Ritz-Carlton is a spot that takes you upwards and over to give one of the best panoramas of the city. Their Festive Stellar-Bration Package that lasts during 20 December to 30 December calls for guests to hole up in a whimsically decorated room with yummy Christmas cake, champagne, and a sumptuous breakfast for two the next morning.
Never forgetting to carve out a package that’s designed especially for the ladies, the Just Us Girls package delivers a double deal of a comfy night in with your bestie, an indulgent afternoon tea to enjoy together, as well as a complimentary Hot Stone Melter pampering at the hotel’s in-house spa.
The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road, West Kowloon | (+852) 2263 2263
Synonymous with artisanal touches and all-rounded serenity, The Upper House presents the House of Crafts package over the month of December that will give you the chance to relax and rejuvenate under a festive air. Two guests can enjoy a daily breakfast at Salisterra, with the choice of a delicious three-course dinner at Salisterra or The Continental come evening time. The package also includes access to the exciting Mt. Christmas Resort Virtual Augmented Reality experience at Pacific Place, and gift cards redeemable for early 2022 between 2 January all the way to 31 March.
The Upper House, 88 Queensway, Admiralty | (+852) 2918 1838
Conjured up in partnership with Hong Kong’s beloved Ocean Park, the Festive Fun with Giant Pandas and Red Pandas staycation (valid until 26 December) is one that promises an unforgettable time with complimentary tickets to the park to get to better know the pandas and their environment, plus festive surprises and plush toys of the official Cordis mascots—Cody and Coco the red pandas. Honouring the habitats of these lovely creatures, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Ocean Park Conservation Foundation to further the protection of Asian wildlife and their homes.
Guests who seek a chilled-out time in a cushy room can try out A Bubbly Holiday Staycation over all of December 2021 to 1 January 2022, which provides the festively decorated rooms with an array of limited-edition Lush products to enjoy. Or opt for the Festive Buffet Staycation falling on the 25 December or 27 December to delight in their signature mouth-watering Christmas lunch or dinner buffets.
Cordis Hong Kong, 555 Shanghai Street, Mong Kok | (+852) 3552 3388
Holiday cheer is always improved with a glass of bubbly in hand, which is why EAST Hong Kong are rolling out a flash holiday offer that treats you with a special rate, alongside a checklist of amenities, tied together with a complimentary bottle of welcome prosecco. Bookings for overnight stays between now until 31 January 2022 allow for a free upgrade to the super-chic Harbour View room, replete with access to the outdoor swimming pool and 24-hour gym, plus complimentary breakfast at Domain, which has just launched a new festive menu.
EAST Hong Kong, 29 Tai Koo Shing Road, Quarry Bay | (+852) 3968 3968
Rest, play, and dining are all covered at Park Lane! Exclusive to stays on 24 December and 25 December, the Pullman Festive Staycation will have you feasting on their incredible Christmas Delights dinner of sumptuous roasts and fresh seafood platters, as just a few highlights, in addition to a buffet breakfast that kicks your day off with a hearty assortment. There is even free access to the fitness centre so that you can freshen up after the food coma, as well as a complimentary class from the choice of a yoga or fitness session, a massage, or art jamming. You may also check-in earlier or later at another date from now until 2 January 2022 for a stay at a Premium Deluxe Executive Room, which will be fully decked out in yuletide cheer.
The Park Lane Hong Kong, 310 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay | (+852) 2293 8888
Take a trip around the world through sampling the wealth of cuisines as part of the varied staycation packages on offer at Alva Hotel. For starters, any overnight vacation at a Superior River View room is already inclusive of a buffet breakfast for two at Alva House, a complimentary welcome tipple from the minibar, bike lending services, plus access to the Alva co-working spaces and fitness centres replete with a thermostatic pool and virtual reality fitness experience. Lovers of traditional Christmas fare should give the Alva House Festive Buffet staycation a whirl for its indulgent classic Christmas buffet to be washed down with two complementary bottles of house wines.
On the other side of the gourmet spectrum is the Enchanting Uni Omakase at Mizutani staycation, which is the perfect choice for Japanese fare. Guests will get to enjoy a carefully curated uni omakase set devised by two expert chefs, along with a bottle of Mizutani house sake. If authentic Chinese food is your prime option for the season, look no further than the Festive Journey of Chinese Flavours at Yat Heen staycation that features an elite eight-course menu of deliciousness.
Alva Hotel by Royal, 1 Yuen Hong Street, Sha Tin | (+852) 3653 1111
Tucked away in the underrated spot of North Point on the eastern front of Hong Kong Island, Hyatt Centric is presenting a sleek and comfortable staycation experience for the holiday season. Santa is making his rounds there by handing out complimentary Kiehl’s gift pouches. Decorated with quirky decals, the limited-edition Christmastime pouch is filled with toner, serum, facial cream, and hand salve, showing the apothecary-inspired varieties of this New York native skincare brand. Available for guests who stay in the signature Harbour View Deluxe rooms or the Victoria Harbour Lounge access rooms anytime from 6 December until 31 December. Check out their full range of staycations here, and find your perfect fit for the holiday season!
Hyatt Centric Victoria Harbour Hong Kong, 1 North Point Estate Lane, North Point | (+852) 3762 1234
Bring the winter inside by cosying up to the igloo tent that is part of the Festive Glamping Experience staycation. The room is also bedecked in a dazzling projection of the Northern Lights and a glistening Christmas tree, setting the perfect backdrop to the room-service barbecue delivered and cooked for you by your private chefs for the evening. For those who want to up the ante on the gourmet experiences, there is also the Specialty Suite Family Turkey Feast staycation with the option of a full roast-bird dinner. Check out their full list of options for staycations here.
The fun doesn’t stop there, as guests can also take part in gingerbread making classes between 18 December to 26 December, a meet and greet with Santa between 5 pm to 7 pm on 24 December and 25 December, and also catch a show from the Miraculous Festive Dance performance at the lobby during the hours of 6.15 pm to 7.30 pm on these two same days.
Anyone who has their staycation at the Mira during December can also stand a chance to win flight tickets to Finland! Simply by dropping off a letter to Santa off at the dedicated postbox in the lobby, and the mind behind the best letter will be selected as the winner.
The Mira Hong Kong, 118-130 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 2368 1111
Paying homage to the neon lights and signage that are almost synonymous with Hong Kong, the Let it Glow staycation is Eaton's specially designed experience to tie together Christmas festivities unique to the city. Aside from spots all over the hotel dazzling bright in neon décor, there will also be maps to a self-guided neon-hunting tour, bags of nostalgic candy varieties, and workshops allowing guests to make their own signs. To top it all off, each stay will be accompanied by a trove of local snacks, with premium vouchers for meals at The Meat Co. And The Astor.
Eaton HK, 380 Nathan Road, Kowloon | (+852) 2782 1818
See the glamorous JW Marriott turn into a whimsical paradise by revelling in a JW Christmas Day staycation overnight on 25 December. Huddle up in their cosy yet gorgeous room, and wake up to a comforting buffet breakfast for two. Explore all the wintry party favours and attractions all around, and soak up the holiday mood brought by the merry sounds of the live band performances at JW Christmas Wonderland at the ballroom. Delight in this Christmas ball that is like no other, with a cushy stay to boot.
JW Marriott Hong Kong, 88 Queensway, Admiralty | (+852) 2810 8366
In time for the 15th anniversary of our very own Hong Kong Disneyland, the house of mouse is offering some fantastic staycations that will leave you with the most magical of memories. The Chill Out staycation offer at the official Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel gives guests a stay at a spacious Victorian-style space adorned in beautiful wooden furnishings and updated amenities. Also part of the deal is a session with a Disney certified Tai Chi master, as well as access to live performances in the six-storey lobby, and tons of other fantastical themed attractions.
Just a few hundred metres away, little adventurers will be delighted to find the Disney Explorers Lodge, which shows the lush outdoor views that stretch out all the way to the sea. Beautifully decorated, stepping in already thrusts you right into the pages of a wondrous Disney storybook. Click here to check out what you can encounter during a staycation there.
Get inspired by the old-world elegance and festive cheer offered by The Peninsula’s Wish Upon a Star Festive staycation. A lavish stay at one of their beautiful rooms is accompanied by set breakfast at the iconic lobby, a gift of a Staub cast iron pot, as well as access to the exclusive festive installation on the sun terrace. There are also a whole bunch of special festive workshops to choose from, with collaborating hosts like Louis Vuitton and Bvlgari. Guests staying in the premium Harbour View Rooms can also receive a limited-edition Staub mini-fondue set with chocolate and cheese to christen it for use.
The Peninsula Hong Kong, Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 2920 2888
Let the stress of 2021 melt away as you unwind at Hotel Icon, no matter your style of taking it easy. Whether it be basking in the journey of self-care treatments and relaxation in the Spa-cation package, or tucking into the deliciousness plated up by the Winter Foodie Getaway staycation, or recharging by spending time with the little ones as part of the Family Fun Package. There is something for everyone!
Hotel Icon, 17 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 3400 1000
Taking to the seas to cure our travel woes, seacations have also been another popular alternative amongst explorers who need some time away from the city. Extending their sailing schedule and incorporating more trips into their roster, Royal Caribbean Cruises are delivering extra sea-bound vacations all across the month of December, all the way into early February 2022 in time for Lunar New Year celebrations.
Hosted in a sleek cruise vessel of gargantuan stature, the largest of its kind in all of Asia, the marine staycation hosts everything from spectacular live shows to state-of-the-art experiences that will get your pulse racing—there is never a dull moment. What’s more, there is a whole schedule of exclusive workshops and activities that showcase the joys of yuletide arts and crafts, and Christmas fun for you to discover. Setting out from Kai Tak terminal, check out their site to see the upcoming sailings and book your stay.
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