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Coolest Open-to-the-Public Swimming Pools in and around Cape Town
Your guide to some of the coolest places to swim in and around the Mother City
Last updated: 11 November 2016
Summertime is when our pretty city comes alive, and to beat the sizzling temperatures, most locals and visitors descend on the watering holes dotted around the city. Whilst the beaches are certainly beautiful, missioning to these sandy spots can be tedious, so we’ve put together a list of swimming pools, smack bang, in and around the city centre (convenient, hey?).
Whether you enjoy swimming in an Olympic-sized public pool or prefer to have a quick dip in one of Cape Town’s lavish hotel water features, you’ll surely find a swimming spot in our collection where you can get wet ‘n wild or simply cool down and chill out.
Zenith Pool Deck and Sky Bar at the Cape Royale Hotel
Some would say they have the best rooftop view in Cape Town, and since we agree, then they certainly do. Go and have a swim, in the inviting deep blue water, at the Zenith Pool Deck and Sky Bar, while catching the last rays of the sun bouncing off the stadium. You can also order an expertly-mixed cocktail or indulge in their mouth-watering sushi, noodles & tapas. Do you want to know what the best part is? Entrance is absolutely free! So if you’re a keen sun-seeker and cocktail-drinker, the Zenith Pool Deck and Sky Bar is most definitely for you.
Opening hours: Monday – Sunday: 8:30am – 11pm
47 Main Rd | Green Point | +27 (0) 21 430 0500
The Cape Milner Hotel
Have you ever enjoyed the most spectacular view of Table Mountain, from a poolside lounger? If not, here is your chance to do exactly that. Come and observe the most beautiful panoramic view of Table Mountain from a comfortable poolside lounger. If taking a dip in the pool is not your thing on this specific day, save those laps and order some battered fish or grilled steak to enjoy and soak in the great atmosphere of this venue. This is definitely for lovers of the sun. Just a minimum spend of R100 grants you access to the lounge and swim as you wish.
Opening hours: Monday – Sunday: 12am – 12pm
Cost: Minimum spend of R150 secures yourself a spot on one of their loungers and access to their swimming pool
2 Milner Rd | Tamboerskloof | +27 (0) 21 426 1101
Shimmy Beach Club
The Shimmy Beach Club is best known for being one of Cape Town’s premier ocean-front dining and lifestyle venues. Not only is Shimmy popular for its lifestyle events and hosting some of SA’s finest, they also have the most beautiful marvel of a man-made beach. The Shimmy man-made beach is a beautiful area to spend your summer days soaking up some sun. You can hire out their loungers, gazebos and enjoy their VIP pool. This is the ideal venue for family events, and cocktail parties and of course, an occasional dip in the pool.
Opening hours: Monday – Sunday: 11am – 4am
Costs: Book a sun lounger at R150 for the day or a cabana for 10 people at R5000 (including food & drinks).
12 South Arm Road | V&A Waterfront | +27 (0) 21 200 7778
Muizenberg Water Slides
Have you imagined going down a waterslide and splashing into the coolest aqua in Cape Town? Go and make that dream a reality with the Muizenberg waterslides. Muizenberg Water Slides offer three water slides which range from the ‘advanced’ slide, one straight and fast ‘speed’ slide, and one ‘junior’ slide for smaller kids. There are water slides suitable for children, three and older. Lifeguards are on duty to ensure the children's safety. Go and experience a life where load-shedding and even water restrictions are a mere fable because Muizenberg Water Slides recycles their pool water so they do not have to worry about any of those. Their pools are also solar heated, talk about an eco-friendly hang-out! You know where Muizenberg Beach is? The Water Slides are just a few steps away.
Opening hours: Monday – Friday: 1:30pm – 5:30pm, Saturday and Sunday: 9:30am – 5:30pm (Open from Mid-September to April)
Costs: Spectators R15p/p, 1 hour pass R45, full day pass R85, late pass R65 (from 2pm – 5:30pm), night slides R55 (Friday nights: 6pm – 9pm)
Beach Rd | Muizenberg | +27 (0) 82 454 5023
Romney Park All Suite Hotel and Spa
This hotel is centrally located in the Atlantic Seaboard, so the Romney Park‘s hotel pool definitely treats visitors to an exclusive experience. The oasis, of a sort, is situated on the outdoor terrace in between enormous palm trees, wafting in the breeze and it’s all about elegance. Although definitely for chilling out, cooling down and enjoy a freshly made cosmopolitan or two, whilst the avid swimmer can take a lazy lap or three. Speaking of cocktails, there are full bar and restaurant services. Space is limited and the area tends to fill up during peak times. Parents, please note that your kids are allowed to join you, but they they need to be supervised. The unfortunately they don't take group bookings. And guests will need to report to reception on arrival.
Opening hours: Mondays to Sundays: 12pm-6pm
Hill Road | Green Point |+27 (0) 21 439 4555
The Glen Boutique Hotel
A set of turquoise pools, Dionysian cocktails, fashionable swimwear for sale and cosmopolitan atmosphere makes The Glen Boutique Hotel a choice summer spot. Find this happening summer spot in uber-hip Seapoint. Situated on a quiet Sea Point street, this boutique hotel is a classy and upmarket establishment, and its two pools reflect that. Not for the hardcore athlete, the longer 11-m and 7-m pools are perfect for a quick splash and swim in the summer heat. The hotel is definitely about bringing that poolside vibe, and with 42 loungers, bar and restaurant service, any guest can come and get their tan on. For those not in the know – this hotel is known for being LGBTQ-friendly. The space is limited and entry is granted on a first-come, first-served basis.
Opening hours: Mondays to Sundays: 8am-9pm; All year round
3 The Glen Road | Sea Point | +27 (0) 21 439 0086
Long Street Baths
Nestled in the heart of the Mother City’s bustling, infamous Long Street, this renowned indoor swimming pool and Turkish bath facility is popular with locals and visitors alike. Known to be chock-a-block during the peak summer season, this pool can house up to 600 people; luckily, there are always lifeguards on duty. Perfect for eager swimmers wanting to do laps, the 25m pool is ideal for anyone wanting to blow off some steam. Little ones can jump into the shallow 7m kiddies pool for a splash. The Turkish baths are separately restricted to men only and women only times, throughout the week, so be sure to consult the pool directly for more information.
Opening hours: Mondays – Sundays: 7am-7pm; All year round
Costs: R22p/p for adults, R11p/p for children (under 16), R254p/p for a monthly membership, Turkish bath access costs R60p/p for one hour, R113p/p for the full two to three hours, R18p/p to use the shower facilities
NOTE: Long Street Baths will be open for October 2017 School Holidays (1 - 8 October 2017) but due to Level 5 Water Restrictions they will be closed of the summer season (1 December 2017 - 31 January 2018). For a list of which public pools will be open this season click here.
Cnr Long & Orange streets | City Centre | +27 (0) 21 422 0100
By Alyx Carolus
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