Hong Kong's Top 10: Local retreats

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1 Vipassana Meditation Centre
We love the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong life but a change of scenery every now and then is the key to maintaining a loving relationship with our SAR. And there’s plenty of tranquil retreats on offer. If silent meditation is your thing, enroll on a 10-day silent meditation course at Vipassana and keep schtum for literally nine out of the 10 days. Free (donations encouraged). 138 Hang Tau Rd, Hang Tau, Sheung Shui, 2671 7031; hk.dhamma.org.
 
2 Kadampa Meditation Centre
Sticking with the Buddhist meditation theme, the volunteer-run Kadampa centre offers meditation classes, weekend courses and relaxing retreats, so there’s plenty of opportunities to get your ‘om’ on. Prices vary including some free courses and others starting from $50. 1/F, Causeway Twr, 16-22 Causeway Rd, Causeway Bay, 2507 2237; meditation.hk.

3 Sommer Life Beach Retreat
This retreat is the perfect place to rejuvenate. Located in a secluded area just off Silvermine Beach, relax, meditate and have a life coaching session with owner Nathalie Sommer to leave you feeling refreshed and inspired. From $1,190 a night. Silvermine Beach, Mui Wo, Lantau, 5501 8633; nathaliesommer.com.
 
4 Ananda Marga Meditation Centre retreats
If yoga and whole foods sound more like your jam, the Ananda Marga centre offers regular intensive weekend retreats in different locations around Lantau so you can practice a holistic lifestyle. From $400. Various locations in Lantau inc Mui Wo; meditationcentre.hk.
 
5 Saffron Cruises sojourns
Saffron are tops when it comes to a refined retreat on the waves. This firm runs overnight stays in luxury ensuite bedrooms on motor cruisers that sail around Hong Kong’s islands. Alternatively, opt for a junk with camp beds on board for a solid party alternative. 5/F, Foo Sang Bldg, 69 Wing Lok St, Sheung Wan, 2857 1311; saffron-cruises.com.

6 Heritage Lodge
Heritage Lodge dates back to the 19th century, when it originally served as Lai Chi Kok Hospital. In 2009 it was transformed into the Hong Kong Institute for the Promotion of Chinese Culture to promote heritage, hold exhibitions and give guided tours to residents and visitors. Stay a night to fully immerse yourself in a tranquil cultural getaway. From $390 a night. 800 Castle Peak Rd, Lai Chi Kok, 2100 2888; heritagelodgehk.com.
 
7 The Peninsula Hong Kong
A local retreat can mean just popping to The Peninsula. The hotel’s Suite Escape package puts you up in a superior room with $780 in hotel credit, daily breakfast and use of the facilities. It also includes use of a chauffeured Mini Clubman.  From $3,880 a night. 19-21 Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2926 2888; hongkong.peninsula.com.
 
8 Tai Long Sai Wan Beach

Tai Long Sai Wan in Sai Kung is the perfect beach retreat for campers. Pitch up on the sand and be treated to panoramic views of stunning sunrises and sunsets. Life’s a beach, baby. Free. Take minibus 29R from Sai Kung town centre to Sai Wan Pavilion. Follow the signs to Sai Wan Village, then trace back the MacLehose trail for five minutes to Sai Wan beach.
 
9 Hok Tau Campsite
This picturesque spot on the northern slope of Shek Au Shan switches grey high-rises for green forests as you pitch up next to lush trees, chattering wildlife and a freshwater stream. There’s also bonus flushing toilets. Free. Take minibus 52B from Fanling MTR Station to Hok Tau Tsuen Terminus. Walk along Hok Tau Rd towards Hok Tau Reservoir for around 15 minutes before reaching the campsite.

10 Mingle Farm
Take glamping to a galactic level in Mingle Farm’s inflatable Aecospheres. These unique structures feature a transparent ceiling, allowing you to gaze at the constellations as you nod off and sleep under the stars. If snoozing in a bubble isn’t enough, though, actually run around in one during the day as Mingle Farm has activities on offer like ‘zorbing’, archery and fishing. Who needs meditation after all? From $1,300. 30 Tin Tze Rd, Fung Ka Wei, Tin Shui Wai, 2891 8263; minglefarm.com. Holly Graham

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