In a city where the weather is hot and humid year-round, the best way to cool off is to take a dip in one of Hong Kong’s many public swimming pools. From outdoor pools with spectacular views of Victoria Harbour to mega water play areas for toddlers, this roundup has it all.
With the dissolution of the Urban Council and Regional Council at the end of the millennium, the operation of all public swimming pools became the responsibility of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD). Public swimming pools are popular among locals and tourists alike. They offer a great workout in the cool of the pool and a chance to soak up Hong Kong’s skyline and seascape from a different angle. Moreover, the pool facilities are usually clean and spacious. Besides being open for the general public, some pools even offer special activities such as yoga and aerobics classes.
For those who are looking for a more unique pool experience, look no further than the 76th-floor rooftop pool of the five-star W Hotel in Wan Chai. Dubbed WET, the pool is located 211 metres above ground and offers gorgeous views of the city and Victoria Harbour. Guests of the hotel have access to the pool and FIT gym free of charge, while non-guests can purchase a WET Everyday Pass or WET Everyday Deluxe Pass.
The pool at the Rosewood Hong Kong is another top choice for a relaxing poolside afternoon. Exclusively for hotel guests, this 25-metre outdoor pool features a serene atmosphere and a scenic view of Hong Kong’s skyline. It also offers a range of delicious snacks and drinks to enjoy by the pool. Whether you’re in the mood for Alaskan king crab rolls, strawberry mirlitons or champagne and cocktails, there’s sure to be something for everyone at this luxurious pool.
YMCA Bridges Street Centre in Causeway Bay, the first indoor pool in Hong Kong, is another top option for a refreshing swim and a cosy poolside afternoon. Its cosy terrace bar, Red Sugar, is an ideal spot to enjoy a refreshing beverage or a bite to eat.
Besides being a fun and relaxing way to spend your day, swimming provides many benefits for the body and mind. It reduces stress, boosts energy levels and helps with depression. Plus, swimming improves heart health and reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases. So what are you waiting for? Grab your swimming gear and head to the nearest hongkong pools! You won’t regret it.