Nearly a year to the day after our last stay at the Hyatt Regency Sha Tin, we recently found ourselves back there to enjoy a weekend of lounging, splashing and sunning ourselves at what is undoubtedly one of Hong Kong’s most family-friendly hotels.
You can read all about our first visit, including the room details, dining options and fab pool here, but one of the most interesting parts of our most recent stay was the updated list of kids’ activities courtesy of Camp Hyatt, the hotel brand’s in-house kids’ club.
The Hyatt’s Family Summer Getaway Package includes a free kids activity, and you can choose from the following:
- Little Chef, where the rising culinary stars of the future work with one of the Hyatt’s chefs to prepare some delish dishes. (It takes a brave person to explain to a five-year-old that rainbow sprinkles, yoghurt and pretzels isn’t an actual meal)
- Cotton pouch design, where kiddos get to customise their own reusable cotton bag with colourful stamps
- Tennis for beginners, supervised by a professional coach.
- Mini manicure at Melo Spa
- Little eco-gardener, which we reviewed last year
Inspired by Serena Williams’ recent win/because racquets can be used as an impromptu light sabre, we opted for the tennis, and hit the courts for an hour-long lesson on Sunday morning, after brekkie at Café.
Although the weather was absolutely sweltering on the day we were there, the coaches were very good at ensuring that everyone had plenty of breaks for shade and water, conducting fun drills that had our small group of three kids running off some of those breakfast buffet pancakes while learning some fun racquet skills at the same time.
I was also pretty impressed at how well they motivated the kids, cheering them on when they missed the ball and encouraging them to try their best. Master T-T – whether due to the heat or straight up five-year-old petulance – was initially reluctant to join in, but by the end of the lesson was complaining that he had to leave the court. All in all, a very successful lesson, and one that encouraged him to have a go at a new sport with only a small amount of whingeing. #parentingwin
After tennis, we headed back to the pool for a cooling dip before our (very short) journey home. Once again, we were struck by just how easy the Hyatt Regency Sha Tin is to visit with kids, and just how friendly and accommodating the service was too.
Same time next year?
Costs: The Family Summer Getaway Package is available until 31st August 2016 and costs from $1,288 per room per night, including:
- Family-sized room (ours easily fit a cot and a rollaway bed)
- Buffet breakfast at Café
- Two free drinks at the poolside bar
- One kids activity from the list above
- Two hours’ use of the hotel bikes (there are kids bikes available)
- Free overnight parking
- Special offers on massages at Melo Spa
Hyatt Regency Sha Tin, 18 Chak Cheung Street, Sha Tin, New Territories, Hong Kong; 3723 1234
Our stay was by invitation – thanks Hyatt Regency Sha Tin for having us back!