Fully-booked flights, sky-high prices… if you’ve decided not to opt for a Christmas getaway this year, we don’t blame you! Thankfully, with pleasant cooler temperatures setting in and a relative lack of holiday crowds, the 'Kong is actually a pretty great place to spend the festive period – and we’ve rounded up wonderful ways to celebrate Christmas in the city in style.
Reach New Heights with a Helicopter Tour
For a chance to see Hong Kong from a whole new perspective, take a whirlwind whizz around the city from above with a Heliservices helicopter sightseeing tour. Departing from the rooftop of the Peninsula Hong Kong, this once-in-a-lifetime experience gives you an incredible bird’s-eye view of one of the world’s most famous skylines – taking in the Fragrant Harbour’s concrete jungle of dizzying skyscrapers, alongside its stretches of stunning beaches and lush natural beauty too. Extra mince pies if you manage to spot your apartment along the way!
Eat, Drink and Be Merry at the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong
Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without a spot of festive indulgence… of the edible kind, of course! The Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong pulls out all the stops in terms of Yuletide deliciousness, from scrumptious roasted chestnuts, mulled wine and mince pies in the lobby to get you into the Christmas spirit to full-on festive feasts at the hotel’s many restaurants throughout the holiday period. If you’re sick of attempting to cook turkey and all the trimmings in a Hong Kong-sized kitchen (never mind dealing with all the washing up after!), we’d recommend the traditional Christmas buffets at the Clipper Lounge or Connaught Room for the big day. These sumptuous spreads include all the classics like roast turkey with chestnut stuffing and gravy, roast beef with Yorkshire puddings, and Christmas pudding with brandy butter – plus entertainment from magicians, balloon artists, face painters and even Santa himself.
Get Pampered at the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong
With the extra sprinkling of Christmas and New Year public holidays, why not book yourself a relaxing staycation to max out your downtime – and there’s nowhere better to bliss out in style than the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong. Their luxurious spa has launched a special festive Wrap Around Winter treatment for December, which includes a nourishing chocolate fondue body wrap and soothing massage… plus a decadent cup of hot chocolate to be enjoyed in their relaxation lounge afterwards. Forget shivering in outdoor pools; the Ritz-Carlton’s infinity swimming pool is happily indoors, and boasts incredible vistas from its lofty location on the 118th floor of the hotel. Time your stay right to make the most of those views come New Year’s Eve – request a room with a harbour view to catch the city’s spectacular countdown fireworks without even having to get out your dressing gown!
Hit The Trails for a Healthy Holiday Hike
While relaxing at home over the festive period is an undeniably welcome prospect, come Boxing Day, it’s likely that you’ll be itching to escape Christmas cabin fever (not to mention burn off some of that Mandarin Oriental dinner!). And with the weather typically being at its sunny-yet-cool best over the festive season, it’s time to gather up your group, don your trainers and hit the trails. The ultimate in Instagrammable hikes, the Dragon’s Back offers a relatively easy (and pleasantly breezy) walk through Shek O Country Park, complete with spectacular Southside views. Alternatively, those with serious hiking chops should hit sections seven and eight of the Maclehose Trail, which leads to the summit of Tai Mo Shan – Hong Kong’s highest mountain. Definitely not for beginners, your sense of accomplishment at the end of this hike will more than justify spending the remainder of the holiday firmly in front of the TV!
Luxuriate in a Seasonal Staycation (… a Stone’s Throw Away!)
If all you’re wishing for under the tree this year is a little peace and quiet, why not opt out of the holiday hustle entirely, and ask Santa for a sumptuously serene staycation? Just a short ferry ride away, Banyan Tree Macau is an oasis of calm nestled within the glitzy Galaxy resort complex. This plush property is designed with supreme comfort in mind, and with every suite featuring its own relaxation pool, complete with expansive views across the Macau skyline, plus separate living areas and traditional Japanese wooden soaking tubs, you’ll be hard-pressed to tear yourself away from that #suitelife. But tear yourself away you must, if only to visit the award-winning spa, where highly trained therapists are waiting to unravel the tightest of knots, and soothe the busiest of minds. And while Banyan Tree has a wide range of delicious dining options to tempt your taste buds, we certainly wouldn’t judge you for remaining in your robe and dialling down for room service instead.