Summer weather has hit Hong Kong, and you know what that means: scorching hot days and sweltering nights. It also means junk trips and afternoons at the beach, but sometimes you just can’t be bothered to commit to either — and that’s when it’s time to head to the nearest pool for a day of fun and relaxation. Here’s our definitive, up-to-date guide to the best pool day passes, currently open for non-staying guests on both sides of the harbour.
(Please note that opening times may vary according to current government social distancing restrictions.)
This post was originally written by Evelyn Lok and Constance Lam on 18 September 2018 and updated by the Lifestyle Asia Hong Kong team on 22 April 2021.
There are few things that can beat an iced tea (boozy or not) with prime views of the harbour. One of the more wallet-friendly day passes in the city, Harbour Grand Hong Kong’s day pass package includes access to the state-of-the-art health club, as well as the jacuzzi and sauna facilities inside each changing room.
Price: HK$300, Mondays and Tuesdays only.
Opening hours: 8:00am – 7:00 pm
Bonus tip: After a day spent idling about the Harbour-facing pool, head up to the 41st floor to enjoy the nighttime skyline from Le 188° Restaurant and Lounge — named for its incredible 188-degree panorama of both sides of the pond. There’s live music every evening from 7 – 11pm. Remember to pack some proper attire, though — there’s a strict no shorts and sandals rule for gents.
Sunbathing poolside on the 42nd floor can’t get much higher, especially with spectacular views of Kowloon and a refreshing house-made ice pop in hand. Jump in the 20-metre-long heated pool and relax with the underwater audio system and fibre optic lighting effects.
Price: HK$500 per day, with access to the pool and fitness centre.
Opening hours: 6:30 am – 8:30 pm (Sunday – Thursday); 6:30am – 10pm (Friday – Saturday)
Bonus tip: For a post-pool bite, tuck into Alibi – Wine Dine Be Social’s ‘Treasures from the Blue’ afternoon tea set, which features sustainably-sourced seafood, an assortment of sweet and savoury treats and a glass of ‘Golden Pineapple’ cocktail to finish off the spread.
Kerry Hotel’s astonishing infinity pool and the view from it is the absolute draw here — and as always, the view is better from this side of town looking back over the island, we reckon. The pass includes use of the pool and a set lunch.
Price: Monday – Friday HK$500; weekends and public holidays HK$700.
Opening hours: 9am – 6pm
Bonus tip: Book in on the weekends to take advantage of Kerry Hotel’s ‘Yoga Breakfast Club‘ (HK$400) initiative, on through 30 April. It combines a one-hour yoga session with a hearty, nutrient-dense breakfast — all set against the backdrop of the Victoria Harbour on Kerry Hotel’s airy outdoor lawn.
While The Ritz-Carlton’s pool day pass is on the pricey side, nowhere in the city can you beat the glorious views from the only infinity pool 118 floors above ground. Running alongside floor-length windows, it’s almost as if you could just swim straight into the harbour itself.
Price: HK$750 per day for a 90-minute slot
Opening hours: 6am – 10pm
Bonus tip: Splash out for brunch atop Ozone on the 118/F floor. This Sunday brunch (HK$688 per person) may just be Hong Kong’s most decadent, featuring Maine Lobster Mac & Cheese, Wagyu Beef Burger with Truffle Fries, a seafood spread (HK$388 in addition per person) and of course, free-flowing Dom Pérignon 2008 (HK$1,288 in addition per person).
At the MiraSpa’s sparkling indoor heated pool, located in the basement, you can enjoy a dip and a relaxed poolside afternoon even if the weather’s not ideal. It includes access to the fitness centre and also the sauna, whirlpool and curiously, a waterbed lounge.
Price: HK$500 per day
Opening hours: 6:30am – 11pm
Bonus tip: Up for a challenge? Sign up for a poolside scuba-diving class with a PADI-certified trainer, which also includes full-day access to the pool and wellness facilities.