You might not associate the beach with Hong Kong hotels but the territory has some surprisingly good beach locations among the numerous islands and bays. If you don’t mind being a little remote from Central and Victoria Harbour you can enjoy a resort set among peaceful nature.
Lantau Island, Lamma Island, and Repulse and Deepwater bays on the south side of Hong Kong Island all have some wonderful beaches with hotels nearby. Smaller beaches on islands near the airport are accessible by the metro system, and Castle Peak Bay, remote as it is, has a decent hotel beach resort experience.
The selection of beach hotels in Hong Kong is fairly limited, however, and there are few budget options. Some are purpose-built and may be crowded with Mainland Chinese tourists. The exclusive properties on Lantau Island are more private, though a car will be needed, with the alternative being a lengthy bus and ferry ride to the city centre. Repulse Bay, on Hong Kong Island, is within reach of regular public transport that can spirit you into Wan Chai and the business district within an hour.
Hong Kong hotels mostly squeeze themselves into the densely populated areas of Hong Kong Island and Kowloon, with the beaches and nature areas of the islands and New Territories a remote attraction that are perhaps better enjoyed as a day trip. The Hong Kong beaches are fairly well rated for cleanliness and many enjoy an undeveloped landscape of lush flora, though the South China Sea can be chilly during the winter months, even if it is clean and swimmable.
Some of the properties listed as beach hotels are in fact waterfront hotels with guaranteed ocean or harbour views without a strip of sand in sight. But Hong Kong isn’t a destination that is noted for deck chairs and coconut palms. A short ferry ride and stroll to Lamma’s Hung Shung Ye Beach will satisfy most beach lovers.