When the temperatures rise in Hong Kong, a refreshing dip in the pool is a must. There are 44 public swimming pools, many of which have kiddie pools and water slides, making them perfect for a family day out. The best thing is they’re as affordable as chips – adult admission costs just HK$17 during the week and HK$19 on weekends and public holidays.
Portier Explorer recommends checking individual pool schedules as opening hours vary, due to coronavirus restrictions and annual maintenance. Some pools are also closed for cleaning on different days of the week and during peak periods, so it’s always wise to plan ahead.
In addition to the standard lap and recreational pools, some hotels are offering swanky new rooftop infinity pools. These luxe resort-style pools are a great spot to soak up some sun, enjoy a cocktail and take Instagrammable photos, especially with that iconic Victoria Harbour backdrop. Portier Partner Hyatt Centric boasts one of the city’s finest rooftop pools, which also doubles as a gym. Sit by the dipping pool with a glass of mimosa and watch the world go by, or get in some laps in the spacious indoor pool. You can even book a tai chi or yoga class to further relax and unwind on your summer getaway.
There are few things more cooling than a swim in an infinity pool, especially when you’re surrounded by glimmering blue tiles that shimmer under the sunlight. This stunning outdoor pool at The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong is a dreamy oasis with spectacular views over Victoria Harbour and beyond. Enjoy a drink at the nearby poolside bar and admire the skyline from your lounge chair before you head back in for a dip.
Located in the heart of Causeway Bay, this modern aquatic centre offers a range of facilities, including an indoor and outdoor pool and a toddler training pool. It is a popular choice with families thanks to its close proximity to shops and restaurants. This pool also features a diving board, a sauna and a Jacuzzi.
Another family favourite is the YMCA Bridges Street Centre, which offers both an indoor and outdoor pool. The outdoor pool is a great place to bring the kids as it has small slides, water guns and animals to climb on. It is closed on Tuesdays for cleaning.
For a quieter swim, head to the Kwun Tong area to the Jordan Valley pool. This is a great option for families with younger children as it has a toddler training pool, small slides and a fountain. This pool is also closed for cleaning on Mondays.
The Sheraton Tung Chung is home to a gorgeous outdoor infinity pool with scenic mountains and sea views. After a morning swim, head to the hotel’s restaurant for a delicious surf-and-turf free flow brunch. The Sheraton’s rooftop also has a yoga studio, so you can kick-start your day with some gentle stretching before you head into the pool.