Escape the city and head to Sai Kung for a staycation that will take you on holiday without leaving the country.
Located in Hong Kong’s back garden and situated right by the sea, The Pier Hotel is the oceanfront destination made for those looking to leave the city for more tranquil surroundings. The boutique hotel has been welcoming guests since 2018 and offers an ideal escape from the hustle and bustle of modern life. Here, a slower and more relaxed pace of life is apparent, and with a total of 40 guestrooms and suites catered to couples and families, we would strongly suggest to take that time off for a holiday with them today.
Nestled on the quiet public pier of Pak Sha Wan, The Pier Hotel enjoys undisturbed views of the sea filled with yachts and fishing boats that soothe the soul. The area is very still, which means there isn’t too much going on — with only a local store, and a few eateries nearby. However, the wider area is great for exploring and there is also a small beach just 950 metres away. Elsewhere, from charming fishing villages, to seafood restaurants and bars, guests can reach them all by taking either the hotel’s shuttle, taxi, public transport or explore freely on their own. Exploration by foot, however, is only advised when the sun isn’t beaming down during the height of Hong Kong summers, as there isn’t much shade.
The design of the hotel is somewhat simple, but of course is purely on purpose in order to give way to the stunning sea views that take centre stage during your stay. It’s easy to while away a few hours and relax in room or on the rooftop to take it all in. As for the rest of the hotel and rooms, the design is clean, bright, and mostly white (which unintentionally rhymes) dotted with ocean-coloured accents in cerulean and turquoise. A clever use of natural day light is directed through a sun room while floor-to-ceiling windows open up the room further.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the view from The Pier Hotel is absolutely beautiful. Therefore, the ambience is something that wellness resorts in South East Asia are made of, pure relaxation. Also, owing to the fact that Sai Kung doesn’t feel like Hong Kong, but at the same time has all the eccentricities of our beloved city, it is a truly unique destination. During our stay, we saw mostly young groups of friends and families who made use of the wide open rooftop terrace.
The seven different room categories at The Pier Hotel include the smallest superior terrace; deluxe terrace; ocean front terrace; premium ocean front room; premium ocean front terrace — complete with an in-room bathtub; one bedroom suite; and the biggest pier suite. The spacious premium ocean front room we stayed in (from 573 sq. ft. to 666 sq. ft) featured a king bed, 49-inch LED TV, fully equipped kitchenette with cooking utensils and comfortable lounge area to drink in the views.
Service & Facilities: 8/10
The staff, whom we encountered including front desk and house keeping, are friendly and warm. But as a small hotel, that is really as far as the service goes. Facilities include the rooftop terrace deck, swimming pool, gym and car park. The pool, probably the highlight of the hotel with its impressive views (once again!), and the rooftop garden is great for lounging during the day and relaxing into the evening. I would strongly recommend taking a glass of wine up with you to enjoy.
Food & Drink: 7/10
The Pier Hotel’s WA Theater Restaurant offers Japanese cuisine to its guests in the form of tasting sets and omakase. Unfortunately, during our stay, the restaurant was closed due to government restrictions on dining as a result of the pandemic. Guests at The Pier Hotel can also opt to receive a BBQ buffet offer at the Beach Club located at Sha Ha, in which front desk staff are happy to reserve for you. There is a local (cha chaan teng) eatery just steps away that offers inexpensive dishes, but with an in room kitchen to use, it could be worth a trip to the seafood market and DIY, since you are so close to the sea.
Rates: start from HK$2,160/night for a Superior Terrace room to HK$3,600/night for the Premium Ocean Front Terrace. The price may vary depending on availability and season. Current room packages can be found here.