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Review: L’Hotel Island South, Aberdeen, Hong Kong

Families check into L’Hotel Island South for its location. It is very close to Ocean Park, Hong Kong, only 5 minutes away with free shuttle. Some even say it is walking distance. So if you are planning to visit the theme park, consider this hotel property. The Manzanos were looking forward to staying at this hotel for our celebratory weekend in Hong Kong because we read very good reviews at the ever-so-reliable Trip Advisor.

True enough, our stay was certainly pleasant. Right when we entered our room, I noticed that the size was definitely bigger than normal Hong Kong hotel rooms. If you travel with your children, space is an issue. Maya is at a stage where she is learning how to walk so she likes to discover her surroundings.  Then there is a plus in my books for having a baby cot available for us to use for her (who didn’t use it to sleep, but it was useful for short spurts of time!)

After our first meal at LIS Cafe, one staff presented my son with an impromptu surprise birthday cake when they found out it was his birthday the next day.

The gesture was so very sweet! It’s these little things that truly make a world of a difference in customer service.

We loved the pool by the mountain which had a safe shallow area for little tots. Too bad we didn’t get to swim! I packed swimming attires for both kids but not for myself 😛 The gym also has spectacular mountain views but didn’t get to work out either because watching over the kids burns carlories just the same.

Oooh more cookie points for the bath tub!  The kids loved bathing here ❤️

Tip: Try to book a room in the higher floors facing the mountains to get a superb view, just like we did 🙂

L’Hotel Island South

55 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Hong Kong

+852 3968 888

Email: info@lhotelislandsouth.com

Celebrating Milestones in Hong Kong with Air Asia

We happily painted the skies red with Air Asia as we celebrated Santi’s 8th Birthday and Mother’s Day in Hong Kong. I always knew my son chose to come Earthside on an aupicious time as an early Mother’s Day gift to me! (Read what The Washington Post has to say about babies born on the Year of the Golden Pig.)

Here is our 3 days 2 nights and itinerary to share with you, maybe your family can do the same short but sweet trip one of these long weekends! 🙂


We boarded the maiden flight to Hong Kong from Manila, excited for our very first trip abroad as a family of four.  On board flight Z21201, passengers were given PLDT travellers SIM Cards and all mothers were surprised with long stemmed roses by the cabin crew.

Did you know that roses have the highest vibrational frequencies used for healing? No wonder it is the flower of choice for suitors and husbands to honor women!

As we arrived L’Hotel Island South, we decompressed a bit in the room before the buffet dinner spread at the hotel’s LIS Cafe.

My husband was pleased to see red meat on the menu (which I don’t serve at home) and tried a wide range of dishes with Santi (who I have lost the battle with vegetarianism hahaha!). I sampled an assortment of sushi and vegetables but made sure to save room for dessert.

Ah, those sweet delicacies were so yummy! I liked the Peanut Butter Soup the best 🙂

With tired bodies and full bellies, the Manzanos decided to call it a night to prepare for the full itinerary in Ocean Park the next day.


Bright and early, birthday boy Santi rose with glee to greet the scenic mountains of Hong Kong from our room. After filling up with breakfast, we headed our way to Ocean Park which was only a few minutes drive from the hotel. I remember visiting with my family as a teen in 1995 and boy, there has been major upgrades!

See some of our photos

Grand Aquarium

Old Hong Kong


Cable Car

Have you ever seen a real penguin? We haven’t! It was such a surprise to see them up close!

The view inside Tuxedos Restaurant

My nutritious organic vegetable soup with barley for lunch

Sea Jellies

Santi was able to get his photo taken to become a jellyfish himself! Oh, what fun!


Dolphins at the Ocean Theatre

*A word on animals in captivity or under their care- I reflected on this issue as we spent the whole day at the park. From what I have seen, the people that work in Ocean Park take great pride and care for the animals. The Park has a commitment to education and conservation. By showing the children the animals, they make an impact in their consciousness.

Santi was so moved by his shark experience that he chose to buy a shark stuffed toy when the Ocean Park representative asked him what he wanted to take home for his birthday. He asked many questions about sea animals after and I answered as best as I could to increase his awareness on how to properly care for our animals and the environment.

While Santi didn’t get to ride the Rapids because we didn’t bring extra clothes (a must if you’re staying the whole day!), he was ecstatic shooting the watergun at the people on the ride.

We dined at Neptune’s Restaurant before heading back to the hotel. Look at that spectacular view! My husband commented that you can melt your tensions away by staring into the blue.


The last day was just for us to enjoy ourselves in the city at our own pace since the previous day proved to be quite hectic. We took the bus to Causeway Bay (5 stops from the hotel) and had lunch at Time Square where Santi and I found the most delicious dessert in my favorite food court and grocery, City Super.

Green Matcha Cream is oh so dreamy! I’ll be coming back for you!

Thank you, Air Asia for making this trip truly special and memorable for my little globetrotters!

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