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Hotel swimming pools in Asia

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Phnom Penh

Billabong Hotel

A small boutique hotel set around a large irregularly shaped outdoor pool surrounded by lush vegetation. Although there are no bar stools, the staff at the poolside bar (which doubles as the hotel reception) will make drinks and set them down on the edge of the pool. There are tables and chairs at the poolside for breakfast or drinks.

Hotel Raffles Le Royal

A superb large rectangular pool, long enough to do some serious lengths. The pool is set in a courtyard with rooms on the two long sides and a walkway on one of the shorter sides. There are loungers along both long sides.

Siem Reap

Golden Banana Hotel Resort

A smallish pool set in a courtyard surrounded by traditional style buildings. The pool has a waterfall but is too small for serious swimming.



Hilton Beijing Capital Airport

Indoor 25-meter pool maybe 2-3 lanes wide (not divided into lanes, however).

Shangri-La Hotel Beijing

This hotel has an indoor 25-meter pool that is fairly wide. It is not divided into lanes, but swimmers tend swim back and forth in lines anyway. The pool temperature varies, usually 25 C but sometimes it gets up to 28 or 29 C, which can make for an unpleasant swim. There is a board listing the most recent temperature, pH, and chlorine levels, which is updated throughout the day.



Taj West End

Medium-size outdoor pool in a setting so lush it feels like the Garden of Paradise.



ANA Crowne Plaza Hiroshima

The hotel has a full gym, including an indoor pool, which costs 1500 yen (about USD $16.50) per visit for all guests. While the heath club opens at 11:30 AM (hotel guests can use it from 6 AM), the pool is not available until noon (on some days it is used for exercise classes for pregnant woman in the morning, but is never available to guests or for general use by health club members before noon). The pool is 18 meters long and four lanes wide. Swim caps are required and provided free. Swim suits are available for rental. Although the per-visit charge is annoying, without it the pool would likely be too crowded.


Hilton Narita

Indoor 25-meter by three lane pool.


Conrad Tokyo

Full service health club featuring a fairly large indoor pool, maybe 15 meters long. As you start to exit the pool, attendants rush up with towels and bottles of cold water.

Hilton Tokyo

Indoor pool, decent size. Lots of windows looking into neighboring office buildings. It's kind of cool swimming while being watched enviously by salarymen slaving away.



Fishtail Lodge

An expensive hotel with a disappointing pool. There is no shade and the pool is set in a part of the grounds which is furthest from the lake and has no views. The pool is invariably empty.


Shangri-La Hotel Singapore

Outdoor pool. Irregular shape, so can be awkward for exercise swimming.

Ritz Carlton Singapore

Standard 25M length constant depth (1.5M?). The hotel lines up with the pool such that it can be used as a guide to swim backstroke in a straight line. No flags. A little on the warm side.

South Korea


Hilton Grand Seoul

Very large, fully-equipped gym with indoor 25-meter by four lane pool.

JW Marriott Seoul

'The "Marquis Thermal Spa and Fitness Club" in the basement of the JW Marriott Seoul is beyond stupendous. Facilities spread out over 2 floors and 5,000 sq.m. include a heated Olympic-size pool deep enough for diving, a running track, a golf driving range, a climbing wall, three separate spa/jacuzzi/sauna sections (men only, women only, and mixed) and more. Workout machines included "Aqua-Resistance" devices in the pool and a bizarre medieval torture contraption where you strap yourself in by the feet and then hang upside down like a bat.' -- jpatokal




Conrad Bangkok

Very large but irregularly-shaped outdoor pool. The shape makes it hard to do exercise swimming, and the pool tends to be full of bathers and children.

Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport

A large rectangular pool with a bar and bar stools and lush greenery. There are waterfalls and from one part of the pool swimmers can see the Bangkok Air Traffic Control Tower.

Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok

Outdoor pool, decent size. The hotel is close to the river, so mosquitos can be a problem, especially at dusk.


Hoi An

Nhi Nhi Hotel

A small, rectangular pool set in a narrow courtyard overlooked by hotel rooms. The pool has restaurant tables at one end and feels like an indoor pool because the surrounding buildings are close and tall; in fact, the pool is open to the sky. It is too small for serious swimming but the rectangular length does mean you can do some strokes before getting to the other end.

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