The area surrounding Shouson Hill and stretching down to Deep Water Bay is arguably one of Hong Kong’s most elite addresses, crowded with upmarket apartment towers housing Hong Kong’s wealthiest residents. Deep Water Bay Drive, curving off Nam Fung and Deep Water Bay Roads, is a relatively untouched enclave that’s set to change when Nan Fung Group reveals plans for its mysterious luxury development on the plot it purchased in 2012. Though the area is known for its lush greenery and tranquillity, there are still several recreational reasons for residents to take a drive — or a nice long walk.
The first and still the best, Ocean Park is a Hong Kong institution for a reason. Even after generations have grown up and a certain Mouse opened up shop, Ocean Park and its live animals, education and conservation focus remains near and dear to our hearts. Hop across Shouson Hill for a day of adventure for the whole family.
Deep Water Bay Beach
There’s more to Hong Kong than stainless steel and glass, and Deep Water Bay Beach is one of the best spots to be reminded of that. Overlooked in favour of better known Repulse Bay, this is a great spot for those living nearby for long stretches of mid-week beach lounging; catch up on your reading with no one to disturb and watch Ocean Park’s cable cars over Nam Long Shan.
Deep Water Bay Golf Course
With a history dating to 1889, this private club is more relaxed than its counterpart in Fanling (you can wear denim) and there are five hours of tee times on the nine-hold course for visitors—and all are welcome to dine enveloped by some of the city’s most welcoming natural beauty. Fore!
Victoria Recreation Club
The oldest club of its kind in Hong Kong, Victoria was founded in 1849 and remains a haven for relaxation as well as sportiness — particularly on the water — in the city. Tucked between the water and the hills, the club welcomes guests at the end of a long and winding Deep Water Bay Road as a home away from home.
Mills & Chung Path
Wedged between the end of Deep Water Bay Beach and curving off just before Ocean Park is this leisurely and beautiful waterfront hike. The elevated promenade that is the Mills & Chung may not be as challenging as Dragon’s Back but it’s a picturesque stroll that’s starred in many a Hong Kong film.
Crown Wine Cellars
If you consider yourself a wine lover and want your precious nectars stored properly and securely, Crown is the answer. Settled amid the greenery of Shouson Hill, this private club on what was once a munitions depot, the bunkers are now some of the world’s best wine cellars. It’s well worth a guided tour of the UNESCO site, even for teetotallers.
Farther afield is the latest addition to Island South’s retail landscape. The pulse is all about lifestyle, with yoga and gym services nestled alongside interiors, pet groomers and clothing boutiques. Need to charge your Tesla? There’s a supercharger station here. All that plus some of the Southside’s best beachside dining, from swish dai pai dongs to fine seafood dining.
Repulse Bay Shopping Centre
Rising from the ashes of the Repulse Bay Hotel, the current residence and shopping centre is a paean to a bygone era. But anyone who lives in Island South has hit Repulse Bay Shopping Centre at one time or another. Whether you explore the carefully chosen labels at My Wine Man, pamper yourself at Sense of Touch or browse the LA-chic racks at Tiare, The Repulse Bay is a vanguard of lifestyle shopping in Hong Kong.
The classic brunch or tea location in the historic Repulse Bay Hotel, The Verandah is an unforgettable and evocative dining experience. A broad menu, five-star service and warm breezes coming in off the bay, if you’re lucky enough to be outside, combine for enjoyable lazy Sundays. Come for the food, stay for the stunning colonial architecture. Book early.
Dining al fresco is a staple in Hong Kong — even better if you can add a beach to it. Perched directly on Deep Water Bay Beach is O Thai, a great family option with a chilled atmosphere, a varied menu and absolutely zero attitude for anyone that comes in with sand stuck to them. Try and eat at sunset; the views over the water can’t be beat.