Hong Kong offers many gorgeous pools to help create your ideal Instagram shot, though public and government pools tend to get more crowded during summer, and aren’t as comfortable or well maintained than hotel pools.
Many of the city’s luxury hotels feature swimming pools for an unparalleled luxury experience with semi-private time, world-class facilities and breathtaking views while you splash around and sip cocktails!
W Hong Kong’s rooftop pool is an extremely popular spot for both tourists and locals seeking an enjoyable day trip, offering stunning views of Hong Kong’s skyline and Victoria Harbour from its 76th floor location. Notable features of this rooftop oasis include its large rooftop infinity pool; smaller jacuzzi; deckchairs for lounging; plus, its beautiful mosaic wall backdrop provides the ideal opportunity to take stunning summer selfies.
Another option offered by the hotel is Skye’s indoor pool at its revolving restaurant, which offers heated glass-encased pools with panoramic views of Hong Kong skyline and Central. Plus there are loungers as well as an extensive menu of cocktails and snacks to select from!
Other pool options include those at the Mandarin Oriental and The Ritz-Carlton hotels – open only to hotel guests – featuring breathtaking cityscape views and luxurious views from their rooftop pools. Both feature gorgeous amenities for hotel guests such as spa services where you can unwind with massage or try something new like beauty treatments at their spas; at the Mandarin Oriental you can even visit for a massage treatment or try something completely new like skin revitalization treatments!
Man Cheung Po in the New Territories offers an idyllic outdoor swimming experience. Surrounded by waterfalls and mountaintops, its crystal-clear waters can only be accessed by hiking the scenic Bride’s Pool Nature Trail – an hour hike that’s sure to give an insight into life in the New Territories!
One disadvantage of these pools is that they only open from noon to 1pm; as such, it may not be ideal for swimmers looking to take classes; however, they offer great relaxation for kids of all ages!
One major issue facing lifeguards today is their short supply. To address this, their union has advocated for an overhaul of the salary structure to attract more talent and offer clearer career pathways, while simultaneously asking that volunteer swimming instructors stop being relied upon, since their qualifications often do not match those needed for swimming lessons. In response to these suggestions, the government increased lifeguard salaries marginally but this likely won’t solve the issue quickly.