When summer hits Hong Kong, the tell-tale signs are everywhere: crowded beaches, dripping air-con units and an almost unbearable humidity. Luckily, there’s one place where you can escape from all of this: a hotel pool. From stunning infinity pools overlooking Victoria Harbour to the best water zones for kids, we’ve picked out a few of our favorite hotel pools where you can spend your hot days splashing around and chilling with a drink in hand.
The first thing you’ll notice about this sleek indoor pool is its amazing views. Located on the 118th floor of the International Commerce Centre (aka, the tallest skyscraper in the city), it’s almost like swimming in the clouds. The pool itself is gorgeous too, with floor-to-ceiling windows, mirrored ceilings and even LED walls that create the illusion of coral reefs. The hotel’s day pass includes access to the pool and the spa so it’s definitely worth a visit for anyone looking to soak up some rays with a view.
While public and government-run swimming pools are a good option for those who don’t want to pay extra for hotel amenities, they do tend to be overcrowded during the summer. Plus, they’re often poorly maintained and not well suited to lap swimming.
On the other hand, private and resort pools are a lot more comfortable and spacious, with top-notch facilities and stunning views. Plus, they offer more options for food and drinks so you can keep hydrated and cool while you relax by the water. So, if you’re tired of dealing with crowds and uncleanliness at public pools, give these private and resort pools a try.
The earliest mention of a swimming pool in Hong Kong can be traced back to the early 19th century when a man named James Duncan opened a public swimming pool at the corner of Victoria Street and Wyndham Lane. The pool was closed in 1892 due to sewage contamination, but it would later reopen as a private club after renovations were completed. Today, there are over 200 public and private swimming pools in Hong Kong.
While some of these pools may close due to a staff shortage during the strike, many still remain open and are staffed with trained lifeguards. Those who are interested in visiting a swimming pool during the strike can check out the list of reopened public and private swimming pools on the Leisure and Cultural Services Department website.