Scenic glamping spots
Hau Tong Kai Sai Kung
The LCSD -managed campsite on Hoi Ha Road has a few flat pitches amid the tall paper bark eucalyptus trees. What might bring a teeter-tottering glamper here is a swim in the cool waters of a nearby ‘fashion location’ rock pool (down the road and about 200m up the river). There’s such a great view of Long Harbour and Sharp Peak (Nam She Tsim) from the helipad, but it’s better if your helicopter pilot doesn’t deliver the caviar while you’re sitting there.
Tai Tan Sai Kung
Up the hill from Wong Shek pier is the Tai Tan campsite. Yes, it means a short walk up a hill from the bus stop, but it offers such a romantic view through the trees of the waters of Long Harbour and Sharp Peak beyond – at dusk the sunrays crown the mountain while everything else remains in shadow. This popular site is good for a one-night glamp (so you need take little else but a manicure set), but you’ll probably be serenaded by frequent kaidos speeding across the waves to the pier at Wong Shek.
Palm Beach Lantau
This campsite, watersports centre and teepee village locates at the Cheung Sha beach front, and the teepees and tents all come installed with air-conditioning and air beds with plush linen, eliminating the burden on your butler’s shoulders. Vegetable patches groom the outline of the campsite and charcoal or gas-fired barbies are available to grill your gruyère sandwich and portabello mushrooms. Next to the teepee village is a basic hot shower and toilets complex. Windsurfs, surfboards and kayaks are available for rental. Cheung Sha, Lantau Island, 2980 4822; www.palmbeach.com.hk.
Wan Tsai Sai Kung
There are two campsites on this mini peninsula: a tree-lined western site on sloped ground half-way up the hill, and the much prettier southern site on flat ground beside the beautiful waters of Long Harbour (Tai Tan Hoi). Pitch it right and you could be lying in a tent beneath the trees drifting off to the sound of the gentle waves lapping against the shore. Getting there by bus or ferry
is half the fun: KMB 94 to Wong Shek pier and the 15-minute Tsui Wah ferry across the waters – a journey long enough for your first unhurried glass of champagne.
Tap Mun Sai Kung
To glamp at this campsite on the eastern plateau of Tap Mun Island, one must ensure the butler brings a portaloo as there are no flushing toilets. The site still offers fantastic views across Mirs Bay and close proximity to the seafood cafés of Tap Mun village. The famous balancing rock brings in the tourists during the day, but it’s at night you’ll really notice the elements on this wild and rugged coastline jutting towards the sea: winds rise, waves crash and cool temperatures all play havoc with your hair (bring a Prada shawl), but it feels so… French Lieutenant’s Woman! From Wong Shek pier the regular Tsui Wah ferry gets you to and from the island.
Ham Tin and Sai Wan Sai Kung
The beaches at Ham Tin and Sai Wan are renowned as probably the best in Hong Kong. They also list among the most remote. Once there the isolation, the natural beauty, the sense of freedom and the opportunity to wear your best bespoke bikini and eyewear all become apparent, but you first have to get there. The easiest way is by chartering your own Sunseeker and sailing all the way round the headland from Wong Shek pier. A little further round the coast is Ham Tin beach where you can pitch your tent on the soft white sands. It’s possible to walk the two and a half hour trek from Tai Mong Tsai Road to Ham Tin. The pristine waters and the proximity to the dai pai dong really would make these glamps worth the effort. Richard Peters