5 Ways To Celebrate Galentine's Day In Hong Kong
“It’s only the best day of the year,” according to Leslie Knope, the fictional #girlboss of TV show Parks and Recreation, about a particular day in February. And no, it’s not Valentine’s Day, but rather, the day before—February 13, otherwise known as Galentine’s Day.
It's a day to leave your boyfriends and husbands at home and to get together with your best girlfriends for a day of “ladies celebrating ladies”. We've curated a list of activities you can enjoy with your besties, from spa treatments and heart-pumping workouts to giving back to a good cause.
1/5 Five-star pampering
Make a day of it and combine two Four Seasons Spa packages. Start with the Double Serenity Treatment, a 150-minute package that begins with you and your girls enjoying glasses of bubbly while soaking in a bubble bath, before moving onto an exfoliation treatment to leave your skin feeling smooth and polished, and ending with holistic healing massage that uses warm jade stones.
You can then follow up a break of dining on light, healthy bites at The Roof Terrace with the Nail Social package, a two-and-a-half hour mani-pedi, more champagne, and tea service or hors-d'oeuvres.
Four Seasons Spa, Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, 8 Finance Street, Central, +852 3196-8888, find out more at fourseasons.com
2/5 A boozy painting session
Gather your girlfriends for an afternoon of creativity and fun. Located in Wong Chuk Hang, Art Jamming promises to ease even the most artistically challenged into taking a bolder approach to painting, giving you the freedom to paint whatever your heart wishes.
They offer packages for private parties, with exclusive use of their 2000 sqft studio and 1200 sq ft terrace, four hours of painting, and the option of catering (using one of their partner restaurants or a caterer of your choice—and yes, alcohol is allowed). If you’ve ever wanted to learn to paint a portrait of your adorable dog while getting a bit buzzed with your best lady friends, Art Jamming is the way to go.
Art Jamming, 4D Yally Industrial Building, 6 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang, +852 2541-8816, find out more at artjamming.com
3/5 Group spirits tasting
We know how popular wine tastings are, but may we suggest a quiet night of getting to know your spirits instead? Tucked away in bustling Soho, Victoria Chow’s The Woods Annex offers an extensive library of 300 spirits sourced from top-notch craft distilleries from around the globe, as well as group tastings and workshops with mixologists and industry experts.
There's no better way to enhance your knowledge on the craft of distilling spirits while developing a more adventurous palate. Quiet and intimate, the space seats just up to eight people and visits are strictly by appointment only.
The Woods Annex, 64 Staunton Street, Central, +852 9862 8031, find out more at thewoods.hk
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4/5 National Pizza Week
Pizza, quality time with the ladies, and supporting an excellent cause – it’s the trifecta of having fun and doing good. From February 9-16, you can enjoy a girl’s day out gorging on specially made, off-menu pizzas from a slew of excellent dining establishments, with a percentage of the profits going to the “Cook for Syria” initiative to support Unicef's Children of Syria Fund.
From the delectable-sounding Boston lobster pizza at Mistral to the lahm bi ajin pizza at Alvy’s (which includes halal minced lamb and goat’s cheese yoghurt), there’s a pizza on the checklist to tickle everyone’s fancy.
5/5 Take a barre class
Endorphins are the feel-good hormones your body creates, and what better to bring about a rush of them than exercise? Grab your girls, don your leotards and legwarmers (or tutus, if you’re so inclined) and head on over to the WeBarre studio.
Whether you're well-versed or new to barre, you're bound to enjoy toning those muscles, improving your poise, and getting your sweat on to some great tunes under the tutelage of highly trained instructors.
WeBarre, 13/F Hilltop Plaza, 49 Hollywood Road, Central, +852 2310 0008, find out more at webarre.com
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