If you’re after a super-straightforward weekend break, then a staycation in one of Hong Kong’s many five-star hotels is the way forward. With a fabulous location, huge outdoor pool, great restaurants and on-site spa, the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong is a top choice for relaxing in the 852.
Situated on the Wan Chai waterfront right next to the Convention Centre, the Hyatt’s location makes for the perfect opportunity to soak up that spectacular view across Victoria Harbour; it’s also currently undergoing a programme of renovations that will update the guest rooms from merely luxurious to super-plush.
We stayed in a Club Room that also allowed access to the private lounge on the 30th floor, with its dining and lounge facilities adding an extra layer of comfort and convenience to the stay. The rooms themselves are light, bright and airy, with blonde wood and neutral-toned upholstery along with gorgeous deco-style bathrooms, making this a very female-friendly environment (in stark contrast to some of the larger hotels that can be a little masculine and old-school in feel).
A very thoughtful touch is Hyatt’s new ‘Have You Forgotten Anything?’ card, which is left in the bathroom. You are invited to ring down to reception if you’re in need of anything from deodorant to a yoga mat, and a friendly member of staff will whisk it straight up to your room.
Facilities-wise, it’s all here – the largest outdoor hotel pool in Hong Kong, a well-equipped gym that’s open 24 hours a day, a jogging track, tennis and squash courts, and a great range of in-house dining options – meaning you’ve got all the ingredients for a perfect mini-break that ticks all the boxes.
You should also check out the Grand Hyatt’s Plateau Spa, a super-luxe retreat from Hong Kong’s hustle that had me unwinding from the moment I crossed the threshold. The blonde wood theme continues here, with swank private rooms decked out in neutral tones, each with their own en suite bathroom. The Plateau Massage combines Shiatsu, Thai and Swedish techniques to transform even the most board-like body into something pliable!
My therapist used her forearms, palms and a fair amount of pressure to roll the kinks out of my poor neglected spine, but was careful to check my comfort levels and adjust accordingly throughout. Although I opted for more pressure, this is a massage that is easily tailored according to your preference and desired results, with Relax, Flow and Detox aromatherapy oils to choose from. I was floating on air as I left, and felt noticeably less stiff the following day as my back enjoyed the benefits of the massage.
That night, we opted for the dinner buffet at Tiffin Lounge, which features a range of Western and Asian options. The Thai section was a standout here, with a good range of authentic (and authentically spicy!) salads, noodles and rice dishes. France was also well represented, with a tasty bouillabaisse and a cheese selection that we made sure we saved room for.
All in all, if you are looking for comfort, convenience and a top-notch location, you really can’t beat the Grand Hyatt. For our money, the 8-2-8 Deal that the hotel is currently offering until the end of September is an absolute steal. It includes:
- One night’s accommodation in a Grand Harbour View Room
- Early check in from 8am
- Late check out until 8pm the next day
- A breakfast buffet for two at Grand Café (this can be enjoyed on the day of arrival or the next morning)
- Complimentary access to the hotel’s 50-metre pool, 24-hour fitness studios and sauna facilities
- And complimentary overnight parking for one vehicle
All this is priced at a very reasonable $828 (plus 10% service charge) per person; each room requires a minimum of two persons and is subject to availability.
To book a room for your very own Hong Kong staycation, just email firstname.lastname@example.org and make the most of these fabulous facilities whilst the sun shines. See you by the pool…
Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2588 1234