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Repulse Bay, Hong Kong

Despite the name, this destination will do anything but repulse. Unless you’re not a fan of white, sun-soaked sands – and in that case, who are you? Ok, all jokes aside. You’re more than entitled to not be a fan of a beach resort, we’re not here to judge. But there’s a reason that Repulse Bay is Hong Kong’s most popular beach, and probably quite surprisingly, it’s not for its laid-back vibes. If it’s a tranquil oasis that you’re after, you won’t find it here.

Leafy, tropical trees meet buzzy beachfront bars and glitzy restaurants: these powdery sands are fringed with action. And its new reputation as the island’s billionaire hotspot confirms an upmarket feel to what some still see as Hong Kong’s answer to a party beach – an unsurprising assumption considering the number of glamorous day clubs that dot the bay.

But despite its definite resort style, this is still a pretty picturesque spot in which to top up your tan. The island’s verdant undulations, that are so distinctive to this corner of the world, backdrop the shiny edifices and jungled greenery that amalgamate to define the bay’s sumptuous curves. And when you’ve had your fill of lounging around, there’s plenty to keep you occupied. From its trendy boutiques to its hip eateries, Repulse Bay certainly seems to have its finger on the pulse when it comes to what is currently cool.

Locals may come here for the full holiday experience, but when short on time Repulse Bay is a good ol’ feel the sand between your toes kind of stop. What’s not to love?

Why add Repulse Bay to your itinerary

With its pretty promenade, backdrop of rolling greenery and of course, the beach that brings the crowds, Repulse Bay has got an awful lot going for it. And on top of its natural beauty, you’ll find everything that you could possibly need here. From stylish boutiques to cute culinary spots that will sate the appetite of even the fussiest beach-goers, this small coastal resort isn’t far behind the Hong Kong’s lively centre when it comes to its modern offerings.

If you’re going all out vacay vibes, pair sun worshipping with the bay’s ultimate retail therapy hangout: The Pulse. This chic and contemporary shopping centre will fulfil your every fashion need – if you’re budgeting day-by-day, make sure to leave a little extra for Repulse Bay because you know how the age old saying goes. Treat yo’self.

For a touch of culture, make a visit to the nearby Tin Hau Temple – a colourful place of worship dedicated to protecting the fishermen that work along the island’s coast. This is one of Hong Kong’s oldest temples, so it’s definitely worth the stop.

Repulse Bay essential information



Opening times

From sunrise through to sunset this is a lively little bay. But, it’s worth noting that weekends get crowded as this spot is popular with locals, so it’s best to visit midweek.

Dress code

You best beachwear and don’t forget to pack a towel so that you can take a dip if the moment takes your fancy.

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