With summer heatwaves in full swing, it’s time to head for a dip in one of the hongkong pools! Swimming is not only a fun activity to enjoy with friends or family, it also offers countless health benefits such as stress relief and low-impact exercise. And, what’s more, it can help you get a healthy, sun-kissed tan in no time! So, whether you are looking for a relaxing retreat or a splashing adventure, here’s a roundup of some of the city’s best pool staycation options.
From the highest outdoor pool in the world to a sprawling hotel water park, we’ve rounded up some of Hong Kong’s top pools for your summer getaway!
A trough of low pressure brought heavy showers to the region on Thursday, dampening hopes for some eager swimmers who rushed to public and government-run swimming pools on their opening day. But the gloomy weather didn’t deter many from taking a dip at Morrison Hill Swimming Pool and Kennedy Town Swimming Pool, both of which were opened for business this week.
With a variety of indoor and outdoor pools, this family-friendly complex in Sai Ying Pun is a great place to cool off during the summer! The large main pool, a diving pool and a water slide are all surrounded by a spacious lawn for lounging. The area is also home to a cafe and restaurant, so you can grab some food and drinks while you’re there.
If you’re looking for a pool with a view, look no further than Kerry Hotel’s 25-metre heated outdoor pool in Hung Hom. With floor-to-ceiling windows, the pool offers a unique perspective of Victoria Harbour from its perch on the 118th floor of the International Commerce Center (ICC). Once you’re done splashing around, head up to the hotel’s popular terrace bar, Red Sugar, for a refreshing beverage and soak up that gorgeous vista.
Located beside the Castle Peak Bay marina, this hotel’s palm-fringed pool is perfect for some laidback swimming. The pool is accompanied by a kid’s water park with water buckets, sprayers and floor fountains, making it a fun-filled spot to cool off with the little ones. Guests can also relax in the lounge chairs and sip on a cocktail while watching the spectacular sunset over the sea.
There is a rumour that 20 of the city’s 45 public pools may only partially open this summer due to a shortage of lifeguards. The HK Recreation and Sports Professionals General Union warned that the move could lead to swimming training classes being cancelled. The union called on the government to speed up the hiring of new lifeguards and urged all stakeholders, including schools, to take precautions. The LCSD said it would increase the salary of seasonal lifeguards and recruit additional guards on two-year contracts this year. The department also encouraged the public to contact staff for more information.