A swimming pool is the perfect place to unwind and relax, especially during a hot Hong Kong summer. In the city’s luxury hotels, there are often stunning pools overlooking the harbour where you can swim laps, practise your strokes or simply soak up the sun on a cosy daybed while sipping cocktails.
The Regent Hong Kong has one of the most expansive outdoor pools in town, and the stunning views from its rooftop terrace make it a relaxing experience. The pool has three different temperature zones – hot, warm and cold – plus powerful jets to massage your back and shoulders. Afterwards, you can sit by the whirlpool and enjoy a cocktail while watching the sunset.
Designed with seashells in mind, Tung Chung’s unique swimming pool is a breath of fresh air. The pool’s materials help enhance ventilation throughout the building, and the transparent wall allows natural sunlight to filter into the pool. Located just a short walk from the cable car, you can also take a seat on the decking looking out over the sea for spectacular views.
While the government has loosen restrictions on swimming at public pools, they are still warning people to be careful if they visit. They are also urging people to use hand sanitiser or wipe down their mobile phones and other items before entering the water, and to check the website for up-to-date information.
Some public pools are only partially opening this summer owing to staff shortages. The Hong Kong Recreation and Sports Professionals General Union said 20 out of 45 public pools have told swimming clubs they can’t open all their facilities this summer because of a lack of lifeguards. This will affect the city’s sports development and swimmers, the union warned.
If you’re planning to move to Hong Kong with your family, consider if the location you choose has swimming pool facilities. Larger developments with several residential towers will usually have a 50-metre outdoor pool and a smaller indoor pool, while single-tower developments may only have a small outdoor pool. Even if you don’t have kids, it’s still fun for children to splash around and burn off some energy.
There are plenty of great restaurants nearby to keep you hydrated. You can also buy snacks and drinks from the on-site kiosk. Alternatively, head to the lobby lounge to get your fix of fro-yo or ice cream from The Milk Bar. Then you can spend the rest of your day relaxing by the pool. Or just grab a book and kick back in a lounge chair by the water’s edge to admire the stunning harbour views. The pool is open from 9am – 5pm.