The world’s best hotel pools

With the winter weather encroaching on us, if you are unable to afford an escape to the tropics, there’s always armchair travelling to help distract from what’s going on outside.

When it comes to a summer getaway, there’s pools and then there’s pools. And while the beach has its draw cards if you’re not a fan of sand, freezing temperatures or waves then nothing beats a good hotel pool.

Here are the top 10 on our bucket list that we long to lounge by or beat the heat in. 

Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Lake Como, Italy
As close as you can get to swimming in the lake without actually having to swim in the lake. This floating pool leaves plenty of space to lounge with bar service to boot.


Hanging Gardens Ubud Hotel, Bali
An iconic, tiered infinity pool surrounded by rainforest and jungle at the world’s first seven-star boutique hotel.


San Alfonso del Mar, Algarrobo, Chile
The largest in the world, this seawater pool is 1km long and holds 250 million litres of water.


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The Library, Koh Samui, Thailand
It’s red – enough said.


Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
Not for those with a fear of heights, this famous infinity pool sits on the 57th floor and stretches over 150m long to give a spectacular view of Singapore.


Courtyard by Marriott, Seminyak, Bali
When it comes to pools you can’t really beat a swim up bar.


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One&Only Hayman Island, Whitsunday Islands, Australia
Recently refurbished, the Aquazure pool looks out over the Coral Sea next to the Great Barrier Reef and features floating cabanas.


Jumeirah Dhevanafushi, Maldives
Considered one of the best in the Maldives. While all 38 villas at this hotel have their own private pools, the real star of the show is this communal one lit up like the starry night sky.


Amangiri, Utah, USA
Built around the base of a rock in the Arizona desert, this pool is without doubt one of a kind.


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Blue Lagoon Clinic Hotel, Grindavik, Iceland
One of the more famous bodies of water in the world, this hotel gives guests the chance to experience all the perks of the Blue Lagoon, minus the crowds.

Have you been to any of these hotel pools? Or do you have any others to add to the list?

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Written by SJ


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