New staycations in town!

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Need a staycation? There are hot new hotels popping up all over Hong Kong, for every type of getaway you're after. By Ira Otivar and Li Meng de Bakker

 

Hotel Indigo
Hotel Indigo New chic in old Wan Chai
246 Queen's Rd East, Wan Chai, 3926 3888; hotelindigo.com/hongkong.

Fancy sipping a cocktail while floating in a gorgeous infinity pool above the most historic part of Wan Chai? Then check out this savvy new boutique hotel on Queen's Road East. Combining both heritage and modernity, Hotel Indigo is the newest resident of the emergingly hip Stone Nullah/Blue House area, and features a stunning 'dragon' design element wrapped around the building's exterior. But it's not just a pretty face: the property incorporates eco-friendly details and elements of old Wan Chai into all of its 138 unique rooms, each with individual artwork and styling.

OPENED: May 2013
INDULGE: Relax at the rooftop infinity pool and revel in its stunning glass bottom, or sip in the sights at the Skybar with any of the eight signature cocktails. The gym at Hotel Indigo is open 24 hours a day too, so if getting in some gym time is important to you, you can do so entirely at your leisure.
WHILE YOU'RE THERE: With its focus on the heritage of the old Wan Chai, Hotel Indigo is practically screaming for you to take in the historic sights of the neighbourhood. Stroll up through Stone Nullah Lane to the striking Blue House, Yellow House and Pak Tai Temple, take in the old school vibe and ponder the fact that there used to be a mountain stream running down the road.
PRICE: Superior room $2,300, Deluxe room $2,600.

 


Courtyard by Marriott New luxury in the New Territories
1 On Ping St, Sha Tin, New Territories; 3940 8888; courtyardshatin.com.
If fresh air is something you crave (and we're thinking it is), spending a weekend in the New Territories is a good move. And with a massive 495 rooms and suites, this sharp new hotel can also be your perfect New Territories getaway. It's one of the biggest in the Courtyard stable, and gives you all the leisure options you could want: a spot to relax by the pool or a base from which to take in the Sha Tin sights.

OPENED: March 2013
INDULGE: Spoil yourself at the hotel's signature restaurant, MoMo Café, that serves delicious Western cuisine as well as your favourite Asian dishes. There's also a 24-hour gym for the exercise-inclined, or you could laze by the pool and soak up the New Territories air. WHILE YOU'RE THERE: Sha Tin is full of attractions, from the historic to the cultural and quirky. Get full bottle on local culture at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum (heritagemuseum.gov.hk), get your Buddha-fill at the famous Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery or check out all the cute fun of Snoopy World at New Town Plaza. PRICE: Deluxe room $1,280, Executive room $1,680, Executive suite $2,380.

 


Crowne Plaza Kowloon East Explore the Northeast Tower
5, 3 Tong Tak St, Tseung Kwan O; 3983 0388; crowneplaza.com/kowlooneast
. With 359 guest rooms, this new five-star hotel is at the heart of Tseung Kwan O's modern rejuvenation. Located at the top of TKO's sexiest mall, Popcorn, the Crowne Plaza Kowloon East is the perfect base to explore all the exciting natural wonders of the Northeastern New Territories, with all the modern amenities and luxuries you could want.

OPENED: September 2012
INDULGE: Apart from the city views from the rooms, Crowne Plaza Kowloon East has a range of tasty food with choices from all day dining at The Chef's Table to delicious Cantonese cuisine at Tze Yuet Heen and a cosy Italian dining at Cielo on the hotel's rooftop. There's an outdoor pool and fitness club as well, but if you really want to treat yourself, book into Sense of Touch, which has one of its seven locations citywide within the hotel.
WHILE YOU'RE THERE: You could go shopping in TKO's myriad sameish malls, but we'd recommend going for a stroll to the banks of Junk Bay for a very different view of the harbour.
PRICE: Superior room $1,200, Executive room $1,800, Suite $8,600.

 


V Wanchai² Intimate and chic city stay
139 Thomson Rd, Wan Chai, 3602 2388; theV.hk.
You don't need to leave the hustle and bustle of the city to get a relaxing break in – sometimes, you just need a change of scene. Like, say, into the heart of Wan Chai. The V group's newest addition continues its 'home away from home' ethic, adding a special Asian-European design twist to its renowned modern aesthetic.

OPENED: March 2013
INDULGE: The V seems to be all about complimentary consumption. In the hotel's communal lounge, there's complimentary breakfast in the morning, coffee, tea and juice throughout the day, and, from 5pm-8pm every evening, there are complimentary snacks and cocktails for all guests.
WHILE YOU'RE THERE: For a romantic evening, head down to the Wan Chai Ferry to bob your way across the harbour into Tsim Sha Tsui.
PRICE: Luxe $1,500, Deluxe $1,800, Premium Deluxe $2,000, Grand Suite $2,300.

 


Auberge Discovery Bay Fun in the island sun
88 Siena Ave, Discovery Bay, Lantau, 2295 8288; aubergediscoverybay.com.
With beaches, hiking and other activities in abundance, it was just a matter of time before Discovery Bay would get its own worthy resort. The just-opened Auberge Discovery Bay sits on the island's coast, boasting an impressive 325 rooms (including 40 ocean-front suites) and spacious grounds that can accommodate events from corporate gatherings to weddings.

OPENED: March 2013
INDULGE: The Auberge really embraces the total resort approach. You can spoil your stomach at the Café bord de Mer's seaside terrace, chill by the resort-style swimming pool (not available yet) or go for total relaxation with the Spa Botanica's seaside-themed treatments, such as a signature Ocean's Gift package ($2,250), consisting of a seaweed wrap, massage and body salt treatment.
WHILE YOU'RE THERE: When on Lantau, head outdoors. Discovery Bay has a lot to offer in that department, including golf, cycling, boat rides and some impressive hikes. We recommend the one-hour trek from the door of the Auberge straight up to Lookout Point.
PRICE: Mountain View Room $990, Ocean Front Room $1,340.

 

AND COMING SOON...!

Mira Moon July 2013
388 Jaffe Rd, Wan Chai, 2367 5962; miramoonhotel.com.
The Miramar Group's soon-to-launch boutique reimagines the Chinese fairytale of the Moon Festival into a hotel! It will feature 91 rooms, all bringing a contemporary abstract approach to the legendary Chinese myth, as well as all the modern amenities you can possibly want.
 

OZO Wesley July 2013
22 Hennessy Rd, Wan Chai; 2292 3000; ozohotels.com/wesley-hongkong.
Relaxed and quirky, the Ozo Wesley should be a top option for a budget staycation. There are 251 rooms planned for this hotel, as well as an informal restobar, Zaan, while the lobby doubles as a contemporary lounge where guests can mingle and relax with a drink.

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