August 20, 2020
Yes, Hong Kong has staycations a-plenty, but The Peninsula, Hong Kong has been pulling out all the stops for an ultra-LUXE staycay complete with Rolls-Royce pick-ups, world-class eats and exclusive access to once-in-a-lifetime experiences worth the #humble(or not so humble)brag.
Earlier this year, The Peninsula Hotels celebrated “love” with a new staycation concept across several cities in Asia – not just love for the cities themselves, but for the unique passions and interests of guests and the greater community.
Available in Hong Kong, Tokyo and Shanghai, the “Eight Loves” staycation allowed guests to choose between their love of food, art (photography), fashion, exploration, transportation, wellness, entertainment and community – each giving access to once-in-a-lifetime experiences such as trips to the hotel’s helipad, cooking classes with award-winning chefs and guided tours to explore the hotels’ rich history.
Now, The Peninsula Hong Kong is back with another innovative staycation to take guests on a memorable journey. The one- to three-day “Journey The World” staycation is even more baller, starting with a pick-up in a Rolls-Royce Phantom that takes you straight to the hotel’s helipad, where you’ll first embark on an 18-minute flight-seeing trip above Victoria Harbour.
After landing and checking in, you’ll be handed a Peninsula Passport to keep track of your staycation checkpoints, which include a combination of culinary experiences (choose from options including Cantonese, French, Swiss, Spanish, Japanese, English and more), historical journeys (best for car, history and cinema geeks) and artisanal journeys (best for arts-and-craftsy types).
For the travel-starved, this homegrown, action-packed "journey" couldn’t sound better. We had a chat with the man behind the staycations, Eric Poon, to find out what inspired them and some of his favourite trips so far:
What was the inspiration behind the “Eight Loves” concept?
During the course of the crisis, we were inspired by the courage and love of the local residents in Hong Kong – both for each other and the community. We saw them returning to their passions of cooking, hiking, watching movies, etc. and decided to take these inspirations and allow them to enjoy these “loves” at The Peninsula Hong Kong.
What do you personally love most about The Peninsula Hong Kong?
The people, the hotel’s nostalgia and timeless charm, the memories it creates, its continuous love for the community and of course, the cheese fondue at Chesa.
What are your top spots to recommend for visitors in Hong Kong?
As an avid traveller, what are some of your most memorable trips?
Udaipur, India – I stayed at the Oberoi Udaivila and it was just magical. It was like stepping back to the time of the Mughals and we were welcomed with flower petals falling from the sky.
Morocco – I did a round-the-country trip in just two weeks. The highlight was definitely the Medina of Fès, the World Heritage Site including Fes el Bali's urban fabric and walls. I was amazed by the numerous madrasas, mosques, zawiyas and city gates that had survived up until today. I stayed at Riad Fès, which was a hidden gem inside the Medina.
What’s the first trip you plan to take once travel resumes?
Bangkok – it’s like a second home to me and it's close to Hong Kong.
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