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Hong Kong might be a jigsaw of islands – more than 200 if you’re wondering – but the city’s seaside charms are often overlooked by visitors who are more likely to head directly for the concrete jungle of skyscrapers.
To be fair, if this is your first time in Hong Kong, the city is the place to base yourself. The neon lights, night markets and streets bustling with hawkers are everything this great city is about. Pick one of our top ten Hong Kong hotels. However, if you’re back for the second or third time then Hong Kong resort hotels can be attractive.
Staying at a Hong Kong Resort Hotel by the Beach
The fact that Hong Kong is so compact and public transport so good means that wherever you base yourself – even at a resort – you’re still going be less than an hour away from the city center. Even more inviting is the quality of Hong Kong’s backyard. Hong Kong doesn’t do enough to shout about its beautiful nature but you can expect golden sandy beaches, lush greenery and traditional fishing villages to explore.
The drawback is that there are only a few resort hotels in Hong Kong. The Gold Coast Hotel is really the only true resort hotel with all the bells and whistles, although there are also a couple of excellent beach hotels off the beaten track.
Gold Coast Hotel
This is arguably Hong Kong’s only bonafide resort hotel - seaside location, yes; private beach, yes; dedicated kids club, yes; shuttle bus to the city, yes. All the ingredients are here. Despite being based in a building that looks like it escaped Pyongyang in the eighties and promptly fell into a bucket of pastel paint, the Hong Kong Gold Coast Hotel offers a fantastic location on the coast of the southern New Territories and faultless five-star facilities. The resort has an ocean-sized swimming pool shaded by palm trees, as well as tennis courts and landscaped gardens. Rooms feature balconies and premium views over the South China Sea. The city is about 30 minutes away by shuttle bus.
- Nearest: MTR: Tuen Mun
Silvermine Beach Hotel
A new lick of paint, some fancy lamps from Ikea and even a new website have given this low key hotel on Lantau Island a new lease of life and, while the shiny brown office desks and floral curtains still give Silvermine a splash of the eighties, there is a lot to like here. An outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts, and a sauna give a hint of high life resort living, but it’s the Silvermine’s location, right on the doorstep of Silvermine Beach and the South China Sea, that sells a stay here. Also attractive is the nearby village of Mui Wo, the traditional capital of Lantau, and now a bustling fishing village that is within walking distance and offers relaxed dining and drinking options. Mui Wo is also connected to Central by ferry. Some say that the three-star rating for the Silvermine Beach Hotel is generous and it might be – but then so are the prices.
- Nearest: MTR: No MTR/ Mui Wo ferry
Disneyland Hotel Hong Kong
Not ideal if you’re not into alarm clocks that quack like Donald Duck or Mr. Mouse delivering dinner, the Disneyland Hotel Hong Kong is, however, a full resort option. While the hotel is decked out toe to tail in Disney regalia and the Disneyland park is on your doorstep you don’t necessarily need to go rollercoastering every day. Decked out in mock Victorian style and plastered with Disney fixtures and fittings the hotel may be an homage to Walt but it is well set up for rest and relaxation, including indoor and outdoor pools and a spa or - for the more energetic - tennis and basketball courts and a maze. For refilling, there are three restaurants – including the excellent Crystal Lotus - and a café, while an added bonus is the poolside bar shipping out cocktails. Despite a marooned location out on Lantau Island, the resort and park are well connected to Central Hong Kong through their own dedicated MTR line. Travel time is just over 30 minutes and trains run frequently.
- Nearest: MTR: Disneyland Resort Station