Escaping the summer heat in Hong Kong

Summer is upon us in Hong Kong yet again.  As the temperatures soar and the heat and humidity climb to stifling levels, we can’t help but think of a refreshing dip in a pool or even the sea. 

Hong Kong and its 260 outlying islands occupy a strategic location on the southern coast of the Pearl River Delta; thus Hong Kongers have easy access to the many oceanfront beaches along the South China Sea. However, swimming in the ocean every day is not a possibility for most Hong Kong folk. As a result, the city abounds with both public and private swimming pools that provide a welcome refuge during the sweltering Hong Kong summers.

Public swimming pools

If you currently reside in an apartment complex that doesn’t have a swimming pool, you can cool off in one of the many public access swimming pools in Hong Kong.    

victoria-park-swimming-pool-flag-systemsThe Hong Kong government’s Leisure and Cultural Service Department operates public access swimming pool complexes in almost every neighborhood of the SAR, and residents of Hong Kong can use the pools here for free. Most of these complexes encompass more than one pool and offer facilities like water slides, diving pools and opportunities to learn swimming as well.

Some of the most popular public swimming complexes in Hong Kong include the Victoria Park Swimming Pool, the Pao Yue Kong Pool in Aberdeen, the Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park near Sai Ying Pun, the Kennedy Town Swimming Pool, the Kowloon Park Pool and the Sai Kung Swimming Pool.

Hotel Swimming Pools

14428923Many of Hong Kong’s luxury hotels are outfitted with gorgeous outdoor pools and offer pool day use passes for non-hotel guests. Surrounded by lush greenery and offering stunning vistas of the Victoria Harbor, these hotel pools are ideal as a weekend laze by the pool option. While some of these pools are located at the rooftop level (Langham Place Mong Kok, W Hong Kong) others are at plateau level (Grand Hyatt Wan Chai, Island Shangri-La, Four Seasons and the Conrad). Additionally, the outdoor pools at the Grand Hyatt Wan Chai, the Conrad, and the Hyatt Regency Sha Tin are heated and are thus suitable for a dip year round.

Private Pools

The city’s private pools are enclosed within apartment complexes or then exclusive members’ clubs like the Hong Kong Country Club, the Ladies Recreation Club, the American Club and more.  These private members’ clubs as is the norm limit access to their members and their guests. So if you don’t have a membership to any of Hong Kong’s private membership clubs, your best bet is to buy or rent an abode in a complex, equipped with a fully loaded residents’ clubhouse.

larvotto-poolFortunately, many of Hong Kong’s apartment complexes have spectacular on-site clubhouses outfitted stunning swimming pools. In fact, some of these dwellings even have more than one pool allowing swimming enthusiasts pool access year round.

The gargantuan Bel-Air residential complex in Pokfulam is one such fabulous development. Along with yachting, private jet and helicopter, restaurant, spa and beauty services, this oceanfront development also offers eight exquisite pools some of which are indoor pools accessible even in inclement weather. Similar year-round swimming facilities are available at developments like Larvotto in Ap Lei Chau, the Belcher’s in Pok Fu Lam, the Summa in Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong Park View in Tai Tam, the Repulse Bay,  and Repulse Bay apartments in Repulse Bay, Centrestage (heated outdoor pool) at Sheung Wan, the Cullinan and the Aria in Kowloon amongst many others.

However, if you would rather have your very own private pool to access whenever you want, even that is a possibility in Hong Kong.  Exclusive apartments housed at ultra-luxe developments like the Opus and several houses and villas on the Peak, in Stanley, Sai Kung, Clear Water Bay, and Discovery Bay come outfitted with private pools.

Are you an enthusiastic swimmer? Do you enjoy the therapeutic and relaxing benefits of having a swimming pool at close access? Then get in touch with the team at Engel & Völkers. Our experienced and professional agents will ferret out the best Hong Kong dwellings with attached swimming pools suited to your needs and real estate budget. Come and talk to us today.