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With many Hongkongers having cancelled their summer holidays abroad this year, plenty of us are looking for summer holiday ideas closer to home. So, if you’re in need of a little inspiration, read on: from a rustic Airbnb stay to quirky camping and a classic staycation offer, The Style Sheet rounds up some of the best ways to feel like you’re getting out of Hong Kong without needing your passport.

Image courtesy of The Pier Hotel

1. A Trip to ‘Hong Kong’s Backyard’

Escape the city and head to the New Territories’ Sai Kung district for a slice of life on the water. The Pier Hotel, located on the yacht-filled waterfront of Pak Sha Wan, is the perfect spot for a change of scene. Along with rooms with fully equipped kitchens and terraces that overlook azure waters, you’ll have access to a waterfront pool for lazy days of lounging. For those looking to explore, you’re close by Sai Kung village — a gateway to boat trips to neighboring beaches, including the picturesque Tai Long Wan. You’ll also find great little restaurants and cafes in the village, including the popular Australian cafe Little Cove Espresso, whose avocado toast and lattes are well-worth the weekend line-up).

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2. A Trip to Sea

Sometimes getting away doesn’t require an overnight stay. Jumping aboard a beautiful yacht and sailing away for the day is a great opportunity to feel like you’re on a holiday. Up to 12 guests (adults and children included) can board this fully kitted out 20-metre sailing yacht, and visit some of the best and most idyllic beaches and islands to be found around Hong Kong waters. The owners are also more than happy to work with you on a custom plan for your excursion, including arranging catering. We think a pre-boat pitstop at Pret a Manger or Le Petit Saigon is a solid, fuss-free option for stock piling delicious sandwiches and juices for the day ahead.

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3. A Trip to a Staycation Classic

A nostalgic classic of Hong Kong’s hotel scene, the Island Shangri-La is perfect for the ultimate tried-and-tested staycation. Whether you’re enjoying a couple of days with a loved one, or treating to yourself to some time alone, enjoy spacious rooms and spectacular views of both the Harbour and the lush green peaks. There’s a staycation package currently available that includes a one way intercity transfer, $1,000 hotel credit per night, and a kids’ amenity bag if you’re bringing the little ones. You’re also a quick hop away from Pacific Place and Starstreet Precinct, meaning a bite to eat at a trending restaurant and a spot of shopping are within easy reach.

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4. A Trip to An Idyllic Organic Farm

Tucked away in the New Territories countryside 30 minutes from the city is a rustic-chic organic farm where you can settle into farm life. Covering a hectare about 100,000 square feet), the land grows organic vegetables that are given away to charity. You can help muck in yourself and volunteer as a farm hand, or curl up with a book and a glass of wine and enjoy the tranquil surroundings. There are two houses available to rent, both which fit up to six guests. Set in a peaceful farming village with not much around by way of nightlife, this one is perfect for those truly looking to switch off and enjoy a little R&R.

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5. A Trip to See the Stars

A twist on a camping trip, spend a night stargazing within a transparent dome tent at Mingle Farm in Tai Po. (If a fully transparent tent seems daunting, don’t worry — you can opt for more private semi-transparent ones). Each comes fully equipped with bedding, and you’ll have access to shared toilet and shower facilities, along with BBQs. Bring the kids and go for one of the ‘fantasy’ rainbow or fairy-themed tents. You can also borrow soccer balls, badminton rackets and kites to help entertain the little ones during your stay.

All you need now? A great weekender bag. Whether you’re looking to go luxe or super-functional, here are our favourite picks.