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.
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
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
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
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.
Address：1088 Xiuyan Rd
Charge：10,000 yuan/year, 6,000 yuan/6 months
Tel: (021)-3829 1888
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
Charge：250 /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
8. A pool with Asian style
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
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
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
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
Shanghai Marriortt Hotel Luwan
Address:99 Jiangbin Rd
Charge: 200RMB for adults, 100RMB for children
Tel: (021)-5318 8888
Address:210 Century Avenue
Charge: 450RMB for adults, 250RMB for children
Tel: (021)-2036 8888
Pudong Shangri-La Hotel, Shanghai
Address:33 Fucheng Rd
Charge: pool at Pujin bldg: 2,1000/year, pool at Zijin bldg: 3,000/year