Countryside Retreat: Living in Sai Kung

The brilliant thing about Hong Kong is that there is something for everyone; hustle and bustle or peace and quiet, urban or island dweller, big city life or village hideaway. Sai Kung will definitely appeal to those of you looking for a quiet and peaceful village hideaway.  Having grown up here, I have been lucky enough to have lived in both the hustle and bustle as well as Sai Kung.  That’s what I love about Hong Kong – you do have choices!

So why Sai Kung?

 

The Outdoors

The rugged and expansive Sai Kung Peninsula is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. Blessed with a multitude of rolling hills and mountains, the incredible Sai Kung country park and a plethora of beaches and islands;  there is something to explore every weekend.

The area is especially renowned for its hiking with the famous MacLehose Trail, which runs right through the area.The hike out to Tai Long Wan, Big Wave Bay in English, is another expedition that should not be missed. The beach, widely-regarded as Hong Kong’s finest, is the final goal of a 2.5 hour hike along a rocky winding trail with stunning views.  Now that the weather is cooling down there really is no excuse.  I recently took out of town friends on the hike and they were so surprised that Hong Kong had all of these beautiful hikes only 40 minutes away from Kowloon station.  After the hike we ate at the local restaurant and I will admit that we took the boat back to Sai Kung!

The eclectic waterfront of Sai Kung town, aside from being a bristling seafood port, is a great place to catch an Akaido (open-sea ferry) to one or more of the little offshore islands and their secluded sandy beaches – a great way to spend a Sunday!

There are numerous outdoor activities littered throughout the district from kayaking, sailing and even horse riding – an attractive option for those looking to settle somewhere with a little more access the greener side of Hong Kong.

Property

There are various types of housing throughout the area but Sai Kung mainly consists of low rise, low density houses.  Here are some of the current properties available.

The Palisades: This stunning property is tucked away in the hills of Clearwater Bay. With jaw-dropping ocean views with an infinity pool to match this villa is the perfect place to soak up the sun and escape from the hustle and bustle of city life in style. Furthermore, while recluse, the property is only 5-10 minute drive from Hang Hau MTR – so you’re still connected.

The Giverny: This property, situated right near the waterfront village of Pak Sha Wan and Hebe Haven Yacht Club is a prime location for water enthusiasts. This development is also great families as it’s brimming with facilities: Gym, Outdoor Pool, BBQ Area and even a dance hall for those Strictly fans out there. The rooftop terrace is also a great place to watch the sun go down over the marina.  Some of you will remember that this was the location of government flats where some of you may have lived.

Transport and Commuting

Driving to Hong Kong Island takes around 30-40 minutes – depending on the time of day and resulting traffic.

If you prefer public transit that is also a very manageable option with a number of buses, and of course taxis, to take you in to town.

Finally, the nearby MTR station in Hang Hau is just a 25 minute ride to Central and has the benefit of never being late or effected by rush hour traffic.

Food

If you wander into the heart of Sai Kung you will find restaurants to suit all taste buds.  Most of Sai Kung’s major restaurants are located around the town’s charismatic main square, a great place to wind down on Saturday night after a day out on the water.

There are also a number of top Chinese seafood restaurants along the waterfront (seriously not to be missed) and a few tasty hawker-style restaurants hidden along a few alleyways. There are also a couple of quaint little cafés littered around town that are perfect for a Sunday morning coffee and croissant. Below are a few of the favourites:

Jaspas: A Sai Kung institution, this laid back spot is a favourite amongst local and expatriates alike. Serving up a modern fusion of comfort food Jaspas is perfect for either a chilled family dinner or a big group event. Would highly recommend the baby back ribs!!

Jojo’s: An authentic, traditional Indian restaurant that keeps you coming back for more. I know those who have been going to Jojo’s for as long as they can remember and they claim there is not a better curry in Hong Kong.

Casa: One of the newer members of Sai Kung’s culinary collection but quickly rising to the top. Casa serves a modern spin on tapas accompanied with a wide selection of the finest local and international craft beer.  

If you are interested in looking at property in Sai Kung then please get in touch at stella.abraham@ap.jll.com

One of the team would love to show you around!

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