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Our Ultimate Guide To The Best Swimming Pools In Hong Kong

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Cool off at one of these pools this summer.

Does this Hong Kong summer feel even hotter and humid than usual (or do we just say that every year!)? The only way to keep the whole family cool and stop the moaning is by jumping into some of the city’s fabulous pools. We are spoiled for choice with some great swimming pools around town (both indoor and outdoor). If you want to splash around on a budget, head to one of Hong Kong’s 43 public swimming pools (check out the full list here). Or if you’re looking for something a little more extravagant, there are plenty of luxurious hotel pools that will be a great hit with mamas, papas and kids alike. Here are some of our favourites.

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Read more: The Best Swimming Lessons And Classes In Hong Kong: Build Your Child’s Confidence In The Water

Public Swimming Pools

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All public swimming pools in Hong Kong are easily accessible and affordable. The fixed price at all these pools (except YMCA) is $17 per person on weekdays, $19 on weekends and public holidays. For students and seniors, it’s $8 on weekdays, $7 on weekends and public holidays (with free admission for children under 3). Click here for more information on prices.

Hong Kong

Chai Wan Swimming Pool

You can choose between two kiddie-friendly large swimming pools to cool off and splash around in, and one standard diving pool to swim a couple of laps in and get some cardio in for the day. Cheer your little swimmer from one of the 800 seats at the spectator stand. Go at dusk to take in the sunset.

Opening times: Closed for cleaning on Tuesday, click here for opening hours and schedule

Chai Wan Swimming Pool, 345 San Ha St, Chai Wan, Hong Kong, 2558 3538, www.lcsd.gov.hk

Sassy Mama tip: Staying on the east side of the island? We also highly recommend the Island East Swimming Pool for the little ones. It’s not quite as far as the Chai Wan one and it’s indoors with slides and water blasters, making it a good option for when it’s raining.

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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 (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. Victoria Park is conveniently located in Causeway Bay, close to the Central Public Library, plenty of restaurants and of course, there’s an abundance of playgrounds in the park itself.

Opening times: 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 8347, www.lcsd.gov.hk

Pao Yue Kong Swimming Pool

Spend your summer in this humongous pool in Aberdeen, complete with tunnel slides for the more active guests and sun loungers for the those who want to chill out. Thankfully, this pool complex is large enough to not get overcrowded. The toddler area has crocodile slides and big fountains to splash around in.

Opening times: 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, 2553 3617, www.lcsd.gov.hk

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Kennedy Town Swimming Pool

Conveniently located and easy to get to from Central, the indoor swimming facility here has a newly installed indoor heating system and a Jacuzzi so you don’t have to worry about cooler temps. What’s more, there are two outdoor swimming pools – one for the kids with slides, animals and the works, and the other for mamas, papas and big kids! It’s right opposite Belcher’s Bay park, so if your kids haven’t expended all their energy swimming, you can always hop across to the park for some more playtime, while you get your daily run.

Opening times: 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, 2817 7973, 2817 4504, www.lcsd.gov.hk

Sassy Mama tip: Staying close to Central? We like the all-weather, ever-reliable Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park Swimming Pool as well. It’s indoors, has a viewing gallery, is close to a children’s playground, jogging trail, the waterfront promenade and plenty of other sports facilities as well. Ideal for when you’re playing a game of basketball or squash and want to pop into the pool to cool down afterwards.

YMCA
*Closed for annual maintenance – reopens Monday, 2 September 2019*

Keep it 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-friendly option in a convenient, centrally-located space.

How much: $40 per ticket (adults and children), $160 for a package of five tickets
Opening times: 12pm to 3pm on weekdays, closed on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays

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

Read more: Where To Buy Swimwear For Kids In Hong Kong

Kowloon

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Hammer Hill Road Swimming Pool

A great pool for families (and one of our faves) this complex has 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 cannons. 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.

Opening times: 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, 2350 6062, www.lcsd.gov.hk

Jordan Valley Swimming Pool

This is a super pool for preschoolers, kindergarteners and little swimmers under 10 years old. In addition to a pool for laps only, you’ll find an 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.

Opening times: Closed for cleaning on Tuesdays, click here for opening hours and schedule

Jordan Valley Swimming Pool, Choi Ha Road, Ngau Tau Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2305 5919, 2305 5920, www.lcsd.gov.hk

Sassy Mama tip: The Morse Park Swimming Pool, also in Wong Tai Sin, is now closed till April 2020. Once it opens, its secondary pool will be converted into an indoor heated pool, making it ideal all year round.

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Kwun Tong Swimming Pool

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

Opening times: 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, 2347 8140, www.lcsd.gov.hk

Sassy Mama tip: Kowloon Park also houses a large pool complex. There are four heated indoor pools, three outdoor leisure pools linked together by waterfalls, one circular paddling pool and a sunbathing area.

Read more: Sun Protection: Our Picks For Kid-Friendly Sunscreen Lotions

New Territories

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Sai Kung Swimming Pool

Do laps in the main pool or lie back and chill in the leisure pool – whatever you’re after, Sai Kung Swimming Pool has got you covered. There are two slides as well, making this venue perfect for a family outing. There is also a spectator stand if you’re not up for swimming but want to keep an eye on your child.

Opening times: 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, www.lcsd.gov.hk

Sassy Mama tip: If you live in the area, you probably will have already checked out the Tseung Kwan O pool. We love that it has all the usual facilities plus a babycare room!

Read more: Tseung Kwan O: The Ultimate Neighbourhood Guide For Families In Hong Kong

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Tsing Yi Swimming Pool

Ever travelled on the Airport Express and looked longingly at this pool? A quick walk from the MTR, this pool is a hit with the older kids mainly because it has bigger slides.

Opening times: Closed on Thursdays for cleaning, click here for opening hours and schedule

Tsing Yi Swimming Pool, 52 Tsing King Road, Tsing Yi, Hong Kong, 2435 6407, www.lcsd.gov.hk

Tai Po Swimming Pool

Okay, okay. This is a bit of a hike, we’ll admit. But we think three-storey 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?

Opening times: 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, www.lcsd.gov.hk

Hotel Swimming Pools

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Some of these hotels are kid-friendly but we recommend saving some for when you need an extra-special date, a day out with your gang of girls, a romantic or family staycation or just some time to yourself.

Hong Kong

Grand Hyatt

With unbeatable harbourside 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! There’s a gym, spa and sauna, so make a day of it and truly take some time to relax. If you bring the kids along, they get their own special rate day passes.

How much: $600 for weekday adult day pass (includes access to the pool, sauna, and gym), $800 at weekends, monthly fitness centre memberships start at $5,000; $350 for a weekday child day-pass, $400 at weekends
Opening times: Monday to Sunday, sunrise to sunset (typically 6am to 7pm)

Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, for the fitness centre, contact: 2584 7688, [email protected]www.hyatt.com

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Le Meridien, Cyberport

The truly relaxing atmosphere at Le Meridien, Cyberport features an outdoor swimming pool and an outdoor whirlpool to ease your aching muscles after trying to keep up with the kids. It’s great for little ones, too! The area near the changing rooms even has a sauna and steam room to make sure you get the full VIP treatment every time.

How much: $350 on weekdays, $450 on weekends, day passes 50% off for kids (ages 6 and below)
Opening times: Monday to Sunday, 6:30am to 9pm

Le Meridien, Cyberport, 100 Cyberport Road, Hong Kong, 2980 7788, www.marriott.com

The Conrad Hotel
*Outdoor heated pool closed for improvements – reopens Sunday, 8 September 2019*

Whether you want to swim laps or simply enjoy a refreshing poolside drink while 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 trying week with the kids.

How much: Pool admission (including sauna and steam room) $400 on weekdays, $550 on weekends and public holidays; Pool admission (including sauna, steam room and gym) $480 on weekdays, $600 on weekends and public holidays; Children’s pool only admission (3 to 12 years): $180
Opening times: Monday to Sunday, 6am to 10pm

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

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The Island Shangri-La

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 overcrowding. When you pay for a weekday pass, you also get access to the gymnasium, indoor Jacuzzi, outdoor Jacuzzi, sauna, steam rooms, refreshments, Experience Shower and solarium! Other benefits including massage and beauty treatments, yoga lessons and personal training that can be added on for an additional charge.

How much: $650 for a weekday pass, $800 for a weekend pass; $53,000 per individual for a yearly membership (with access to other facilities); Child day-passes are $350 on weekdays and $450 at weekends
Opening times: Monday to Sunday, 6am to 10pm

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

Read more: Hong Kong Staycations: Easy Summer Getaways

Kowloon

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Cordis Hotel

Cordis’ heated outdoor rooftop swimming pool is a great place to be to escape from the hustle and bustle of Mong Kok. Enjoy amazing views of Hong Kong’s skyline as you float around the luxurious pool on the 42nd floor. It even has an underwater audio system and fibre optic lights! It’s a popular weekend hangout for many in Hong Kong, so call a day ahead to reserve your spot.

How much: $500 per day pass on weekdays and weekends, free if booking a spa treatment worth over $960
Opening times: Monday to Sunday, 6.30am to 11pm

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

The Langham Hong Kong

This pool is the epitome of elegance. Leave the kids with dad and lounge the day away while sipping on skinny cocktails (important after you’ve worked hard to get bikini ready this summer!), eating organic salads and fresh sandwiches.

How much: $400 on weekdays, $500 on the weekend
Opening times: Monday to Sunday, 6am to 11pm

The Langham Hong Kong, 8 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, 2375 1133, www.langhamhotels.com

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Kerry Hotel

Located in Kowloon, the Kerry Hotel’s infinity pool has a view of Hong Kong Island that is simply ahhhh-mazing. A day pass includes full access to the gym, Jacuzzi and steam rooms. Health Club membership could get you a 50% discount on day passes.

How much: $500 on weekdays, $700 at weekends for adult day passes; $250 on weekdays, $350 at the weekends for children’s day passes (under 12)
Opening times: Monday to Sunday, 6am to 10pm (for the pool), 6am to 11pm (for other health club facilities)

Kerry Hotel, 38 Hung Luen Rd, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2252 5888, [email protected], www.shangri-la.com

W Hong Kong

Grabs the girls and have a glamorous day by the pool sans children. W Hong Kong’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. Through this summer, W Hong Kong has had Twisted Tiki pool parties, so book here if that sounds like a splash to you!

How much: $988 for a day pass (includes two glasses of Veuve Clicquot champagne, as well as access to the Bliss spa and FIT gym) – price is subject to a 10% service charge
Opening times: Monday to Sunday, 6am to 10pm – there are also WET weekends on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, 12pm to 9pm (this is different from the daily access pool)

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

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The Ritz-Carlton

This is another one for some luxurious me-time! Swim with a stunning view of the Hong Kong skyline at the 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 relaxing spa providing much-needed massage and facial treatments, you will surely have the time of your life.

How much: $750 for a day-pass
Opening times: Monday to Sunday, 9am to 10pm

The Ritz-Carlton, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2263 2263, www.ritzcarlton.com

The Mira

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

How much: $500 for a MiraSpa day pass (includes all-day access to the fitness centre)
Opening times: Monday to Sunday, 6am to 11pm (kids are welcome until 8pm)

The Mira, 118 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2315 5500, www.themirahotel.com

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Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel

Sheraton’s outdoor pool is temperature-controlled and faces the harbour, so you get to take in that iconic skyline while you paddle around. Three heated Jacuzzis are also waiting for you for some serious relaxation. This is the perfect place to sunbathe because there is also a snack bar service. If you feel like working up a sweat, you also get access to the gym with a day pass but we won’t judge you if you’d prefer to stay close to the hot tubs.

How much: $300 per person
Hours: Monday to Friday, 6am to 10pm for public day passes; hotel guests can continue to access the pool on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays

Sheraton Hotel, 20 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, 2369 1111, www.marriott.com

Read more: Couples Spa Packages In Hong Kong: Get Pampered Together

Natural Pools

Discovery Bay rock pools

Discovery Bay rock pools

Get out and enjoy the great outdoors by heading over to the Discovery Bay rock poolsperfect 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 this sweltering 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.

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

Sassy Mama tip: Depending on how adventurous (and old) your kids are, consider taking them to the Sai Kung rock pools, the Bride’s pool and the Yellow Dragon stream. Think about booking a tour with guides who know their way around.

Read more: Where To Buy Women’s Swimwear: Hong Kong Stores And Online Sites

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on 7, June 2018 and updated by Anita Balagopalan on 16, August 2019. Thanks to Jessica Wai for her contribution to this article. 

Feature image courtesy of Juan Salamanca via Pexels, image 1, 2, 3 and 4 are courtesy of theBeaches and Swimming Pools Leisure and Cultural Services Department, image 5 is courtesy of Cordis Hotel and Resorts, image 6 courtesy of Le Meridien,image 7 courtesy of Shangri-La, image 8 is courtesy of Ritz Carlton, image 9 by Jeremy Thompson via Flickr

 

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