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March 4, 2016

Spring Short Hops

Looking for a respite retreat from one of HK’s longest winters on record? We hear you. And so do our globetrotting friends at Lightfoot Travel. From boutique beach hideaways to luxe history-filled havens to scenic city breaks, they’ve rounded up some inspiring short hops that are sure to put the spring back in your step!

Chengdu, China
Spring is the perfect time to visit Chengdu and the famous panda sanctuary located just outside the city centre.
Plant your feet at: The Temple House
Newly opened by HK’s own Swire Hotels, and beautifully designed with an indoor pool, spacious rooms and plenty of restaurants and shops nearby, The Temple House is hands down the top property choice in Chengdu. After a day seeing the sights, kick back and let the bartender at Jing, the hotel bar, mix you a Sichuan Mule — a fiery take on the Moscow staple.
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Avid hikers can embark on a day trip to the summit of gorgeous Mount Emei, while those less physically inclined can opt to ride the cable car to the top! Get your taste buds ready for the sizzling street food that Chengdu is famous for and make sure to try a fiery hot pot dinner one evening, after experiencing the city’s famous face changing opera — a unique performance that gets rave reviews.


Hoi An & Danang, Vietnam
Hong Kong’s favourite short hop destination starts to come into beach season from the end of March. A quick and easy 1.5-hour flight away, you can go from door to beach in just over four hours.
Plant your feet at: The Nam Hai
Featuring multi-bedroom villas that are ideal for families, the exclusive Nam Hai also caters exceptionally well for couples, groups of friends and solo travelers. Located on a beautiful stretch of calm beach, this staggeringly stunning property features an iconic three-tiered pool and consistently receives glowing feedback from travelling guests.
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Spend your time relaxing by the beach, exploring the charming UNESCO World Heritage town of Hoi An, cycling through the countryside or embarking on market tours and cooking classes — some of the best we’ve experienced throughout Asia.


Cebu, Philippines
If you’re short on time and long on beautiful white sand beaches, head straight to Cebu. A direct 3-hour flight from Hong Kong, and filled with gorgeous resorts, this is a fantastic option for anyone who loves the sand and sea.
Plant your feet at: Abaca Cebu
With only nine suites and villas, Abaca is as boutique as you can get. While the property does not have its own beach, it is one of our favourites on the island due to its beautiful design, poolside cabanas, exceptional staff and wonderful food. While it’s highly recommended for couples, we’ve also had excellent feedback from families who rave that staff go above and beyond to cater to the kids.
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For those looking for an aquatic adventure, diving and snorkeling around the island is excellent and it’s easy to complete your PADI certification while on holiday. Nature enthusiasts can visit the Jumalon Butterfly Sanctuary and kids of all ages will love the Cebu Happy Word Museum — a collection of surrealist art that makes for some hilarious and memorable holiday photos!


Siem Reap, Cambodia
A destination that must be visited while living in Asia, Siem Reap leaves lasting impressions and we recommend going soon before too much of it changes.
Plant your feet at: Belmond La Residence d’Angkor
Situated in the heart of Siem Reap on the banks of the river, La Residence combines traditional style with a whole lot of sophistication, forming an ideal base from which to explore Angkor Wat. Couples seeking maximum privacy should opt for the luxurious Residence suites, which feature an expansive terrace for alfresco dining.
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Angkor Wat and the surrounding temple complexes are the main reason for visiting and can easily take up two or three full days. However, for those who are on temple overload, there are plenty of other activities to occupy your time — pedal on cycling tours to rural villages, go quad biking in the countryside, or simply kick back at your hotel for a bit post-temple pool time.


Langkawi, Malaysia
While Langkawi does require two flights from Hong Kong, we’re squeezing it into the “short hop” category because it’s still relatively convenient and a great spot to visit year round.
Plant your feet at: Casa del Mar
A charming boutique hotel, Casa del Mar provides a true home away from home feel in the most sophisticated surroundings. Sundowners at the cosy little bar overlooking the sea are not to be missed, and days can be filled with deserted beach picnics or snorkel trips around nearby islands. The hotel’s location is also ideal, situated right on the beach and just 10-minutes from the airport.
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Langkawi boasts gorgeous beaches and some lovely resorts set against the backdrop of green hills. When you tire of the sun, hitch a cable car ride to the peak of Gunung Machinchang, which is also the location of the Langkawi Sky Bridge, for spectacular views overlooking the sea.

Bon voyage!

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