The Most Beautiful Swimming Pools Around the World
The first official day of summer is June 21, and to kick off those long days spent lounging poolside, we’ve rounded up the most breathtaking and unique swimming pools from around the world. Prepare yourself for a serious case of FOMO as you browse through our list—from swimming on the edge of a skyscraper to a pool shaped like the state of Texas, you’ll be inspired to book your next vacation to one of these exciting destinations with the most beautiful swimming pools around the world.
Heated to 82° and open year-round, the pools at Enchantment provide an idyllic setting for soaking up the serenity of Sedona. The main pool area features an outdoor swimming pool, a whirlpool, and a seasonal pool bar that offers light fare menu items in addition to a variety of beverages. The resort’s outdoor pool offers panoramic views of red buttes as far as the eye can see and the angular design was created to unify the pool with the resort’s surrounding Boynton Canyon. Enchantment has two additional satellite pools that can be found on the property as well, and there are also four Pool Suites—two with private pools and two with private spa pools. Each suite is available as either a one or two-bedroom configuration so that guests can make the most of their stay.
The largest infinity-edge pool in Phoenix and Scottsdale is flanked by captivating fire bowls and overlooks the red rock tumble of the resort’s namesake mountain. Poolside cabanas offer chaise lounge chairs, cooling fans, refrigerated refreshments, and a television. Guests can enjoy poolside meals and are regularly treated to chilled fruit and other complimentary gifts from Sanctuary staff while they lounge.
Nestled in the Southern Tower’s courtyard, the hotel pool is modeled after actress Sophia Loren’s private Italian villa. Guests enjoy comfortable day beds, lounge chairs, and private cabanas with televisions—including refreshing fruit bowls and Moët Champagne served poolside.
The iconic hotel, which was a favorite among celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, and Elizabeth Taylor, has music playing underwater in the swimming pool. Guests also enjoy complimentary refreshments like frozen peanut butter cups, mini soft-serve cones, and mojito pops served throughout the day. The hotel also keeps guests feeling and looking refreshed with Evian mist and complimentary sunglass cleaning. Luxury cabanas adorned in the hotel’s signature palm print stocked with refreshments and amenities such as Wi-Fi and LCD televisions are also available by reservation.
With 19 therapeutic pools across the property, there is something for everyone at Glen Ivy Hot Springs. In addition to the Shallow Lounge Pool (pictured), there are Mineral Baths, a Saline Pool, Hot and Cold Plunge Pools, a Lap Pool, Vista Pool, North and South Pools, and Roman Baths to round out the hydrotherapy experience.
For more than 70 years, the iconic oval-shaped pool has been the focal point of life at Hotel Bel-Air. Once a former horse-riding ring for the Bell estate, the swimming pool is surrounded by hanging palms and cascading blooms. The pool is heated to 82 degrees for year-round enjoyment. Guests are refreshed with hourly, seasonal ‘pop-up refreshments’ such as ice cream sundaes, chocolate-dipped banana coins, frozen grape skewers, push pops, and mini lemonade slushes. Poolside cuisine is presented by Wolfgang Puck, and lunch, snacks, and an array of speciality cocktails may also be enjoyed in this ideal setting. Sunglasses cleaning and luxurious skin care products courtesy of Hotel Bel-Air Spa are also available, including sunscreen lotion and soothing tonic.
The hotel’s saline swimming pool, which is heated year-round, continues to delight those who seek its refreshing waters, as well as those who simply desire a pleasant place to sunbathe. In the summertime from Memorial Day to Labor Day, relax by the pool and enjoy delicious bites and signature cocktails from The Hideaway Pool Bar.
The heart of Spa Montage Beverly Hills is a spacious co-ed mineral wellness pool located in a lavish atrium which is bathed in natural sunlight that filters through generous sky lights. Perched on top of this urban oasis, the rooftop pool at Montage Beverly Hills boasts impressive views of the Los Angeles skyline, the Hollywood sign in the Hollywood Hills, Rodeo Drive—and on clear days, guests can see all the way to the ocean.
Montage Laguna Beach just completed a comprehensive renovation and its pool is one of the property’s focal points of the property. From the renovated lobby, guests can gaze at the crystal-blue waters and also see the dark blue horizon of the Pacific. In the Mosaic Pool, guests can relax while listening to the sounds of waves crashing into the cliffside. Also, the team planted herb gardens between the cabanas at Mosaic to add to poolside cocktails as fresh organic garnishes. Bartenders-turned-urban-gardeners at the cabanas will have access to organic produce grown directly next to the cabanas at the poolside gardens that double as privacy shrubs.
The hotel pool at Mr. C Beverly Hills features 4500 square-feet with a poolside bar and dining options. Luxury cabanas are fully furnished with seating for up to six people, and feature curtains for shade or privacy, a 42" flat screen HDTV with extensive HD programming and international channels, and a refreshment center stocked with chilled water and towels. Cabanas have two reserved lounge chairs in front of the cabana.
Offering a variety of pools for every mood, the iconic Parker Palm Springs hotel has a Silicon Valley Pool for all ages, the ultra-chic indoor saline Palm Springs Yacht Club Indoor Pool (pictured), and the adults-only Gene Autry Pool.
The Cove is the property’s 4.5-acre tropical oasis that brings comfort, cool, and the ultimate tropical chill to Pechanga. It features three pools, including a zero-edge Main Pool that features a swim-up bar, a Family Pool with two waterslides and a splash pad, and five spas. The Cove also has an emerald-green grassy area perfect for gatherings, parties, or small weddings under the Southern California sun.
The rooftop pool is adorned with Swarovski crystals lining its interior and offers stunning views of Los Angeles. It features five private cabanas for ultra-comfortable lounging, and is located near the hotel’s trendy lounge, Above SIXTY, which serves a tasty menu of dishes provided by the in-house restaurant.
Surrounded by spectacular views of Los Angeles and Beverly Hills, the jewel-like Altitude Pool deck offers a seductive environment of glamour and comfort. Enjoy dedicated poolside service while you luxuriate in signature cocktails and light fare by Chef José Andrés. A limited amount of lounge chairs are available on a first-come-first-serve basis for hotel guests only; cabana reservations are strongly encouraged for parties of three or more. On weekends from 2 to 6 p.m., the pool area transforms into a poolside lounge with DJs spinning open format music.
A Southern California oasis, Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes features four sparkling salt water pools with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, private cabanas, family-friendly amenities, and delectable food and beverage offerings. The Main Resort Pool (pictured) includes a 140-foot water slide, splash pad, private cabanas, and poolside games. The property also has the Cielo Point Pool, which is for adults only and has private cabanas and stunning views of Catalina Island; the Vista Pool, a saltwater pool with a hot tub for ages 13 and older that offer stunning views of the Pacific Ocean; and the Spa Pool, a 25-meter pool in a serene setting reserved for spa guests with spectacular ocean views, private cabanas, and fire pits.
The historic pool at the iconic hotel was inaugurated by film star and competitive swimmer, Esther Williams, who swam through white gardenias in 1955. Throughout the years, it remains a popular celebrity destination—fans remember the 1999 Golden Globe Awards when Angelina Jolie, after winning the award for Best Performance by an Actress for her role in Gia, took a post-show dip in the pool wearing her designer gown! The pool, which is located near the hotel’s CIRCA 55 Restaurant, offers poolside dining, signature Beverly Hilton pool rafts, daybeds, and fire pit seating areas.
An elegant hideaway since 1927 and one of two hotels, the historic Inn is home to a historic tiled, spring-fed swimming pool (which maintains a pleasant temperature of 87 degrees) with beautiful views of the surrounding desert and mountains. Soak in the spring-fed waters, sample the treatments offered in the new and nurturing spa, and seek midday shade under the cabanas.
The hotel’s rooftop terrace pool offers stunning 360-degree views of Los Angeles, the Hollywood Hills, and the iconic Hollywood sign. The cabana service can accommodate up to 12 people, and includes a carafe of mimosas or sangria. For those with children, the hotel offers a selection of courtesy poolside amenities, including fresh robes, pool toys, hooded towels, and sunscreen.
Available exclusively for hotel guests, the sparkling rooftop infinity pool offers breathtaking 360-degree views of the city. For an ultra-luxurious experience, six private VIP cabanas are available for rent—each complete with La Prairie sunscreen, Voss water, soft drinks, Wi-Fi, a flat screen television, and a fruit bowl.
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One of four swimming pools at the property, the 30,000 square-foot Center Pool has all the ingredients for a perfect day: cabanas, day beds, and 180-degree ocean views. Be sure to check out the hotel’s other pools, including the nature-inspired Cabana Pool, beachside South Pool, and Rooftop Pool located 18 stories above the beach.
It's always summer in Miami Beach! The hotel’s pools offer a setting of shaded palm trees and a poolside team to accommodate and anticipate your needs. Relax and unwind at the adults-only Cabana Pool (pictured) or escape the heat at the Cadillac Pool with the whole family.
Located in the heart of Central Florida, HRH Orlando offers a unique, family-friendly aquatic experience, complete with a 12,000 sq. ft. beach-style, award-winning pool, and underwater music system so guests will never miss a beat. From hula-hoop contests to ping-pong tournaments, the spectacular swimming pool offers a wide variety of entertainment options.
The pool offers a panoramic view over Biscayne Bay, Brickell, Coconut Grove, and South Beach, and the luxury poolside cabanas are fully furnished with seating for up to five people, featuring curtains for shade or privacy with a refreshment center stocked with chilled water and towels. Guests can also enjoy a poolside bar and dining options.
Located on its own private stretch of sand, the AAA Four Diamond-rated all-suite resort has a heated infinity-edge pool that offers ocean views. Poolside cabanas include a day bed, three lounge chairs, towels, a flat screen TV, and a mini fridge stocked with sodas, water, and fruit. A dedicated server is also on hand to take orders and serve drinks.
Boasting four unique pools, including an oceanfront adults-only lap pool, multipurpose family and lap pool with youth-friendly water depth and water slide, zero-entry children’s wading pool, and secluded adults-only leisure pool, Ponte Vedra Inn & Club guarantees a splashing good time for all guests. In addition to the Inn’s family and adults-only pools, The Spa at Ponte Vedra Inn & Club features its own specialty pool with therapy grottos and a trickling waterfall to encourage peace of mind and full-body relaxation.
Shore Club's two elevated infinity-edge pools are among South Beach’s most popular hotspots, featuring relaxed lounging areas with enormous custom tufted beds, covered in hand-painted pillows and large painted throws by artists Izhar Patkin and Kim MacConnel. Both the pool and beach are full-service and offer a select menu of small, healthy bites and signature cocktails.
Centrally located between the pools and surrounded by white sheer curtains, Rumbar offers 75 different rums in an intimate space, while Sandbar, located in its own private setting in the sand, lends itself to smaller private parties and gatherings.
Originally built in the 1940s, The Confidante is a nostalgic and playful celebration of its retro-glam roots. Lounge under a colorful cabana or bungalow at one of the two heated outdoor pools—including an adults-only pool. Poolside service includes a personal attendant so you can delight in the sunshine with specialty cocktails and casual cuisine.
Offering two outdoor swimming pool options, the resort houses a glistening family-friendly pool complete with a lazy river and a quaint adults-only pool for guests looking for tranquil relaxation. When in need for vitamin sea, visitors can escape to the property’s additional 1.3 miles of private, unspoiled beach. In addition, the resort offers on-property amenities such as the nature-inspired Salamander Spa, sun-lit fitness center, and a gulf-to-table restaurant—all setting the perfect tone for creating unforgettable memories.
Discover an urban retreat with resort-style amenities in the heart of the city at W Miami. Bask in the Florida sun as you sip on cocktails on the 15th floor terrace and take in stunning views by the Wet Deck Pool, or retreat, detoxify and energize at Iconbrickell's Philippe Starck-designed SPA—which features an expansive water lounge, refreshment bar, and plunge pool.
Set above the turquoise waters of Kapalua Bay, Hawaii, the Sunset Pool is set amongst tropical gardens displaying local Hawaiian flora and cascades down three levels. With breathtaking and unparalleled views of the Pacific Ocean, this pool is a grand display of Hawaii’s connection with water in the most luxurious way.
Seamlessly blending classic Hawaiian hospitality with modern sophistication, this spectacular oceanfront destination on Waikiki Beach features freshwater swimming pools, a 70-foot long waterslide, and sweeping ocean views. Cozy up in an ocean view cabana or splurge on a firebox cabana that comes fully equipped with its very own game room. The glamorous infinity-edge pool is the perfect place for adults to relax and enjoy the sunshine.
At The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort, guests can enjoy two pool options that cater to everyone’s needs: the quiet and intimate Malulani Pool (pictured), along with the Helumoa Playground (shared with Sheraton Waikiki), perfect for kids and families.
The centerpiece of the hotel’s health club is the 67-foot swimming pool, which has shimmering spotlights reflecting off the water from above and below. A heated hydrotherapy Jacuzzi complements the welcoming, contemporary space where guests can relieve tension with a gentle water massage.
Conveniently located in the heart of New Orleans’ Central Business District, visitors and locals alike enjoy the property’s sophisticated rooftop pool and bar, Above the Grid. Providing a unique view of the city’s skyline, by day the stunning pool is a peaceful oasis where guests can relax and enjoy indulgent cabana service while savoring hand-crafted cocktails and creative, healthy fare. At night, the energy level increases with live entertainment and provides the backdrop for the coolest scene in the city.
The rooftop and sauna at Hewing Hotel were inspired by the Nordic sauna tradition with a modern twist. Open year-round, the pool is cool and refreshing during the summer, and hot during the cold winter months.
Mandalay Bay Beach is an aquatic playground that stretches more than 11 acres and includes a flowing lazy river, a massive wave pool, and real sand throughout the pool complex.
Designed by Jacques Garcia to evoke the Majorelle Gardens of Morocco, NoMad’s pool is a tranquil escape Monday through Thursday each week, with the Poolside Café serving divine bites from Chef Daniel Humm and Will Guidara alongside cocktails by Leo Robitschek. Friday through Sunday, JEMAA–The NoMad Pool Party takes over the space for a seductive and energetic day life experience.
The pool oasis has three pools, a heated hot tub, two bars and plenty of comfy spots for lounging. Reserved seating is available with extra perks, and when you're looking for a little more room and shade for two (or even three), there are daybeds in prime positions by the pool. Baja Ledge Chairs let you lie back and enjoy both the water and the sun, while 12 cabanas offer a premium poolside experience. The Park Bungalow is an amped-up version of a cabana, with exclusive amenities and space for up to 20.
A Polynesian paradise awaits in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip at The Mirage, with pools that feature roaring waterfalls and swim-up grottos. Pool amenities include Jacuzzis, indoor and outdoor showers, pool towels, and multiple water dispensers. Guests can also enjoy lounging in one of the private luxury cabanas, which are available for rent.
Located in the bustling neighborhood of SoHo, the property’s pool offers guests a lush enclave and the perfect escape to soak up the sun. With private cabanas and scenic views of the neighborhood, the 6,000-square-foot outdoor space provides the perfect backdrop to inspire insta-envy on your social media channels this season. To sweeten the deal, the hotel has officially launched their new poolside lounge, Terrace on 7— an indoor-outdoor sushi bar, restaurant, and lounge located adjacent to the pool. From an 18-seat Japanese-inspired dining room to an abundance of outdoor spaces and cabanas, it’s the perfect atmosphere for post-work drinks or an early start to "Summer Fridays."
Tucked into the picturesque woodlands of the High Peaks sits the AAA Four Diamond-rated all-suite luxury resort, Whiteface Lodge. Epitomizing Adirondack style and luxury, the Lake Placid, New York resort is home to a number of year-round, heated indoor and outdoor swimming pools and outdoor hot tubs that are perfect for relaxing during the dog days of summer. Guests can swim from the indoor pool house directly to the outside pool area—leaving the water is not required—making it perfect for choosing shade versus sun as needs change. And attendants deliver craft and bespoke cocktails and other drinks right to guests as they soak.
Make a splash at The Omni Grove Park Inn by taking time for yourself to enjoy the Spa’s 18,000 square-feet of amenities, including relaxation pools, exhilarating contrast pools, lap pool, inhalation room, sauna, eucalyptus-infused steam room, and much more. The property also offers a family-friendly indoor pool as well as an outdoor pool with cabanas available during the summer. The 50,000 square-foot sports complex houses an indoor fitness and family pool kept at the ideal temperature to play in year-round, while the outdoor seasonal pool is located adjacent to the Cabana Grill & Bar and the Golf Pro Shop.
A cosmopolitan oasis located in the heart of downtown Houston, the hotel is home to a one-of-a-kind Texas-shaped rooftop lazy river, complete with a rooftop infinity pool and a large-scale special events pavilion overlooking Discovery Green Park.
The Joule’s glass-fronted rooftop pool cantilevers eight feet beyond the hotel's structure, providing swimmers with the sensation of swimming off the building's edge. Exclusive to hotel guests, the 10th-floor pool deck is an alluring oasis with stunning scenic views featuring poolside chaise lounges, and food and beverage service.
Surrounded by 600 acres of undeveloped land in the high desert of Utah, the 50-foot-long infinity pool wraps around an expansive stone jutting out from the landscape. The view of the grand Circle Region is especially beautiful during a swim at dusk, when the pool is lit up from beneath the water’s surface.
Located in the heart of Virginia's wine country, the 265-acre estate features a stunning pool built surrounding an ivy wall that was originally a part of the property in the 1900s. Guests can enjoy breathtaking vistas of the Blue Ridge Mountains and surrounding countryside appearing from every vantage point.
The 50-foot indoor swimming pool is heated to a comfortable temperature year-round and is a fantastic refuge for hotel and spa guests both young and old.
The hotel’s Argentta Spa is a 12,500-square foot spa and wellness center, which includes an original indoor pool, whirlpool, sauna, a unisex steam room, state-of-the-art gym, locker rooms, spa treatment rooms, and nail salon. Three lap lanes and a dedicated aerobic area can be found in the hotel’s original indoor pool. Kept at 82°F, this 50-foot heated pool is available year-round to Watergate Hotel and Argentta Spa guests.
With magnificent views of the Grand Tetons and the Snake River Range, the heated outdoor infinity swimming pool is a magical place where one can relax while enjoying the beautiful natural surroundings. Winter or summer, rain or shine, it’s the perfect place for rejuvenating and getting away from it all.
From Australia to Zambia, these pools are located in some of the world’s most beautiful locales.
One of the Caribbean’s finest resorts, Curtain Bluff has a picture-perfect location between two beautiful beaches. When it’s time to relax, there’s a tranquil spa overlooking the sea, a beach-side swimming pool with two 75-foot lap lanes, a beach bar, and hammocks swaying in the shade of coconut palms.
Take a dip in the hotel’s 15-meter swimming pool, which is located at the distinctive Chuan Spa and offers stunning views of the Melbourne cityscape. After a few laps, take a break in the pool area in an atmosphere of relaxed refinement. Refreshments are served by attendants mindful of your preferences.
Framed by pale stone columns, a star-dappled sky ceiling, and two delightful summer-inspired beach murals, the 20-meter indoor heated pool is perfect for a few energizing laps or some quiet reading on the poolside lounges.
The heated infinity pool at the intimate 55-room resort is situated on a bluff that overlooks the resort’s two private beaches and is just steps away from the Point Bar. Enjoy an unspoiled enclave surrounded by swaying palms, white sand coves, and stylish seaside accommodations.
A tropical sanctuary designed for healing and relaxation, where guests can find the ultimate refuge in nature under the thatched roof of a brand new Anantara Spa, the property features a private outdoor swimming pool, bi-thermal circuit, hot tub, cold tank, steam room, dry sauna, and double open-air Jacuzzis. Nearby, an Oriental-inspired complex of swimming pools covering 1,350 meters includes cascading tiers of 20 luxurious double sun loungers overlooking the ocean.
The heated, adults-only indoor pool offers a hidden urban oasis of quiet and calm. The facilities also have a seasonal outdoor sundeck for warm summer afternoons and evenings.
The 25-meter indoor heated pool is integrated into the health club. Take a leisurely dip, cool off after a busy day, or take the plunge and lap up the luxury. Surrounded by deck chairs, guests can also choose to soak up the atmosphere with a drink.
Adjacent to the coral beach, the property has three beautifully landscaped pools, each providing a different water experience. Activo, the main pool, features a landscaped beach and sunken pool bar. Vista, the lap pool, is ideal for those wanting exercise. Tranquillo is located just steps from the coral beach and provides a calming retreat for guests 18 years and older. Select suites include private or semi-private swimming pools, including the Oceanfront Pavilion with a plunge pool.
Among the wild rainforests of Costa Rica, the upscale, eco-friendly beachfront hideaway features a fresh water swimming pool with select open-air casitas complete with their own private plunge pools.
A luxury resort nestled within the Caribbean jungle overlooking the ocean from the sands of Playa Grande, the focus is firmly on the outdoors. The property’s two-bedroom Bay View Casa is the resort’s premiere accommodation offering panoramic views and a private swimming pool with ocean views. Amanera is also home to luxury casitas with ocean views, expansive terraces, and many have private swimming pools.
Eden Roc’s Beach Club offers a fashionable and fun setting to enjoy the natural pleasures of sun, sea, sand with a beautiful infinity pool design, beach bar with internationally-inspired cocktail menus and appetizers, and exclusive beach butlers and concierge service.
The hotel’s new fitness center has been tailored to the cosmopolitan, luxury traveller and boasts state-of-the-art Technogym® equipment and a 17-meter twin lane, stainless-steel heated indoor swimming pool with a stunning fireplace—ideal for ultimate relaxation and rejuvenation no matter the time of year.
Located on the hotel’s 52nd level, the Skypool is the highest pool in Western Europe and offers unbeatable views of the city, from St. Paul’s Cathedral to the London Eye and Westminster. The stunning 11 by 4 meter heated infinity pool offers a tranquil escape for hotel guests by day, before separation screens are drawn back to become a unique addition to London’s highest bar, GONG, at sunset. Feeling on top of the world, from 9 p.m. onwards GONG guests can enjoy a spot of sophisticated poolside glamour while they sip on signature creations from the dedicated cocktail bar.
Guests of the resort can enjoy relaxing in the adults-only wing with an infinity pool. The property is also home to the only water park on Fiji's Coral Coast, measuring 25 meters by 25 meters, featuring a rodeo slide, monkey bars, wiggle bridge, and action tower—perfect for those with kids.
The indoor pool measures 14 meters by 4 meters wide, and this part of the Spa is embellished in powdery, pearly whites and pinks. The stylish sanctuary exudes calm with exquisite butterfly motifs projected across the wall and a striking wall of water at one end of the pool. All around, coloured glass alcoves are an invitation to curl up and relax.
The relaxing pool is located in what were once Prince Roland Bonaparte’s stables. The 15 x 6 meter swimming pool is bathed in natural daylight thanks to enormous glass windows.
The Molitor has always been an iconic Parisian place, primarily thanks to its 60-year reign as the most popular swimming pool in the city for its avant-garde ambiance, before becoming the temple of the Parisian underground scene from 1989 to 2012. Take advantage of its unique facilities: an outdoor pool heated to 28°C, a 1930s indoor pool, and a fitness center. Afterwards, relax in the sauna and hammam, and enjoy Clarins treatments in the spa—a space dedicated to well-being.
In addition to the spa’s two stunning infinity-edge swimming pools (one facing the Pacific Ocean and one facing Mount Otemanu), the resort is also home to an infinity-edge wave-shaped pool and a selection of overwater and land villas—many of which include private swimming pools and incredible views.
Overlooking legendary Mount Otemanu, the resort’s private Lagoonarium is a protected underwater sanctuary for myriad species of tropical fish and coral, including the remarkable Napoleon fish. Here, guests can go for a swim, relax on the private beach, order food and drinks, and enjoy a treatment at the resort spa. The property also has a main pool with a swim-up bar and lounge chairs in the water, as well as an adults-only pool near the land villas.
Set against the spectacular views of Kowloon, high above the bustling streets of Mongkok, you'll find the hotel’s tranquil rooftop swimming pool. Enjoy a refreshing morning swim or wind down with a homemade ice-pop in one of the poolside cabanas.
The hotel is an urban sanctuary that overlooks the city’s most prestigious shopping, cultural and business addresses. Conveniently located on level 8, the Health Club and swimming pool are available to club members as well as hotel guests. The outdoor swimming pool is an oasis within a bustling city, with amazing views of the iconic skyscrapers in Hong Kong.
Perched on level 15 is the hotel’s 298-square-meter rooftop heated swimming pool that creates a heavenly retreat. The pool deck is lined with luxurious pool lounges and a Jacuzzi to massage your stress away. An extensive repertoire of healthy refreshments will be on offer, many of which are specially designed with your wellness in mind, including organic salads, nourishing cereals, freshly-made sandwiches, and skinny cocktails for a bit of indulgence.
Located in a lovingly restored palace along one the Danube, one of Europe’s most scenic rivers, the hotel has an indoor infinity-edge pool and adjacent whirlpool for extended relaxation.
Situated on a high cliff in Sorrento with spectacular views of the Gulf of Naples and Mount Vesuvius, the five-star luxury hotel dates back to 1834 and through the years has welcomed monarchs, politicians, artists, and celebrities. The stunning white marble swimming pool with a Jacuzzi is surrounded by a lush Mediterranean garden with a citrus grove and olive trees.
From an outdoor pool with a waterslide to an indoor pool, guests can enjoy five different swimming pools at Moon Palace. Order a drink at the main pool’s swim-up bar or relax by the indoor pool (pictured) at the AWE Spa, which is the largest on the island.
Montego Bay’s Tryall Club is home to 70+ privately owned, rentable villas that boast intricately designed pools going beyond your typical oceanfront view.
With an open design attracting prevailing breezes and a stunning ocean view, the Aqua Bay villa will have guests feeling as though they are on the set of Aqua Man. The villa is complete with a splendid zero-edge heated pool, two swimming holes fed with sea water, and its own white sand elevated beach. Outfitted with hues of blue and green, the villa includes rainwater waterfalls, making a splash throughout the vibrant four-bedroom villa.
For the most unobstructed views of the Caribbean Sea, guests staying here can swim on top of the world in the 100-foot swimming pool. Families can play water volleyball or sip on one of the bartender’s exclusive cocktails where it’s always five o’clock. dragonfly is a statement of luxury living with spacious accommodations for up to 14 guests and curated experiences with the help of the villa’s butlers.
This private villa has two distinct pools with one on each level. Travelers staying on the lower level can enjoy romantic views of the villa’s waterfall pouring into the pool, creating a cave-like experience as they can jump into the pool from one of the rooms. Guests on the second level have a waterfall of their own, creating a sense of privacy and peace.
Unwind in one or all of the seven multi-tiered pools, which are centered by a 60-foot infinity-edge lap pool offering 60 miles of ocean panorama views. This villa is home to nine staff members that cater to guests’ every need, from a poolside sunset dinner to heating up the fire pit while visitors relax in one of the villa’s whirlpools.
The heated 30-meter pool is filled with light, offering panoramic city views of the Tokyo skyline, creating the ultimate urban sanctuary of relaxation.
A member of Great Hotels of the World, the quintessentially Lebanese AI Bustan Hotel & Spa embraces its rich cultural and historic background with a striking indoor swimming pool in the L’ESPACE Spa, situated within a 200-year-old Lebanese stone house. This design-led haven on the hotel’s grounds was restored and rebuilt into Lebanon’s first luxury spa and hamman. Surrounding the spa are the hotel’s majestic pine tree gardens, providing guests with views that immediately calm the senses.
The indoor rooftop pool located on the hotel’s 33rd level overlooks Malaysia’s beautiful Petronas Towers, allowing guests to enjoy panoramic views while swimming at any time of day or night.
It’s all about having your own deluxe spa pool or overwater pool villa at Anantara Kihavah Maldives, where you can find the ultimate indulgence with a private pool off the deck of your villa bathroom, pool, tub, ocean—you can never have too many options.
The lavish Drift Spa at Niyama Private Islands is a premier destination for wellness practitioners and those seeking ultra-chic retreats, where the infinity pool on Chill Island disappears seamlessly into the crystal-blue waters of the Maldives, and the Blu Pool sits on a crown of white sands.
The all-inclusive Playa el Carmen resort offers a relaxing atmosphere with a Zen Grand Pool surrounded by lush vegetation. There’s also a main infinity pool as well as numerous suites that have their own private terraces, plunge pools, and ocean views.
Located on the Puerto Vallarta coast of Mexico, the all-inclusive resort has a sparkling infinity pool, where guests can swim up to the Aqua Bar for a refreshing cocktail or drink.
Perched on a tranquil beach with views of the turquoise gradient ocean, the resort features three free-form crystalline infinity pools with comfortable daybeds and poolside service.
The luxurious all-inclusive resort is home to four invigorating beachfront pools, where guests can relax under a cabana, umbrella, or on a daybed while enjoying the beautiful ocean views and refreshing breezes.
Fresh ocean breezes and the infinite azure tones of the Sea of Cortez welcome guests to Mar del Cabo, where they can relax around the property’s ocean-facing outdoor swimming pool—the perfect spot to catch the sunset.
Guests can bask in the sunny skies of Mexico’s East Coast and savor ocean breezes while discovering pure aquatic delight with four on-property pools featuring unique tropical designs for guests of all ages. Las Olas Pool, an oceanfront infinity pool blending into the sparkling Caribbean Sea, guarantees a front-row seat to one of Mexico’s dreamiest shorelines. Nearby, sun-seekers luxuriate alongside Itzi Pool (named after a Mayan princess) making every guest feel like royalty.
Fuego, Mahekal Beach Resort’s newest heated swimming pool and hot tub, is ideally located between the bungalows and adjacent to the new restaurant and beachfront bar, Fuego Restaurante y Cantina. This pool features several crisp white covered cabana-style day beds—perfect for relaxing out of the sun. For an intimate, tranquil feel, guests can relax at Treehouse Pool (formerly named Jungle Pool), the smallest yet most serene of Mahekal's four pools, which is located amidst the trees and garden area at Mahekal Beach Resort.
Royalton Suites Cancun is the first property in the Royalton portfolio to feature a rooftop Cabana Lounge in which guests 18 and up are able to escape high above the shoreline and enjoy 360º views of the turquoise Caribbean Sea or calm Nichupte Lagoon. Boasting a sprawling pool and private cabanas, the Level 18 rooftop Cabana Lounge offers adults an elevated luxury experience. With its perfectly picturesque designs and shallow waters, the mosaic-tiled infinity pool is the ultimate place to grab a cocktail and relax in the cool waters under the Cancun sun.
The stunning property, which is located in the Cabo San Lucas region of Baja California Sur, is home to an infinity pool overlooking the Sea of Cortez with a swim-up bar called Point Break, and a saltwater pool built into a natural rock formation on the property, also overlooking the Sea of Cortez.
Every day you’ll be swimming in luxury—whether you want a playful and vibrant pool experience or an intimate swim—one of the property’s nine outdoor pools will be perfect for you. The Grand At Moon Palace Cancun’s pool selection boasts an Olympic pool, half-moon pool, Peruvian pool, two adults-only pools, and five pools adorned with swim-up bars.
The third and newest property in Mexico by luxury lifestyle brand Thompson Hotels features three swimming pools—one with a swim-up bar, an adults-only infinity pool overlooking the ocean, and a private pool exclusively for guests staying in the hotel’s unique 11 swim-up suites.
Take a refreshing dip in Cordis, Auckland's rooftop heated swimming pool set at a soothing 27 degrees Celsius all year long. Framed by palms and comfortable sun loungers, the stunning rooftop pool is heated year-round to an inviting 27 degrees Celsius. Work up an appetite with an early morning lap or two, relax with your favorite book, or unwind after your busy day with an evening swim under the stars. During the summer months, they offer poolside service with snacks and refreshments.
Perched 2,000 metres above sea level on cliffs of a great rocky canyon, Anantara Al Jabal Akhdar Resort is the highest five-star resort in the Middle East, and from its infinity pool you will truly feel like you are on the top of the world. Or you can dip your toes in your own private pool villa, where you might find yourself chilling with the mountain goats.
The stunning property redefines Omani elegance and Asian hospitality in Oman. Standing majestically on a clifftop overlooking the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Oman, the resort drips in regal opulence with Moorish and Omani architectural elements with the Sultanate of Oman’s rich heritage. The beautiful infinity pool overlooks the Omani waters.
A 64-story marvel, HRH Panama Megapolis features a modern infinity pool on the 14th floor complemented by 360º unparalleled views of the Panamanian skyline. The pool also features cabanas, a pool bar, and rooftop lounge named BITS (Bar In the Sky). The Float Pool Bar allows guests to chill out poolside, whether they prefer to get wet or simply enjoy a cocktail while overlooking the downtown landscape. In this space, there’s a reason the words “pool” and “party” go together in perfect harmony.
Located in the paradisiacal tropical environment of Boracay, Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort & Spa, Philippines has one of the country's largest free-form swimming pools, set amidst lush landscaped gardens and water fountains.
This five-star hotel and resort boasts an indoor swimming pool with Jacuzzi, two separate outdoor pools for adults and children, and a pool bar serving fresh fruit smoothies and sangria—all overlooking the turquoise waters of the Atlantic on the picturesque Vale Covo Cliffside.
There are multiple pools to choose from, including the Eden Pool, a large freshwater pool with underwater sun beds that were originally designed to make guests feel as if they’re swimming in the nearby sea; the Outdoor Pool, which is located in the main stage area and includes water jets, a children’s area, an adult section with above-water fountains in the shape of a swan’s neck, and lavish parties featuring acrobatic performances. There are also three river-style swim-up pools with direct access to hotel suites.
The infinity lagoon pool at Anantara Kalutara Resort on Sri Lanka’s beautiful southwest coast is known for its harmony with nature and absolute tranquility, where you can practice yoga and meditation, and indulge in Sri Lanka’s largest and most luxurious spa.
Shangri-La’s Hambantota Resort & Spa is located on a 145-acre former coconut plantation and features luxurious guest rooms with views of the resort’s lush gardens or ocean vista. The resort offers three beautiful swimming pools with unobstructed ocean views.
The 126-room resort is set on the pristine beaches of Banana Bay with unobstructed views of the Caribbean Sea and neighboring Nevis, and has with several private rooftop pools and relaxing lounge areas. For the ultimate indulgence, the resort's three-bedroom Presidential Villa (pictured) features a sprawling infinity pool with unparalleled views, private chef, and butler service.
The leading medical wellness center in Europe offers guests an unrivaled historic and healing pool at the center of the resort. The Helena Pool is a historic pool inside the resort filled with thermal water from the nearby Termina Gorge—a pilgrimage site for centuries for the natural healing properties available in Bad Ragaz’s thermal waters. This spectacular indoor pool is picture-perfect, filled with mosaic tiles and boarded by marble pillars. The best part is the water inside the pool, which boosts metabolism and circulation, improves cardiac function and helps alleviate rheumatic ailments, diseases of the nervous system, and lung and kidney issues.
Relax next to the stunning black-tiled swimming pool which is located in front of a traditional Thai pavilion, offering stunning views of the Andaman Sea. Sample coconut-flavoured kanom krok cakes and lemongrass tea poolside, then descend to the beach to snorkel, kayak, or jet-ski.
In the company of gentle giants, you can submerge yourself in breathtaking views of Thailand, Cambodia, and Laos from the stunning pool at Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort.
The pool on the top of the Avani+ Riverside Bangkok Hotel is stunning from sunrise to sunset, day or night—you can’t beat the views overlooking the entire city and the Chao Phraya River.
Turks & Caicos
Amanyara evokes a sense of evokes a sense of transformation, located next to an alluring white sand beach overlooking turquoise waters. Just off these shores, sea turtles swim along coral reefs, while guests enjoy staying in one of the property’s pavilions—many of which include a private pool, gardens, and ocean views.
United Arab Emirates
Ideally located between the two bridges leading into Abu Dhabi, Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi is a magnificent escape with touches of Arabic culture throughout the hotel. Guests can gaze upon Sheikh Zayed Mosque from the hotel’s pool.
The pool at the heart of Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara appears like a dreamy mirage in a desert oasis. Enjoy sunbathing by the pool after a day of camel trekking across the Abu Dhabi desert or archery lessons, watching the setting sun turn the sand to rose-colored ribbons while the sky above fills with stars.
The shoreline pool at Avani Quy Nhon Resort & Spa is a dream, nestled between palm-fringed beaches and mountains covered with fruit orchards.
Devil’s Pool is a uniquely located plunge pool that resides right on the edge of Victoria Falls, where the waterfall’s thundering cascade plummets 350-feet down, providing a pulse-racing dip. The pool is also special in that it can only be visited between mid-August and mid-January, before the summer rains swell the Zambezi River. Afterwards, the pool remains hidden under the river’s pounding flow.
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