Sometimes beaches can get a bit too crowded and just, well. Too sandy and hot. Here’s where the pools of Hong Kong come in. If you want to be treated like a king while you tan, or if you’d like to go chase some natural waterfalls (yes, in the 852)… Here’s a list of all the best pools in town!
This is perhaps the king of hotel pools. Not only do they have Hong Kong’s version of rooftop infinity pool, you’ll also get to enjoy their famous BBQ spread right by the poolside as you sip on cocktails and bubbles. Need a massage? Head on into their Jacuzzi on the side! P.S. Don’t miss their SHOCK WAVE 2015: Series 4 party!
HOW MUCH: Saturday & Sunday 12-4pm $598HKD per adult or $398HKD per child for pool use, 1 set of BBQ platter and 3 glasses of Chandon Brut or refreshing beverages of your choice; Saturday & Sunday 3-10pm $398HKD per person for use of pool and 3 glasses of Chandon Brut or refreshing beverages of your choice; Mondays to Fridays 6-9pm, $388HKD per adult or $194HKD per child for all-you-can BBQ & 3 complimentary glasses of Charon Brut or other beverages (no usage of the pool)
1 Austin Road West, Kowloon Station, Kowloon
(852) 3717 2222
It may not be the first hotel that comes to your mind when you’re thinking of a pool to laze around in, but The Langham actually has a gorgeous swimming pool complete with a sundeck and cabanas you can hide under to read some books and sip on cocktails.
HOW MUCH: Mondays to Fridays $350HKD per person for use of pool, Jacuzzi, gym, sauna and steam room.
555 Shanghai Street, Mongkok
(852) 3552 3322
The sister hotel to Langham Place in Mongkok, this hidden gem in TST has the cheapest day pass around town and has a similar set up to the Langham Place’s pool. If you’re planning for a healthy and chill day out, call ahead to book a day for yourself at their pool and enjoy the gym and sauna as well!
HOW MUCH: Mondays to Sundays $300HKD per person, includes the use of pool, gym and sauna.
8 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
(852) 2375 1133
Relax in fresh air and water all year round in the pool located on the top floor of Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel. When you get too tired after training (or sunbathing…), sit back and enjoy your time in the one of the three heated Jacuzzis! The sundeck provides a place to sunbathe as well as snack bar service.
HOW MUCH: Day pass is $300HKD, which will give you access to their pool, gym, and also sauna room.
20 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
(852) 2369 1111
Located on the 11th floor of the hotel, the 50-metre heated swimming pool commands spectacular view of the Central skyline. You can sit back and relax on the poolside sun loungers while enjoying your favourite drink from the bar without having to worry about the crowd.
HOW MUCH: A one-off day pass costs $500HKD, includes use of pool, gym and sauna.
1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai
(852) 2588 1234
Surrounded by vivid greenery and a view of Hong Kong’s skyscrapers, you will certainly enjoy a relaxing day here at this gorgeous pool. After a few laps, top up your tan by the side of the pool then hit the outdoor café next to the pool for some Thai cuisine and exotic cocktails. Do note that their day pass is only on weekdays though, so mark your calendars and plan ahead!
HOW MUCH: Available only on weekdays, day pass is $650HKD for adults and $350HKD for children under the age of 12, includes use of pool, gym and sauna.
8/F, Island Shangri-La, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty
(852) 2820 8583
Whether you're more at home lifting free weights in the gym, or swimming laps in a heated outdoor swimming pool, the Conrad Hong Kong hotel has all the facilities you need. Again, unfortunately though, their day pass is only available during weekdays, so keep this place in mind for when you have an extra day off or two!
HOW MUCH: Available only on weekdays, $370HKD per person and on weekends $480HKD per person, includes use of pool, steam room and sauna.
Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty
(852) 2521 3838
PUBLIC SWIMMING POOLS
By Billy Yellow (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Did you know? There’s actually a total of 43 public swimming pool complexes in Hong Kong, of which 9 are on Hong Kong Island, 13 in Kowloon and 21 in the New Territories. So if you are just looking for a place in town for a tan without spending a ton, these pools could be the options for you. Just make sure to check for more details on the official website for the opening hours and maintanance dates!
P.S. We recommend the Kowloon Park one which is huge and has a ton of tanning chairs, as well as the spanking new one at Kennedy Town.
HOW MUCH: $17HKD on weekdays, $19HKD on weekends, $300HKD for monthly ticket; concession rates available
LET’S GO CHASING WATERFALLS
Sheung Luk Stream
Let us warn you first, it’s actually illegal to swim in any of these streams. Yet, you are still allowed to spend a day there and chill with your friends (hopefully getting darker too). Sheung Luk Stream is a hot summer spot for those who enjoy hiking.
HOW TO GET THERE: Take vollage bus no. 29R from Sai Kung to Chan Man street or taxi to Sai Wan Pavilion. Sheung Luk Stream is just 10 minutes walk from the Sai Wan beach.
Man Cheung Po (Infinity Pool)
If you still haven’t got a chance to go to this hidden place in Hong Kong, you’d better start planning now because we have a feeling that this famous Infinity Pool might be overwhelmed with popularity soon! Again, swimming is technically not allowed but you can still enjoy hiking up there and do some sunbathing!
HOW TO GET THERE: Take bus 11 from Tung Chung to Tai O, and back. Another way is to take the ferry to Mui Wo, take bus 1 to Tai O and back.
Written by Kelsy Li