Come summer, and our thoughts immediately turn to cooling down and splashing around in the nearest swimming pool. But where do you go if you’re not lucky enough to be a club member, don’t have your own roof terrace or apartment communal pool and the thought of contending with thousands of other sun seekers on Shek O’s white expanses doesn’t quite appeal? Once again, Sassy has come to the rescue with our guide to the best communal swimming pools in Hong Kong. We’ve updated this handy guide with a couple of new spots to check out – soak up the sun in style at the best hotel poolsides, take a dip in a natural infinity pool or enjoy Hong Kong’s plethora of public pools on the cheap. Time to cool down!
The Island Shangri La, Admiralty
Their 28 metre long swimming pool is surrounded by sun loungers affording almost 360 degree chances to sit in the sun. Space is limited meaning it doesn’t feel too crowded and it’s open and heated all year round unlike others. An outdoor café next to the pool provides the perfect spot for a club sandwich and cooling cocktail. Equally impressive is the kitted-out gym which is open 24 hours and has ‘his and hers’ changing rooms complete with steam rooms and Jacuzzis. The on-site spa offers the perfect excuse to pamper yourself too. (Check out our full review of the Island Shangri La here!)
A weekday day pass costs $500 per person. Alternatively, plump for the annual membership that will set you back $45,500 per member or $68,800 per couple. Locker hire will cost you an extra $3,000 per year. Discounts are then offered on spa treatments and dining options.
Island Shangri-La, Pacific Place, Supreme Court Road, Central, Hong Kong, 2877 3838, www.shangri-la.com/island
Grand Hyatt, Wan Chai
With unbeatable harbour side views, the Grand Hyatt’s 50-metre heated swimming pool is housed within a tropical-feeling patio oasis famed for its outdoor appeal. The lush garden comes complete with outdoor dining options, a 400-metre jogging path and even its own waterfall! Inside, the gym, spa and sauna are no less impressive, whilst you will never be short of gourmet dining and bar options.
A day pass costs $550 per person. Monthly membership is normally $10,000 per person per month.
From now until the end of August, monthly passes are available for $5,500 per person but restricted for use between 7.30am and 5pm.
Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2588 1234, www.hongkong.grand.hyatt.com
The InterContinental, Kowloon
The Intercontinental pool is famed for the best views of HK Island from an aquatic setting. The infinity pools allow you to float idly whilst gazing over a panoramic view of Hong Kong’s famed skyline whilst a larger 21-metre pool is set further back for more spacious swimming and sunbathing. The spa is world-class with a plethora of treatments to be tried and the gym ticks all your mainstream exercise needs.
The only way to access this prime piece of HK hotel heaven is to purchase a day spa programme giving you all day access to the outdoor terrace and facilities. But what better excuse for a spa day… check out our review of one here!
InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2721 1211, www.hongkong-ic.intercontinental.com
The W’s rooftop infinity pool is all about seeing and being seen so be sure to choose your most eye-catching swimwear! The facilities include the achingly cool pool, blissful Jacuzzi and mesmerising cocktail bar – think trendy relaxation whilst sipping on a daiquiri.
Get wet and wild at the W’s HEATWAVE Summer Series Party, which continues throughout August. A single shot ticket for $350 ($400 at the door) will get you entry to the pool party and after party as well as one complimentary standard drink at the pool and one at the after party too! See here for more details… and don’t forget to try their WET Weekend Drinks every Saturday and Sunday until September for $398, which includes two glasses of your tipple of choice and access to WET.
If you’re looking for a pool so you can actually swim some laps (yep, some people are after fitness this summer not just partying!), then check out their Get Fit Get Toned promotion, which for $14,400 will get you either slimming sessions or personal training sessions with a 15% discount when dining at Kitchen, Sing Yin, WOOBAR and WET Deck, a 15% discount on bliss treatment over 60 minutes (excluding nails, waxing and add-on services) a welcome gift and an four one-day passes to WET.
W Hong Kong, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon Station, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 3717 2222, www.w-hongkong.com
JW Marriott, Admiralty
Evoking holiday feelings with a lagoon style pool flanked by sun loungers on all sides, the JW Marriott’s pool offers the perfect place to catch some rays on a sunny day. The Fish Bar next to the pool serves a mean lunch and if you’re looking to then burn it off, head down to the basement fitness centre for a workout followed by sauna and steam room.
A full day pass at the JW Marriott is a remarkably reasonable $300 per day for full pool and fitness access.
JW Marriott, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong, 2810 8366, www.jwmarriotthongkong.com
Langham Place, Mong Kok
Langham Place’s heated rooftop swimming pool is a great place to be on a sunny day! Enjoy amazing views of Hong Kong’s skyline as you float around the luxurious pool on the 42nd floor. Facilities open as early as 6 am and stay open all day, so you can splash around or sunbathe from sunrise t
Becoming a day guest at Langham Place will give you access to their pool, sauna and gym, and will only set you back $300! You will also get to use their changing rooms, lockers and towels.
Langham Place Hotel, 555 Shanghai St., Mong Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 3552-3388, hongkong.langhamplacehotels.com
Whether you want to swim laps or simply enjoy a refreshing poolside drink whilst topping up your tan, The Conrad’s outdoor heated swimming pool has you covered. Unwind in the sauna, steam room or whirlpool, or take advantage of the hotel’s lush massage service to relax after a hard day at work. From Friday to Sunday, 6-9pm, the Pool Lounge offers cocktails, middle-eastern snacks and fruity flavoured shishas.
If you want to use The Conrad’s amazing facilities, you will have to become a day guest. For $370 on weekdays and $480 on weekends, you can make yourselves at home here, and for a bit extra you can hit the gym too!
Conrad, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong, 2521 3838, www.conradhotels3.hilton.com
Keep it more casual at the YMCA’s pool on Bridges Street. This is actually Hong Kong’s first indoor pool, and it’s definitely one to check out if you’re looking for a bit of history (the first YMCA swimming team was also formed here!). Best of all, this is a fab budget option in a convenient, centrally located space with a single ticket clocking in at only $40!
PUBLIC SWIMMING POOLS IN HONG KONG
If you want to splash around on a bit more of a budget, head to one of Hong Kong’s 43 public swimming pools instead (check out the full list here). We’ve still not managed to check them all out, but have heard great things about the ones in Kennedy Town (2 Sai Cheung Street North, Kennedy Town, 2817 7973) and Morrison Hill (7 Oi Kwan Road, Wan Chai, 2575 3028), whilst the one at Victoria Park (Victoria Park, Hing Fat Street, Causeway Bay, 2570 8347) is the biggest on HK Island. Meanwhile, Kowloon Park (Kowloon Park, 22 Austin Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2724 3577) boasts both indoor and three outdoor pools linked by waterfalls (yes… really!), plus the chance to stroll around the scenic park itself afterwards.
$17 per person on HK Island and Kowloon (Monday-Friday excluding public holidays); $19 on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays. Monthly ticket passes cost $300 and can be used at all the LCSD’s public swimming pools (apart from Wan Chai Swimming Pool); call 2414 5555 or the booking offices of individual swimming pools to buy.
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Discovery Bay Rock Pools
Get out and enjoy the great outdoors by heading over to the Discovery Bay Rock Pools. Ok, so this might not be a ‘pool’, but we think a rock pool sort of counts?! Anyway, it’s a beautiful place to come for a day out and you won’t regret taking a dip in the sweltering HK heat.
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Silvermine Bay Rock Pools
If you’re looking for more sizeable rock pools to swim in, then the Silvermine Bay Rock Pools are the perfect alternative. Boasting a larger pool for swimming, and epic waterfalls, this is worth the trip to Mui Wo for. The advantages of taking a dip in these pools is that they’re really easy to get to – simply get the ferry to Mui Wo and take a leisurely stroll past the beach and through the fields until you arrive at the tranquil setting (that’s right – no hiking for all you lazier folk!).
Image sourced via Hilda Chan
Man Cheung Po natural infinity pool
Pssst… we’ve got a little secret to let you in on. If you’re looking for a ‘pool’ with a view in a serene, natural setting, then you’ve got to go and see the incredible ‘infinity pool’ on Lantau (with surrounding waterfalls!). That’s right, you’ll find this stunning little oasis near Tai O and it’s definitely somewhere to check out if you want to experience the more natural side of Hong Kong! It’s a bit of a hike to get there, but it’s a relatively easy climb and well worth it (love hiking? Our top 5 hikes in HK are here). It’s not actually legal to swim in this half-natural, half man-made pool, but it does get pretty busy at weekends!