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The Coolest Outdoor Pools in Hong Kong

By Sophie Pettit 29 May 2018
Our city's public swimming pools are officially open for business, and with summer bringing us soaring temperatures and humidity beyond our wildest dreams, now's the ideal time to take a dip. With this in mind, we check out the coolest public pools around the city – as well as some hotel favourites – to keep you cool this season.

Public Pools | Hotel Pools

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Public Pools

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. [caption id="attachment_51695" align="aligncenter" width="660"]Hammer Hill Rd SP Photo courtesy of LCSD[/caption]

Hammer Hill Road

Hammer Hill Swimming Pool (pictured above) is sure to keep your youngsters entertained throughout the summer break with slides, water cannons, and an interactive fountain - now that sounds like fun! Tiny tots can splash around in the designated toddler pool, whilst older kids can check out the indoor pirate ship. Although not the ideal venue for serious swimmers, this is the ultimate place for a day of fun in the sun. Plus, whilst you're in the area, why not check out the picturesque Chi Lin Nunnery and Nan Lian Garden? Please note that Hammer Hill Swimming Pool will be closed from April 15 to June 15 for changing room refurbishment. Opening hours: 6.30am - 12 noon, 1pm - 5pm, and 6pm - 10pm Hammer Hill Road, 30 Lung Cheung Road, Wong Tai Sin, (+852) 2350 6173

Jordan Valley

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. Opening hours: 6.30am - 12 noon, 1pm - 6pm, and 7pm - 10pm Jordan Valley, 6 Choi Ha Road, Ngau Tau Kok, (+852) 2305 5919 [caption id="attachment_51731" align="aligncenter" width="660"]Pao Yue Kong Photo courtesy of Baycrest[/caption]

Kowloon Park

With three spacious, outdoor, leisure pools, a toddlers' pool, waterfalls-a-plenty, and a splattering of rockery, it's no wonder Kowloon Park Swimming Pool is so popular in the summertime. If you fancy catching some rays after your dip, then enjoy lounging around in the sunbathing area. Fancy something more active? Why not pay a visit to the family of flamingos and turtles in Kowloon Park! Opening hours: 6.30am - 12 noon, 1pm - 5pm, and 6pm - 10pm Kowloon Park 22 Austin Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, (+852) 2724 3577
[caption id="attachment_51701" align="aligncenter" width="660"]Sai Kung SP Photo courtesy of LCSD[/caption]

Pao Yue Kong

If size is what you're looking for, then Pao Yue Kong Swimming Pool (pictured above) 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. Opening times: 6.30am - 12 noon, 1pm - 6pm, and 7pm - 10pm Pao Yue Kong, 2 Shum Wan Road, Wong Chuk Hang, (+852) 2553 3617

Sai Kung

With a main pool, a teaching pool, and a leisure pool, the Sai Kung Swimming Pool caters for swimmers of all ages and abilities. A firm favourite for those living in the New Territories, this colourful summer hang out is well worth 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. Opening times: 6.30am - 12 noon, 1pm - 6.30pm, and 7.30pm - 10pm Sai Kung, Wai Man Road, Sai Kung, (+852) 2792 7285

Tseung Kwan O

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. Please note that the main pool is closed from April 16 to June 5 for annual maintenance. Opening times: 6.30am - 12 noon, 1pm - 6.30pm, and 7.30pm - 10pm Tseung Kwan O, 9 Wan Lung Road, Tseung Kwan O, (+852) 2706 6767

Tsing Yi

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. Opening times: 6.30am - 12 noon, 1pm - 6.30pm, and 7.30pm - 10pm Tsing Yi, 51 Tsing King Road, Tsing Yi, (+852) 2435 6407 [pro_ad_display_adzone id="52026" align="right" info_text="Advertisement" info_text_position="below" font_color="undefined" font_size="9" padding="4" border="1" border_color="#000000"]

Hotel Pools

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.

Kerry Hotel

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 pass costs $400 on weekdays, $500 on weekends Kerry Hotel, 38 Hung Luen Road, Hung Hom Bay, Whampoa (+852) 2252 5888 grand-hyatt-hong-kong-swimming-pool

Grand Hyatt

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 (pictured above) will put a smile on your face. Open to non-hotel guests between 8am and 6pm, 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! Day pass costs $550 Grand Hyatt, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, (+852) 2584 7688

Conrad Hotel

If you need a holiday, but can't get the time off work, the five-star Conrad Hotel offers the next best thing. A tropical oasis in the heart of the city, the palm tree-lined pool area has an on site cabana bar should you fancy a cocktail. It's no surprise that this luxurious staycation spot gets booked up fast, so make sure to call ahead and check there is room for you by the pool. Day passes cost $400 on weekdays and $550 on weekends and public holidays Conrad Hotel, One Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, (+852) 2521 3838

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Island Shangri-La

Get a taste of the high life at the prestigious Island Shangri-La (pictured above), as it opens its doors to non-guests on weekdays between 6am and 10pm. Stretch out on a poolside lounger, work up a sweat in the gym, and check out the sauna and steam rooms. If the pool is getting crowded, however, priority will be given to the hotels' guests, so opting for quieter seasons will work in your favour. Day pass costs $650 Island Shangri-La, Pacific Place, Supreme Court Road, Central, (+852) 2877 3838

Langham Place

[pro_ad_display_adzone id="52026" align="right"] 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 6am and 11pm 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. With spectacular views, a competitive price, and no need to book ahead - well, we'll see you there ... Day pass costs $300 Langham Place, 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. 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 everyday between 6am and 10pm, and with no need for reservations, our visits to the Sheraton won't be limited to the summer months, that's for sure! Day pass costs $300 Sheraton, 20 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, (+852) 2369 1111

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Sophie is always on the lookout for a great story and her next big adventure and loves nothing more than discovering the city’s hidden gems—and most delicious cocktails. When she’s not exploring new places, she’s off travelling and ticking countries off her bucket list.