While summer is generally a time that people look forward to with eagerness as a means of being transported into warm evenings and the beach, Hong Kong summers are stiflingly sticky, humid, and hot. Instead of wandering the sauna-like streets, enjoy the summer with some alternative ways to keep cool this summer.
1. Go Ice Skating
Head to The Rink in TST, located on the ground floor of Elements Mall; this is an ice rink available to the public for skating. There are even hockey sessions available.
2. Jump In The Pool
The Grand Hyatt in Wan Chai, overlooking the Hong Kong Harbour with a tropical garden, is probably one of the most popular destinations. The day pass is HK$550 and includes access to the outdoor pools, gym, and sauna.
The Conrad in Admiralty, set back from the city, and surrounded by lawn and trees, is a bit more low key and less packed. The weekday day pass is HK$370 and the weekend is HK$480. To include the gym, the price goes up to HK$480 on weekdays and HK$600 on weekends.
Langham Place in Mongkok, with sweeping views of Hong Kong from the 42nd floor, is one of the best kept secret pools in Hong Kong. The day pass is HK$300 and includes the pool, sauna, and gym.
Also, if you’re a nature lover, then hike to one of Hong Kong’s natural rock pools. We hear that the Tai O natural infinity pool in Lantau is no longer an option, but there are rock pools in Discovery Bay, only a ten minute walk from the ferry.
Another great and affordable option is the use of the city’s public pools. Remember to bring your Octopus Card and swipe for an entry fee that’s HK$19 or less.
Located in Sai Ying Pun on the waterfront is Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park Swimming Pool. This indoor facility features two swimming pools, an outside playground, and changing rooms.
Victoria Park Swimming Pool sits in the heart of Causeway Bay, and is one of the largest indoor swimming facilities in Hong Kong, with four pools and spectator stands.
Morrison Hill is the area that straddles Happy Valley and Wan Chai, and the Morrison Hill Swimming Pool has two indoor pools as well as two outdoor pools and a restaurant.
3. Grab An Icy Cocktail Or A Cold Drink
Hong Kong’s bar scene is quietly but consistently getting stronger and stronger. For cool drinks, check out:
Sugar, located on the rooftop of East Hotel in Taikoo Shing, which has a great cocktail menu. Head there to enjoy a mojito and the open view of the harbour on the deck.
Honi Honi in Central has a very cool vibe and amazingly refreshing Tiki drinks on the terrace extending from the bamboo lounge.
Quinary in SoHo is an award-winning cocktail bar that is an oasis amidst the hustle on Hollywood Road, with a laid back vibe and delicious Earl Grey Martinis.
Ping Pong in Sai Ying Pun, a former ping pong supply store, is a spacious hidden hangout chic-ly set up like your living room, and is the hip cocktail spot. With a plethora of gins from which to choose, this is the best place for a cool classic gin and tonic with a Spanish twist.
El Loco Gringo is at the top of Sai Ying Pun (above the escalators), with a solid tequila selection and fun atmosphere. Pop in to cool off and have a Paloma.
Missy Ho’s in Kennedy town serves up fusion-flavoured cocktails, complete with an indoor swing, and a solid music set. The Chilli Chow is all mint and ice with house-infused chilli vodka.
For a non-alcoholic options, there are a number of Hui Lau Shan shops (translation: Healthy Dessert Restaurant) all over town. Definitely stop in for a frosty mango smoothie, especially delicious, as mango is a main focus/specialty of theirs.
And of the bars listed above, Sugar, Honi Hon,i and Quinary all have really solid mocktail options.
4. Join in on a junk trip
Summer in Hong Kong = Junk season. This is an opportunity to get a group of friends to rent a boat and spend the day on – and in – the water sailing around the outer islands. There are many banana boating, jet skiing, and paddle board options that come with junks. So, grab a glass of rose and a noodle and jump in the water!
You can easily find a list of junk companies. The one that’s never let us down is Jaspa’s.
6. Enjoy a movie
The best air conditioning in Hong Kong exists in its movie theatres (in fact, bring a wrap or a jacket with you). Going to enjoy a movie offers one of the best ways to beat the heat in the Kong. And, with large screens, IMAX, Dolby Atmos immersive sound systems, and vibrating seats that shake in unison with onscreen action, going to the movies has never been so exciting.
Metroplex in Kowloon also offers three VIP houses that have electrically powered fully reclining seats and a concession stand that serves paninis and alcohol.
As a career sommelier, Kimberley Drake has overseen some of the finest wine programs and operations in America and Asia. Her accomplishments range from working as a sommelier at Jean Georges in NYC to opening Hong Kong’s Café Gray Deluxe as their chef sommelier.
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