With the travel bubble between Singapore and Hong Kong confirmed to start from 22 November 2020 onwards, those of you who are going to give in to your wanderlust might start planning a short holiday in Hong Kong. Here are a few promotions and places that you might want to check out while planning your trip!
The Upper House will be welcoming back international visitors from Singapore with their “Stay 3, Pay 2” promotion, allowing guests to extend their stay for an additional night when reserving a 2-night stay. The rate is inclusive of a daily set breakfast and is valid for stays until 31 August 2021.
For reservations or more information, please visit https://www.thehousecollective.com/en/the-upper-house.
Mandarin Oriental is also having a promotion where you can get your third night free (min. 3 nights, max. 15 nights). Moreover, members of Fans of M.O. will enjoy extra privileges such as early check-in, late check-out, daily breakfast, dining or spa credits, and more. Offer is valid till 30 June 2021.
For details and reservations, please visit https://www.mandarinoriental.com/hong-kong/victoria-harbour/luxury-hotel/discover-hong-kong
If you’re a vegetarian, you might want to consider staying at Ovolo Hotel as it is the first hotel group to go completely vegetarian across all its restaurants, bars and food services for an entire year, as of 1 October 2020. Inspired to act on climate change and environmental conservation, the designer hotel collection is phasing out meat to focus on creating compelling plant-based cuisine instead.
For Ovolo Hong Kong, the movement towards vegetarianism began at Vega at Ovolo Central, followed by Komune at Ovolo Southside and the hotel will soon debut an exciting new restaurant concept that will be fully vegetarian too.
For reservations or more information, please visit https://ovolohotels.com.
Wine & Dine
Café Gray Deluxe, which set a new tone for Hong Kong’s luxury dining scene when it opened in 2009, will be closing on 31st December 2020. Its relaxed take on fine dining and warm, personalised service established The Upper House as a modern dining destination, fostering a strong local and international following and winning numerous awards. Prior to its closure, Café Gray Deluxe will present a curated menu that encapsulates the signature flavours and memories that guests have cherished over the 11 years. A new dining concept will be revealed in spring 2021.
Braised Short Rib of Beef
Chilled Soup of Chrysanthemum and Pear
As a farewell, and to celebrate Gray Kunz’s incredible culinary work, Café Gray Deluxe will present a unique menu featuring creations that best represent Chef Gray’s emblematic craft such as Tarragon Scented Lobster Bisque, Braised Short Rib of Beef and Chilled Soup of Chrysanthemum and Pear. Their special offers are available from now till end of December 2020.
Award-winning Cantonese restaurant Mott32 has come up with a Cantonese-accented seasonal menu to celebrate the holidays! Feast on their succulent free-range Barbecued Whole Turkey, which gets a contemporary Chinese twist – first served Peking Duck style with all the accompaniments, followed by Minced Turkey, served on a prawn cracker. Finally, a Shredded Turkey Salad featuring Field Greens and Sweet Mixed Chinese Pickles, served with cranberry dressing. The Peking Turkey menu will be available from 26 Nov to 30 Dec and is priced at HK$1,880+. Prior reservation and pre-order is required at least 48 hours in advance.
On Christmas itself, Mott32 will be offering an indulgent set menu that includes Roasted Turkey Salad, Barbecue Pluma Iberico Pork, Foie Gras, a soup course, followed by a main course of the restaurant’s signature Apple Wood Roasted 42 Days Peking Duck, Braised Brussels Sprouts and more. It’ll end on a sweet note with a festive Chocolate Yule Log for dessert. The Christmas Set Menu is priced at HK$1,388+ per person for a 4-course meal of 10 sharing dishes, with an additional optional wine pairing for HK$480 per person.
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If you’re looking for something more creative and want to support the coolest young chefs, why not visit the BaseHall, a multi-concept food hall in the basement of Jardine House. They’ll be having festive-themed food offerings from each of the vendors to delight in, from some of the best culinary names in Hong Kong – including Roti Tori, Cookie DPT, Moyo Sik, Return of Lemak, Treehouse and more.
Besides the food, BaseHall will have a full schedule of Christmas programming throughout the month of December. From carol singing, tree lighting ceremony, live music performances and a rumoured visit from Kris Kringle himself…
For more details, do visit their website www.basehall.hk.
Go on a Hong Kong Safari
Why not explore the city with highly personalised excursions led by various members of The Upper House team? These ‘safaris’ are designed to cater to the varying interests of guests, with options including The Food Guru, The Explorer, The Connoisseur, The Shopping Diva or The Local.
Visit a Christmas Market
Since travel to Europe would be tough this year, the next best thing is to visit a festive pop-up Christmas market! LANDMARK is bringing a shopping experience reminiscent of the cinnamon-scented and yule-spirited Christmas markets that populate the streets of Europe with it’s Christmas Market, located on the third floor of LANDMARK ATRIUM, which has been transformed into a veritable Santa’s grotto that is full of seasonal atmosphere and festive cheer.
Expect to find the best selection of products and Christmas exclusives, as well as a dedicated Christmas Market Wine Shop that will be stocking exclusive bottles. Richard Ekkebus, acclaimed chef of Amber at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, is treating shoppers to an original bakery concept created just for the pop-up market. LMO Freshly Baked by Richard Ekkebus will be serving a collection of more than 15 different baked goods and sweet treats inspired by the chef’s favourite childhood desserts. To guarantee that straight-from-the-oven freshness, a different item will only be available each hour.
The Christmas Market at LANDMARK will run from 2 Nov to 31 Dec.
Shops 308 & 312-314, 3/F LANDMARK Atrium
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday, 11am to 8pm
Images: BaseHall, Envato, LANDMARK, Mott32, Ovolo Hotels and The House Collective