Temperatures are sweltering in Guangzhou these days and a refreshing escape is in order. If you're looking for us this summer, you'll find us pool side (a cocktail may or may not be in hand) at one of these amazing destinations in our fair city.
1. Blackbird Pool (outdoor)
Located in the immediate vicinity of Xingsheng Lu, the Blackbird Pool, designed by a French company, is a venue boasting an area of 1,500 square meters, 40 deck chairs and the capacity to host 300 people.
While we were unable to confirm with Blackbird management, pool regulars have informed us that alcohol is no longer allowed at the pool.
Open: Daily, noon-9.30pm
Cost: RMB35 (day pass)
2. Conrad Guangzhou (indoor)
Located on the hotel’s sixth floor, the heated indoor 25-meter swimming pool is open from 6am till 11pm, alongside two outdoor Jacuzzis.
Open: Daily, 6am-11pm
Cost: RMB380 plus 16.6 percent service charge and VAT (pool and fitness center day pass), RMB200 plus 16.6 percent service charge and VAT (pool day pass, members only)
3. Crowne Plaza Guangzhou Science City (indoor and outdoor)
A little ways from the city center, this hotel’s 36-meter by 23-meter dolphin-bottom outdoor pool is well worth the journey (at RMB98 for a day pass the price is certainly right, anyway). There is also an indoor pool and both are open year-round!
Open: Daily, 7am-10.30pm
Cost: RMB98 (day pass), RMB58 (kids)
4. E Coffee (outdoor)
As the name suggests, this is a coffee shop. Perhaps strangely, it is also the site of a pretty kickass pool. Famous for Dragon Boat relays (seriously) and boozy pool parties, this pool is a place to see and be seen in your coolest swimming garb. Children visiting the pool must be taller than 1.2 meters.
Open: All summer, 7-9am, 2-4pm, 6-9pm
Cost: RMB35 (day pass)
5. Grand Hyatt Guangzhou (indoor)
Located on the top floor of the hotel, the Grand Hyatt’s 25-meter free-form swimming pool is surrounded by large windows and enjoys stunning city views. Male and female changing rooms with lockers are available, together with a sauna, whirlpool, cold plunge pool and grooming stations.
Open: Daily, 7am-10pm
Cost: RMB424 (day pass, only for in-house guests)
6. Guangdong Olympic Stadium (indoor)
Used for the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, the spacious swimming pool in the Guangdong Olympic Stadium is housed in a modern, blue-and-white structure and is a popular venue for swimming and diving competitions and training.
Open: Daily, 7-8.30am, 3.30-8pm
Cost: RMB50 (day pass), RMB25 for children under 1.4 meters and elders over 60 years old, RMB1,000 for 30 entries, RMB3,880 (annual membership)
7. Guangzhou Chimelong Hotel (indoor)
Guangzhou Chimelong Hotel Thermal Spa Club was designed by one of the world’s best aquatic equipment companies, White Water West Industries. The facility hosts an indoor thermal swimming pool, Jacuzzi pools, a sauna and gym area and showers for men and women.
The main pool ranges in depth from 1.4-1.7 meters and is not open to non-swimmers or children under 1.5 meters tall.
Open: Daily, 8am-noon, 3-9pm
Cost: RMB68 (day pass, for non-guests), RMB20 (day pass, for in-house guests), RMB18,000 (annual, all-day membership)
8. Langham Place, Guangzhou (indoor)
Langham Place, Guangzhou's 24-meter heated indoor pool invites both energetic exercise and indulgent relaxation. Guests can power through laps, enjoy a leisurely swim or take advantage of the spacious deck and bask in the sunlight as it streams through the glass roof. In addition, there is a 0.6-meter-deep children’s pool.
Open: Daily, 6.30am-10pm, open for in-house guests/members
Cost: No day pass, RMB15,000 (annual membership)
9. Mandarin Oriental, Guangzhou (outdoor)
The Mandarin Oriental, Guangzhou emits a certain elegance, and it should come as no surprise that this sophistication extends to the hotel’s 25-meter temperature-controlled outdoor pool. With simple, stylish patio furniture and fountains that look like they were literally stolen from a palace, this pool is your choice option for a classy, sunny day soak.
Open: Daily, 6am-10pm
Cost: RMB380 (day pass), RMB12,500 (half-year fitness membership)
10. Hotel Nikko Guangzhou (outdoor)
The swimming pool here is located around the back of the hotel’s main building, surrounded by stunning landscaping and an inviting patio. The whole outdoor pool area is 475 square meters and the 270-square-meter swimming pool includes an adult area, separate children’s pool and massage pool area.
Open: Daily, 6am-10pm
Cost: RMB100 (day pass), RMB4,288 (annual membership)
11. Park Hyatt Guangzhou (indoor)
Open daily from 10am-midnight, Park Hyatt Guangzhou’s swimming pool is located on the hotel’s 63rd floor, along with the spa and massage pool. With wraparound floor-to-ceiling windows, a dip in the 25-meter (82-feet) infinity lap pool or heated whirlpool can feel like swimming in the sky.
Open: Daily, 7am-10pm
Cost: RMB600 (day pass) RMB30,000 (annual membership), RMB50,000 (couple’s annual membership)
12. The Ritz-Carlton, Guangzhou (outdoor)
Looking for a Roman-style aquatic experience? We bet you didn’t even know that's a thing, but let us assure you it is, and you can experience it at the Ritz-Carlton! Pool guests can also enjoy use of the hotel’s fitness center and sauna room.
Open: Daily, 5am-10pm
Cost: RMB400 (day pass), RMB350 (kids)
13. Shangri-La Hotel, Guangzhou (indoor and outdoor)
The Shangri-La Hotel, Guangzhou offers swimmers both indoor and outdoor ponds to choose from. And while we can’t comment on the indoor pool, we can say from experience that the outdoor swimming area is “pretty, pretty good,” to quote Larry David.
Open: Daily, 6am-9pm (outdoor pool), 7am-9pm (indoor)
Cost: RMB400 (day pass), RMB5,888 (quarterly membership), RMB9,888 (couple’s quarterly membership)
14. Sheraton Guangzhou Hotel (outdoor)
Sheraton Guangzhou Hotel offers a 25-meter outdoor heated swimming pool located on the ninth floor of the hotel. The swimming pool area is flooded with natural light and has an impressive city view. There is also an outdoor sound system and a poolside bar! The spacious men’s and women’s changing rooms also feature steam and sauna rooms.
Swimming lessons are available for RMB390 per class.
Open: Daily, 6.30am-10pm
Cost: RMB300 (day pass), RMB8,188 (quarterly membership), RMB21,888 (annual membership)
15. Sofitel Guangzhou Sunrich (indoor)
Sofitel Guangzhou Sunrich’s 30-meter-wide pool is pretty cool, what with it’s underwater music system, a constant 28-degree Celsius water temperature and Jacuzzi. Located in the hotel’s So Fit facility, guests here can also use the fitness equipment and join in daily wellness activities.
Open: Daily, 6am-10pm
Cost: RMB240 (day pass), RMB988 (three visits, one spa treatment), RMB7,200 (quarterly membership), RMB15,888 (half-year membership)
16. Tianhe Sports Centre Swimming Stadium (indoor)
As you would expect of a facility with a name like Tianhe Sports Centre, this place has pools and it’s open year round! Get back in shape in the 50-meter competition pond or the training pool. Alternatively, perfect your diving skills in the 21-square-meter diving pool.
Open: Oct-May: 7-9am, 6-9pm; Jun-Sep: 7-9am, 2.30-4.30pm, 6-10pm
Cost: RMB35 (day pass), RMB900 (30 visits), RMB2,800 (annual membership)
17. W Guangzhou (indoor)
Soak up the city’s energy and the sun at Wet, the W Guangzhou’s indoor heated pool. Located on the 29th floor overlooking the bustling city below, this sleek haven invites you to take a swim in the indoor heated swimming pool, recline in the Jacuzzi or lounge on the plush poolside chairs and ottomans.
Open: Daily, 6.30am-10.30pm
Cost: RMB380 (day pass to Wet and fitness center)
18. White Swan Hotel (outdoor)
Set in the lush gardens of the hotel and on the bank of the Pearl River, the outdoor swimming pool at the White Swan Hotel offers a refreshing dip year-round.
Open: Daily, 7am-11pm
Cost: RMB300 (day pass), RMB3,000 (20 visits), RMB20,900 (annual membership to pool and fitness facilities)
19. Xijiao Swimming Pool (indoor and outdoor)
Can’t justify making the trip to Hainan for some sand and water time? Never fear, Guangzhou’s Xijiao Swimming Pool, better known around town as ‘the beach pool,’ offers you a chance to kick back on one of their numerous patio chairs on an artificial beach. It’s one of our favorite spots in the city to crush a couple of whobbly-pops (outside food and drink are allowed in) while catching a sunburn – you know, just like you would at a normal beach.
In addition to the artificial beach, guests to the facility can enjoy a fitness pool, competition pool and newly opened indoor swimming area (which allegedly doubles as a scuba training/mermaid encounter pool).
Cost: RMB40 (day pass)
This article was originally published on June 30, 2017. It has been updated and republished on June 12, 2018.
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