With the tell-tale signs of a Hong Kong summer in full swing (overcrowded beaches, dripping air-con units and unwavering humidity), it’s high time for a pool staycation. From the best infinity pools overlooking Victoria Harbour to the fun water zones for kids, here’s our round-up of Hong Kong’s coolest hotel pools that will leave you feeling refreshed and ready to take on the heat.
Located at the top of the International Commerce Center, The Ritz Carlton’s indoor pool is one of the most stunning in the city. With floor-to-ceiling windows, mirrored ceilings and 144 LED walls that showcase the illusion of coral reefs, this is definitely a pool day experience you don’t want to miss.
The new Kennedy Town swimming pool is one of Hong Kong’s most unique, combining architecture and engineering to create a modern structure that not only looks amazing but also boasts state-of-the-art features. The first pool to use a translucent insulated tensile membrane, the pool’s roof was crafted from zinc to minimize glare while maintaining a consistent color throughout the building’s two-year construction phase. A Birdair sister company, the roofing system utilizes an 8-mm aerogel blanket to provide an R-value of 4.90 and a U-value of 1.16.
Another highlight of the new swimming complex is a multi-use space that will host an outdoor concert series and other events. The building’s open-plan layout also includes a restaurant, café and a viewing terrace that offers breathtaking views of the city skyline.
What the Eaton Hong Kong rooftop pool lacks in size, it makes up for in quirkiness. From the quirky pink and seafoam green color palette to the flamingo decor, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a Wes Anderson film when you enter this enchanting space. The hotel currently doesn’t allow more than 30% capacity in its pool area, so chances are you’ll have the place all to yourself as you dip in and out of the refreshing waters.
Whether you’re moving to Hong Kong with children or looking for a kid-friendly place to spend the weekend, swimming pool facilities are an important factor in selecting your home. Many new larger developments with several towers have a 50-metre outdoor pool and a smaller indoor pool, while smaller single-tower projects may only offer a small outdoor pool that’s short on laps but still great for children to splash around and burn off their energy. Luckily, there are plenty of public and private pools to choose from, so you can find the perfect one for your family!