Pool-ish Heart

Pool-ish Heart

5 August, 2014
Just Keep Swimming
Top 12 Places to Make a Splash Into in Hong Kong
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Summer is officially here in Hong Kong! Grab your swimsuit, get out and dip into some of the best pools in the city!
 
Whether it’s a luxury spa pool or one of Mother Nature’s incredible creations of streams and infinity pools, some of Hong Kong’s best-kept secrets are among our list for you to make your way to this summer—including our “Ecozine Thumbs Up” pick that will shock you!
 
Happy swimming! And don’t forget to put on sunblock!
 
FRESHWATER SWIMMING
 
There’s nothing more refreshing than basking in cold, clean waterfalls after a moderate hike. Here are our top picks for freshwater swimming!
 
Sheung Luk Stream, Sai Wan (Sai Kung East Country Park)
Sai Kung is definitely full of wonders. The Sheung Luk Stream Waterfalls is a one-hour hike through the Sai Kung East Country Park. Sheung Luk Stream is considered to be one of the most well-known and most explored waterfall in the city, with its large deep pools, towering cliffs and shimmering cascades.
 
How to get there: Get to the trailhead on Sai Kung Sai Wan Road, follow the paved path with the sign marking Sai Wan Village.
 
Man Cheung Po / Shui Lo Chu (Lantau)
You really never know what you get when you get far enough from the hustle and bustle of the city and explore the abundant nature that Hong Kong has to offer. The Man Cheung Po infinity pool requires a bit of a climb but will definitely get you oohing and aahing over its exquisiteness.
 
How to get there: Tung Chung/Mui Wo and then head to Tai O, signs are provided from there.
 
Discovery Bay Rock Pools
About a 10-minute walk away from Discovery Bay’s main plaza, the Discovery Bay Rock Pools are located halfway up the Discovery Valley Road and are extremely easy to find. These streams tend to get really crowded especially on weekends, so we recommend the earlier, the better.
 
How to get there: 10-minute walk from DB Ferry Pier (in direction of Golf Club)
 
Silvermine Waterfalls (Mui Wo, Lantau)
The Silvermine Waterfalls is actually a series of several falls, which makes it one of the highlights of visiting Mui Wo. While its falls are relatively smaller than the other famous falls in Hong Kong, it is profound for the scenery and proximity to the Silvermine Waterfall Park and the Silvermine Resort.
 
How to get there: A 30-minute stroll along the waterfront, towards the beach, from Mui Wo Ferry. Once at the Silvermine Bay Beach Resort, turn left and follow the signs along the Olympic Trail.
 
Wong Lung Hang Stream
Getting to the Wong Lung Hang Stream requires a fairly strenuous hike—and some low-level rock-climbing. It’s certainly an adventure packed with rope-trekking, scenic views and having to get wet on the way, but with the revitalizing reward at the finish line, it’s not one to miss out on! But it’s not for the ‘unfit’, so make sure you’re prepared before voyaging out!
 
How to get there: Tung Chung, then taxi to Wong Lung Hang Road (Tei Po New Village)
 
BEACHES
 
Streams, falls, rapids—they are undoubtedly made for the gutsy, bold and adventurous. What if you just want to sit back, relax and take in the sun? Here are some splendid beaches for you:
 
Tai Long Wan
A favourite among surfers, these beaches, located along the east coast of the Sai Kung Peninsula, are considered to be some of the most beautiful beaches in the city. White sands, clear blue water, and a gorgeous panoramic view of Sharp Peak make it worth the trip. Literally translated “Big Wave Bay”, it is not to be confused with namesake Big Wave Bay Beach (Hong Kong Island).
 
How to get there: Unless you can arrive by boat (or even helicopter), you would have to do a bit of a hike from the Sai Kung East Countrypark.
 
Turtle Cove Beach
Nestled somewhere between Stanley and Tai Tam Reservoir, Turtle Cove Beach is without a doubt a “hidden gem”. It’s not a big beach—nor is it popular—but it is well equipped, with changing rooms, toilets, and showers and well as a small playground, a drinks kiosk and seven barbecue pits.
 
How to get there: Bus No. 14 from Sai wan Ho MTR station, or minibus 16X from Chai Wan
 
Shek O Beach
Extremely accessible, spacious, convenient and yet still relatively clean, it is no wonder Shek O Beach stands as the most popular beach attraction in Hong Kong. Its facilities include large changing rooms, a bus terminus, several restaurants, a few basic bars, equipment hire, and a lot of barbecue pits.
 
How to get there: Bus No. 9 from Shau Kei Wan, or the red minibus that goes to Shek O Beach / Big Wave Beach.
 
POOLS
 
You can take it up a knotch higher and indulge in some slightly more extravagant swimming. Here are some of Hong Kong’s pools that are sure to give you a run for your money!
 
Tung Chung Public Swimming Pool (ECOZINE THUMBS UP)
The team of Ronald Lu & Partners have taken public swimming facilities to the next level by stamping one with a “green” seal of approval. We definitely approve! The special “shell”-shaped roofing is part of an intricate design that serves climate control and mitigation functions while optimizing utilization of passive solar techniques. Sustainable swimming!
 
Cost: $17 per person (Monday-Friday except public holidays), $19 per person (weekends & public holidays) and concessionary rates here

How to get there: 5 minutes walk from Tung Chung MTR station (signs provided from MTR)
 
W Hotel Wet Deck
Picture this: shimmering blue waters beneath a spectacular blue sky, with staggering views of Hong Kong’s panoramic skyline 692 feet above Victoria Harbour. The W Hotel’s outdoor rooftop swimming pool on the 76th floor is like something ripped out of paradise. It is also a prime choice for hosting some of the finest pool parties to date!
 
Cost: ‘Chill & Grill’ and ‘Wet Deck BBQ’ packages ranging from $338-$598 per head, all access to hotel guests
 
W Hong Kong, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon Station, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 3717 2222
w-hongkong.com
 
The Grand Hyatt Hong Kong
Moving onto slightly more luxurious options, we have the Grand Hyatt in Wanchai. A favourite among children and sundowners, Grand Hyatt’s outdoor pool is breathtaking, blending in with their garden and providing ravishing views of the city’s harbour. Other facilities include a golf driving range, tennis and squash courts, and a large children’s playground.
 
Cost: Day pass $550 per head, monthly membership $10,000 per head per month, all access to hotel guests
Grand Hyatt, 1 Harbour Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong. 2588 1234
hongkong.grand.hyatt.com
 
Intercontinental Kowloon Hong Kong Pool Terrace
They say that the best view of the Hong Kong skyline is from the Kowloon side. If that’s true, then the Intercontinental Hong Kong’s Pool Terrace is the perfect place for all you pool-loungers and pleasure-seekers! The hotel’s highly acclaimed infinity spa pools (three, to be exact) are not only maintained at different temperatures (hot, cold, warm) but also offer a front row view of the city’s infamous skyline—from the Kowloon side!
 
Cost: This spa pool heaven is exclusive to patrons of the day spa programme provided by the hotel, check that out here
 
InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2721 1211
intercontinental.com

By: Kristine Basilio
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