Hong Kong’s Best Swimming Pools



Posted by Ed 41 days ago

As the mercury reaches in its thirties, expats in Hong Kong are probably looking for ways to cool down in swimming pools around the region. While going to the beach may not be in your current itinerary, worry not as there are plenty of options for you to relax and beat the heat at reasonable costs. Whether in hotels or in public pools, Hong Kong has no shortage of fantastic destinations for you to dip your weary mind and body into the water.

If you are quite new to Hong Kong, you might be surprised by the many swimming attractions you can find just by going online. But to spare you all the trouble, here’s AsiaXPAT’s well-curated guide to the ten best swimming pools in Hong Kong that will either let you swim in peace or have a fun time with the entire family.

             Hotel Indigo Pool 

Club Siena. This is one of the highest rated swimming pools in Discovery Bay with a huge outdoor infinity pool that overlooks the vast South China Sea. For those who get too cold easily, the club also has a heated indoor pool as well as baby-friendly pools and kiosk where quick bites are available. Club Siena non-members need not worry as the swimming pool is open for only $100 from Mondays to Fridays and $150 during weekends and bank holidays.

Silvermine Bay Rock Pools. Near Mui Wo in Lantau Island sits Silvermine Bay where a sizable rock pool has become one of the best attractions among expats. Experience an epic swimming experience in large pools and marvel at the stunning waterfalls that exudes a serene atmosphere. Getting there is quite easy via a ferry to Mui Wo, and a not-so-distant walk through the beach, village houses, woodland and fields. While there, check out the hidden silver mine uphill where above sits another waterfall. You’ll surely get a calming feeling as you take in nature’s wonders while having that refreshing splash.

Hotel Indigo. For expats who wish to seek some thrills while taking a swim, head on out to Hotel Indigo in Hong Kong Island and check out their glass-bottom pool. Take in the majestic sights of the busy streets and traffic below, and towering skyscrapers and mountains on your periphery for an experience that’s both intense and relaxing at the same time. If you’re a guest, you get to see these beautiful views while chilling out at the hotel’s rooftop bar.

Tai Po Swimming Pool. While it takes some effort to get to this swimming pool, all will be worth it once you get thrills out of Tai Po Swimming Pool’s three-level twisty waterslides. Expect crowds to queue up on this awesome swimming experience that’s open from Tuesday to Sunday. Other facilities include teaching, diving, and kiddie pools, an 800-seater spectator stand, and family changing rooms for your convenience.

Kennedy Town Swimming Pool. With four swimming pools in one fine complex that includes a rooftop pool with a panoramic view of Victoria Harbour, a kiddie pool with a mini waterslide, and two indoor pools, Kennedy Town Swimming Pool in Shek Tong Tsui is the perfect swimming getaway for the entire family. Its zinc-clad building has a futuristic feel of the venue as its translucent roofing showers you with natural sunlight. During the cold season, heated pools are also available from November to April.

Pao Yue Kong Swimming Pool. Over in Aberdeen, this complex caters to both adventurous swimmers and those who are just looking to relax under the sun. It has tunnel slides and sun loungers that complement its two gigantic swimming pools that are hardly overcrowded. Pao Yue Kong Swimming Pool also has a diving pool, teaching pools, and kiddie pools for your little and not so little ones. Make sure you don’t drop by on a Tuesday as the pools are closed for cleaning.

Kowloon Park Swimming Pool. One of the biggest parks in Hong Kong, Kowloon Park in Tsim Sha Tsui also has a huge swimming pool that’s truly entertaining and enjoyable for kids and adults alike. There are three large outdoor pools that feature waterfalls, rock aesthetics and a footbridge, and a manmade island at the center that’s perfect for sunbathing. Kowloon Park Swimming Pool is open from April to October from 6:30 am to 12 noon; 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm; and at 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm for hourly cleaning and maintenance. During the cold season, the complex also opens up its indoor pools to visitors.

The W Hotel. Discerning expats who want to take in the beautiful city lights can check-in at The W Hotel by the Marriott Group in West Kowloon. Atop the 76th floor, you’ll find one of the highest rooftop pools in the world complete with a jacuzzi and cozy cocktail bar. Relax within a sophisticated setting 692 feet above ground, while overlooking the city and harbour, or might as well visit during the summer for the Twisted Tiki Fashion Pool Party with three more dates this year on July 20, August 10, and September 7. Swimming at The W Hotel is literally enjoying the high life.

Sai Kung Swimming Pool. For expats with their families, the Sai Kung Swimming Pool is perfect during the hot months with its various restaurants and leisure activities around Sai Kung Town for both young and old. Let the little ones swim in a safe 50-meter main pool or in the leisure pool that offer some fun water games and child-friendly slides. Rates are friendly too at only $17 during weekdays, and $19 on weekends and bank holidays.

Island Shangri-La. Expats looking for some peace while they take a dip can get a well-deserved rest at the Island Shangri-La in Central. This is because the hotel only books few guests for a more relaxing swimming experience during the weekends. This luxurious hotel also offers spa services, a gym with personal trainers, and Hatha Yoga sessions to pamper your entire being. The swimming pool is open all-year round and is heated during the cold months.


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