Unforgettable views, cabanas, lounges, bars, private butler and year-around access; sometimes it’s the pool that draws visitors to a resort. From being skyscraper high, designed to blend in with contours of surrounding landscapes, fish-filled, featuring mini-gardens and manmade sand beds; find your dream destination in our roundup of the best hotel pools around the world.
Whether it’s a romantic getaway or a family vacation, in no particular order, here is a list of the 10 Best Hotel Pools In The World so you can take a plunge in one or all of these as an addition to your travel bucket list.
#1 Amangiri Resort, Utah
Amangiri is situated on 243 hectares in Canyon Point, Southern Utah, close to the border with Arizona. The resort is built around a central swimming pool with spectacular views and is designed to blend into the landscape with natural hues, materials and textures a feature of the design.
#2 Bill and Coo Hotel, Mykonos
Positioned over Megali Ammos bay, Bill & Coo boutique design hotel in Mykonos captivates guests with expansive suites, tranquil pool lounge and Mediterranean-inspired cuisine. A classy combination of glass and wood-panel flooring surrounds the infinity pool, where you can unwind on banquettes or sun loungers and can sip mojitos at its poolside lounge bar.
#3 W Hong Kong
On 76th floor, the pool at the W Hong Kong hotel is one of the world’s highest rooftop swimming pools offering spectacular views as you recline on a chaise lounge wrapped in the panorama of the Union Square skyline 692 feet above Victoria Harbour. Guests can even sip a refreshing cocktail or savor a light lunch from the pool bar.
Nestled at the south end of the Maldives in the heart of the Indian Ocean, Jumeirah Dhevanafushi stretches across two islands. Jumeirah Dhevanafushi is home to unique underwater wonders and it is an absolute must to indulge in water sports and activities like deep sea fishing, snorkeling. The resort’s Ocean Sanctuary Villa is one of a kind with a private deck that extends a welcome to the ocean or a moment in your exclusive pool.
#5 Rahimoana Eagle Nest, New Zealand
Set within a 75-acre estate atop its own private ridgeline Rahimoana Eagle Nest offers spectacular views of the Bay of Islands. Four of its five villas offer its own private heated horizon edged lap pool offering 300 degree views of ocean, islands, sunsets and landscapes.
#6 Huvafen Fushi resort, Maldives
Every room at Huvafen Fushi resort has a private plunge pool bleeding into the watery horizon of the Indian Ocean. At night, the pool is lit with fibre-optic lights twinkling like stars in the sky.
#7 Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
Stretching 150 metres across Sands Skypark, the stunning outdoor Infinity Pool in Marina Bay Sands located 57 storeys above the ground is one of the world’s largest at this height and offers the best city-skyline.
Surrounded by the towering Himalayas, the hotel is situated on eight acres of land and bills itself as “standing on the roof of the world.” But it’s the swimming pool that really puts this five-star hotel over the top. The spa pool at the St Regis hotel in Lhasa, Tibet, is plated in gold. The pool contains therapeutic salt water constantly heated to a temperature of 28C-32C.
#9 San Alfonso del Mar, Chile
San Alfonso del Mar is a private resort in Algarrobo, Chile and is known for having the world’s largest swimming pool. The pool is 1.013 km long and holds 250m litres of seawater. Apart from its large size, the lagoon has another spectacular feature: its waters have the transparency and intense turquoise color of tropical seas. This has been made possible courtesy advanced technology developed by the company Crystal Lagoons which pumps water from the Pacific Ocean, filters and maintains a pleasant that borders 26ºC in summers, nine degrees more than the nearby sea temperature.
#10 Hanging Gardens Ubud, Bali
Nestled deep in the heart of Ubud’s rich rainforest preserve, this enchanting five star boutique hotel, designed in complete harmony with nature, has 38 private suites and individual villas with thatched roofs, each enhanced by its own luxurious granite infinity pool. The stunning split-level infinity pool, lined with Batu Chandi stone and featuring a vast geometric wall of solidified volcanic ash, suspended high over the surrounding jungle, appears to float in its setting, giving swimmers the unique, immersive feeling of literally swimming above the treetops and the valley.
The upper level has an expansive deck, which flows out from the hotel’s bar, while the lower level’s decking is almost hidden from sight for ultimate privacy, with only the sounds of nature as a backdrop. Both levels have steps down into the water for graceful access, with the bottom pool additionally featuring a stone bench for swimmers to bask in the exhilarating spray of the waterfall from the level above.