Transformed from the century-old Tai O Police Station built in 1902, Tai O Heritage Hotel is a historic building of old tales and authentic experiences, and has received the UNESCO Award of Merit, becoming the first UNESCO-awarded hotel.
Accommodation and facilities
Featuring classical architecture and fascinating stories of bygone years, the quaint hotel is popular among discerning travelers. Situated amid lush greenery, it is now home to nine exquisite colonial-design rooms (including four luxurious suites) named after the Hong Kong Police Force navy ranks, navy vessels and the significant attractions in Tai O. The rooms are fitted with modern-day comforts, including IPTV and broadband internet.
Initiatives on cultural conservation
Aimed at raising the awareness of conservation and promoting appreciation of the historic building, free daily guided tours are offered by the hotel to the general public and charitable organisations.
The Hong Kong Heritage Conservation Foundation, which operates Tai O Heritage Hotel, furthers its efforts in supporting sustainable tourism and nurturing future leaders with the launch of the Hospitality Young Leaders Programme in 2020. It has hired ten passionate local graduates, giving them valuable training in sustainable tourism, hospitality, heritage and cultural conservation.
Location and accessibility
Tai O Heritage Hotel perches on a hill overlooking the idyllic fishing village of Tai O. A 50-minute bus ride will take guests from Tung Chung to Tai O. Upon arrival, take a 2-minute scenic ride on a jet boat or a 20-minute stroll through the local village to reach the hotel.
The glass-roofed restaurant Tai O Lookout, located on the first floor of the hotel, derives its name from the function of the guard tower where the marine police kept watch against pirate activities.
The rooftop commanding panoramic views has been transformed into this airy restaurant with colonial décor, featuring wood-carved furniture that previously belonged to China Tee Club. Tai O Lookout serves signature delicacies and drinks made with local recipes and ingredients, echoing the charms of the century-old fishing village.
The restaurant’s unique rural setting and colonial flavors make for an ideal choice for romantic getaways and other celebratory events, with a capacity for up to 60 guests.
Address: Shek Tsai Po Street, Tai O, Lantau Island Total no. of rooms: 9
Room size: 260 - 480sq. ft. Price range (published rates): HK$1,900 – 3,750