Day: April 25, 2024

Hong Kong Pools – The Best Places to Cool Off in the Heat

Say “hongkong,” and the first thing that comes to mind might be shopping or dim sum, not swimming pools. But Hong Kong boasts a surprising number of scenic waters, from the world’s highest pool in a skyscraper to a natural infinity pond on a mountaintop. Here are some of the best places to take a dip.

Unlike public and government-run pools, hotel pools tend to be more tranquil, less crowded and have top-notch facilities. From dazzling infinity pools overlooking Victoria Harbour to kid-friendly water zones, they’re the perfect spot to kick back and relax during the hot summer months. And with bonus Asia Miles available on many of these staycation packages, you can save money and enjoy your own little piece of paradise.

If you’re not a resident, the hefty entry fee to a HK public pool can be prohibitive – unless you’re eligible for concessions. Senior citizens, those with disabilities, those between the ages of 3 and 13, or full-time students can enter for a much more affordable HK$17 on weekdays and HK$19 on weekends. The city also has 22 private pools that charge higher entrance fees, but the cost can be worth it for those who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong’s downtown areas.

There’s nothing quite like the soothing coolness of a rooftop pool to melt away the stress of daily life. And if you’re looking for a pool that offers the most spectacular view in town, look no further than the Cordis Hotel’s. Towering over Mongkok’s busy streets, this 42nd-floor oasis is a serene escape from the cityscape below. But you’ll have to get there early to snag a lounge chair and enjoy the breathtaking vistas of the city.

Another rooftop pool with a view is Island Shangri-La’s. This massive pool is the most aesthetically pleasing on this list, as it overlooks some of Hong Kong’s most iconic buildings and is surrounded by lush greenery. Plus, the avenue of palm trees and umbrella-lined lounge chairs makes you feel as if you’re on holiday in paradise.

With only 40 percent of seasonal lifeguards reporting for duty so far, it looks unlikely that Hong Kong’s public beaches and pools will reopen in time for the peak summer season. But fear not: plenty of hotel pools offer an ideal alternative to crowded public beaches, and with stunning views, top-notch facilities, and delicious dining options, they’re the perfect way to enjoy a summer escape.