When the Hong Kong summer rolls around, there’s one thing you can count on: scorching days, sweltering nights and a whole lot of humidity. It’s no wonder that pools are the most popular hangouts when the weather gets hot. From infinity pools overlooking Victoria Harbour to splash zones for kids, here are the best hk pools where you can cool off as the city sizzles.
The only thing better than a dip in the ocean is a soak in an infinity pool with a view. These hotel swimming pools offer stunning vistas of the sea and cityscape—and sometimes even come with a meal and drinks. If you’re planning on taking a dip, be sure to check out the hotel’s website for deals and promotions. You might be able to save on entry fees and get some bonus Asia Miles, too.
Public pools in Hong Kong are managed by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD). There are 44 of them in total; nine on Hong Kong Island, 13 in Kowloon and 22 in the New Territories. The most popular of the bunch is the Ma On Shan Swimming Complex, which offers views of Tolo Harbour and features a spacious main pool along with spectator stands that can hold 1,200 people. There are also training and teaching pools, plus a toddler’s pool with whimsical water installations like mushroom- and tree-shaped fountains.
Last year, some LCSD pools closed due to contamination from faeces and vomit, which was reportedly brought in by mainland swimmers. Many of the affected pools were reopened, but a few remained under quarantine for several weeks. As a result, some facilities were temporarily shut down—including leisure pools and paddling pools, as well as certain slides and spray zones.
Luckily, some of Hong Kong’s most famous swimming pools are still open for the season—including the Ritz-Carlton and ICC. The latter’s 118th floor infinity pool is the highest in the world, offering incredible panoramic views of the city from its floor-to-ceiling windows. The indoor pool is surrounded by lounge chairs and beds, and there’s an outdoor Jacuzzi with sunset views. Daycation packages are available for locals starting at HKD550 including all-day pool access and a set lunch on the sun deck. The hotel is also offering an extra HKD10 discount for visitors who bring their hk passports. For the best deals, be sure to book in advance and check online for updates before you head down.