We hardly need to point out that summer has arrived – your sweat glands are no doubt well informed. There are two ways to battle Hong Kong’s relentless heat and humidity: get in the water or get inside.
Top choices include sipping something refreshing on a junk trip, chilling at the beach or lazing by a pool – consider The Ritz-Carlton’s 118th floor indoor infinity pool for eagle-eye views over Victoria Harbour or the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong for an outdoor urban dip. The aquatic theme continues as the Dragon Boat Festival takes over the city’s shores. On 7 June, head to Stanley for serious competitors or Tai O for traditional vibes.
On Lantau Island, drop the kids off at Treasure Island’s surf school in Pui O or hop in a pedal boat and explore Inspiration Lake, next to Hong Kong Disneyland. Keep yourself hydrated at one of the city’s new bars. Our pick: the Ernest Hemingway-inspired The Sea – the follow-up to the much-lauded The Old Man – where you can work your way through the inventive cocktail list.
Craft beer fanatics can head over to The Mills in Tsuen Wan to check out the second branch of The Ale Project – or TAP, for short – offering an eclectic range of local and international brews, while wine lovers should head to Piin Wine Restaurant in Central’s H Code to explore more than 2,000 bottles. Meanwhile, seafood lovers should make a beeline for Cantonese restaurant Hexa in Tsim Sha Tsui, which has launched its Oyster Bar serving ocean-fresh seafood imported from France, South Africa and Japan alongside signature summer cocktails and 270-degree views of Victoria Harbour.
In Admiralty, The Upper House hotel gets a dose of cool art with Encounters Across Cultures: ‘Seeds of Life’ (until 21 June) – an installation dreamed up by Swiss artist Katja Loher and Hong Kong feng shui designer Thierry Chow and inspired by the Chinese five elements (wood, fire, earth, metal, water). Special cocktails based on each of the five elements will also be served at Café Gray Deluxe during the exhibition period.
Discover the city’s coolest fashion, design and photography creatives at the Colony Kids pop-up market (2 June) at Jordan’s Eaton HK hotel. Entry’s free and there’s also a line-up of DJs and food and drink to enjoy on the outdoor terrace. For a different flavour of cool, rock out to British alternative band Nothing But Thieves (19 June, Kitec) or catch Japanese rockers Luna Sea’s 30th anniversary performance (7 June, AsiaWorld-Expo).
For a bit of geek chic, sign up to rock star physicist Brian Cox’s Universal World Tour (5 June, Kitec) and explore the origins of the universe. Before the show, read our exclusive interview with Cox, in which he shares an itinerary of places related to groundbreaking scientific discoveries. Finally, enjoy the biting wit of Iliza Shlesinger – the only woman and youngest comedian to be named NBC’s Last Comic Standing (13 June, Music Zone @ E-Max).