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Originally published by Kelly Eng. Last updated by Tommy Yu.
Hong Kong beaches, while free and beautiful, can get quite crowded and messy on hot summer days, so you may prefer swimming pools in a more hygienic environment. But not everyone has a pool in their backyard, so what to do when you’re hankering for a dip?
A few hotels in Hong Kong offer day passes to pools that include access to fitness centres as well, so you can have fun with your family and friends and take some cute pictures for Instagram while you are at it. We have rounded up a list of the most gorgeous hotel pools in Hong Kong that you can spend a relaxing day at without having to check in.
Just a short five-minute walk from the Fortress Hill MTR station is Harbour Grand Hong Kong, which offers visitors a pool day pass ($300) to its 27-metre-long outdoor swimming pool. Enjoy the breathtaking harbour view while swimming laps back and forth during the day or even go at night for the stunning city lights glittering in the dark.
Harbour Grand Hong Kong’s hotel pool is open to outside guests from Mondays to Thursdays from 8 am to 8 pm, but be mindful that the hotel staff may ask you to step out of the pool from time to time, as they sanitise it every hour for 15 minutes. Its day pass includes access to the locker room and the third-floor gym, but the sauna is unavailable and no food or drinks are allowed in the pool. Simply call the hotel to buy your day pass.
Harbour Grand Hong Kong, 23 Oil Street, North Point | (+852) 2121 2688
It is always nice to enjoy food after a workout session in the pool, and Kerry Hotel offers three different pool packages that come with lunch served poolside. Choose from four available sets, where options for mains include sesame and soba noodle salad and a hearty burger, and all of them come with appetisers and desserts while you take in views over Kowloon Bay and the iconic Victoria Harbour.
Its most accessible packages cost $550 on weekdays and $750 on weekends, and include entry to its fitness centre, too. Access to the pool is open from 9 am to 6 pm every day, including public holidays. You can also purchase other pool day passes with champagne (starting from $1,050) or a 60-minute massage (starting from $1,350). Just call the hotel to buy the day pass or make a reservation online.
Kerry Hotel, Hong Kong, 38 Hung Luen Road, Hung Hom | (+852) 2252 5888
If you are looking for an indoor pool, consider The Mira in Tsim Sha Tsui, which is open from 6.30 am to 10 pm. Its pool day pass ($500) includes free use of the gym and an hour’s time in the pool, but the sauna is temporarily closed. Kids are welcomed as long as adults are accompanying them. If you would like to enjoy a spa treatment, check out the spa packages, some of which already include access to the pool and fitness facilities. Make sure to book in advance, as only 15 people are allowed in the facility at one time.
The Mira Hong Kong, 118–130 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui | (+852) 2368 1111
Located on the hundred-and-eighteenth floor, the indoor swimming pool of The Ritz-Carlton is blessed with views of the striking Hong Kong skyline and a photogenic mirrored ceiling. Its day pass ($750) includes access to the fitness centre, and an hour and a half at the pool. Each visitor can swim for 90 minutes during the opening hours from 6 am to 10 pm, and it is best to book a time slot in advance. Its indoor and outdoor jacuzzi, steam room, plus sauna are temporarily closed, and children under 18-year-old must have adult supervision.
The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, 118/F, International Commerce Centre (ICC), 1 Austin Road West, West Kowloon | (+852) 2263 2263
W Hong Kong boasts an outdoor heated swimming pool 211 metres above Victoria Harbour. Its weekday pass ($750) includes three hours at the pool, unlimited access to the gym, and a glass of poolside wine, available Mondays to Fridays except on public holidays.
If you are looking for something luxurious, the deluxe pass ($988) offers a one-day experience on weekdays, weekends, and public holidays. Aside from a three-hour swimming session and an all-day gym pass, the package includes two glasses of Veuve Cliquot Yellow Label champagne. Facilities are open from 6 am to 10 pm, and while the day pass is on the pricier side, the dazzling skyline view and poolside bar make it worthwhile. Call in advance to book with the hotel, or make reservation online.
W Hong Kong, Elements, 1 Austin Road West, West Kowloon | (+852) 3717 2222