Cool off in Hong Kong’s Best Swimming Pools
What’s the best cure for this scorching Hong Kong heat? A dip in some of our favourite pools of course! We’ve done the hard work for you and compiled a list of some of our personal favourites for you to cool off in. From swanky hotel pools where you can nab a day pass, to the best public pools and natural ‘outdoor’ pools, we’ve found something to suit everyone’s preference and budget. Grab your swimsuit, sunscreen and towel, it’s time to take a dip with our Sassy Pool Guide!
For a more luxurious pool experience, try the pool at the Island Shangri-La in Central! Space is limited so have no fear of an overcrowded pool. This pool is open all year (with heating in the winter) and its open space design ensures a beautiful tan for the summer. Grab a club sandwich and a nice, cold cocktail at the outdoor café right next to the pool for the best summer experience.
Cost: A weekday pass is $650 and $800 on weekends and public holidays, and a yearly pass is $52,000/individual
Hours: Monday – Sunday, 6am – 10pm
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.
Cost: $550 for a day-pass (includes access to pool, sauna, and gym)
- $6000 for a 30-day pass
- $15000 for a 90-day pass
- $9800 for a 90-day pass (only for weekdays)
Hours: Monday – Sunday, sunrise – sunset
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 plenty of treatments to try and the gym is guaranteed to meet all your mainstream exercise needs.
The only way to access this prime piece of HK hotel heaven is to purchase their full day spa programme, known as ‘I-Spa Full Day Rituals’ costing $3680/individual for one of their ‘Regenerate & Revitalise’, ‘Yin & Yang Harmony or ‘Bride-to-be’ packages – or indulge in a ‘Couples Escape’ for $6480. All ‘rituals’ will give you a days access to the pool, and gym as well as a 3 hours, 45 minutes of spa treatments per person, a 3-course ihealth lunch served at the pool terrace! What better excuse for a spa day… check out our review of one here!
Hours: The pool is open 6am – 10pm, but the spa is open 9am – 10pm
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.
Cost: The W Hotel pool is only open on the weekends but a $398 day-pass includes 2 drinks and access to the pool!
Hours: Saturday – Sunday, 12 – 10pm
W Hong Kong, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon Station, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 3717 2222, www.w-hongkong.com
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Cordis‘ 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 6.30am and stay open until 11pm, so you can splash around or sunbathe from sunrise to sunset!
Cost: $350 on weekday, $450 on weekend
Hours: Monday – Sunday, 6.30am – 11pm
*Cordis pool is currently under renovation but it will be open on July 3, 2016.*
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.
Cost: $370 on weekdays and $480 on weekends
Hours: Monday – Sunday, 6am – 10pm
Public Swimming Pools:
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 – just remember to double-check the opening schedules of each pool as they are all different, and make sure you don’t go on a pool’s cleaning day, when it will be closed.
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 $30!
Cost: For adults aged 18-59, $30/ticket and $540 for a booklet of 20 tickets.
Hours: Mon-Sun, 6.30am-10.30pm
Set way high on a rooftop, there’s the option of two large pools to cool off in. Go at dusk to take in the sunset!
The indoor main pool is perfect when you need an escape from the sun, heat and humidity, while outside there’s a secondary pool, two teaching pools and a sun bathing area for you to sit back with a good book… but stay sun-smart girls and don’t forget the hats, sunnies and sunscreen!
Do laps in the main pool or lay back in the leisure pool; whatever you’re after, Sai Kung Swimming Pool has got you covered.
Okay, okay. This is a bit of a hike, we’ll admit. But we think three-story high twisty water-slides are worth the trek. The lines are long but what would you expect for the longest water slides in Hong Kong?
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.
How to get there: Walk 10 minutes from the Discovery Bay ferry pier (towards the Discovery Bay golf club) and when you hit the main road, turn right onto the hill. The pool should be halfway up the hill.
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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.
How to get there: For detailed directions to the Silvermine Bay Rock Pools, click here.
Grab your towel, cozzie and don’t forget the sunscreen – it’s time to cool down!