There are a couple of reasons to stay on Lantau Island. For dedicated Hong Kong Disneyland fans it might make sense to stay at the park, those with an early flight will appreciate an overnight at one of the excellent hotels at Hong Kong Airport, while Tai O is one of the best villages in Hong Kong and can now boast one of its best hotels as well. There is also the little known YHA block buried deep in the Lantau countryside that is a fantastic base for exploring this still wild island.
Below we pick seven of the very best Lantau Island hotels and guesthouses.
If you’re looking for a great stay in an atmospheric destination on Lantau, then you’ll enjoy a few nights at the Tai O Heritage Hotel. The setting is one of Hong Kong’s most enjoyable and liveliest fishing villages. Tai O was built by the Tanka boat people and many of the traditional houses in the village are set on stilts, suspended over muddy coastal flats and the slosh of the sea below. The hotel is found in the former police station for the village. Dating from the days of the British, this colonial gem has been gloriously refurbished, with rooms that feature period furniture making the most of the arched façade, verandas, and Victorian architecture. You’ll also find superb sea views and fine dining at their fantastic Lookout restaurant.
The Silvermine Beach Resort has seen better days, but it does offer clean rooms and reasonable rates on one of Hong Kong's best beaches. Silvermine Beach is a long curve of golden sand set against the backdrop of Lantau’s rolling green mountains – for a place to drop out from Hong Kong’s frantic pace, it ranks highly. The hotel offers sea view rooms, an outdoor swimming pool and the chance to rent bikes and boats. You’re also within walking distance of Mui Wo, Lantau’s most interesting and oldest town where you’ll find a good selection of bars, cafes and market stalls to nose around.
It’s about a forty minute ride from the airport on Lantau to Hong Kong Island, so if you’ve got an early plane it might worth sleeping at the airport. The pick of the airport hotels is the Regal. It’s directly connected to the airport terminal, so you can walk to your plane rather than waiting for a shuttle bus, and they even have their own self-service check-in counters in the lobby. The hotel itself is a smart, if serious affair aimed at business people looking to recharge, although there are also indoor and outdoor pools and a couple of award-winning restaurants.
Buried into the side of Lantau’s bucolic jungle-like greenery, the Ngong Ping youth hostel is the best choice if you want to hike into the surrounding hills. The Lantau Trail is just on the doorstep, as is the 934 meter Lantau Peak – one of the highest mountains in Hong Kong. You can also walk to the famous Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery, and take either the cable car or bus for exploring the rest of Lantau. As you’d expect the hostel is a pretty basic set-up, although there are double rooms available as well as dormitories. You can buy all the basics at the onsite shop, and there is a kitchen and BBQ where you can share tales of adventure with fellow travelers over dinner.
If you to want to see Disneyland, the big Buddha and the rest of Lantau’s best attractions, then the Novotel Citygate at Tung Chung is your best bet. The hotel is a well-appointed chain with upmarket touches like espresso machines and audio docking stations in stylish rooms as well as a 24-hour gym and outdoor swimming pool. While the town of Tung Chung has few distractions, it is Lantau’s transport hub – the MTR has a stop here and this is the terminus for the Ngong Ping Cable Car that takes passengers across the mountains to the Big Buddha.
It’s no easier to get to Hong Kong Disneyland from Tung Chung or anywhere else on Lantau than it is from Hong Kong Island, but if you want to maximize your time with Mickey and friends you can stay at the park itself. The Hong Kong Disneyland hotel is a homage to everything Walt. There are Donald Duck portraits on the wall, vegetables shaped like the heroes from Star Wars and close encounters with Buzz Lightyear and friends at breakfast. It’s also a fantastic hotel. The staff is well versed in making guests young and old happy, the rooms are spacious, comfortable and modern and the restaurants are fine dining and fun. The downside is that a stay here doesn’t actually win you entry to the park itself – you’ll still need to stump up for Hong Kong Disneyland tickets, although you can buy them from the front desk.
The Auberge Discovery Bay is mostly aimed at locals looking for a break from the skyscrapers and crowds of Hong Kong. The ocean view rooms are big and comfortable, with walk-in rain showers and plenty of complimentary cosmetics. As you are on the doorstep of Hong Kong Disneyland, the hotel is well set up to cater for the smaller people in your life, with an outdoor pool and a kids club that offers horse rides, arts and crafts and kite making. The big draw, however, is the Discovery Bay location. This is one of Hong Kong’s most popular expat residential districts, and you’ll find a dozen or so restaurants and bars down at the Discovery Bay Plaza as well as an enjoyably local community crowd.