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April 1, 2010

April Fools!

That fateful day has come again. . . In university, your roommates claimed to have turned the kitchen into a tattoo parlour, a few years ago your sister told you she had spotted your ex with Sienna Miller, and last year, your parents convinced you they were planning to spend the summer in Ibiza to go soul searching. Well this year, fear not. Rather than plotting pranks, everyone will be merrily planning how to trick the Easter Bunny into giving them more chocolate. With sumptuous feasts and bountiful chocolate eggs awaiting to be devoured at every turn, there’ll be no time for any mischievous antics this weekend. . .

Grand Hyatt 8-2-8 Easter Break
Dreaming of poolside lounges and fluffy hotel duvets but couldn’t get away for a whole weekend? Check out the Grand Hyatt’s 8-2-8 Easter Break, which includes a one-night stay in a Grand Harbour View Room, Breakfast in the Grand Café, a Tiffin Afternoon Tea Buffet, Evening Dessert Buffet or Wine and Cheese in your room, complimentary movies on demand, 15% off at all restaurants as well as Plateau Spa, plus early check in at 8am and late check out the next day at 8pm, so you can enjoy two full days at the property. The best part? It’s only HK$828 per person! (April 1 – 11, 2584 7038)

Easter Roast at Frites
Get all your favourite bunnies together to celebrate Easter with a traditional lamb roast at Frites this Sunday. This succulent carvery along with vegetables and all the trimmings will be available for HK$165 per person, or kick this celebration into high gear with the roast dinner plus a full selection of unlimited beers, wine, house spirits and soft drinks for HK$365/person. An Easter Egg Hunt for the little ones will start at 3pm and rumor has it there will be a surprise floppy eared visitor making a guest appearance! (12pm – late, 2179 5179)

The French Window Spectacular Easter Lunch
Chef Mickael le Calvez at new IFC harbour side hotspot, The French Window, has specially crafted a 4-course lunch for some serious Easter indulgence. Start with a glass of Dehours & Fils Brut Grande Reserve NV before digging in to Organic ‘Marrant Egg’ Black Trumpette Cream, Green Asparagus, and Cep Mushroom Cappuccino followed by a choice of Sea Bass Risotto, Lamb Shoulder Confite, Coco au Jus or Wagyu Beef Cheek “A La Bourguignonne”. Finish off the decadently delicious meal with a Fresh Strawberry Tart, coffee or tea, and of course a few chocolate Easter eggs. (HK$430/person, 2393 3812)

Island Shangri-la Easter Tea
Indulge in an Easter themed high-tea wonderland at the Lobby Lounge of the Island Shangri-La where a string quartet will be performing all afternoon and a hunt for colourful Easter eggs begins at 3pm at the terrace on Level 6. Giant Easter eggs will be awarded to the top three “egg hunters” and traditional high tea sets will be available from 2 – 6pm. (HK$208 / one or HK$378 / two ppl, 2877 3838, ext 8224)

VERO Chocolate Easter Week
Chocolate lovers of all ages can look no further than VERO Chocolate Lounge this Easter weekend, when they will be presenting four days full of chocolate fun and excess including marshmallow dipping stations, chocolate face painting, entertainment and more. Saturday and Sunday, from 2 – 4pm VERO’s famed chef will hold an Easter Chocolate Workshop to teach you how to decorate your own Easter chocolate bunnies and cookies (HK$38). And today through Sunday, from 12noon – 10pm, a special Easter Dessert menu will be available including Salted Caramel Mousse, Warm Yuzu Coulant and Milk Chocolate Crisp (HK$78 per platter, 2559 5882).

InterContinental Easter Sunday Champagne Brunch
For a decadent and glorious Easter Sunday Champagne Brunch with a view, hop on the ferry and head over to Harbourside at the InterContinental where your bottomless glass of Moet Chandon is waiting to be sipped and hand-made sushi, Peking duck, Indian curries, Chinese noodles, Italian pasta and freshly made dim sum remain to be savoured. A carving station will feature traditional Roasted Whole Baby Lamb, while an extravagant dessert buffet includes hot soufflés, crepes made-to-order, a chocolate fountain, and an assortment of freshly baked pastries, cakes and Easter chocolates. (HK$688 / adult inclusive of free-flowing champagne & wine, HK$368 / child, 2721 1211)

Rocksalt Easter Set Lunch
Dreaming of spending Easter by the sea? Rocksalt, Stanley’s newest sleek and savoury dining spot awaits! All through the Easter holiday, you can enjoy an Easter set lunch including a choice of crab cakes or clam chowder to start, followed by either pan-seared chicken saltimbocca (Italian for ‘Hop in the Mouth’) or grilled sea-bass fillet with a tomato and caper sauce. Kids will be entertained with Rocksalt’s Egg-Citing Treats kid’s menu and complimentary Easter games, plus all meals for kids and adults alike will come complete with chocolate Easter eggs. (HK$198, 2899 0818)

The Oriental Spa Easter Detox Refresher
This Easter holiday, hop on over to the Landmark Mandarin Oriental Spa for the specially created “Easter Detox Refresher”. The 110-minute treatment includes a full-body exfoliation with Oriental Scrub, a balancing Aromatherapy massage using essential oils for deep relaxation, and a refreshing mini facial, ideal for removing toxins and leaving you mentally uplifted. It’s like spring cleaning for your skin! (HK$1,470 weekdays, and HK$1,600 weekends, 2132 0011)

There’s only one problem, all of these have been fully booked for months. . . just kidding! April Fools and have a wonderfully feast-filled Easter weekend!

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