Many travellers prefer to have fitness experiences rather than logging in time at the gym. So, we sent our intern Camille to try out some of the new outdoor programmes available at the Swire Hotels in Hong Kong.
Photo from Sassy Hong Kong’s Top 5 Running Spots on Hong Kong Island
Monday 6.30AM-7.15: Bootcamp at EAST, Hong Kong
Arriving at lobby bright and early, we met Quentin our coach, along with two other hotel guests. We chatted briefly, before Quentin had us doing some simple stretches with our arms, legs and core. The four of us then set off for a run towards the waterfront. After about 20 mins along the harbour, we started doing sets of pushups, lunges and squats in between intervals of running.
The whole workout was 45 mins, and when we returned to the hotel, Guest Experience have prepared towels and bottled water for us. EAST, Hong Kong’s bootcamp runs every Monday to Friday from 6:30 to 7:15.
Tuesday 11.00AM-1.00PM: Hikes and bikes to the Peak
The Upper House sits in admiralty and it’s surrounded by some great hiking and biking trails. Depending on the intensity or length of time you want, you can choose to go to Hong Kong Park, Pok Fu Lam Country Park or the Peak . I decided to hike up to the Victoria Peak, one of the main iconic sights of the city. The Guest Experience team helped me map out a 10 km trail that took me a little more than 2 hours to complete. Leaving from the hotel, i walked uphill along Hong Kong Park until I reached Old Peak Road. From there, it is only a short walk to The Peak Tower, which is also the start of Lugard Road. Lugard Road is a popular circular trail that overlooks the lush mountains.
Alternatively, the trail may also be completed with a bike (complimentary bikes available for guests of The Upper House).Photo from Summit Post’s Hong Kong from the Victoria Peak, Lugard Road
Friday 12.30PM –1.30PM: Biking around Island East
During my lunch break I borrowed a bike from EAST, Hong Kong (complimentary for hotel guests) to explore the surrounding area of Tai Koo. For a short ride, the Quarry Bay Park’s bike track is a nice stroll along the promenade. The fitness team at BEAST (Body by EAST) also reccomends a ride to the Quarry Bay extension of the Tai Tam Country Park, where you can see the reservoir.
Saturday 10.00AM- 11.AM: Yoga at The Lawn
On a sunny Saturday, I started my day with a yoga class at The Upper House’s lawn. I arrived at the gym a little earlier for a short warm up overlooking the harbour. After grabbing a granola bar, I headed down to the lawn (also known to some locals as the secret garden) to meet our instructor Wayne. Towels, bottled water and yogamats were already made ready for us. The 1 hour classes are complimentary and exclusive to guests staying at The Upper House.