With summer weather finally here, many Hongkongers have been searching for ways to beat the heat while spending quality time with friends and family. Although junk trips and beach days can provide plenty of enjoyment, swimming in Hongkong pools is by far the ultimate relaxation technique, providing weight loss, muscle toning benefits as well as improved mental wellbeing.
Hong Kong currently boasts 45 public swimming pools and 1,371 licensed private ones, however due to a shortage of lifeguards some will not open this summer. An estimated 20 public pools will only partially open, while more than 100 may not even open at all – prompting swimmers to find an alternative place for daily dipping. The Hong Kong Recreation and Sports Professionals General Union advises them not to depend on one particular facility for daily swim sessions.
Due to recent adverse weather, city outdoor pools have seen lower turnout than expected. But as temperatures will likely return soon enough, if you’re interested in an indoor swimming pool we strongly advise booking ahead in order to avoid disappointment.
Kerry Hotel’s 25-metre outdoor pool provides an ideal way to soak up some sun while taking in stunning views of Victoria Harbour. After swimming, relax at Red Sugar Terrace Bar where a wide selection of craft beers, wine and cocktails awaits your enjoyment.
Those seeking something extra luxurious should visit Rosewood Hong Kong’s Asaya pool. Set within its gorgeous garden environment and exclusive to hotel guests, it provides the perfect setting to unwind and take in the sights. Additionally, guests can indulge in Alaskan King Crab Rolls, Strawberry Mirlitons or Champagne from their nearby snacks and beverage cart.
To ensure the pool you plan to visit is safe and secure, it is vital that they are accredited by the Hong Kong Aquatic Association – this organisation oversees safety at both public and private pools across Hong Kong. Additionally, the Hong Kong Aquatics Association (HKAA) sets standards that public swimming pools must abide by in order to open. If a pool fails to comply with these requirements, they will not be permitted to open and swimmer safety is protected as well as hygiene maintained in an efficient manner. Hong Kong Antipollution Association (HKAA) plays a vital role in protecting Hong Kong’s waters from pollution, providing access to its official website here or local swimming associations for more information and a list of accredited pools. This list will provide information on their operating hours and admission policies as well as any fees you must pay to access these attractions. Furthermore, the Hong Kong Art Association Association will also provide details regarding emergency procedures that should be adhered to should an accident occur.