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'Coolest' pools in town and nearby

Swimming up in the air or cooling off at an indoor beach? There are a number of exotic, fabulous pools in Shanghai that will take your fancy. iDEALShanghai this week offers you a guide to some of the best hotel pools in Shanghai and nearby Hangzhou.

1. Pool with a breathtaking view


Crowne Plaza Shanghai Harbour City




The outdoor pool of Crown Plaza Harbour City, Shanghai is the only lakeside swimming pool in Shanghai. It is a sparkling azure body of water under a blue sky and fringed by trees and shrubs.

Address: 1 South Island, Lingang New Town, Pudong

Charge: 100 yuan/day, 1,400 yuan/month, 5,600 yuan/6 months, 8,800 yuan/year

Hours: 9am-12am; 3pm-7pm

Tel:(021) 2033-9999


2. The highest swimming pool


Park Hyatt Shanghai





It is the world’s highest swimming pool at the 85th floor of Shanghai World Financial Center. When lights are turned on at night, the pool looks like a mirror in the air. It is a wonderful place to swim and look at the city below.

Address: 100 Century Avenue 

Charge: 500 yuan/person, 3,000yuan/month

Hours: 7am-11pm

Tel: (021) 6888-1234



3. A pool with a regal design


The Peninsula Shanghai




Peninsula hotels around the world represent an icon of luxury. The swimming pool of Peninsula Shanghai is designed to evoke a feeling of a Roman palace. Its floral mosaic floor and potted palms on the sides all add a touch of Mediterranean elegance.

Address: 32 Zhangshan Dongyi Road

Charge: 4,000yuan/ year 

Hours: 6am-10pm

Tel: (021)-2327 2888



4. A pool with private rooms


Hyatt on the Bund Shanghai Hotel




If you want to hold a family party after days of hard work, the swimming pool at Hyatt on the Bund Shanghai Hotel won’t disappoint you. It features poolside private rooms that allow you to enjoy relaxing moments with family members.

Address: 199 Huangpu Rd

Charge: 300/ person 

Tel: (021)-6393 1234

Hours: 6am-11pm



5. A pool that suspends in the air


Holiday Inn Shanghai Pudong Kangqiao





Are you looking for something extraordinary? Check out the swimming pool at Holiday Inn Shanghai Pudong Kangqiao! This unbelievable pool is on the 24th floor and has part of it projecting out so that its glass floor enables swimmers to look at traffic and houses below.


Address1088 Xiuyan Rd 

Charge10,000 yuan/year, 6,000 yuan/6 months

Tel: (021)-3829 1888

Hours: 6am-11pm



6. A pool with man made beach


Sofitel Shanghai Sheshan Oriental





The moment you arrive at Sofitel Shanghai Sheshan Oriental, you want to take off your shoes and clothes and plunge into its large freeform outdoor pools that remind everyone this is a resort hotel to wind down. There is even a man-made beach for sunbathing.

Address: 3388 Sichen Rd

Charge250 /person, children half price

Tel: (021)-3761 8888

Hours: 6am-10pm (indoor), 8am-7pm (outdoor)


7. A pool with dreamlike setting


The Portman Ritz Carlton Shanghai





Everything in Portman Ritz Carlton Shanghai is exquisitely designed, so is the its indoor swimming pool which features a palm-decorated terrace, fancy lights, and an arch bridge to create some semblance of a paradise.


Address: 1376 Nanjing Road W.

Charge: 3,000/month, 14,000/ 6 months, 22,000/ year

Tel: (021)-6279 8888

Hours: 6am-11pm



8. A pool with Asian style


Hilton Hotel





Stepping onto the swimming area of Hilton Hotel Shanghai, you will be impressed by its Asian style of design. Poolside palms and wooden installations combine to transport you to Bali. You will have a truly enjoyable experience swimming there.


Address: 250 Huashan Rd 

Charge: 400 yuan/ day for adult, 200 yuan/day for kid

Tel: (021)-6248 0000

Hours: 6am-11pm



9. A pool in a historic hotel


Fairmont Peace Hotel 





Conveniently located on the first floor of Fairmont Peace Hotel, the indoor heated swimming pool, measuring 18metres by 6metres, is good for an aquatic workout. The glass roof overhead allows plenty of natural daylight and reveals an inspiring view of the sky. Additional facilities include a steam room and sauna in the locker room.


Address:  1st floor, Fairmont Peace Hotel, 20 Nanjing Road East 

Charge: Free of charge for in-house guest. RMB300 per person per access for walk-in guest.

Tel: (021)-6138 6818

Hours: 6am-11pm



10. A pool suitable for both leisure and training


Jing'an Shangri-La, West Shanghai





A well-designed heated indoor 25-meter long by 10-meter wide sky-dome lap pool is available on Level 4. Pool depth ranges from 1 to 2 metres. Professional Swimming trainers are available and can offer advice tailored to suit guests' training needs.  


Address: 1218 Ya'anzhong Rd 

Charge: Not open to general public. Non-hotel-guests can purchase Health Club Membership for 35,000RMB per year. (limited to 150 members every year)

Tel: (021)-2203 8888

Hours: 6am-11pm (fitness center open 24 hours)


11. Swimming over the West Lake


Four Seasons Hotel, Hangzhou




The infinity pond at Four Seasons Hotel gives swimmers a chance to see the gorgeous West Lake. While the indoor heated swimming pool, inspired by ancient Chinese palaces, is equally theatrical, surrounded by lavish daybeds set in alcoves flanked with silk drapes.   

Address: 5 Lingyin Rd, Hangzhou

Charge: Hotel guests only

Tel: (0571)-8829 8888

Hours: 7am-7pm (infinity pond)



12. A Rooftop swimming pool


Angsana Hangzhou




Check out the latest hot spot for your exclusive cool event. Here is an expansive outdoor swimming pool located at Angsana Hangzhou’s rooftop. Ideal for corporate events and social parties, this outdoor poolside can accommodate up to 80 persons for cocktail reception.

Address: Xixi National Wetland Park

Charge: 100 yuan/day for adult, 50 yuan/day for kid under 1.2 meters

Tel: (0571)-8500 2000

Hours: 10am-10pm (infinity pond)



13. A natural lighted swimming pool


Millennium Resort Hangzhou




Oxygen Club in Millennium Hangzhou is equipped with the most state-of-art gym facilities and natural lighted indoor swimming pool. Swimming in it you will be astounded by its ultimate tranquility and exuberant comfort. Now the club provides special discounts including free swimming private courses, contact Millennium Hangzhou for more information.


Address: 15 Jiuxi Rd, Hangzhou

Charge: 300 yuan/day, free for kid under 1.2 meters

Tel: (0571)-8761 3666

Hours: 7am-11pm (Fri-Sat); 7am-9pm (Sun-Thur)



Other amazing pools in Shanghai:


Pullman Shanghai Skyway Hotel 





Address:  15 Dapu Rd 

Charge: 300 RMB per access, monthly or annual membership available  

Tel: (021)-3318 9988 

Hours: 6am-11pm


Shanghai Marriortt Hotel Luwan





Address:  99 Jiangbin Rd 

Charge: 200RMB for adults, 100RMB for children

Tel: (021)-5318 8888 

Hours: 6am-11pm


Four Seasons Hotel Shanghai Pudong



Address:  210 Century Avenue 

Charge: 450RMB for adults, 250RMB for children

Tel: (021)-2036 8888 

Hours: 6am-11pm

Pudong Shangri-La Hotel, Shanghai



Address:  33 Fucheng Rd

Charge: pool at Pujin bldg: 2,1000/year, pool at Zijin bldg: 3,000/year

Tel: (021)-6882 8888 

Hours: 6am-11pm


Kerry Hotel Pudong



Address:  1388 Huamu Rd

Charge: Kerry Sports membership: 2,1000/year

Tel: (021)-6169 8888 

Hours: 6am-11pm


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