Sheraton Tung Chung opens Dec 1 with special staycation offer
Lantau’s hospitality options will expand further on December 1 with the opening of Sheraton Tung Chung.
The 218-room hotel, built on reclaimed land on the Tung Chung waterfront, is opening after an 12-month delay thanks to last year’s political tumult and the pandemic.
It is opening its arms to local residents.
“We would love to invite our neighbours to be one of the first to come and enjoy our exceptional hospitality,” the company posted on its Facebook page.
Until February 28, it is running a promotion for locals. For HK$1101 and upwards, guests can enjoy a single night in a deluxe room with buffet breakfast for two, free welcome drinks and late check-out till 3 pm, according to HKET.
If you’re wondering if you qualify as a local, according to a Sheraton customer service representative the answer is ‘yes.’
The hotel’s dining options include rooftop grillhouse Sunset Grill, modern Chinese restaurant Yue, all-day dining at Cafe Lantau, and a lobby Lounge for afternoon tea. It also has a pool deck and a gym that faces the sea.
Photos: Sheraton Tung Chung
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From ceramics to soaps, more Lantau Christmas gifts*
More Lantau creations to fill your Christmas stockings.
Straight from the kiln
If you’re looking for beautiful handmade gifts, local artist Fatima Morrissey has some stunning ceramics.
Decorated with wood block print and blue underglaze and finished with clear glaze, these cylinders (above) can be used as cup or as a vase. Price: HK$220
These customisable four-piece sets (above and below) are made to order. This set (above) uses batik woodblocks: Price for set of four: HK$980
Handpainted magnolia set with graffito decoration. Price: HK$1180
How to buy: Ready-made items can be purchased at The Village Bakery or directly from Fatima. firstname.lastname@example.org or phone/Whatsapp 66806763 NB: Made to order can take up to three weeks to complete.
Cotton on to a cause
A social startup, Stitch Up, founded by HKU Social Venture Management students, is selling upcycled pieces of fabric.
They take unwanted scraps of fabric from the textile industry or hotels and turn them into reusable bags that are a cheap alternative to plastic. According to team member Kathryn Davies:
Our bags are useful for single-item produce, general shopping bags, personal and electronic items, as well as storage and organization. We’ve got a range of bags in red and green — perfect for wrapping Christmas presents in an eco-friendly way!
The ultimate aim is to help underprivileged people by providing employment opportunities while helping the environment.
The bags are priced from HK$20-HK$150.
How to buy: Phone/WhatsApp Kathryn on 9549-1462 or email StitchUpX@gmail.com
Mui Wo-based Rebecca Chan produces around 20 different types of soap, gift sets and special orders.
She uses cold process to make her environmentally-friendly soaps. All are made with natural ingredients, with different formulas for different skin types.
Prices range fom $50-$250.
How to buy: Imprint Bookshop, Mui Wo or order from email@example.com
You can buy a ‘Keep Lantau Horny’ T-shirt from the Lantau Buffalo Association for just HK$120 (usually HK$150). It’s a well-made shirt that will last years.
LBA is also selling this greeting card featuring the prize-winning buffalo portrait by Natasha Ramsey. Price: HK$50
How to buy: Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
On the buses
The NLB buses may not enjoy the iconic status as our buffalo, but they are a ubiquitous local symbol.
You can buy a model version from Kwoon Chung Motors. You can see the full range here.
How to buy: Contact email@example.com
Prices: Around HK$260
- Part 2: Click here for Part 1:
Your Lantau Christmas Gift Guide*
If you’re dreaming of a Lantau Christmas, here’s a guide to locally-created products to fill your stockings.
Lantau Ren has a selection of playful, beautifully-made products that resonate for Lantau residents. If you haven’t experienced them already, you should.
Lantau Ren founder Shirley offers the choice of Son of a beach T-shirts (HK$150), hand and bath towels (HK$260 and $480), canvas bags (HK$95-$125) and – her own creation – clankets (from HK$210).
Shirley also makes jewellery and clutches sold exclusively at Four Seasons Hotel and online.
But hurry! Lantau News readers are eligible for a 25% discount between now and Monday (December 11). Discount code: LANTAUNEWSXMAS17.
How to buy: All items can be bought through the Lantau Ren website.
Hot and saucy
The Gallery at Tong Fuk has bottled its fabulous hot sauces in two flavours – jalapeno and habanero.
It’s celebrating these sauces with a range of cool T-shirts, made out of top-grade cotton from Gildan, in strawberry red and charcoal grey.
The sauces sell for HK$65 a bottle and the T-shirts HK$200 each.
For those who want to go the whole spice, the sauces sell for a wholesale price of $33 per bottle for a pack of 24 (minimum order 2 packs).
How to buy: Phone 29802582 or Whatsapp 91315388
For local gardeners learning to cope with Lantau’s unique conditions, the South Lantau Garden Group (aka SLUGS) has come up with a harvesting and planting guide.
Co-designed by SLUGS founder Sally Bunker and Susan Mertens, it’s priced at HK$65.
SLUGS is also selling Christmas and greetings cards at HK$10 each or HK$50 a set.
How to buy: Available from the Imprint Bookshop, Lantau Base Camp and Garden Plus, or Whatsapp 96644368
Green reading for kids
If you’re looking for something distinctive for young children why not introduce them to Gavin Coates’ vivid environmental tales?
The local author’s books include Earthy Love (for infants – HK$99), The Last Nut, (5-10 year-olds – HK$129) and Pinky the Dolphin and the Power That May Be (5-10 year-olds HK$149).
How to buy: All are available through the Earthy Store or WhatsApp Gavin at 96713057
Colourful Hong Kong
For slightly older readers, Hong Kong Movers and Shakers brings to life a colourful cast of characters from the pen of another Lantau-based writer, Jane Houng.
Just released, it brings to life the likes of colonial administrator Sir Mattew Nathan, who moved mountains to build Nathan Road, Cantonese opera singer Sun Ma Sze-tsang, who brought his audience to tears, and the legendary kung-fu artist Bruce Lee.
How to buy: HK$65 from Commercial Press bookshop in Tung Chung or any of its other 20 branches or online.
* Part 1. More gift ideas in Part 2 tomorrow
Photo (top): Cable car hand towels from Lantau Ren
Mother’s Day specials
Lantau businesses and restaurants are lining up with special deals for mothers and families this this weekend.
Cavalli Wine is offering Il Calepino Brut or Il Calepino Rose at HK$160 per bottle. GF 9 Lo Wai Tsuen. Contact: 9205 5223 firstname.lastname@example.org
Garden Plus in Pui O is holding a Mother’s Day sale. Discounts include soil 20% off, tools 10% off, pots 10% off, herbs and plants 5% off. Contact: 2980 2233 or Facebook
For Mother’s Day meals, Garden Cafe O is laying on a free carnation and a free dessert or drink of choice (supply of carnations is limited). Contact: 2984 2233 or Facebook
Café Isara is offering mums a complimentary glass of Prosecco with their first food order. Contact: 2470 1966 or Facebook
At The Water Buffalo, mums get a free glass of Sangria at lunch or dinner. The menu will be a traditional Sunday roast plus full menu, along with Lighter Fare Gluten Free specials. Contact: 2109 3331 Facebook or thewaterbuffalo.com.hk
Regal Airport Hotel is promising a range of lunch and dinner specials, including an international dinner buffet with King crab legs and Rose flower Bird Nest Mousse Cake at Cafe Aficionado, and a Mother’s Day set menu at China Coast Grill. Contact: 2286 6238 or 2286 6898
Novotel Citigate is offering special prices on its lunch, diner and afternoon tea buffets. Contact: 3602 8802