When you think about Hong Kong, the first thing that comes to mind might be shopping or dim sum – but swimming pools? Turns out, the high-rise city has loads of picturesque spots to cool off. From the world’s highest pool to a natural infinity pond on a mountainside, here are some of the best hongkong pools for a dip.
Hong Kong’s highest pool might be located at the Ritz-Carlton in the heart of Central, but that’s not all that makes this stunning hotel’s pool special. Guests can lounge on a daybed or relax in the lap pool while soaking up the incredible view of the surrounding skyline. The hotel also has a variety of other amenities like spa treatments and an al fresco bar.
During the summer, Hong Kong’s public pools are often packed to capacity. A recent strike by the Hong Kong Recreation and Sports Professionals General Union has also prompted many of the city’s pools to close lanes and facilities reserved for swimming instruction. This can be frustrating for swimmers, and the decision to open pools partially will have a negative impact on local tourism and the industry’s development, according to the union.
One of the most popular Hong Kong pools is Tai Po, which features a massive water slides and is usually packed both on weekdays and weekends. It’s a great option for families looking to spend a full day in the water, and its seven pools include teaching, diving, children’s and leisure pools.
A more secluded spot to go swimming is the Kerry Hotel’s rooftop infinity pool. The modern pool boasts spectacular views over Victoria Harbour and Hung Hom, and there are barely any barriers, so the scenery is truly unobstructed. A day pass to the pool is available for non-hotel guests, and you can even hang out here during sunset to enjoy a drink by the pool.
If you’re more interested in doing some laps than relaxing in the sun, check out Rosewood’s Asaya Pool. The 25-meter-long pool is located on the 6th floor of the luxury hotel, and it offers a one-of-a-kind view of the Victoria Harbour’s calming waters. You can do some morning laps for exercise and then head to the bar to grab a bite to eat before lounging by the pool to watch the sun sink below the horizon. It’s a perfect way to start your day or end your staycation!