Spring time in Hong Kong came and went with lightning speed. Just like that, the sweltering summer heat is upon us once again. If you can’t handle the crowded public pools, buy yourself a day pass at one of these luxury hotels and cool off in style.
Conrad Hong Kong
Sink into luxury at the The Conrad, which boasts a gorgeous outdoor pool. A day pass (weekdays, $370 per person; weekends, $480 per person) grants you access to the pool, sauna and steam room. If you want to work out too, you can also purchase full access to Health Club facilities (weekdays, $480 per person; weekends, $600 per person).
Back for a second year, the Weekend by the Pool package (weekends and public holidays, $950 per person) is a pretty awesome deal available in the summer season: you’ll have access to the pool, gym, group classes (11am-5pm), plus a 60-minute body massage. That’s not all: the package includes free-flow light snacks and juices, plus champagne and cocktails (4-5pm) at the Conrad’s Garden Café Terrace.
One Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, 2521-3838.
Le Meridien Cyberport
The great thing about the pool at Le Meridien Cyberport? Nestled in peaceful Pok Fu Lam, it’s blissfully crowd-free. Overlooking the Lamma Channel, this is a great, quiet spot to spend the day in the sun with a great book, or your laptop — the pool passes are available on weekdays only. A day pass (weekdays, $300 per person) grants you access to the outdoor swimming pool and whirlpool as well as the gym, which is equipped with a sauna and steam room.
Cyberport 1, 100 Cyberport Road, Pok Fu Lam, 2980-7788.
The InterContinental Hong Kong
If you’re looking to spend the day by the pool with a harbor view to die for, look no further than The InterContinental Hong Kong: The vast infinity pools afford a great vista of the harbor. Book yourself in for any I-Spa Full Day Rituals at the hotel and you’ll gain access to the pools. The treatments don’t come cheap — but you’ll get a full-day of pampering, plus a three-course health lunch and use of the fitness center. The Regenerate and Revitalise package ($3,980 per person, three hours and 45 minutes) focuses on improvement on circulation and the skin tone through a body mask, massage and facial.
18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2721-1211.
Cordis Hong Kong
The 18-meter-long rooftop pool at the Cordis comes complete with jacuzzis and inviting cabanas. The Chuan Spa at the Cordis offers a day pass ($450 per person) that includes use of the pool, fitness studio, plus sauna and steam rooms. If you book a treatment at the Chuan Spa, you’ll also get the same access. The deals are scheduled to change without notice, so do call ahead.
555 Shanghai Street, Mong Kok, 3552-3388.
The Mira Hong Kong
The Mira‘s pool might not be outdoors — but it definitely shouldn’t be overlooked. The tranquil infinity pool is part of the award-winning MiraSpa, a luxurious bolthole that features a gym, sauna, steam room, whirlpools and fancy showers, plus a waterbed flotation lounge. Those who are after a full day of relaxation will be pleased to know that a day pass ($400 per person) offers access to all of the above.
B3/F, The Mira Hong Kong, 118-130 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2368-1111.
The pool at the Island Shangri-La is an oasis right in the middle of the city. Sun-worshippers need not worry: the pool has no shortage of sunlight despite the surrounding skyscrapers. A day pass (weekdays, $650 per person; weekends, $800 person) includes use of the outdoor pool, the 24-hour gym, plus access to facilities at the health club, as well as sauna and steam room.
Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, 2820-8583.
Grand Hyatt Hong Kong
The Grand Hyatt has a sizeable pool good for both laps and splashing around. A day pass ($550 per person) includes use of pool, fitness studio and sauna. Go baller by booking any of the treatments under the detox or restore programs at the Plateau Spa (from $3,000 for three hours), and you’ll also have access to all of the above facilities.
11/F, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, 2584-7688.
The W Hotel’s 76th-floor rooftop pool is known for its sexy, extravagant summer pool parties — but you can chill out, splash around and grab a bite to eat too at its weeknight barbecues. The free-flow poolside barbecue (weekdays, 6-9pm, $398 per person) includes all-you-can-eat delicious grilled meats and more.
76/F, W Hong Kong, 1 Austin Road West, West Kowloon, 3717-2222.