These gyms have the best views in Hong Kong

Updated on January 24 2017

If you find yourself staring wistfully at fitness blogs but can’t bring yourself to exercise outdoors, just look around, or rather, up: Hong Kong is home to some of the tallest skyscrapers in the world, and also boasts gyms with some of the best views the city can offer. For a workout that will leave you feeling on top of the world, head to one of these sky-high fitness studios.

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Pure Fitness, California Tower

For being one of the largest gym chains in the city, Pure Fitness sure knows how to pick their locations, with plentiful views at many of their workout centres. One of the newest branches takes up six floors of California Tower, and famously incorporates a 270-degree screen in its state-of-the-art, immersive fitness studio, which means you get to exercise against the visual treat of a cinematic world on-screen — synced to your workout, of course. With high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows, the gym itself also offers gorgeous views of Central, whether you’re exercising during the day or at night. Memberships start at HK$899 plus a one-time joining fee.

Open: Mon–Sat, 6am–midnight; Sun & Public Holidays, 8am–10pm.

Pure Fitness, 18/F, California Tower, 32 D’Aguilar Street, Central, Hong Kong; +852 8200 0032, pure-fitness.com

Pure Yoga, Tsim Sha Tsui

Whether you’re new to yoga or as bendy as a pretzel, Pure Yoga’s spacious branch at the Peninsula Office Tower, which towers above Tsim Sha Tsui, is where you’ll want to head for enviable and motivational views of the harbour — perfect for centring yourself after a long day at the office. Memberships start at HK$899 per month on top of a one-time joining fee.

Open: Mon–Fri, 6:45am–11pm; Sat, Sun & Public Holiday, 8:30am–8pm.

Pure Yoga, 14/F, The Peninsula Office Tower, 18 Middle Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong; +852 8129 8800, pure-yoga.com/hongkong

Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong

Located on the 24th floor, the Mandarin Oriental’s fitness centre is prized for its state-of-the-art equipment, which are installed with a ‘TGS’ key that remembers each guest’s workout stats and personalised programmes. Open around the clock, the gym offers prime views of Victoria Harbour at any time of day, as well as tranquil views overlooking Statue Square and Chater Road. For a discreet and exclusive place to exercise, go for the fitness membership, which gets you access to The Mandarin Spa’s facilities, a complimentary hotel stay and more, all for a joining fee of HK$7,000 and an annual fee of HK$55,000.

Open: 24 hours for in-house guests, 6am10pm for the public.

24/F, Mandarin Oriental, 5 Connaught Road, Central, Hong Kong; +852 2825 4888, mandarinoriental.com

Fit Gym, W Hong Kong

Perched on the 73rd floor overlooking the harbour from West Kowloon, the spacious, 130-sq.-metre Fit Gym at W Hong Kong features window-facing treadmills and plenty of natural light — perfect to boost your energy for a high-octane workout. Aside from being able to take your pick from state-of-the-art Technogym equipment, an annual membership (starting at HK$42,500) gets you access to the WET deck swimming pool, Harbourview Vitality Pool, sauna and steam room. You’ll also receive five complimentary personal training sessions, free spa treatments and discounts all year round.

Open: 24 hours.

73/F, W Hong Kong, 1 Austin Road West, West Kowloon, Hong Kong; +852 3717 2222, w-hongkong.com

Health Club, Cordis Hong Kong

The 41st-floor fitness centre at Cordis was recently refurbished into a full-blown health club, featuring two new training studios to complement its original gym, the 20-metre rooftop heated swimming pool, and the hotel’s iconic Chuan Spa — all with circular views of the Hong Kong cityscape. The group exercise studio isn’t your average aerobics room, providing the city’s only Fitness on Demand system, which allows guests to create a custom workout from a library of more than 600 dance and fitness video courses. If you’re looking for individual guidance, the functional training studio is designed with interactive flooring to shake up your routine during personal training sessions. Beyond access to the health club facilities, an annual membership (starting from HK$22,500 for a joint membership) also gets you access to health clubs at any of Cordis’ sister hotels for a total of seven days, an initial fitness appraisal, discounts for Chuan Spa, and more.

Open: 24 hours.

41/F, Cordis, 555 Shanghai Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong; +852 3552 3510, cordishotels.com

Health Club, Hotel Icon

Can you imagine training while watching fireworks light up the harbour? For a stunning look at the best part of the skyline, make a visit to the ninth-floor health club at Hotel Icon. Aside from the outdoor heated pool, the gym provides the most up-to-date Technogym cardio and weight-training equipment, not to mention a personal trainer on deck to help you perfect your routine. However, the gym is only open to hotel guests, so you’ll want to keep it in mind for your next staycation.

Open: 24 hours for in-house guests only.

9/F, Hotel Icon, 17 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong; +852 3400 1000, hotel-icon.com

Fitness Centre, Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong

You’ll feel like you’re running through the clouds while you’re up high in the Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong’s fitness centre, which is located on the 118th floor of the ICC. The luxurious hotel spa, swimming pool and gym complex also includes an outdoor terrace with a jacuzzi. The gym itself is equipped with top-of-the-line Technogym machines, including the Kinesis One, an all-in-one pulley weight system that is the stuff of gym rat dreams. After your workout, be sure to spend time at the pool and take in the splendid views of Hong Kong. For a day pass, it’s HK$700 for access to the gym, swimming pool and changing rooms. Annual memberships start from HK$52,000 and HK$92,000 for couples, and include a host of complimentary perks, guest passes and discounts.

Open: 24 hours.

Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, 118/F, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, West Kowloon, Hong Kong; +852 2263 2040, ritzcarlton.com

Fitness Centre, The Peninsula Hong Kong

Previously, discerning exercisers could sign up for a lifetime membership from HK$250,000 per person with a monthly fee of HK$1,500, but these days, access to The Pen’s exclusive fitness centre is by invitation only. This comes as no surprise: to be able to work out at one of Hong Kong’s premier, time-honoured hotels, with windows overlooking the skyline, would cost a pretty penny. On top of the advanced exercise equipment, the whopping 17,000-sq.-ft. fitness centre also includes jacuzzis, saunas, steam rooms and cold plunge tubs.

Open: Daily, 6am–9:30pm.

7/F, The Peninsula Hong Kong, Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong; +852 2920 2888, hongkong.peninsula.com

The Edge Fitness Center

If you’re lucky enough to have a membership at the American Club, you probably know about its Country Club fitness centre, The Edge, which gives you a breathtaking view of Tai Tam Bay seen from the cliffs above — how’s that for a dramatic workout? If you’re not keen on treadmills, The Edge also has plenty of fun facilities to keep you entertained and your workout routine challenging, such as a 40-ft. rock climbing wall, squash courts, basketball court, tennis courts, driving range, and plenty more. Sound like your type of place? Good news: one-year temporary memberships set you back an annual fee of HK$45,600, with a monthly fee of HK$1,800. The catch is, you have to be proposed and seconded by two Active Voting Members with 12 months standing. It also gets you access to the Town Club over in Exchange Square, which boasts equally splendid views of the harbour.

Open: Daily from 5am–11pm.

The Country Club, 28 Tai Tam Road, Tai Tam, Hong Kong; +852 2842 7400, americanclubhk.com