Here is a list of the top 30 hotel pools around the world and what makes them stand out:
1. Hotel Caesar Augustus, Isle of Capri
If you love sweeping hillside views and plunge pool edges, you will be mesmerized by the 27-metre-long pool at Hotel Caesar Augustus on the Isle of Capri. You can relax by the vanishing pool and spend your lazy days contemplating where the sea ends and where the skies begin while enjoying the exceptional poolside bar service. Travelling in the cooler months? You’ll be glad to know the pool is also heated, so you won’t be missing out.
2. Four Seasons Safari Lodge, Tanzania
Located in the middle of Tanzania’s wildlife reserve, you can enjoy a nice dip in the free-form infinity pool while watching the animals at the watering hole in front of you. Experience the magic of wildlife close up and keep your eyes out for the big five – lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhinoceros. You can sit and relax at the perfect vantage point day in and day out as herds of elephants congregate for a morning drink.
3. The Sanchaya, Indonesia
Experience five-star luxury at one of the lesser-known islands of Indonesia – Bintan Island. Settle back on the submerged lounge chairs and soak up the sweeping view of the golden beach just a stone’s throw away. The Olympic-sized pool means there is plenty of room for you to enjoy a dip in peace and quiet, while taking in your panoramic surrounds.
4. Intercontinental, Hong Kong
Enjoy panoramic views of this amazing city as you contemplate where the pool ends and the harbor begins. There is so much to feast your eyes on with the famous Star Ferries crossing each day and the skyscrapers in the distance, offering a light show by nightfall. You can also drop down into one of the three spa pools below, each one a different temperature to suit your needs.
5. Marina Bay Sands Hotel, Singapore
Here you will find the world’s largest rooftop infinity pool, offering stunning views of the city from 57 levels up. The pool itself stretches out 150 meters long, adding to the luxurious experience. Drink up the unbeatable view just across the way, and if you’re lucky, you’ll catch a glimpse of the famous Marina Bay Sands light show later in the day.
6. The Standard Downtown LA
This is a stunning rooftop pool with a difference. You can relax and unwind in style, while partying from the comfort of your hotel. This is where the party starts with waterbeds, red astroturf and a nightly DJ. You can immerse yourself into the city life, while sipping on a cocktail and enjoying the tunes. During the day, cities and mountains collide in the background while you enjoy a peaceful dip.
7. Zoetry Agua Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
It’s a river of crystal blue waters that you can wind your way through, with palm trees lining the outside, helping to set the relaxing tropical atmosphere. There are two separate pools for you to enjoy that are both topped off with stunning sandy white views and an infinity drop at the end. You can meander your way along the pool and hop out to enjoy the day beds sprinkled along the edge.
8. Hilton Molino Stucky, Venice
What’s better than a pool located in the middle of a canal? This gorgeous rooftop pool is open mid-May to September (so be sure to plan your trip) and is situated on top of Venice’s Giudecca Canal. Settle back and enjoy a stunning view of the entire sitting, while gazing down at the magical city. if you stick around until the sun goes down the pool transforms with a rooftop bar for you to enjoy the nightlife.
9. Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, Hawaii
If you are after grand, this is exactly where you will find it. You can bring out your inner child with their Canyon Activity Pool, featuring waterslides, rapids, a rope swing and more. If you are looking to escape the mayhem, there is also an Adults only pool where you can truly relax, made from over 63,000 pieces of Mexican glass mosaic tiles. It is tranquilly set just off from the beach with a beautiful flowing fountain.
10. B2 Boutique Hotel + Spa, Switzerland
All year long this stunning rooftop pool stays a balmy 100+ degrees to keep you nice and toasty on those colder days. You can enjoy far-reaching views of the magnificent city below without losing too much body heat, swimming in and out of the building features. It’s the perfect way to unwind after a big day of sightseeing and to step into some deep relaxation as you defrost.
11. Holiday Inn, Shanghai
If you are looking for a bit of an adrenalinw rush, you have found it in this incredible 30-meter long pool. If nothing else, you will experience a jaw-dropping view looking down at nothing but air below you with the 24-storey drop. The glass-bottomed pool is not for the faint hearted (or those afraid of heights), but is definitely something to tick off your bucket list.
12. Aulani-A Disney Resort and Spa
Some pools are just made for fun and that is exactly what you can expect from Aulani-A Disney Resort. Let’s face it, kids don’t want to just swim, they want to be entertained in the water, and parents will love being able to sit back and relax while they enjoy the fun. The Waikolohe Valley water zone has two tube slides, a tunnel slide and a play area with four whirlpools.
13. Jade Mountain Resort, St Lucia
You can step away from the chaos and enjoy your own peace and quiet with the magically secluded pools at St Lucia. Each open-air suite is topped off with its own infinity pool, which means you don’t have to share and can enjoy the peace to yourselves. The view stretches out over mountains and open waters, allowing your eyes to enjoy the beauty of nature while you find your own inner calm.
14. Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, France
This pool holds plenty of history after it was blasted out of the rocks about a century ago. You can choose between lounging at the top of the rock in one of the many deck chairs, or make your way below for a splash in the infinity pool that spills out into the open water just beneath it. You will truly feel like you are a part of the scenery as you relax amongst the rock face and enjoy the view.
15. Huvafen Fushi, Maldives
One of the most picturesque pools you will find, situated right in the middle of white sandy beaches and crystal blue waters in the Maldives. The pool is just magical, lined with plenty of sun beds for you to settle in for the day, or stay for sunset and watch it light up. Even better, the hotel also provides private plunge pools in many of their villas so you don’t have the leave the comfort of your room.
16. Qasr Al Sarab, Abu Dhabi
Your eyes will sparkle at this magnificent pool that is decked out with water fountains and other features. It is set against an amazing backdrop of sand dunes, offering a picturesque view while you soak up the sunshine. At night, the sky’s alight with stars, adding to the amazing atmosphere.
17. Boscolo Milano, Italy
This is a pool with a difference that will stand out on your holiday, designed by architect Simone Micheli. Located indoors as part of the hotel’s spa, the amazing architecture is truly one-of-a-kind. There are gorgeous daybeds for you to lounge on in the tranquility of the room, or you can head in and dip your toes in the water, while feasting on the harmonious space that has been created.
18. LeCrans Hotel & Spa, Switzerland
Located at the top of a ski resort, you will find this magnificent heated pool in the middle of snow. While it might be a little chilly getting ready to jump in, once you do you can float and enjoy the amazing snow-capped mountain scenery just in front of you. Don’t forget to bring your towel, as you will want to duck straight inside after your swim!
19. Four Seasons Hotel, Shanghai
This 18-meter indoor pool lets your swim against Shanghai’s incredible skyline with an infinity edge against glass windows. Set your sights on an amazing city while you relax in premium elegance. The comfortable sunbeds will have you wanting to lounge back for the day, with bar service at the ready. The city gets even more spectacular at night when the lights turn on.
20. The Springs Resort and Spa, Costa Rica
If quantity is what you are after, then you have it with the 28 thermal pools all situated throughout the rainforest. Depending when you visit, you may also enjoy watching monkeys playing in the trees while you relax in the hot springs below. You can truly immerse yourself in the scenery while checking out the sites, and with so many pools to check out, you won’t want to leave.
21. The Cambrian, Switzerland
Situated amongst the stunning scenery of the Swiss Alps, this is a view you won’t forget for a long time. Set to a backdrop of snow, you can float in warmth in this outdoor heated infinity pool as you soak up the sights around you. You will feel rejuvenated added some much needed warmth back to your body.
22. Hotel Hacienda Na Xamena, Spain
Known for their cascading spa pools, you won’t be disappointed with what this Ibiza hotel has to offer. Located on the top of a hill in this popular holiday destination, you really will feel like you are on top of the world. The pool is lined with rocks to add an authentic look, stretching out onto water and mountains below. It’s a view you won’t tire of.
23. The Sarojin, Thailand
You will discover luxury at its finest with this striking infinity pool that is built into the lush tropical gardens of the hotel. There are private cabanas situated along the edge, where you can well and truly lie back and relax in your own private space. The tranquil space will have you feeling well and truly rested in no time.
24. Delamore Lodge, New Zealand
Another spectacular infinity pool that offers unparalleled views that are hard to beat. This heated pool in Delamore Lodge offers the gorgeous scenery of Owhanake Bay where the water meets the sky line, however it’s important to note that heating is turned off in winter (June to September). With the water just below you and lush greenery everywhere you look, you can escape in peace.
25. San Alfonso del Mar, Chile
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, this is the biggest pool in the world. The pool was built by Fernando Fischmann and it is 1013 meters long and 20 hectares. You won’t struggle to find your own private space in its massive expanse. It uses water that has been pumped from the Pacific Ocean next door that has been filtered and treated.
26. The Lake Argyle Resort, The Kimberleys
Take a dive down under and find your swimming in the middle of the outback in this amazing pool. You can enjoy 35 meters of infinity edge while taking in the amazing scenery in front of your eyes. This peaceful location is the perfect way to see the sights while escaping the heat of the season.
27. Hayman Resort, Queensland
A crystal clear pool that looks out onto the crystal clear of the Coral Sea and Hayman Beach, complete with a sunbed built into the middle of it. You won’t know where the pool ends and the sea begins, with the beautiful colour of the water. Lined with cabanas on the edge, you can enjoy a little privacy while you soak up the scenery.
28. Blanket Bay, New Zealand
The South Islands breathtaking mountains frame this pool with a small opening that provides a snippet of the gorgeous Lake Wakatipu beyond it. It’s like been able to peek into a hidden world while you soak up the warmth in this heated pool. You will feel like you have stepped out of a painting as you feast on the incredible scenery.
29. The Library, Thailand
How cool is this, a red pool! Ok, the pool isn’t really red, but instead it gains it’s colour from the stunning orange, yellow and deep red tiles that line the bottom of it. With red sun beds lining the shores as well, you’ll be able to transport yourself to another place. The sandy white beaches of Chaweng are just in front with the crystal clear ocean providing a stunning backdrop against the red.
30. Alila Ubud, Bali
You will well and truly feel like you have been transported to a whole new place with this amazing infinity pool that blends into the rainforest that surrounds it. Take a dip and try and stretch your eyes across the expanse of greenery around you. You will be able to find your inner calm with the tranquil atmosphere.