The telltale signs of a Hong Kong summer are in full swing: overcrowded beaches, dripping air-con units and almost insufferable humidity. Thankfully, you can escape the heat with a dip in one of these stunning Hong Kong pools. From swanky infinity pools overlooking Victoria Harbour to fun water zones for kids, we’ve rounded up the best hotel pools for a pool staycation this summer.
The Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) oversees a total of 44 public swimming pools in Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the New Territories. These are regularly cleaned, disinfected and filtered and undergo daily inspections to ensure the safety of the water. LCSD also offers discounts and free admission for seniors, children and students on weekdays and weekends. However, the public pools have been plagued with complaints of contaminated waters from mainland swimmers’ vomit and faeces during the pandemic.
Nearly half of Hong Kong’s 45 public swimming pools plan to close lanes and facilities reserved for swim instruction this summer due to a shortage of lifeguards, the city’s union said on Tuesday. The Hong Kong Recreation and Sports Professionals General Union warned that partially opening pools would affect both swimmers and swim clubs and could lead to class cancellations.
Located on the edge of Hung Hom in Kowloon, Kerry Hotel’s stylish rooftop pool boasts a gorgeous view of the city and Victoria Harbor. With no barriers and a length of 25-meters, this is a truly unobstructed pool. Day passes for non-hotel guests are available and at the weekend you can hang out by the pool until sunset with a glass of wine or cocktail.
While Hong Kong’s hotels have been hesitant to open their pools during the coronavirus pandemic, several have since relented and some have even stepped up their operations. With this in mind, we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 hotels with their own pools that are open to the public.
This luxurious hotel in the heart of the city’s shopping and entertainment district has a sleek, modern rooftop pool with a view over Victoria Harbour. The Wellness Pool is fully equipped with a sauna, steam room and gym, and guests can enjoy drinks and snacks at the adjacent pool bar.
With its calming water and stunning views, this is the perfect spot to escape the sweltering summer temperatures. The pool is fully heated and has a retractable roof, so it can be enjoyed all year round. Guests can also enjoy the nearby spa with its massages and beauty treatments.
Aside from its enticing infinity pool, this hotel is famous for its delicious restaurants and bars. The pool bar, Red Sugar, is a great place to relax and have cocktails while watching the sun set over the city. Guests can enjoy a variety of delicious food and drinks at the restaurant as well as take advantage of the hotel’s free flow tapas during the weekend. This is the perfect spot to unwind after a long day of sightseeing in Hong Kong.