I want you to forget about the guestrooms of the W Hong Kong. Forget about the 42″ HDTV with laptop A/V connectivity that’s tucked away behind a sliding mirror. Forget about the rainforest shower that can be conveniently left exposed to the main guestroom should you choose not to slide the mirror doors shut. And also forget about the harbor views from the wall to wall windows which you can shut out instantly with the automated blackout shades. We all knew these things would kick ass anyway.
Forget about all this because the real deal is really up on the 76th level . . . the rooftop pool. Unlike traditional infinity pools that create a pool water meets ocean water illusion, this one makes you feel as if you’re swimming up to an urban cliff that towers above the Kowloon and Hong Kong cityscapes. Turn around in the pool and there’s an amazing mosaic wall of dreamy-themed butterflies and clouds. If you’ve had enough of the pool water, hop on over to the hottub with a killer view of the Hong Kong skyline. The new ICC tower obstructs part of the view, but at least you can look at the people working at their cubes and be thankful you’re not one of them.
Just three levels below on 73, there is an incredible fitness center with stairmasters and treadmills that overlook the Hong Kong skyline. This must be one of the highets gyms in the world. I cut my workout short so I could maximize my time in the sauna and steamroom. After a good sweat, I showered up (which by the way I have never used so many water jets in a single shower) and soaked my cares away in yet another hottub complete with more massaging jets than any grad student could ask for after his final exams.
Here’s a couple more photos of the pool, and one shot that gives you a really good idea of just how high up this 76th floor rooftop pool is!
A big thank you to Sunny at the W Hong Kong who shared a couple of photos with me. My poor camera died at the tail end of this trip.