The pool season is upon us, and it’s time to hit the beach or relive the childhood fun of a cool splash in one of Hong Kong’s many pools. With so many options to choose from, we’ve rounded up some of the best hongkong pools to suit your mood:
The most stunning pool in town is the iconic outdoor pool at The Peninsula, with its Roman-inspired design that makes you feel like you’re in a grand palace away from the bustle of the city streets. You can lounge by the pool and enjoy a sweeping view of Hong Kong’s skyline from day to night or take in the inspiring backdrop with a refreshing glass of champagne.
If you prefer a more contemporary feel, head over to Kerry Hotel’s stylish rooftop pool for an Instagram-worthy poolside afternoon and dinner. The modern and spacious 25-meter-long pool offers a different view of Victoria Harbour, this time from Hung Hom. With barely any barriers, this is a truly unobstructed view of the water that will make you feel as though you’re swimming right in the sea itself! After your dip, you can hang out at the hotel’s popular terrace bar Red Sugar for a wide selection of craft beers, wines and cocktails.
Another popular pool in the region is the Ma On Shan Swimming Pool Complex. Located on the seafront of Ma On Shan, this vast swimming pool has a large main pool with spectator stands and training and teaching pools to the side. It also has a paddling pool and a toddler’s pool with whimsical water installations such as mushroom and tree-shaped fountains, plus four waterslides, including two that are said to be Hong Kong’s fastest!
This pool is also a great place for kids and families, with their pirate ship and water cannons making it the perfect spot for some aquatic family fun. Located in Hammer Hill Road, this pool is also the most popular public pool in Hong Kong for families, with its water slides and fountains and kid-friendly activities that will make them want to swim all day long.
While the majority of public swimming pools have reopened, the Hong Kong Recreation and Sports Professionals General Union has warned that around 20 public pools will only be partially open this summer due to a lifeguard shortage. The union says this could negatively impact the industry and also lead to some swimming classes being cancelled.
Nevertheless, the government has promised to increase the salary of swimming instructors and recruit more lifeguards this year. It’s hoped that these measures will help to alleviate the issue, although it remains to be seen how much impact it’ll have on the pool season.
You can find more information about the reopening of public swimming pools on the Leisure and Cultural Services Department’s website. Guests who plan to visit any of the facilities are advised to check online or call ahead for latest updates and further details.