Dive in, says Henry Hsiao. Here are our top places to swim this summer.
The W Hotel
The gorgeous rooftop infinity pool on the 76th floor of the W Hotel is one of the highest in the world, and overlooks the city like no other. The glamorous venue for the hotel’s Summer Pool Parties, it has a jacuzzi, cocktails and yummy food available poolside. It’s only open to non-guests on Sundays, 3pm-8pm, for $280 a person.
1 Austin Road West, Kowloon | 3717 2222
Hyatt Regency, Sha Tin
The large outdoor pool is open year-round, with loungers, cocktails and snacks available poolside, as well as a children’s pool, playground, whirlpool, fitness centre, steam room and sauna. Open to Fitness Centre members; six-month and annual memberships are available from $15,000, with a host of discounts on accommodation, restaurants and other facilities.
18 Chak Cheung Street, Sha Tin | 3723 1234
Regal Riverside Hotel
Dive into luxury at the Regal Riverside Hotel swimming pool in Sha Tin. Located on the banks of the Shing Mun River in Sha Tin, you can order up a cocktail or snack from L’Eau restaurant from your poolside lounger, soak up some rays, swim laps or relax in the bubbling jacuzzi. Open daily 7am to 9pm. $180 a person for non-guests.
34-36 Tai Chung Kiu Road, Sha Tin | 2649 7878
Cheap, accessible and popular, public pools are open in three sessions from 6.30am-10pm; closed noon-1pm and 5pm-6pm, and one day a week for cleaning from 10am-5pm. Adults $17, children $8; free for the under-threes, www.lcsd.gov.hk.
Sai Kung Swimming Pool
With an enviable location right on the waterfront promenade, Sai Kung’s public pool has a gorgeous view from the first-floor sundeck (get there early to grab a lounger and umbrella). As well as a 50m lap pool, with separate lanes for serious swimmers, it has a 25m training pool, free-form toddlers’ pool with playground, palm-tree fountains, children’s slide and water games, and two swirly-whirly slides for bigger kids. Closed Wednesdays.
Wai Man Road, Sai Kung | 2792 7285
Kwun Tong Pool
This new swimming pool complex boasts all sorts of innovative energy-saving designs, including a solar-powered hot-water system and rainwater recycling for landscape irrigation. It’s an all-weather complex with both indoor and outdoor 50m lap pools, plus two outdoor and one indoor 25m training pools, spectator stand and sunbathing area. Closed Wednesdays.
2 Tsui Ping Road, Kwun Tong | 2717 9022
Jordan Valley Swimming Pool
Like something from a child’s imagination, this 1.7-hectare swimming complex is devoted to kids. One giant playground, it features slides, water games, water guns, training pool and a leisure pool shallow enough for the little ones. The swimming pool is closed during winter. Closed Tuesdays.
Choi Ha Road, Ngau Tau Kok | 2305 5919
Tseung Kwan O Swimming Pool
A whopping eight pools make this a fun venue for the whole family, with a 50m lap pool, large free-form children’s pool with all sorts of slides and play equipment and several training pools for different abilities. Plus it’s open year-round. Closed Mondays.
9 Wan Lung Road, Tseung Kwan O | 2706 7646