Water-wise summer: Certain Cape pools to remain open despite water restrictions

2017-10-31 13:18 - Unathi Nkanjeni
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Cape Town - As we know, summertime is a season when the Mother City comes alive and where top buttons and formal shoes are excused. The only thing you need to make a splash is your speedo  or hot bikini  - and endless cocktails of course. 

But as summer fast approaches, the issue of the Cape Town water restrictions are top of mind. The City of Cape Town's Recreation and Parks Department is reducing the number of public swimming pools that will open for business this summer, due to the current drought crisis - with only 12 of the 35 municipal swimming pools expected to be operating during the peak summer season.

SEE: Cape water crisis: City reduces swimming pool access for summer

Swimming pools in Atlantis, Strand, Blue Downs Indoor, Khayelitsha, Bellville, Vulindlela, Retreat, Mnandi, Eastridge, Kensington and Hanover Park will be opened from 1 December 2017 until 31 January 2018, between 10:00 and 16:00 daily.

The Sea Point swimming pool uses seawater and will thus be open from 1 November between 07:00 and 19:00 daily during summer. Added to that, the City's 19 tidal pools will also be open. - A splashy summer to remember! 

However you can also book your lounger at one of these fancy pools:

Zenith Pool Deck and Sky Bar at the Cape Royale Hotel

Go and have a swim in the inviting deep blue water, at the Zenith Pool Deck and Sky Bar, while enjoying the rays of the sun bouncing off the stadium. 

To gain access, you can order an expertly-mixed cocktail or indulge in sushi, noodles & tapas. And the best part? Entrance is free.

Opening hours: Monday – Sunday: 8:00 – 12:00

Costs: Free, well besides paying for meal and drinks 

The Cape Milner Hotel

For a spectacular view of Table Mountain, the Cape Milner Hotel pool is the best place to observe this most beautiful panoramic view from a comfortable poolside lounger.

By just spending a minimum of R100, you get access to the lounge and the pool. 

Opening hours: Monday – Sunday: 08:00 – 12:00

Cost: Minimum spend of R100 and get yourself a spot on one of their  pool-side loungers. 

Shimmy Beach Club

One of Cape Town’s premier ocean-front dining and lifestyle venues, Shimmy is not only popular for its lifestyle events and hosting some of SA’s finest, they also have the most beautiful manmade beach. 

This is the ideal venue for family events, and cocktail parties and of course, an occasional dip in the pool.

Opening hours: Monday – Sunday: 11:00 – 04:00 at the latest, and Sunday 11:00 to 02:00

Costs: Book a sun lounger for R150 for the day or a cabana for 10 people at R5 000 (including food & drinks)

Romney Park‘s hotel pool 

Located along the Atlantic Seaboard, the Romney Park‘s hotel pool definitely treats visitors to an exclusive experience. The oasis, of sorts, is situated on the outdoor terrace in between enormous palm trees, wafting in the breeze and it’s all about elegance. 

Unfortunately, the hotel does not take group bookings. And guests will need to report to reception on arrival.

Opening hours: Mondays - Sundays: 12:00 -18:00

Costs: Spend a minimum of R150 per person a at the bar to secure your lounger and towel. 

The Glen Boutique Hotel

A set of turquoise pools, Dionysian cocktails, fashionable swimwear for sale and cosmopolitan atmosphere are one of the things that make The Glen Boutique Hotel a choice summer spot.

Situated in Sea Point, this boutique hotel is a classy and upmarket establishment, and its two pools reflect that. They are perfect for a quick splash and swim in the summer heat. 

Unfortunately, space is limited and entry is granted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Opening hours: Mondays- Sundays: 08:00 -21:00 

Costs: Spend a minimum of R120 per person to gain access

Keep it natural at one of these tidal pools

For those who aren't familiar with tidal pools, these are rocky pools built along the city's coastline and provide a safe, family-friendly place to swim and play along the coastline.

Camps Bay Tidal Pool 

Where: Victoria Road, Camps Bay

Dalebrook Tidal Pool 

Where: Off Main Road, Dalebrook 

Glencairn Tidal Pool 

Where: Glencairn Beach, Glencairn

Harmony Park Tidal Pool

Where: Jan Bruin Street, Strand

Monwabisi Tidal Pool 

Where: Off Baden Powell Drive, Khayelitsha 

Keep these pool safety tips in mind:

Install adequate safety measures
Spend money on swimming lessons
Be vigilant around the pool
Be a good swimming role model
Kids and Alcohol are never a good combo

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