HONG KONG Companies looking for new places to hold their events in this venue-challenged territory will have a few more options with the expected opening of Auberge, Discovery Bay Hong Kong by year-end.
Situated on the northeastern coast of Lantau Island, Auberge is located midway between Hong Kong international Airport and the Central business district. There are regular shuttle buses from Discovery Bay to the airport as well as the Tung Chung and Sunny Bay MTR stations, while high-speed ferries depart for Central every 30 minutes.
Grand Ballroom (artist impression)
Anne Busfield, general manager of the soon-to-open resort, told Mix that Auberge will provide both leisure and business visitors with a much-needed out-of-the-city alternative.
“We will be an idyllic seaside oasis, offering a stylish destination offering an escape from the congestion and hectic pace of the city,” she said, adding that half of the resort’s 325 rooms have spectacular seaview.
Busfield also revealed that Auberge, Discovery Bay Hong Kong is keen on getting a slice of the territory’s dynamic business events sector.
“We have a number of venues inside and outside of the resort to host corporate events and conferences. There are also a lot of opportunities for team-building exercises both within and outside our premises.
“We are excited about the things we can do in the property. We can position ourselves as a MICE destination during weekdays and then flip our services around to cater to the needs of families and leisure guests on weekends.”
Lobby (artist impression)
Auberge will have a total of 1,300 sqm of events space. The 700 sqm pillarless ballroom is designed to hold 528 people for banquets and up to 1,000 people for cocktails or a theatre-style setting. The seaview breakout rooms and function areas can cater to groups from 12 people for intimate dinner parties to 264 guests for banquets. There will also be a 40 sqm boardroom that can fit between 10 and 20 people.
Meanwhile, nearby outdoor activities and green attractions include a 27-hole golf course, hiking trails, The Big Buddha and Ngong Ping 360 cable car. Groups can also sail on The Bounty, a European tall ship, for either a cruise, a corporate event or a team-building exercise onboard.
The opening of Auberge is expected to help the development of Lantau Island as a business events destination.