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Editor's review: a stay at The Auberge hits the spot

The Auberge

I love hotels and I know I’m not alone. They can be wonderful places to escape to and know that you’re going to be taken care of. If you’re like me and enjoy all the trappings of hotel life, living in one for an extended period may sound like heaven. While The Auberge in Discovery Bay does not have specific serviced apartments, their suites are available for long-term stays.

It took me just under an hour by ferry and then a short bus ride to reach my home for the night, The Auberge. Nestled in between Sam Pak Wan and Yi Pak Wan, the hotel has beautiful views overlooking Discovery Bay. The hotel itself is connected to DB North Plaza, which is reminiscent of a small European village complete with a clock tower. It has all the basic amenities covered, from a supermarket to restaurants, a 7-11 to doctor’s clinic among other shops and services, making a stay at The Auberge extremely convenient.

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The entrance to The Auberge is much grander than the name ‘Auberge’ (or Inn in a French-speaking country) suggests. The lobby is large with high ceilings and decorated with shades of aquas and blues, complementing the fact that the hotel is by the sea. I’m met with warm smiles and a swift check in followed by a quick tour of the main in-house restaurant, Café bord du Mer and Lounge, which is large and airy. Enormous floor-to-ceiling windows show off a large outdoor seating area and terrace beyond the restaurant with an unobstructed view of the bay.


The Auberge


The Auberge


The Auberge


The Auberge

As we get in the lift, I see there are function rooms and a business centre on the 1st floor, but we get out on the 2nd floor where I’m shown the spa facilities. With 10 rooms to accommodate guests, Spa Botanica offers a comprehensive range of massages and facials. Next to the spa is a fully-equipped gym with treadmills that also overlooks the bay and connected to that is the kid’s play room and a large outdoor swimming pool, that is closed during the cooler months.

The Auberge comprises of sixty-four suites that are all on the top six floors, with the remaining rooms below it. Before I’m shown my one-bedroom suite, I’m directed to an ocean facing two-bedroom suite. Two-bedroom suites range from 76-100 square metres and this will comfortably fit a three- to four-member family, with cots available for babies too. The living area and bedrooms are well appointed and all have a TV while the main part of the suite has a kitchenette with a full fridge-freezer, coffee machine and a kettle, and lots of cupboard space for anyone staying long-term.

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The Auberge


The Auberge


The Auberge

The one-bedroom suite I stayed in has a similar layout with all the facilities of a two-bedroom suite, as well as floor-to-ceiling windows to admire the panoramic ocean view. There is ample space for a couple or single professional to live in. The C-shaped sofa is positioned to take in the view, which is what I do before heading down for a semi buffet meal at Café bord du Mer and Lounge. On returning, I’m determined to use the unusual sunken rain shower, which also has a view, and to my delight has complimentary elemis shampoo and conditioner. After a full day’s work, the best part of my day is climbing into a super comfortable bed, which is exactly what I did, and that of course, also had a view.

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