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Birthday Staycation at The Murray (& Bring the Dog!)

by Bridget — May 25, 2021
Downing her champagne on her birthday staycation

Time for a birthday staycation with the dog! There’s no big parties these days so you might as well treat yourself to a fancy hotel stay.

It’s my birthday! Now for the good news/bad news… The bad news first, I’m celebrating yet a second birthday in covid times. Nevertheless, the good news is I’m doing a 5 star birthday staycation! It’s important to note, we’re able to enjoy ourselves because the citizens of Hong Kong have been responsible enough (as avid mask wearers, etc.) to partake in certain liberties; like dining out and having a mini vacay!

My hubby booked our fancy hotel stay at The Murray. It’s famous for its stunning landmark architecture, the gorgeous big Pink & White Shower Tree (aka. Cassia Javanica variety Indochinensis), and the Pawsome Staycation package you can do with your (small) dog.

The Pink and White Shower Tree Outside of The Murray

The Murray by day and the beautiful pink and white shower tree in full bloom. The beauty of my birthday staycation.

Our stay comprised of 2 nights, during the week, which is extremely clever for avoiding crowds (good thinking, hubby!). The suite is massive with a huge bed, a giant TV, a WC with a Japanese style bidet, and a separate bathing room with a glorious falling shower and the largest bathtub I’ve ever seen! Heavenly… sigh! They even have marble dog bowls and a little dog bed for our dog, Rocket. All three of us had a marvellous time!

The Building, The Room

Bombarded by so much food, we ate a lot considering we were only there for 2 tea times, 2 dinners, and 2 breakfasts. Not to mention, there’s only so many sweet things adults-of-a-certain-age can eat before they can no longer even look at food. LOL. They kept bringing me sweets with my name on them wishing me a happy birthday. They even brought a random brownie to my room on the first day; right after we finished a big tea set. Consequently, we ended up hiding it in the fridge and nibbling on it the next day instead.

More Birthday Staycation Photos on IG

The three of us took a trip up to the Victoria Peak Garden, I swam in the Murray’s little indoor pool, and we watched a movie on the big TV. Meanwhile, the breakfast buffet outdoes itself, the high tea is merely satisfactory, and dinner is overpriced but tastes yummy. Restricted to dining on the patio of only two of the restaurants, we enjoyed all of our meals outdoors–luckily the weather was reasonable! We’ll have to return without the dog someday for the view from the rooftop bar & restaurant, Popinjays.

A Sample of the Food Experience

Let us know your staycation recommendations!

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