Swimming is a fantastic form of exercise that benefits your whole body. It’s fun, low impact and gives your metabolism a real boost! But more importantly it has great mental health benefits too. Studies have shown that swimming reduces stress, depression and anxiety and increases energy levels too!
In fact, even if you only swim three times a week, it can make you feel genuinely more energized. It’s no wonder that the World Health Organization recommends everyone should try to do some kind of water-based activity at least once a day.
Whether you’re looking to get your daily workout in or just want to cool off, the city is spoiled with public pools, so chances are there’s one not too far away. All hk pools are managed by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, with admission prices set at HK$17 on weekdays and HK$19 on weekends (excluding public holidays). Children under three years of age can enter for free.
One of the best places to take a dip in Hong Kong is at Ma On Shan’s seafront pool complex. The main pool looks out over Tolo Harbour and has spectator stands that can hold 1,200 people. The complex also has a few smaller training and teaching pools as well as a toddler’s pool that features whimsical water installations like mushroom and tree-shaped fountains! Plus, kids will love the four waterslides.
Another good option is Kowloon Park’s large and beautiful public pool, designed with a footbridge over waterfalls, rocks and a lagoon. It has both outdoor and indoor pools, including a diving pool, a training pool and a teaching pool, and is open from 15th April until 31st October.
For a more luxurious pool experience, look no further than the Hotel Indigo. The resort’s main pool is set right on the Castle Peak Bay marina, with a few palm-fringed pools for adults and kids. The hotel is surrounded by windows that invite you to kick back and relax, and the pool also has a Jacuzzi and lounge chairs. There are even several secluded spots for sunbathing too!
Lastly, the Hotel Mandarin Oriental’s pool is also worth checking out. This gorgeous pool has amazing views of the Victoria Harbor and includes a diving platform. It’s a great place to soak up some sun or grab a drink and snacks at the adjacent bar.
While the pool at the Hotel Indigo is beautiful, many Hong Kong hotels have their own on-site facilities that offer a great way to get your regular swim in. Some are even heated in winter.