When people talk about Discovery Bay, they’re usually referring to the cluster of villas and low-density apartment blocks and, now, the varied retailing and leisure facilities around the ferry pier. But up the street is burgeoning DB North, soon to be anchored by the new resort-style Positano — luxurious properties perched on a lush green hill overlooking DB North Plaza, complete with infinity pools and private gardens — and even more relaxed than DB proper. With access to the same schools (including DBIS and Montessori School and Discovery College), various kindergartens, a golf club, marina and recreation clubs, DB North is quickly catching up to its more established counterpart and has a future every bit as bright.
Lo Fu Tau and Trappist Haven Trails
Lantau is rightfully regarded for its natural beauty and bevy of hiking options, and two of Hong Kong’s best walks stop at Discovery Bay. Start in Mui Wo and head to DB via either the Lo Fu Tau Trail and take in odd rock formations, waterfalls and stop for a picnic (on grass!), or via the mid-20th century Catholic monastery and spectacular views of the surrounding islands.
After a moderately strenuous hike over Lantau’s hill, drop into the Auberge Discovery Bay hotel’s Botanica Spa for a signature treatment. The two-hour Sea Glow, complete with sea salt scrub, is energising, whereas the Sea Dream’s full body massage is designed to relax. Or take advantage of the pampering couple’s ritual that can accommodate different treatments for different needs.
With Hong Kong’s weather such as it is a place to escape the rain or crushing humidity is crucial, so families can make their way to EpicLand where mini-golf, wall climbing, trampolining, laser tag and rainbow slides are among the variety of indoor activities and facilities for kids of all ages.
Compton Art Gallery
Having just celebrated its first anniversary, Compton proves Hollywood Road isn’t the only place to find art in Hong Kong. Focusing on support for local artists and featuring seminars and events, Compton boasts rotating exhibitions to complement its own collection.
Premium meat, poultry and seafood from North America, Australia, New Zealand and Europe, and sausages hand made in Hong Kong as well as a strong collection of fine cheeses and deli products at great value are the name of the game at Chef’s Choice, a little shop tucked on the corner beside the fountain. For those who don’t cook, the deli has an array of sandwiches to choose from as well as a modest but clever wine list.
Once again, what kind of self-respecting neighbourhood doesn’t have a boutique coffee house? With shops in Kyoto and Kuwait, %Arabica is an experiential lifestyle coffee shop, with fresh roasted beans imported from around the world and a suitably coastal vibe. For serious coffee drinkers and totally worth the effort.
A Central favourite, Jaspa’s brings its easy-going continental menu to DB to serve as the perfect capper to a stroll on the waterfront promenade. With its sea views, casual, comfortable al fresco dining, generous portions and welcoming wine list it’s easy to see why this has become a hotspot for boisterous late nights and relaxed, rambling Sunday afternoons alike.
This Indian eatery serves up traditional, homey favourites like mulligtwany, pakora, bhaji, dahi papdi chaat and treats from the tandoor oven, curries, masalas, a selection from Indian Chinatown and a healthy range of vegetarian options. Plus you can order your food mild, medium or hot — in case there are wimps in your party.
Fans of Turkish food can rejoice at no longer needing to travel all the way to Mui Wo for some mezzes and kebabs, as the bright and spacious Nevale is now serving. If you really enjoyed your meal, Nevale boasts a small grocery section so you can try to duplicate it at home.
Got a bachelor, hen, birthday, anniversary, engagement or graduation party to organise? The Venue could be the answer. The highlight of the indoor/outdoor space is probably the Brazilian churrasco and all the dishes that come with it, though if it’s more conventional food that’s needed, the menu includes a wide selection of international standards.