Header image courtesy of Kerry Hotel Hong Kong
Our city’s public swimming pools are officially open for business—yes, even amidst the coronavirus pandemic—and with summer bringing us soaring temperatures and humidity beyond our wildest dreams, now’s the ideal time to take a dip. With this and social distancing measures in mind, we check out the coolest public pools around the city—as well as some hotel favourites—to keep you cool this season.
With a total of 43 state-owned-and-operated public pools splashed across Hong Kong, an afternoon of water-based fun is never far away. Clocking in at just $17 on weekdays and $19 on weekends, Hong Kong’s public pools are perfect for family outings, busting out some lengths, or relaxing with friends. Changing rooms are provided but don’t forget to pack your own towel. Plus, each public pool is closed one day each week for cleaning, so click on the links below to avoid disappointment.
Another one for the young and young at heart, Jordan Valley Swimming Pool boasts an exciting array of water slides, spray cannons, and animal floaties. Much more than a swimming pool, Jordan Valley is verging on a water park. If you’re just looking to relax, however, there are plenty of opportunities to take a calm dip away from the action and excitement in one of the four other pools.
Note: The training pool of this pool has reopened on 21 May 2020. To avoid people gathering and to foster social distancing, the maximum capacity of this swimming pool has been reduced to 50 persons.
Jordan Valley Swimming Pool, 6 Choi Ha Road, Ngau Tau Kok | (+852) 2305 5919
If size is what you’re looking for, then Pao Yue Kong Swimming Pool is the one for you. A whopping eight pools comprise this Aberdeen complex, including one for kids and another for toddlers, which means there’s plenty of room to splash around. Regular buses run from Central and Causeway Bay, and the main pools are perfect for swimming some lengths and getting in shape for summer. There are plenty of slides and water cannons to keep the kids entertained, too.
Note: The main pool and secondary pool of this pool have reopened on 21 May 2020. To avoid people gathering and to foster social distancing, the maximum capacity of this swimming pool has been reduced to 350 persons.
Pao Yue Kong Swimming Pool, 2 Shum Wan Road, Wong Chuk Hang | (+852) 2553 3617
With a main pool, a teaching pool, and a leisure pool, the Sai Kung Swimming Pool caters to swimmers of all ages and abilities. A firm favourite for those living in the New Territories, this colourful summer hang out deserves a visit. Get down there early to bag yourself a sun lounger on the first-floor sun deck. Trust us, the view over the waterfront is well worth getting out of bed for.
Note: The main pool of this pool has reopened on 21 May 2020. To avoid people gathering and to foster social distancing, the maximum capacity of this swimming pool has been reduced to 125 persons.
Sai Kung Swimming Pool, Wai Man Road, Sai Kung | (+852) 2792 7285
For those who aren’t fazed by winter temperatures, the outdoor Tseung Kwan O Swimming Pool stays open all year round. Just around the corner from Po Lam MTR station, there are also plenty of eateries in the area to fill rumbling tummies after an active day outside. From diving pools to leisure pools, and training pools to toddlers’ pools, this year-round complex is the perfect place to work on your technique, whatever your age.
Note: The main pool is closed from 4 May to 23 June 2020 for annual maintenance. The teaching pool and training pool of this pool have reopened on 21 May 2020. To avoid people gathering and to foster social distancing, the maximum capacity of this swimming pool has been reduced to 130 persons.
Tseung Kwan O Swimming Pool, 9 Wan Lung Road, Tseung Kwan O | (+852) 2706 6767
Yearning for some bigger water slide action? Perfect for slightly older kids who have far outgrown the infant play area, Tsing Yi Swimming Pool has a more exciting selection to try out. The larger main pool is ideal for more serious swimmers wanting to squeeze in a summer workout, especially as it's just five minutes walk away from Tsing Yi MTR Station.
Note: The main pool and teaching pool of this pool have reopened on 21 May 2020. To avoid people gathering and to foster social distancing, the maximum capacity of this swimming pool has been reduced to 250 persons.
Tsing Yi Swimming Pool, 51 Tsing King Road, Tsing Yi | (+852) 2435 6407
If lounging by the pool with a cocktail in hand is your idea of heaven, then you might want to check out the luxury hotels that provide day passes. With a selection of perks included, such as use of the sauna and gym facilities, these more expensive price tags are definitely worth it for an ultimate day of summer relaxation.
If a stunning view is what you’re looking for, then the Kerry Hotel is the place to be. Day passes will not only grant you access to the heavenly infinity pool overlooking Victoria Harbour, but also the 24-hour gym, sauna, jacuzzi, and steam rooms. Located in a quieter part of town by Hung Hom Bay, you can truly escape the hustle and bustle of the city at this dreamy spot—not without a cocktail in hand, of course! Day passes cost $500 on weekdays and $700 on weekends.
Kerry Hotel, 38 Hung Luen Road, Hung Hom Bay, Whampoa | (+852) 2252 5888
With Victoria Harbour as your backdrop, access to the gym and sauna, and the opportunity to tuck into the culinary creations of The Waterfall Bar and The Grill poolside restaurants, there’s no doubt that a day at the Grand Hyatt will put a smile on your face. Open to non-hotel guests between 8 am and 6 pm, you can lounge around in the water or get up and active with some lengths in the pool. There are only a limited number of passes available, so make sure to book in advance! Grand Hyatt is currently offering a day pass deal on weekdays, charging $235 for children and $400 for adults. Weekend passes will run you $800 for adults and $400 for kids.
Grand Hyatt, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai | (+852) 2584 7688
If rooftop swimming is up your street, the Langham Place Hotel has a deal that's hard to turn down. Get yourself up to the 15th floor between 6 am and 11 pm on your chosen day to take a dip in the heated pool, relax in the jacuzzi, get fit in the gym, and enjoy complimentary fresh fruit. Day passes cost $400 per person, available from Monday to Thursday. With spectacular views, a competitive price, and no need to book ahead—well, we’ll see you there...
The Langham, 8 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 2375 1133
Perched on the 18th floor, Sheraton Hong Kong has a temperature-controlled outdoor pool with a jaw-dropping harbour view that is open all year round, with day passes offered at $300 per person. Dry off on the sundeck before taking a trip to the sauna, and make full use of the gym whilst you’re there too. Open every day between 6 am and 10 pm, and with no need for reservations, our visits to the Sheraton won’t be limited to the summer months, that’s for sure. Just make sure you arrive early, as Sheraton is limiting its pool-splashers to a mere five guests at a time. Now that’s what we call competitive swimming!
Sheraton Hong Kong, 20 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 2369 1111