Hongkong Pools – The Best Places For a Refreshing Staycation

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Whether you’re looking for some respite from overcrowded beaches or simply want to beat the heat with a dip, hongkong pools are the perfect way to get refreshed. From show-stopping hotel pools with Victoria Harbour views to the best water zones for kids, we’ve rounded up some of the city’s most refreshing spots for a pool staycation.

Ahead of the summer season, a shortage of lifeguards has thrown the city’s pool scene into turmoil, with 20 public pools likely to only partially open this month. The Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) says that despite the ongoing strike, it has taken measures to mitigate the impact on swimming pools, including increasing salaries for seasonal lifeguards and recruiting new lifeguards on two-year contracts.

With a stunning view of Hong Kong’s skyline, Kerry Hotel’s outdoor infinity pool is a great place to kick back and relax. Surrounded by tropical plants and off-white lounge chairs, it’s a serene, freeing space that will banish any worrisome thoughts. After your swim, grab a refreshment from their popular terrace bar and savour the soothing vibes.

One of the most well-known and spectacular public swimming pools in Hong Kong, Ocean Park’s Hammer Hill Road complex is a hit with kids and adults alike. The indoor complex includes a leisure pool, as well as a toddler pool and a fun water slide for families to enjoy. The outdoor pool is a hit with children too, boasting a pirate ship and water cannons for an underwater adventure that will have them giddy.

The Kowloon Park Swimming Pool opened in 1989 as part of the redevelopment of the site, designed by Derek Walker Associates of the United Kingdom and local firm Simon Kwan and Associates. The pool complex features a 25-metre training pool and a smaller teaching pool, both of which are heated. A new building, which will house the gym and changing rooms, is under construction to the west of the pool.

As the weather gets warmer, you’ll find a number of public swimming pools in Hong Kong, each with their own unique features. With a few exceptions, most outdoor pools open from 15 April until the end of October. In terms of cost, most public swimming pools offer a monthly ticket for HK$250 during the weekdays, HK$350 on weekends and public holidays, or a concessionary rate for students, children under 13, and seniors above 60.

If you’re looking for a more exclusive pool experience, check out the Ritz-Carlton’s indoor swimming pool on the top floor of the International Commerce Centre. With floor-to-ceiling windows, it offers a magnificent panorama of the city. And with 144 LED screens decorating the walls and ceiling, you’ll feel as though you’re out on the open sea as you gaze down upon coral reefs, clouds and beach scenes. If you book a room at the hotel, you can also enjoy a swim and massage session in their spa. It’s a truly magical experience!