Shimao Riviera Garden Pool
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Our undisputed summer favorite once pool season kicks off. This location offers plenty of swimming space with a wave machine that goes off intermittently There is good-sized stretch of beach, with a volleyball court usually set up, and a
paddling pool for smaller kids. When we head here, we stay all day. Oh, and there’s also a workout pool inside if you want to get that beach body ready early.
Shimao Riviera Garden Pool, see listing here.
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With slides, fountains and pool play-things galore, this former French Concession private club turns into a childmagnet come summertime. Even with all the youngsters, the relatively refined atmosphere and excellent location keep us coming back. Drop in during the week for a quieter experience. Oh, and they have an indoor pool too so you can head here all year round.
Ambassy Club, see listing here.
Sofitel Shanghai Sheshan Oriental
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Okay, so it is out of town. But it is worth it. Dotted with islands and playgrounds, the outdoor swimming pool extends 4,400 square meters and is bordered by a beach with real sand… from Vietnam, no less. The poolside bar offers beer, champagne and cocktails and there is also an indoor heated swimming pool. Pair a day here with brunch, or go all out and take a room for the night.
Sofitel Shanghai Sheshan Oriental, see listing here.
JW Marriott Hotel Shanghai at Tomorrow Square
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Located slap bang in the in the center of the city, this is the choice of the idle rich (the prices keep the hoi polloi away). It’s a ritzy rooftop for lounging around, and taking in the view over People’s Park. They have two outdoor pools, one perfect for kids to paddle in, and an indoor one if you want a workout or the weather is inclement. There are always plenty of loungers for a sophisticated snooze and tan. And don’t forget to grab one of those fluffy white robes to wear and feel like a winner.
JW Marriott Hotel Shanghai at Tomorrow Square, see listing here.
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With a swim-up bar that serves drinks and food, and a relatively large water space, this is a hot spot for pool parties, but you don’t need alcohol to have a good time, so kids can also be seen splashing about. Arrive early if you want to find a chair, or even space to drape your towel, as it fills up fast. During parties, drink deals may be included in the entrance fee.
Mandarin City, see listing here.
Jinshan Urban Beach
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We take your swimming pools, and we raise you a beach. A real one. With real sand. By a real sea. Dive into the ocean, frolic in the waves, build sandcastles, play on volleyball courts and enjoy fresh seafood from BBQ pits. And you can get there on a bullet train from Shanghai South Railway Station a couple times an hour, with a journey time of less than half an hour, and have change from a RMB20 note.
Jinshan Urban Beach, see listing here.
[Cover image via Sofitel Shanghai Sheshan Oriental and Dianping]