Peace, tranquility, and serenity - not the first words that would come to your mind when you think of holidaying in Hong Kong. But there are the pockets of laid-back accommodations that are available in the region’s numerous suburban waterfront residences. Lantau Island’s Discovery Bay, a mere 25-minute ferry ride from Hong Kong Island, has plenty of seaside apartments that seem far-flung from the main island’s frantic urban sprawl. Its proximity to key destinations such as the Hong Kong Disneyland and the Hong Kong International Airport makes it an ideal location to stay for holidays. Here is a top-10 list of the area’s Airbnb vacation rentals.
This immaculate private room - with a live-in housekeeper - is on the top floor of a four-story apartment with no lift, and has a queen-size bed as well as wireless internet. The host recommends watching the Disneyland evening fireworks from the balcony, and nearby bus stops will take you to the theme park as well as the Hong Kong International Airport and AsiaWorld Expo on Lantau Island. Whether you are looking for an overnight stay to catch a connecting flight at the airport or staying a few days for some Disneyland fun, this accommodation offers a great option.
Disney, Airport, AsiaWE for 2
The same host as the above-mentioned room for two also has a room for one in the same apartment building at Discovery Bay. This cozy, newly decorated room has a single bed, and essential amenities are available in the shared apartment. This room is ideal for solo travelers who want to explore Hong Kong, and Lantau Island, in particular, while staying away from the bustling city center. The friendly host is also able to recommend restaurants, museums, tourist spots and transportation tips.
Disney, Airport, AsiaWE for 1
Blessed with a peaceful and fantastic location overlooking the beautiful Discovery Bay, this newly refurbished studio apartment with three beds is able to host up to four guests. The beds and sheets are new, as is the kitchen’s microwave oven, and wireless internet is readily available. It is also just a short walk to the Discovery Bay Plaza, where you can take a 25-minute ride to central Hong Kong from the ferry pier. There are also restaurants, supermarkets and even a post office at the plaza.
Awesome studio, newly refurbished, up to 4 guests
This clean, contemporary apartment with a double bed overlooks the tranquil Discovery Bay and is a 5-minute walk from Discovery Bay Plaza where you can use the ferry service to reach Hong Kong Island in about 25 minutes. It has free parking on its premises, as well as lift access, wireless internet, and buzzer intercom. For additional fees, maid service is available for cooking and cleaning. You can also pay to gain access to the gymnasium, swimming pool, and restaurants at the Discovery Bay Residents Club.
If you prefer greenery vistas to seaside views, then this clean and delightful apartment could be your choice for a stay in Discovery Bay. Its big windows overlook a pleasant, tranquil park with plenty of shady trees and benches should you wish to stroll about the area. The apartment itself can host up to three guests and has all the usual amenities like kitchen, laundry machine, and wireless internet. To get to the ferry service at Discover Bay Plaza, either take a 15-minute walk or catch the internal bus service for a 2-minute ride.
Discovery Bay Getaway for 2-3 People
If you are looking for hiking opportunities, Hong Kong offers a surprisingly good mix of short trails and multi-day long hikes, especially in outlying islands like Lantau. Discovery Bay has some short trails behind its waterfront residences that lead up to some great lookouts over the bay. This spacious apartment is situated near a few of these trails, making it a good base to begin your hiking adventures. It can sleep up to three guests, with a queen-size bed and an additional air mattress if required. The Discovery Bay Plaza, with its shops and restaurants and ferry service, is just a 5-minute walk away.
Great Location, walk to shops/ferry
Sometimes less is more. This apartment is pleasantly uncluttered and spacious, and coupled with the green scenery outside, provides an exceptionally peaceful atmosphere for your stay in Discovery Bay. It is a great alternative to staying in the smog-filled Hong Kong city center. Pets are allowed in this apartment, which also has free parking on its premises. There are shuttle-bus rides out of the bay to key locations in Lantau like Disneyland, the airport, and Ngong Ping Village, a stretch of Buddhism-related tourist attractions, atop a hill on the island, that are reached by cable car. Check out the massive Tian Tan Buddha statue at the village, sitting serenely on the hilltop.
Bright & spacious apartment in Discovery Bay.
One of the charms of Discovery Bay is that private cars are generally not allowed into the area. Residents can cycle or walk to the nearby waterfront shops and eateries, otherwise, there is an efficient internal bus service to ferry them around the bay. So while this quiet apartment may be a bit further away from the seaside, the nearby bus-stops means that it is still convenient enough for guests to explore the bay. This two-bed apartment comes with a view of the mountainous backdrop to the bay and comes with new appliances and an open kitchen.
Convenient and cosy 1 br flat in DB
While this apartment does not have spectacular close-up views of the Discover Bay like some of the others on this list, it is still a good option if you’re looking for comfort and seclusion. Ideal for couples or solo travelers, this one-bedroom unit has all the necessary amenities, as well as cable TV for your chilling-out needs. Like most of the residences around the bay, it is well served by both internal and external bus services. Judging from the mostly positive reviews, such convenience amid the quiet surroundings trumps any postcard views.
Escape from city life; relax in Discovery Bay
The great thing about staying in Discovery Bay is that, while it is a residential area with more than 12,000 residents, it never feels cramped or crowded. There is ample space for everyone to enjoy the pleasant scenery around the bay. This apartment for four, equipped with basic amenities like wireless internet and kitchen, is also close to several gardens in the neighborhood, where you can enjoy the clean air and noise-free surroundings.
Comfy 1 Bedroom Flat Close to Disneyland, Airport
Best of both worlds
At Discovery Bay, you can enjoy peaceful, high-end living with superb seaside views, far from the maddening crowd in other urban parts of Hong Kong. Yet, convenience is not sacrificed- bus and ferry services will take you to all parts of the region without much hassle. This makes a great choice for a vacation stay; you may even find it a good idea to extend your stay in this wondrous environment.
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