Day: March 5, 2024

Hong Kong Pools

Under the scorching summer sun and rising humidity, nothing beats cooling off with a refreshing dip in the pool as an effective means of beating the heat and humidity. Swimming provides many health benefits that benefit people of all ages as well as being an enjoyable way to spend quality time with loved ones!

However, public and government-run pools don’t always offer the best facilities or cleanest water quality. Luckily, most hotels in Hong Kong boast private pools which make a relaxing swim complete with refreshing drinks in a chilled setting – plus, earning Asia Miles while you do so is even easier!

InterContinental Grand Stanford boasts one of the finest hotel pools in Hong Kong with breathtaking views of Victoria Harbour from their outdoor pool, complete with tea deck dining area, whirlpool and other top-of-the-line amenities. To enhance their luxurious experience at this pool they can sign up for their annual wellness membership which allows access to full access, complimentary consultations, spa treatments and exclusive perks!

W Hong Kong boasts one of the city’s swankiest pools with its infinity-style infinity pool that makes swimmers seem as though they’re floating on Victoria Harbour, plus it is also one of the largest swimming pools with plenty of space for swimmers to enjoy the waterslide! Additionally, its mosaic wall makes a beautiful background for Instagrammable pictures! For fans of water slides Tai Po Swimming Pool offers one of Hong Kong’s longest and highest water slides; making this pool popular with families on weekdays and weekends alike!

In 1989, as part of Kowloon Park redevelopment, a swimming pool complex designed by Derek Walker and engineered by BuroHappold opened. At first managed by Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD), after privatisation in 2000 the responsibility for running it returned to Urban Council management.

In 2006, LCSD announced its plan to modernise and refurbish their pool to enhance both aesthetics and safety. Renovated parts included new diving boards and lifeguard training center as well as replacing its sand-based floor with one made out of fiberglass for increased capacity and better hygiene.

Renovation cost HK$8 million and was completed in 2009. As part of this renovation work, the pool was closed during its completion as it was considered too dangerous for swimmers. When its reopening approached, union requested from LCSD that schools and training centres use it with or without lifeguard presence as long as a qualified person would always be present; however, union stated they still weren’t convinced it would be safe enough.