A junk boat sailing in front of the Hong Kong skyline at night

Travel Challenge: Hong Kong Budget vs Luxury

30 November 2016

Hong Kong is a bustling and diverse cityscape, beckoning to travellers of all types with a swathe of accommodation, experiences and sights that suit all pocket sizes. Just ask our Travel Experts that have been there and seen it all first hand ...

Flight Centre staff photo Travel Expert Ryan Brickley shares his first hand insight to travelling on a budget in Hong Kong

For The Budget Savvy

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Fortunately in Hong Kong, you don’t have to venture too far to find things to do that are a little off the beaten track and won’t break the bank.

Experience one:

On Hong Kong Island’s south-east corner lies the quaint beachside village of Shek O. Sheltered by a rocky headland, the village is popular for its beachside cafes and white sandy beaches. Big Wave Bay Beach, living up to its name, is particularly popular with windsurfers. Shek O is a great escape from the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong, and what I love about it is that you can easily take public transportation to get there.

Experience two:

If you have a bit more time, then I highly suggest heading over to Lantau’s Tai O for its stunning scenery and stark contrast to metropolitan Hong Kong. It costs little to take in the wonders of this old fishing village and browse the market stalls, fresh seafood and houses built on stilts. If you are making your way to see the Big Buddha (which most people do), Tai O is an affordable addition to your day trip.

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Charterhouse Causeway Bay Hotel

Need help finding a place to rest in between the sights while keeping your budget in mind? Try the centrally located Charterhouse Causeway Bay Hotel on Hong Kong Island. Not only is it perfectly located near public transport and tourist hotspots like Victoria Peak and Ocean Park, but also great value for money. Rooms are modern and air-conditioned, and guests have 24-hour gym access and three dining options.

Rosedale Hotel

If the hurried chaos of Kowloon is more your style, I recommend the Rosedale Hotel. You’ll be saving pennies and relaxing in comfort amid the famously congested residential district of Mongkok. It’s not called one of the world’s busiest places for no reason. From your base, it’s only a short wander down the road to some of the most amazing markets and pulsing street-side nightlife associated with Hong Kong. Don’t let the madness deter you – after relaxing on the beach, a little hustle and bustle may be just what you need.

Ryan Brickley

Travel Expert

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Flight Centre staff photo Travel Expert Rochelle Evans shares her first hand insight into luxury travelling through Hong Kong

For The Luxury Lover

If you love the finer things in life, the bustling streets of Hong Kong hide countless 5-star indulgences.

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Experience one:

Hong Kong certainly raises the standards when it comes to luxury travel, nowhere more so than within the realm of pampering. With most spas open late into the evening, it’s not hard to squeeze in some relaxation time in between pounding the pavement. Head to The Mandarin Spa in for a heady dose of traditional Chinese medicine therapies blended with contemporary indulgences. Succumb to the hands of qualified therapists using everything from jade rollers and warm bamboo to work out knots, or lay back and relax with the Eve Lom signature facial.

Experience two:

001 Bar is the hidden gem in Hong Kong’s cocktail crown and the best worst-kept secret in the city. This exclusive Japanese-style speakeasy (which seats only 20 guests at a time) requires a reservation to enter; that is, if you can find its entrance hidden somewhere in the Graham Street Wet Market. The bartenders are incredibly skilled and cocktails are only limited by their imaginations – the signature earl grey tea martini is a must-try. Remember: dress to impress and don’t forget to make a reservation.

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The Harbor Grand Kowloon

The Harbor Grand Kowloon is a haven of calm and elegance in one of the busiest cities in the world. Step back in time to an era of brass-buttoned doormen, marble bathrooms and personalised service. Sip your cocktails beside the rooftop pool with 360-degree views of the Hong Kong skyline or along the deck to watch the Symphony of Lights. (This is one of the best places I found in all of Hong Kong to watch this light show!)

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It’s hard to go past the luxurious Hotel Icon. This sleek Kowloon hotel will wow even the most discerning traveller. Think stunning harbour views from a rooftop pool, pampering day spa and three decadent dining venues. All rooms feature sweeping city or Victoria Harbour views, as well as chic styling and all the latest modern conveniences. Blending traditional Hong Kong hospitality with a high standard of comfort and finesse, this hotel is perfect for anyone looking for a luxury base in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui. 

Rochelle Evans

Travel Expert

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