Luxury Nightlife at the W Hong Kong Pool Party
Last month, a good friend celebrated her birthday. She decided to enjoy her birthday weekend in Hong Kong and invited us to join in the festivities. We’ll take any reason to go to Hong Kong and enjoy the dim sum, so we booked our flights and hotel for a three-day weekend in Hong Kong. The birthday girl originally wanted to rent a yacht for the evening, but things didn’t work out. Luckily, about a week before we were going, she found out that the W Hong Kong Pool Party was taking place on her birthday! This pool party blurs the lines between club events and pool parties and sets the standard for a fun night out. Here’s what you need to know if you’re planning on checking this Hong Kong pool party out:
The W Hong Kong Summer Pool Party Series
Hong Kong has amazing nightlife and the W Hong Kong hosts some of the best luxe events in the city. In the summer, the 5-star hotel throws multiple pool parties, attracting partiers from all over. On these nights the WET Pool, located on the 76th floor, turns into a club from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. with music from top DJs, live entertainment, drinking, and dancing. After that, the party continues on the 6th floor at the WOO Bar until late.
Get the Free-Flow Tickets
Three types of tickets are available for the event: the single shot (HKD 380), the WIP free-flow until 12:00 a.m.(HKD888), and the WIP free-flow until 2:00 a.m (HKD1,288). Tickets can be bought in advance online here. Likewise, the single shot and free-flow until 12:00 a.m. tickets can also be purchased at the door for an additional HKD100. Unless you are on a strict diet and refraining from drinking any alcohol, the free-flow tickets are probably your best option. Also, you don’t have to worry about carrying around money if you get one of the free-flow tickets; just show your event wristband and enjoy the endless amounts of champagne! When we went, we purchased the free-flow until 12:00a.m. because we figured we would have had enough alcohol by midnight and could just purchase the extra drink or two at the afterparty if need be.
Don’t Overthink the Dress Code
While the theme of the W Hong Kong pool party series changes yearly, attendees aren’t expected to dress according to it (although, you can if you want). WET Pool is located outside, so dress for the Hong Kong heat. Think short skirts, denim shorts, t-shirts, polo tops, button down shirts, dresses. Feel free to dress up your look with some accessories. Wear shoes that won’t get ruined or feel uncomfortable when wet. Many people wear sandals, but slip-ons and heels are also common. Also, wear your bathing suit underneath your clothes because the bathroom stalls aren’t large enough to change. And if you’re going to the afterparty at the WOO Bar, consider your comfort in the A/C, as well.
Leave Your Things at the Cloak Room
Anything you bring to the 76th floor, you will need to carry with you or throw in a corner. So if you’re planning on going into the pool, which is understandable since it’s a pool party, you should leave your things at the cloak room. You will receive a small, see-through waterproof bag when you collect your ticket. This bag is for use around the pool. Use it to store any essentials like money or I.D., and leave the rest at the cloak room downstairs. This service is free for the whole event.
Bring a Waterproof Phone
Don’t forget to make some memories! Bring a waterproof phone and capture those Hong Kong pool party moments. When we went, I was so happy to have the iPhone 7+ and be able to take photos and videos in the pool without worrying. If you’re going into the pool, you’ll need a waterproof phone. You can hold your phone above the water or put it in the waterproof bag, but I wouldn’t recommend it. If you’re just staying poolside you can get away with a normal phone, but be aware that people jump in the pool and splash water everywhere.