When you mix adventure, comforts and premium, you get the natural beauty staring right in front of you. Hyatt Regency Sha Tin in Hong Kong embodies the qualities that delivers an environment to excite, unwind, relax and inspire. The range of facilities and focus on wellness and well-being results in a stay that is more than just a luxury hotel, but a memorable lifestyle in outer Hong Kong.
Hyatt Hotels & Resorts
Sha Tin, New Territories
Tolo Harbour, Kau To Shan Mountain
Regency Club, Fitness Centre, Outdoor Pool, Melo Spa
When people think about the outer region of New Territories from Hong Kong Island or Kowloon, they think it’s very far. But it isn’t at all. I found getting to the hotel very easy and straight forward from Kowloon in less than 30 minutes. Take the MTR either from Kowloon Bay or Hung Hom MTR station and it’s one line and a few stops before University Station.
Exiting the main exit and it’s less than a few minutes walk from the side entrance of Hyatt Regency Sha Tin. I took the elevator up to ground floor where I could then check-in. Straightforward and with ease. You can take the Shuttle Bus from Hyatt Regency in Tsim Sha Tsui to Sha Tin directly, making travel from Hong Kong city more convenient, prior to check-in and post check-out.
I made way for the elevator to the Regency Club Lounge on the 25th floor with upgraded check-in service. A much more intimate area where I could sit down on the sofa in the few moments it took. They greeted me with a personal welcome, a nice touch on arrival.
My luggage was taken up to my room in the meantime, while I was offered complimentary beverages and snacks from the Regency Club Lounge. My suite was a few floors down on the 22nd floor with a view of Tolo Harbour. The room was a spacious 800 sq.ft, fully equipped with everything I think I would ever need.
Opening the door, I find the open plan living and dining room area very welcoming. The open plan kitchenette area occupied the left corner of the living space, accessible and always within reach. All cooking, plates and utensils were provided should I wish to cook.
The lounge furnishings were a mix of comforts, warmth and modernity – the wooden dining and round coffee table makes it family friendly, while the chaise longue sofa by the panoramic window makes great utility of the space available; a cosy and comforting alternative that became a hotspot of mine over the course of my stay.
Heading through the door to the other half of the suite and it’s purely reserved for bedroom comforts. The bathroom was marbled from floor to ceiling, featuring a bathtub, frosted shower and restroom cubicles. Amenities were gracefully presented in a matching wooden box to the interior decor, with a listing of all that were provided and additional items that could be rented or purchased. It was nice to know in case I had forgotten anything.
As expected, the bathtub water was well-pressurised and responsive to swift water temperature changes. I enjoyed a relaxing bath and found the curvature of the bathtub sculptured nicely to rest on and unwind. The glass panel that separated the bathroom from the main bedroom gave it an open feel; un-restricting space and continuity in this Hyatt Regency Sha Tin suite.
If there’s something I had to note, I noticed the carpet was looking a little weary and think it could benefit from a refresh to uplift the room with an updated, refined design. Otherwise, it builds on the warm, welcoming and cosy feel that the suite exudes.
Hyatt Regency Sha Tin is also well-known for their Sha Tin 18 restaurant. Decorated to Cantonese tradition, open kitchens wand chefs were in full sight, cooking cuisines on order. Multiple seating arrangements catered to our mood of comfort… it’s a lively and well-dressed environment to indulge in some traditional delicacies so I very much looked forward to it.
I had a full course meal from starters, all the way to desserts. You’ll find a dedicated review of Sha Tin 18 in due course, however I wanted to highlight the main course Peking Duck and Chinese Beancurd cheese cake. The starters were pleasant, light and a great appetiser prior to the main course. However, I found the Peking Duck not only extravagantly delicious, but a fine visual experience as the Chef had sliced and served it directly to our table.
The Peking duck was rich, retaining a balance of oil for moisture while the finely sliced cucumber, pancake wrap and hoisin sauce delivered a winning combination for the traditional Cantonese dish. The poached pork, cabbage, chive dumpling were piping hot and fresh, oozing with strong fragrance after biting the soft, tender dough.
Dessert was a delightful finish to our set course meal. The Chinese preserved beancurd cheese cake are bitesize pieces of delicacies; rich, amorous textures combining in harmony. It was smooth with subtle sweetness that felt refined. The wine infused chocolate ice cream continued the soothing taste to a cold end, rounding off a fine selection of dishes cooked at Sha Tin 18.
As for breakfast, I ate at both the Regency Club Lounge and Cafe restaurant on the ground floor. The choice was by far better at the latter, catering for those wanting to indulge in a wide selection of freshly cooked Cantonese, Western dishes and/ or go simply continental. Regency Club Lounge had a fair choice of appetisers, together with a set of order-to-cook main dishes such as the eggs Benedict. It arrived in only a few short moments, while I happily plated the appetiser choices (salmon, cheese, crackers, salad noodles and more) offered in the morning.
I wandered the gardens under the blazing heat – peaceful during the day and ambient silence in the night. I took advantage by taking a dip in the swimming pool and then relaxing in the jacuzzi floor tub after a tedious hiking day.
Even in the cool weather, the jacuzzi was soothingly hot, while the elements meant a colder swimming pool to cool within. Simply resting underneath the sun on a sunbed is what Hyatt Regency Sha Tin is about: Comforts and outdoors. It’s been a while since I could truly unwind and I thank that to the atmosphere and ambiance created around the place. You can’t beat being surrounded by nature in comparison to the lively city.
And when I’m not relaxing? I took the chance to embark on a 24km round trip cycle along the Tolo Harbour trail. They have a bicycle rental service with suspension mountain bikes that are robust to for the journey. Renting all the equipment I needed from the hotel was quick and easy from the fitness center reception desk and the time I wanted it to be prepared on the same day. It was a shame I started late, but the waterfront cycle trail is a beautiful one. Calming, active and elevating my experience in this part of Hong Kong.
The facilities were of high standard and the service was very impressive during my stay. Attentive, caring and sincere at a personal level. I felt I could really feel at home and relax or explore the way I like to, all from the comforts of Hyatt Regency Sha Tin.
Hyatt Regency Sha Tin in Hong Kong feels more than just a hotel. More than just a resort, but a lifestyle with luxury. Nature, the outdoors and purity of sound here come together in a way that other hotels in the city aren’t able to express. This was the urban outdoors with luxury comforts you’ll be hard pressed to find in Hong Kong.