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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

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