Repulse Bay is situated in the Southern District of Hong Kong, which is an area towards the south of the Hong Kong Island. There are basically two schools of thought as to how this bay area became named Repulse Bay. One version states that in 1841, this bay area was used by pirates as a place for their activities. The pirates would plunder and loot trading ships, especially foreign ones, which go towards China to trade. This became a serious menace and so the British Fleet had to ‘repulse’ the pirates in the area. Hence the bay was named Repulse Bay. The other idea is that the British ship HMS Repulse was kept at one point in time at the bay.
During the 1910s the Repulse Bay area was constructed into a beach. The beach area was artificially lengthened; hence the sand near the shore is seemingly rougher than the sand that lies more inland. The Repulse Bay Hotel was constructed here in the year 1920. The longest serving Hong Kong bus route also goes through the Repulse Bay; it was created in order to bring in swimmers to the area. The bus route runs from Central to the Repulse Bay.
In 1982 the Repulse Bay hotel was turned into a shopping mall. There are many shops, restaurants and cafeterias in the mall. The renowned Building with a Hole is situated a bit further up and overlooks the Repulse Bay. On the east end of the beach resides the Kwun Yam Shrine.
A Hong Kong hotel to be found in the area is the Cosmopolitan Hotel.