The Most Jaw-Dropping Hotel Pools in the World
You'll want to stay at these hotels for the pools alone.
Published Aug 17, 2017 12:00 AM
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Whoever said “it’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey” clearly never stayed at a hotel with an incredible pool. Whether you’re on summer holiday looking to make the most of the sun or on a relaxing retreat looking for a calming spa, a good hotel pool can take your vacation from good to great. Here, 23 of the most impressive hotel pools around the world to inspire your upcoming travel plans.
The Parker Palm Springs (pictured above) offers two outdoor saline pools: The Silicone Valley Pool that’s open to all and contains a nearby whirlpool and the Gene Autry Pool for adults only. Not to mention the spa, Palm Spring Yacht Club, with a body temperature indoor pool. Want to make the most of your stay? Rent cabanas for the ultimate poolside experience. “Deserts and pools make good company—they are each other’s perfect compliment,” says Brandon McCurley, the general manager at Parker Palm Springs. “Work up a sweat on the tennis court or croquet lawn if only for that poolside moment when you dive in and quench it. Our cabana boys and girls are ever-present to cater to your every whim.”
4200 E Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA
Featuring both a 100-foot-long main pool that comes with a full waiter service and a rooftop plunge pool conveniently located next to a taqueria, Soho House Miami has no shortage of amazing options. The former is great for traveling with children, and the latter is an exclusive, guests-and-adults-only retreat fully equipped with curtained double daybeds and plugs for laptops. Either way, the pools are a great way to beat the crowds at Miami beaches and still take full advantage of the sunny weather.
4385 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL
This hotel emulates every bit of riviera luxury you’d expect from the south of France. “Hôtel Les Roches Rouges has been dubbed “The Big Blue”—it is truly a special setting that echoes the sea, the sun, the warmth, and the light pink glow of Provence,” says Valéry Grégo, the hotel’s owner and founder, in a statement. Les Roches Rouges’s natural seawater pool reflects that blending of sea and sun, looking directly onto the water and cut into coastal rock for a rugged look. There’s also a separate swimming lane, in case you wanted to get a workout in during your stay—though we’d completely understand if you’d rather spend your days stretched out on the pool’s chic lounge chairs.
90 Boulevard de la 36e Division du Texas, Saint-Raphael, France
Another pool with stunning sea vistas, the heated seawater pool at Italy’s Il Pellicano hotel comes with a full range of beach club services. “It’s a 60’s design that follows the nature of the mountains, rocks, and the landscape,” says Marie-Louise Scio, the vice president and creative director of Pellicano Hotels group. “I’m biased but I love it; it’s full of character!” Comfy loungers and white parasols encapsulate that retro ‘60s design and are ideal for sunbathing. (Get the owner’s go-to summer playlist here, and check out our guide to Coastal Italy.)
Località Sbarcatello, Porto Ercole GR, Italy
The fully landscaped rooftop pool at New Orleans’s Ace Hotel offers sweeping skyline views you can’t find anywhere else in the city. It’s part of Alto, the property’s rooftop garden and outdoor restaurant, which makes for a great combined experience should you want to grab a bite or enjoy a cocktail poolside. “The pool is a welcome respite from the New Orleans heat and humidity. We love that it’s become such a go-to spot for relaxation and fun for our hotel guests and the community too,” says Ace Hotel partner and chief brand officer Kelly Sawdon.
600 Carondelet Street, New Orleans, LA
Betsey Johnson’s recently opened boutique hotel in Mexico is available now for rental, and Johnson’s signature daring and colorful aesthetic (think: clashing prints in bold colors and portraits of the designer in almost every room) is only one of the reasons to visit. The crystal-clear pool, lined with palm trees and offering an incredible view of the nearby ocean, is another. It overlooks rural Mexico and is the perfect private getaway for a group of friends or family.
Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, Mexico
The massive pool at The Standard Miami is widely known as one of the best in the country. Guests also have access to the nearby full spa that includes Turkish-style hammam, a mud lounge, and an aroma steam room for when lounging poolside gets boring. Not a hotel guest? No problem—buy a day pass and enjoy everything the pool has to offer. It’s a great way to skip the crowded beaches in favor of coveted waterfront access at The Standard’s pool; a well-landscaped wall of shrubbery provides sought-after privacy for a tranquil pool experience.
40 Island Ave, Miami Beach, FL
Undoubtedly one of the most famous pools in the world, the Marina Bay Sands Hotel pool is unlike anything we’ve ever seen. Its panoramic city views are just one draw: This pool also holds the record for the world’s longest infinity pool, giving bragging rights to anyone who visits. The luxurious poolside loungers under palm trees will make you forget you’re actually in the heart of a city, and you can get poolside refreshments until 11 pm to take in the skyline at night. Just make sure you don’t have a fear of heights, as the pool is located 57 levels up.
10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore
For the most insane views of the Mediterranean, you need to stay at Santorini’s Grace Hotel. The infinity pool—the largest of its kind on the island— looks out onto the sea and the simple, clean white decor is quintessentially Greek. “Our exquisite infinity pool offers bathers stunning uninterrupted views across the Caldera; the ultimate transporting experience that defines a holiday in Santorini,” says Thodoris Zervos, the hotel’s marketing assistant. For the ultimate brunch Instagram shot, take your breakfast poolside. The pool terrace also includes a cocktail bar, so grab a drink and enjoy the sunset views.
Imerovigli, Santorini, Greece
Bali’s Alila Ubud Hotel is nestled deep in the rainforest for a tranquil environment you’ll love if you’re looking for a relaxing getaway. “The sounds of the Ayung river flowing through while you are swimming make it the most spectacular hotel pool in the world,” says Hemal Jain, Alila Ubud’s general manager. “This is the place our guests want to spend their time relaxing whilst overlooking the river valley.” When they’re not taking in the surrounding landscape, guests can grab a beverage at the poolside cafe. From healthy juices and smoothies to seasonal cocktails (the tangerine and clove margarita sounds particularly delicious), there is no shortage of refreshing drinks to sip on while enjoying the zen environment.
Desa Melinggih Kelod, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia
Central Venice’s only swimming pool, the Olympic-sized pool at the Belmond Hotel Cipriani is fully-heated with filtered seawater. It’s located in a courtyard next to the water so you still feel like you’re in the heart of the city. Built in 1968, it’s become a social hub where guests can take a dip, relax poolside, and enjoy refreshments like sorbets and a Bellini (or two). The attentive staff tend to every need, meaning that if it weren’t for the fact that Venice has so much to explore you would probably never need to leave the pool area.
Giudecca 10, Venice, Italy
The 115-foot pool at Amangani is heated, making it the ideal spot for winter visitors to unwind after a day of skiing while enjoying snow-capped mountain views. Outfitted with frost-colored quartzite tiles, the pool itself is every bit as beautiful as the surrounding landscape. There’s an attached 113-square-foot hot tub for an added touch of luxury, and guests can even partake in massages and fitness sessions poolside if they want to maximize their time outdoors.
1535 North East Butte Road, Jackson, WY
The Omni Grove Park Inn has both indoor and outdoor pools, but the ones to really highlight are the subterranean spa pools. With 15 water features total—including mineral pools, waterfalls, and lap pools with underwater music—these pools provide the ultimate spa experience. “The spa’s design carefully intertwines natural elements and manmade architectural features to bring spa-goers a gorgeous spa which includes an underground pool with cavernous rock walls, arches and tunnels,” says Tracey Johnston-Crum, Omni Grove Park Inn director of public relations and community outreach, of the Blue Ridge Mountain-located spa pool offerings.
290 Macon Ave, Asheville, NC
One of Paris’s most luxurious hotels, Le Bristol has a pool that’s easily one of the famous hotel’s best features. The hotel opened in 1925, and its classically chic design has stood the test of time. The indoor pool was created to resemble a yacht, featuring nautical-inspired decor like a mural of a boat and slanted wall-length windows reminiscent of those on a ship. It’s available exclusively to hotel guests and is situated on the sixth floor, overlooking the Eiffel Tower, Montmartre, and the Sacre-Coeur. There’s a balcony guests can access in the summer, and swimming lessons are available to people of all ages.
112 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, Paris, France
Another Parisian hotel with a stunning pool, Hôtel de Crillon has a 46-foot skylit pool made of 17,600 gilded fish scale-esque mosaic tiles. “The pool was a totally new space that I chose to design in the vein of the building’s pre-existing structure and heritage,” says Chahan Minassian, the pool’s designer. “The aqua turquoise tonalities throughout the mirror, fabrics, frescoes, and ceramic walls highlight the freshness of the spa and the gold highlights offer a reminder to guests that they are in a historical Parisian Palace.” Those gold highlights include a gold-flecked celadon wall, created by ceramicist Peter Lane; a distinctive touch that adds an extra level of opulence.
10 Place de la Concorde, Paris, France
Open to guests 24 hours a day, the 50-foot heated lap pool is one of this trendy hotel’s best features. There’s even poolside seating where you can enjoy your breakfast each morning during your stay. The pool’s design is simple and minimalist—including one cactus-lined wall—save for the bright pink neon “SOUL” sign at the foot of the pool that makes for the perfect photo opp. “When we bought the ‘SOUL’ sign, which was part of a larger sign that used to say Louisiana, we didn’t know where it was going to go,” says Liz Lambert, founder of the hotel’s management company, Bunkhouse. “After holding it up in multiple spots, we landed on the spot above the pool. It has always felt good there, especially when it reflects on the water at dusk.”
112 Academy Drive, Austin, TX
Located in the heart of LA, this rooftop pool has views of the entire city. There’s a distinctly old-time Hollywood feel to the space, which is decorated with plenty of terracotta pot-filled flowers and greenery and offers lounge seating—the latter of which is admittedly limited, adding an exclusive vibe to the space. Make the most of an afternoon by dining at the adjacent restaurant, which is open for lunch and dinner and perfect for grabbing a quick bite or enjoying a longer meal.
8358 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA
Marrakech’s Royal Mansour Hotel boasts a large swimming pool surrounded by seven pool pavilions, each featuring a main sitting room and bathroom. Designed with minimal contemporary elements in mind, the hotel includes a heated outdoor pool, a heated indoor pool, a private plunge pool in each of the Riads, and a kids’ club to keep your little ones occupied during your stay.
Rue Abou Abbas El Sebti, Marrakech, Morocco
Panoramic views of Tokyo and Mount Fuji through floor-to-ceiling glass walls make this pool a must-visit during your trip to the Japanese capital. The 47th floor pool is the product of a collaboration between celebrated Japanese architect Dr. Kenzo Tange and American designer John Morford. Measuring at 26 x 65 feet, the pool is located directly underneath the steel and glass pyramid and near a gym and aerobics studio. There are even personal fitness assistants available to hotel guests wishing to keep up their fitness routine during their vacation.
3-7-1-2 Nishi Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan
When the actual resort is built around the pool, you know it has to be good. Utah’s natural beauty quite literally takes center stage with the design, as a natural rock protrudes into the center of the pool. While there is no danger of any decor pulling attention away from that, the rest of the pool’s design is sleek and simple, featuring clean-lined sandstone. The lounging terrace has king-sized daybeds as well as sun-loungers to accommodate any size group. Don’t miss the nearby Navajo-inspired spa and fire pit, both of which are great for those visiting in the colder months who still want to take advantage of the outdoors.
1 Kayenta Rd, Canyon Point, UT
It might only accommodate 28 guests, but the privacy and exclusivity is actually a major bonus for this resort. Located at Iceland’s 28,000-square-foot Eleven Experience Deplar Farm, the indoor/outdoor pool seamlessly blends in with the stunning landscape. In addition to the saltwater pool—which is heated so you can enjoy it year-round—this resort has hot tubs, a sauna, and a steam room that make it the ultimate luxury wellness retreat for those looking for a bit of isolated tranquility.
Deplar Farm, Troll Peninsula, Iceland
For those not wanting to share their luxury pool experience with other hotel guests: The Six Senses Zighy Bay in Northern Oman has 82 villas and “retreats”, each of which has its own pool. In addition to those, there are two larger ones available to all hotel guests. The newer pool, which measures over 100 feet long and has great views of the surrounding mountains, is the Gulf’s only saltwater pool and registers a salinity so high that it’s almost as buoyant as the Dead Sea. So while actual swimming might be limited (in the saltwater pool, at least), guests can enjoy a truly unique hotel pool experience that almost doubles as a spa retreat.
Musandam Peninsula, Dibba-Musandam 800, Oman
This new boutique hotel blends the desert and the ocean, the combination of which makes for a breathtaking pool. “We tried to create a space that felt integrated, an extension of the surrounding beauty rather than an imposition,” says Liz Lampert, whose company Bunkhouse also manages this hotel. “I love the way the pool sits on the horizon line—it’s the best place to watch the sunset, the migrating whales, and the fishermen driving in their daily haul.” Being that this pool is located both directly on the beach and in the middle of a mountainous landscape, visitors get the best of both worlds. Fresh Baja Mediterranean cuisine is available poolside, and there are also two hot tubs located on the pool terrace.
Playa Punta Lobos, Todos Santos, Mexico