Of course nothing could replace the Frog & Toad on Lantau, it was a unique institution. But, I am interested to see that The Island Club has now been set up in Chi Ma Wan’s Dai Long Wan village. I met the very nice Shirley Chan on a reconnaissance trip last weekend, and discovered not only an organic veggie farm, but also her Island Club.
Dai Long Wan has a lovely beach and although has no road access it’s actually very straightforward to get to – either walking a quick 25mins from Chi Ma Wan prison, by 20min kaido from Cheung Chau, or by junk. It’s not really on the junk trip radar anymore, but the Island Club will provide you with all sorts of watersports equipment, bbqs and booze. Either $350 or $450 per person for all the food and booze you can tuck away (including those lovely organic veggies), I think it would make an awesome stop off for a lazy weekend beach party. Certainly of more interest than the hideous Stoep on Cheung Sha.
We carried on round the coast to Sea Ranch for a bit of a gander. Fantastic walk, really pretty path from Chi Ma Wan Prison all the way to Sea Ranch, but Oh My God! What a horrible canker on the bottom of Lantau that former “luxury” resort is. It’s post-apocalyptic, it’s rotten, it’s spine-chilling frankly. Broken windows, broken blinds, desiccated pot-plants left out for years on balconies, one house had a bunch of weird statues of 4ft tall african tribesman standing outside their front door – oddness. A couple of the flats/houses are lived in and there are 24hour guards, but it really feels like hell descended and just ate everyone up. Shpooky. We ran away ‘toot sweet’.
Anyway: Click here for all the contact details and how to get there.