When the telltale signs of summer in Hong Kong start to emerge—overcrowded beaches, dripping air-con units and a stifling humidity—it’s time to get some respite by hitting one of the city’s stunning pool staycations. From infinity pools with Victoria Harbour views to water zones perfect for a calming swim, these hotel pools are the best place to soak up some sun and escape from the crowds. Plus, you’ll earn bonus Asia Miles on many of these hotel packages when booking with Cathay.
The first phase of easing social distancing rules could have seen most public and government-run pools reopen by Thursday, but 38 of the facilities were forced to remain closed due to a shortage of lifeguards. The government said it hoped the remaining pools would open on Monday. Those who wish to swim at a public pool should check its website or call ahead for opening information. HK$17 on weekdays, HK$19 on weekends for adults. Seniors, people with disabilities, kids under 3 and full-time students can enter for free.
Around 20 public pools will only partially reopen this month, and some private pools may not open at all because of a lack of lifeguards, the Hong Kong Recreation and Sports Professionals General Union said. The union, which represents lifeguards, warned that swimming training institutions and schools may be affected. It said that beginners who wanted to learn how to swim between the ages of three and five had been left without lessons during the pandemic, and would need to wait until the pools reopen.
One of the most picturesque pools in hongkong is at the luxury hotel The Peninsula, which features a Roman-inspired pool with statuesque columns that creates a palatial setting. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer a sweeping view of the skyline, making it a unique place to float and take in the inspiring backdrop.
Located inside the historic YMCA Bridges Street Centre, the first indoor swimming pool in Hong Kong was built in 1918. It has since been transformed into a recreation and sports complex that is fairly affordable in comparison to other city pools. It also hosts swimming lessons for kids, as well as yoga classes and other events throughout the year.
Another of our favourite hongkong pools is the one at the luxury hotel Regent Hong Kong, which is set in a spectacular rooftop terrace. It has a stunning infinity pool that’s the height of elegance, complete with lounge chairs and a Jacuzzi with spectacular city views. And when you need a break from the water, there’s a restaurant on site to serve up cocktails and other snacks.
There’s no better way to unwind after a long day than by taking a dip in the refreshing waters of the hotel’s rooftop pool. Featuring a panoramic view of the city, the swanky pool has several different temperature zones and strong jets to soothe tired muscles. The hotel is offering special rates for guests who want to use the pool this summer, including breakfast, dinner and free Wi-Fi.