Swimming offers many health advantages: It’s an effective low-impact workout, can ease anxiety and depression, boost your energy levels and can even help sculpt your physique! Plus it provides an opportunity to kick back and relax with friends or loved ones after a hard day at work – perfect after a long week at work. So this summer why not cool off at one of Hongkong’s pools?
As heatwave conditions have intensified, residents have sought refuge at local and government pools for a refreshing dip. Although these locations do offer great facilities and environments for swimming, peak times can sometimes prove too crowded and overwhelming for many visitors.
Locals looking to avoid long queues often opt for hotel pools instead, with Cathay Pacific offering some of the most spectacular infinity and water zone pools around town – offering breathtaking panoramic views and fun water zones for children alike. Plus if you book with them you’ll gain additional Asia Miles!
One such venue is the Kerry Hotel’s 25-meter indoor pool, reminiscent of Roman palace with statuesque columns and offering breathtaking views of Victoria Harbour. There’s even a terrace bar offering wine to cap off your swim experience!
InterContinental Hong Kong offers guests another popular option with its rooftop pool and jacuzzi, ideal for relaxing and reconnecting. Meanwhile, those seeking an adrenaline rush can try the twisting 28-metre slide that resembles a waterfall – another hit among couples or groups of friends looking to spend an afternoon relaxing or catching up with each other.
The hotel’s outdoor pool is surrounded by lush tropical plants and features sun loungers for guest use. Its water temperature is kept to an inviting 27 degrees Celsius to provide comfortable swimming even during hot temperatures outside, and should you feel chilled after swimming, there is always a poolside bar offering hot beverages and snacks to keep you going!
While the outdoor pool at this hotel is currently closed for maintenance, it will reopen on Monday at discounted rates. In the meantime, other swimming pools at this resort – including toddler and fitness centres – offer discounted prices.
As part of their efforts to combat rising levels of fecal contamination cases, Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) has requested swimming clubs submit time slots for pool bookings four months in advance, in order to assess whether enough staff meet minimum lifeguarding requirements for classes.
However, LCSD has issued a warning about increasing pool closures as the city struggles with an acute lifeguard shortage. Furthermore, due to increased fecal contamination incidents at public pools over recent months and in order to address lifeguard shortages – some public pools with toddler pools as facilities have also been temporarily closed down and their resources allocated towards lifeguarding shortages instead – leading to closures expected until September ends.