If you’re planning on buying a pool, it’s important to weigh up the benefits and costs of owning one. A pool will add value to your home, but it also requires upkeep and can be a big financial commitment.
The first thing to consider is how often you’ll use it. If you’re only going to be swimming in your pool a few times a year, it might not be worth the expense. You’ll probably get more value out of it if you plan to swim regularly, especially as it will be a great way to keep fit and socialise with friends.
There are 44 public pools in Hong Kong managed by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD). They’re spread all across the city, so there’s sure to be one close to you. Admission is HK$17 on weekdays and HK$19 on weekends and public holidays. Kids under 3 are free.
The indoor Kennedy Town swimming facility has both heating systems and a jacuzzi, making it a good option for cooler days. The outdoor pool is also a great choice for warmer ones, as it offers a lovely view of Victoria Harbour. However, the pool is closed on Wednesdays for cleaning.
If you’re looking for a pool with a touch of luxury, the Kerry Hotel’s 25-metre pool will provide a tranquil spot to relax and enjoy a summer cocktail. The pool also has a sunbathing area, tropical plants and even a mosaic wall that’s perfect for an Instagram-worthy shot. You can pay a day pass to the pool for HK$250 or sign up for their annual wellness membership that’s HK$65,000 per person (HK$120,000 per couple) and includes unlimited access to the pool, fitness centre and changing room, and complimentary wellness consultations and spa treatments.
YMCA Bridges Street Centre is home to the very first indoor pool in Hong Kong, and it’s still open today. Located inside a historic complex, this pool is fairly affordable in comparison to other Hong Kong pools and hosts swimming lessons for children.
If your kids are fans of water slides, then you’ll want to check out Jordan Valley in Kwun Tong. This kid-friendly pool has small slides, water guns and floating mini aquatic animals to sit on. They also have an indoor pool and a playground, so it’s well worth the trip!
Another fun pool is Ma On Shan, which has four giant water slides and a waterfall footbridge. Plus, they have a circular paddling pool, three leisure pools and a teaching pool for those who aren’t quite ready to take on the giant slides just yet. It’s easy to get to by MTR and makes a fantastic family day out with a walk along the river, a visit to see the flock of flamingoes at Wu Kai Sha Park and a dip in the pool.