Best swimming pools in Saigon Hotels

Ho Chi Minh City is full of quality hotels, with new ones being added all the time. Of course, 5-star hotels have swimming pools, but which ones have the best? We surveyed the top ones to help you choose which pool suits your needs best. They are all great places to relax, but some are designed more for just relation, whilst others are designed for serious swimming. Which have the best views and which have the best facilities? Read on to find out.

Villa Song

Address: 197/2 Nguyen Van Huong, Thao Dien, District 2
Phone: +84 8 3744 6090
Opening hours: 24 hours but the pool is unsupervised after 6 p.m.
Best for: Serious swimmers, ambience
Cost for non residents: This pool is not open to non residents
Dress code: Appropriate swimwear
Pool parties: No, unless a party books all 23 rooms, then it can be arranged
Spa / fitness / pool membership: All these facilities are purely for hotel guests

Villa Song is a high class boutique hotel in District 2’s Thao Dien area, on what is known by locals as the Loop, the main road that loops through the whole area. They have a delightful 25 metre pool that utilises 80% salt crystals and 20% chlorine, providing a healthy environment in which to swim. It’s a scenic spot with sun loungers on one side of the water and sofa and tables on the other. There are plenty of shrubs and trees to create a green space for bathers to enjoy. The hotel has created something quite special here. They have one of the best swimming pools in Saigon.

Thao Dien Village

Address: 189-197, 197/1 Nguyen Van Huong, Thao Dien Ward, District 2
Phone: +84 8 3744 2222
Opening hours: 8:00 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Best for: Lounging and bathing, ambience
Cost for non residents: Hotel guests free - non residents pay VND295,000 for a day pass
Dress code: Appropriate swimwear
Pool parties: Parties can book in advance
Spa / fitness / pool membership: Packages are available for 1, 3, 6, and 12 month memberships

This is a very impressive spa and pool in beautiful surroundings. The Authentic Spa at Thao Dien Village is by the bank of the Saigon River, in the Thao Dien area of District 2. It is next door to Villa Song. The entrance is through an arch of beautiful blossoming trees, and through the open air reception area. The pool is a thin strip with a children’s splash area at each end. The real plus here is that it is right on the river’s edge. The loungers and adjacent restaurant make for a very special place to relax. It is hard to imagine that you are in the city. For ambience and scenery this is one of the best swimming pools in Saigon.

Le Méridien Saigon

Address: 3C Ton Duc Thang Street, District 1
Phone: +84 8 6263 6688
Opening hours: 6 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Best for: Serious swimmers, dynamic views
Cost for non residents: Daily ticket VND500,000, including sauna
Dress code: Appropriate swimwear
Pool parties: Possible for a private function
Sauna / fitness / pool membership: Yes

The 9th floor of Le Meridien is a lovely place in the centre of town. The swimming pool here is 26 metres in length but quite narrow. It does, though, offer an amazing view across the river into District 2. The view is slowly changing as developments on both sides of the river improve the whole Ba Son docklands and Thu Thiem areas. The hotel offers a sauna, gym and swimming package to non hotel guests. This is a pure salt water pool, which of course is a healthier option. The pool is 1.2 metre in depth, making it a nice area to simply lounge around and watch the view.

Saigon Domaine

Address: 1057 Binh Quoi, Binh Thanh District
Phone: +84 8 3556 6163
Dress code: Appropriate swimwear
Opening hours: 6 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Best for: Family fun, ambience
Cost for non residents: VND300,000 for a one day pass, open to public with a gym membership
Dress code: Appropriate swimwear
Pool parties: Family based parties on occasion, low key
Spa / fitness / pool membership: Yes

Just out of the city on the island of Thanh Da, Saigon Domaine really is an escape from the city without actually leaving it. Situated directly on the bank of the Saigon River it faces the underdeveloped area of Binh Thanh - Thanh Da island. The area is an oasis of calm. The pool is medium sized, more suited to bathing than serious swimming. But the area is very nicely laid out and the perfect place in which to get away from the city and smog, and just relax. There are plenty of trees and greenery surrounding it. This must be one of the best weekend getaways and one of the best swimming pools in Ho Chi Minh City.

Intercontinental Asiana Saigon

Address: Corner of Hai Ba Trung & Le Duan, District 1
Phone: +84 8 3520 9999
Opening hours: 6 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Best for: Lounging and bathing, family fun
Cost for non residents: Day pass is VND450++ for adults and VND270++ for children
Dress code: No denim shorts or shorts with excessive buttons or zippers
Pool parties: No
Spa / fitness / pool membership: Available

A leading 5-star hotel in the centre of HCMC’s business district, this offers all you would expect of a hotel of this standing. The pool is up on the third floor and first impressions are, well, impressive. It’s a medium sized, glass-sided affair in a really pleasant surrounding. This is a great place for families to sit and watch their children from an underwater perspective. The loungers and cafe style seating are nice and the whole area is a lovely place to spend time.

Sofitel Saigon Plaza

Address: 17 Le Duan, District 1
Phone: +84 8 38241555
Opening hours: 6 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Best for: Lounging and bathing, family fun
Cost for non residents: Hotel guests and gym members only
Dress code: Appropriate swimwear
Pool Parties: Occasional
Spa / fitness / pool membership: No

The Sofitel Saigon Plaza is of course everything that people have grown to expect from the group. The spa and pool area is high class. The water is kept in immaculate condition as is the whole area. There is a bar and poolside restaurant with tables, chairs, loungers and stunning views of the city from a unique perspective. The purple upholstery lends an air of richness to the place. This is an oval shaped pool with a separate jacuzzi, situated on the 18th floor. Guests and gym members swimming here will get a real sense of getting away from the chaos of Ho Chi Minh City.

Lotte Legend Hotel

Address: 2A-4A Ton Duc Thang, Ben Nghe, District 1, HCMC
Phone: +84 8 3823 3333
Opening hours: 6 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Best for: Family fun, lounging and bathing
Cost for non residents: Membership available for outside visitors
Dress code: Appropriate swimwear
Pool parties: No
Spa / fitness / pool membership: Combined membership available (5:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.)

Lotte Legend Hotel

The Lotte Legend hotel occupies a much bigger space than is first obvious. As you enter through the superb atrium and dining room, the pool area is to the rear. It is a large (in fact the largest hotel pool in the city) circular pool with a separate jacuzzi. The pool is due for a renovation and will be closed throughout August and September. A new pool bar is being added and also better access to the gardens, which are also used for wedding parties, etc. This is a really nice space with both sunny and shaded areas, lots of greenery and a real feel of being out of the city. This is more a pool for bathing and having fun with the family. By its design it is not aimed at serious swimmers. It is though an excellent facility. They have a great Sunday Brunch deal open to all for VND1,050,000++, 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., which includes free access to the pool.

Renaissance Riverside Hotel

Address: 8-15 Ton Duc Thang, District 1,
Phone: +84 8 3822 0033
Opening hours: 6 a.m. - 6 p.m. (for non residents); 6 a.m. - 9 p.m. (for residents)
Best for: Family fun, lounging and bathing
Cost for non residents: One day pass is VND300,000
Dress code: Appropriate swimwear
Pool parties: Yes, every weekend, and bookings for private parties.
Spa / fitness / pool membership: Yes

The hotel was opened in 1999 but the pool area was completely renovated in 2015, creating a pool bar area with a two storey sky bar above it. Occupying one of the most prestigious addresses in town, the views from this 22nd floor location are incredible. It is one of the best places for views along the Saigon River. During the day this is a quiet, laid-back area but by night it’s a busy place. At the weekends they have DJs and a barbecue and the vibe really gets going. It’s a small to medium sized pool but perfectly adequate for someone doing lengths. This is a superb area to sit, relax with a drink and take a dip when Saigon’s heat gets to you. If a pool bar with an upbeat ambiance is your thing, this is the place for you.

Reverie

Address: 22-36 Nguyen Hue Boulevard, District 1
Phone: +84 8 3823 6688
Opening hours: 6 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Best for: Ambience, lounging and bathing
Cost for non residents: Exclusive for hotel and apartment residents
Dress code: Appropriate swimwear, though moving around the hotel they expect smart dress and closed shoes
Pool parties: No
Spa / fitness / pool membership: No

The Reverie opened its doors to the public in September 2015 and is one of the most luxurious hotels in Ho Chi Minh City. Everything about it oozes class and the pool is no different. It’s a bather’s pool rather than a swimmer’s, but those wishing to do lengths will find it possible. The chlorine filtered water is immaculately kept and maintained. With underwater piped music, and lighting to match Times Square building’s impressive nighttime light show, this is a very special place to be. The pool furniture was commissioned by top Italian designers B&B Italia, who outsourced the work to world class furniture weavers in the Philippines. The decking, despite only being in place since September last year, has just been completely renewed; such is the attention to detail here. The pool is seven floors up and therefore does not have great city views from which to benefit. The Cafe Cardinal restaurant is open to non residents as is the outdoor seating. A wonderful pool in a wonderful hotel, and set right on Nguyen Hue, the city’s main walking street. Please note that management asks guests to respect the privacy of others and not point cameras at people while at the pool.

New World

Address: 76 Le Lai, District 1
Phone: +84 8 3822 8888
Opening hours: 6 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Best for: Family fun, lounging and bathing
Cost for non residents: Daily fee of VND300,000 pool, VND500,000 pool / sauna / gym
Dress code: Appropriate swimwear
Pool Parties: Every Saturday from November until the end May
Spa / fitness / pool membership: Yes monthly or annually

This is a pleasant outside area, very different from most pools in the centre of town as it is low level. The New World has managed to create a resort right in the city centre; an oasis among the chaos. It has a nice style with sail type umbrellas and canopies surrounding a large oval shaped pool. There is a pleasant poolside bar with TV and music playing. The shower areas have locker rooms and there are good towels and other facilities. Around the poolside are five cabanas which are available to rent on a daily basis. These can also be booked as a part of various packages on pool party days. Adjacent to the pool are beautiful gardens. The seating in the cafe is very comfortable with well upholstered chairs. There is no lifeguard on duty, but hotel staff are in hand to assist guests. This is a great pool for a city based family holiday.

Equatorial

Address: 242 Tran Binh Trong, District 5
Phone: +84 8 3839 7777
Opening hours: 6 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Best for: Serious swimmers, family fun
Cost for non residents: Open to non residents VND500,000 per day pool / gym / sauna / steam
Dress code: Appropriate swimwear
Pool parties: Occasional pool parties
Spa / fitness / pool membership: Monthly membership available

At the point where four of Saigon’s districts all meet, the Hotel Equatorial Ho Chi Minh City offers guests a pleasant 4th floor space in which to swim. If you are after doing some serious lengths, this 24 metre rectangular pool is ideal. It is purified by special salt imported from Thailand, offering bathers a very healthy environment in which to swim. There is a proper sunken poolside bar where guests can sit in the water and enjoy a beer or a cocktail. The area offers no city scape views but does offer privacy. There are cafe style seating and the usual loungers, which, to be honest, do look faded by the Saigon sun. Maybe red was not a great choice. The water gets the highest rating by the city’s health department.

Updated: Feb. 20, 2017

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