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Ultimate Guide to the Best Outdoor Pools & Beaches in Hong Kong

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Make a splash this summer and cool down with our ultimate guide to outdoor pools and beaches in the 852!

The dreaded Hong Kong heat and humidity has hit us again this summer and the only way to keep the whole family cool (in our opinion!) is jumping into some stellar pools and lounging on the beach. With over 200 islands around Hong Kong, we’ve got beaches galore to choose from. We are also spoiled with some great public pools around Hong Kong, as well as some luxurious hotel pools that will be a great hit for mamas and papas alike.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally written by Sassy, published on 7 June 2016, and updated on 6 July 2017.

The Hotels:

Grand Hyatt, Wan Chai

With unbeatable harbour side views, the Grand Hyatt’s 50-metre heated swimming pool is housed within a tropical-feeling patio oasis famed for its outdoor appeal. The lush garden comes complete with outdoor dining and bar options, a 400-metre jogging path and even its own waterfall! The gym, spa and sauna make sure you have the perfect time! 

Cost: $550 for a day-pass (includes access to pool, sauna, and gym) / $6,000 for a 30-day pass / $60,000 Yearly pass / $39,000 discounted lifetime entry pass
Hours: Monday to Sunday, sunrise to sunset

Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong, 2588 1234, www.hongkong.grand.hyatt.com

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The W Hotel, Kowloon

The W’s rooftop infinity pool is all about seeing and being seen so wear your cutest swimwear and coolest shades! Facilities include the stunning pool, blissful jacuzzi and a refreshing cocktail bar– think trendy relaxation with cosmos and daiquiris!

Cost: $988 for a day pass (includes two glasses of Veuve Clicquot champagne, as well as access to their Bliss spa and FIT gym) – only open on weekends
Hours: Saturday to Sunday, 12 to 10pm

W Hong Kong, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon Station, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 3717 2222, www.w-hongkong.com

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The Conrad Hotel, Admiralty

Whether you want to swim laps or simply enjoy a refreshing poolside drink whilst topping up your tan, The Conrad’s outdoor heated swimming pool has you covered! Unwind in the sauna, steam room or whirlpool, or take advantage of the hotel’s lush massage service to relax after a hard day at work.

Cost: $400 on weekdays, and $550 on weekends and public holidays
Hours: Monday to Sunday, 6am to 10pm

The Conrad Hotel, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong, 2521 3838, www.conradhotels3.hilton.com

Le Meridien, Cyberport

The truly relaxing atmosphere at Le Meridien, Cyberport features an outdoor swimming pool and an outdoor whirlpool to ease off your muscles after a swim. Great for little ones too! The area near the changing rooms also has a sauna and steam room to make sure you get the VIP spa treatment each time!

Cost: $300 on weekends, and $350 on weekends and public holidays
Hours: Monday to Sunday, 6am to10pm

Le Meridien, Cyberport, 100 Cyberport Road, Hong Kong, 2980 7788, www.starwoodhotels.com/lemeridien

The Island Shangri-La, Central

For a luxurious pool experience, try the pool at The Shangri-La in Central! It only accepts a limited number of guests, so have no fear of an overcrowded pool. The pool is open all year (with heating in the winter), although, they have currently closed off the pool to non-hotel guests on weekends to prevent congestion. Even on weekdays, make sure you call a couple of hours before to reserve your space to make sure you get that beautiful summer tan! Grab a club sandwich and a cold cocktail at the outdoor cafe by the pool for the best summer experience!

Cost: $650 for a weekday pass, and $52,000 per individual for a yearly membership (with access to other facilities)
Hours: Monday to Sunday, 6am to 10pm

Island Shangri-La, Pacific Place, Supreme Court Road, Central, Hong Kong, 2877 3838, www.shangri-la.com/hongkong/islandshangrila

Ritz Carlton

Swim with a stunning view of the Hong Kong skyline at Ritz-Carlton’s indoor infinity swimming pool with a ceiling mounted LED screen and an outdoor whirlpool. With wait-staff working tirelessly to satisfy your every whim and a luxurious spa providing soothing massage and facial treatments, you will surely have the time of your life!

Cost: $700 for a day-pass
Hours: Monday to Sunday, 6am to 10pm

Ritz Carlton, 1 Austin Road West, Hong Kong, 2263 2263, www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/china/hong-kong

Cordis Hotel, Mong Kok

Cordis’ heated rooftop swimming pool is a great place to be a sunny day! Enjoy amazing views of Hong Kong’s skyline as you float around the luxurious pool on the 42nd floor. It’s a popular weekend hangout for many in Hong Kong, so call a day ahead to reserve your spot.

Cost: $400 per day-pass on weekdays and weekends
Hours: Monday to Sunday, 6.30am to 11pm

Cordis Hotel, 555 Shanghai Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 3552 3388, www.cordishotels.com

The Mira, Kowloon

Indulge in a rejuvenating experience at The Mira with its complete spa packaging including a fitness centre, massage, beauty and hair services, along with a top-notch infinity pool. One of the unique features is its floatation lounges, with heated waterbeds, which provide the perfect atmosphere for rest and relaxation.

Cost: $400 for a MiraSpa day-pass
Hours: Monday to Sunday, 6am to 11pm (Kids are welcome until 8pm)

The Mira, 118 Nathan Road, Tsimshatsui, Kowloon, Hong kong 2368 1111, www.themirahotel.com

Public Swimming Pools:

If you want to splash around on a bit more of a budget, head to one of Hong Kong’s 43 public swimming pools instead (check out the full list here). We’ve still not managed to check them all out, but have heard great things – just remember to double check the opening schedules of each pool as they are all different, and make sure you don’t go on a pool’s cleaning day, when it will be closed.

YMCA

Keep it more casual at the YMCA’s pool on Bridges Street. This is actually Hong Kong’s first indoor pool, and is definitely one to check out if you’re looking for a bit of history (the first YMCA swimming team was formed here!). Best of all, this is a fab budget option in a convenient, centrally located space with a single ticket clocking in at only $30!

Cost: $30 per ticket, for adults aged 18-59, and $540 for a booklet of 20 tickets
Hours: From July 1 to August 31 this year, 7.15am to 9pm on Mondays, 7.15am to 12pm from Tuesday to Friday, and 10am to 1pm on public holidays.

YMCA, 51 Bridges Street, Sheung Wan, 2540 0526, www.ymca.org.hk, for membership inquiries emails [email protected]

Chai Wan Swimming Pool

Set way high up on a rooftop, you can choose between two large pools to cool off. Go at dusk to take in the sunset.

Cost: $17 per person on weekdays, $19 per person on weekends and public holidays. Click here for more information on prices.
Hours: Closed for cleaning on Tuesdays, Click here for Opening Hours and Schedule.

Chai Wan Swimming Pool, 345 San Ha St, Chai Wan, Hong Kong, 2558 3538

Kwun Tong Swimming Pool

The indoor main pool is perfect when you need an escape from the sun, heat and humidity, whereas the outside secondary pool, two teaching pools and a sun bathing area is a perfect place to sit back with a good book. But stay sun-smart, and don’t forget the hats, sunnies and sunscreen!

Cost: $17 per person on weekdays, $19 per person on weekends and public holidays. Click here for more information on prices.
Hours: Closed Wednesdays for cleaning. Click here for Opening Hours and Schedule. 

Kwun Tong Swimming Pool, 2 Tsui Ping Road, Kwun Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2717 9022

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Pao Yue Kong Swimming Pool, Aberdeen

Spend your summer in this humongous pool in Aberdeen, complete with tunnel slides for the more active guests and sun loungers for the more those who want to chill out. The large size of this pool means that it is almost never overcrowded so you can swim in peace. 

Cost: $17 per person on weekdays, $19 per person on weekends and public holidays. Click here for more information on prices.
Hours: Closed on Tuesdays for cleaning. Click here for Opening Hours and Schedule.

Pao Yue Kong Swimming Pool, 2 Shum Wan Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong

Sai Kung Swimming Pool

Do laps in the main pool or lay back in the leisure pool, whatever you’re after, Sai Kung Swimming Pool has got you covered.

Cost: $17 per person on weekdays, $19 per person on weekends and public holidays. Click here for more information on prices.
Hours: Closed Wednesdays for cleaning. Click here for Opening Hours and Schedule.

Sai Kung Swimming Pool, Wai Man Road, Sai Kung, Kowloon, Hong Kong 2792 7285

Kennedy Town Swimming Pool

Conveniently located and easy to get to from Central, the indoor swimming facility here has newly installed indoor heating systems and a jacuzzi so you don’t have to worry about cooler temps. What’s more, the outdoor swimming pool comes with a great view of the Victoria Harbour!

Cost: $17 per person on weekdays, $19 per person on weekends and public holidays. Click here for more information on prices.
Hours: Closed on Wednesdays for cleaning. Click here for Opening Hours and Schedule.

Kennedy Town Swimming Pool, 2 Sai Cheung Street North, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong

Tai Po Swimming Pool

Okay, okay. This is a bit of a hike, we’ll admit. But we think three-story high twisty water-slides are worth the trek. Your bigger kids will love this one. The lines are long but what would you expect for the longest water slides in Hong Kong?

Cost: $17 per person on weekdays, $19 per person on weekends and public holidays. Click here for more information on prices.
Hours: Closed on Mondays for cleaning. Click here for Opening Hours and Schedule.

Tai Po Swimming Pool, 11 Ting Tai Road, Tai Po, Hong Kong, 2661 2244 

Morse Park Swimming Pool

Located in one of the biggest parks in Hong Kong, this swimming pool is surrounded by green lawns, running trails and fountains. Take a break from the busy Hong Kong life and spend your day in a tranquil oasis!

Cost: $17 per person on weekdays, $19 per person on weekends and public holidays. Click here for more information on prices.
Hours: Closed on Fridays for cleaning. Click here for Opening Hours and Schedule.

Morse Park Swimming Pool, 80 Fung Mo Street, Wong Tai Sin, Kowloon

Hammer Hill Road Swimming Pool

A great pool for families (one of our faves!) this complex features connected indoor and outdoor pool areas and loads of kid-centric features. The big draw here? Are you ready? A pirate ship. With waterslides. And water canons. And of course there are fountains and floating animals – including a massive sea serpent (or is it a dragon?) that you can climb all over.

Cost: Click here for more info. 
Hours: Closed Mondays for cleaning. Click here for Opening Hours and Schedule.

Hammer Hill Road Swimming Pool, 30 Lung Cheung Road, Wong Tai Sin, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2350 6173

Jordan Valley Swimming Pool

This is a super pool for preschoolers, kindergarteners and little guys under 10 years old. In addition to a pool for swimming laps, here you’ll find a pool area with lots of fun stuff for the kids – water slides (including baby slides… yay!), water-squirting dolphins and sharks, floating mini aquatic animals to sit on, a water fountain to dance under, and lots more.

Cost: Click here for more info. 
Hours: 
Closed for cleaning on Tuesdays (excluding public holidays, in which case the pool will be closed for cleaning on the Thursday of that week). Click here for Opening Hours.

Jordan Valley Swimming Pool, Choi Ha Road, Ngau Tau Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2305 5919

Victoria Park Swimming Pool

Hong Kong Island’s biggest public swimming pool complex is the place to go if you have a kid who loves to dive, as the deep end is an impressive 5m deep (whoa!). There is even a dedicated diving pool, and while you have to be in a class to use the big, big boards, anyone can bounce themselves off the 1m springboard.

Cost: Click here for more info.
Hours: Closed Mondays for cleaning. Click here for Opening Hours and Schedule.

Victoria Park Swimming Pool, Victoria Park, Hing Fat St, Tin Hau, Hong Kong, 2570 8374

Natural Pools:

Discovery Bay Rock Pools

Get out and enjoy the great outdoors by heading over to the Discovery Bay Rock Pools. Ok, so this might not be a ‘pool’, but we think a rock pool sort of counts?! Perfect for older children who don’t mind a hike. It’s a beautiful place to come for a day out and you won’t regret taking a dip in the sweltering HK heat.

How to get there: Walk 10 minutes from the Discovery Bay ferry pier (towards Discovery Bay golf club) and when you hit the main road, turn right onto the hill. The pool should be halfway up the hill.

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Silvermine Bay Rock Pools

If you’re looking for more sizeable rock pools to swim in, then the Silvermine Bay Rock Pools are the perfect alternative. Boasting a larger pool for swimming and epic waterfalls, this is worth the trip to Mui Wo for. The advantage of taking a dip in these pools is that they’re really easy to get to – simply get the ferry to Mui Wo and then take a leisurely stroll past the beach and through the fields until you arrive at the tranquil setting.

How to get there: For detailed directions to the Silvermine Bay Rock Pools, click here.

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