Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2008

4. The Intercontinental's Infinity Pools

Having a soak at the Intercontinental on Kowloon, is not a cheap proposition, since you will either need to be a hotel guest (about $350 and up per night) or a day client of the spa (which costs about the same). But here's what you get in return: an impeccably landscaped, third-floor spa deck, located right on the edge of Victoria Harbor; three infinity pools maintained at different temperatures — cold, warm and hot — with water that appears to sluice magically into the sea; a front-row view of the Hong Kong skyline; the ministrations of "pool butlers," who soundlessly replenish drinks and supply facial mists; and a feeling of ineffable smugness as you gaze down upon the tourists, sweating it out on the harborside walk below. One of Hong Kong's most sublime secrets. (Nearest MTR: Tsim Sha Tsui)