Paradisaical Pools: Where to Find the World’s Most Stunning Splash Spots

03 Apr 2020
5 min read
Dreaming of summer days spent relaxing poolside? Us too…so we’ve rounded up some of the most beautiful pools in hotels around the globe to coax up some travel inspiration and help plan where next to take a trip for a divine dip.

From Chile to the Maldives and Miami, on a rooftop or in the middle of the Indian Ocean, these picture-perfect pools will take you on a spectacular sojourn to some of our favorite destinations around the world.

Hanging Gardens of Bali

This gem is nestled in the depths of Ubud’s verdant rainforest, between  the Ayung River and ancient Dalem Segara temple. The resort and its sensational two-tiered pool overlooks a picturesque valley. Designed by a specialist architect, the pool allows guests to have the unique sensation of floating above the treetops thanks to its suspended formation. This is certainly one of the world’s most photographed and talked about pools.

Marina Bay Sands

This luxury hotel in Singapore boasts the world’s largest rooftop pool, which overlooks the city’s breathtaking skyline. This infinity pool is located in the Sands SkyPark on the hotel’s 57th floor, and spans 150m in length, offering swimmers a truly remarkable bird’s-eye view of the metropolis below. The pool is open to both day visitors and hotel guests.

The Cumbrian

This wondrous wellness escape nestled in the beguiling Swiss Alps boasts the most beautiful hot pool in the region. In winter, steam rises against the backdrop of snowy mountains from the edge of the infinity pool, while summer brings green vistas in every direction. Relaxation, adventure, comfort and nature, these are the pillars on which the hotel bases its philosophy.

The St. Regis Maldives Resort

This sumptuous island escape has nature at its heart. Designed to respect the environment and reflect its beauty,  this 77 all-villa resort evokes tropical island living at every corner. Each of its luxurious on-land and overwater accommodations have their own pristine a private pool, but the Blue Hole Pool at the hotel’s Iridium Spa is the true showstopper. This aqua marvel is the largest heated seawater hydrotherapy pool in Maldives, and its heated seawater and whirlpool jets melt away tension while offering therapeutic benefits for the mind, body and soul. Guests can absorb the sublime setting from both inside the pool and out, with poolside chaises ideally situated to take in the jaw-dropping natural views.

Vik Chile

This serene boutique retreat in Chile’s Millahue Valley is renowned for its ultra-modern design, warm service, unique experience offerings and unparalleled collection of art. Perched on a hilltop, guests are treated to enchanting views across the vineyard and valleys, with the Andes Mountains in the horizon. The hotel’s remarkable infinity pool, which extends out over a lake below, is the perfect vantage point from which to soak up the stunning Chilean countryside surrounds.

Oetker Collection’s Palácio Tangára

This premier luxury hotel located within São Paolo’s Burle-Marx Park offers a truly opulent and tranquil oasis in Brazil’s most populous city. With easy access to both the business center and leading cultural destinations, while being surrounded by the park’s lush tropical foliage, this hotel provides the best of all worlds. At its center lies an astounding outdoor pool draped in white and flanked by the deepest emerald green flora.

Zadún, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve

This luxe Los Cabos hotel is a jewel on Mexico’s alluring San José del Cabo coastline. A transcendent escape that celebrates the area’s vibrant culture through authentic and immersive experiences, this hotel is a true sanctuary set in paradise. Curated to offer the ultimate in luxury travel, the striking design of Zadún honors both the desert and the sea with its elegant semblance. The hotel is characterized by laid-back relaxed accommodations, distinct culinary experiences, superb wellness offerings and highly personalized service. It’s collection of pools sweetens the experience even further, providing exquisite spots fo r guests to lie back and unwind to the backdrop of the azure-blue sea.

Faena Hotel Miami Beach

The talk of the town, Faena Hotel Miami Beach – along with its awe-inspiring pool – quickly became one of the sun-kissed city’s most loved spots after its opening in 2016. Located just to the left of Damien Hirst’s iconic Gone But Not Forgotten, the hotel’s pool is surrounded by custom designed tiles by Juan Gatti, with mesmerizing candy-striped wooden umbrellas peppered around its frame. Chic and inviting, the pool serves as the it place to be, an idyllic setting to unwind and appreciate the surrounding art, innovative design and delightful Florida palm trees. After a dip, head over to Francis Mallmann’s Los Fuegos restaurant just a few step away to feast on some of the renowned chef’s South American cuisine.

Laucala Island

Set in true paradise, this outstanding Fijian resort brings together breathtaking natural beauty with exceptional service, design and hospitality. The resort’s 21 500 square-foot lagoon-style pool is a piece of art, with a striking 82-foot glass cube-turned-lap-pool at its center. Giving the illusion of floating above water, this pool gives swimmers all the mermaid feels. Even better, the double pool offering is encircled with swaying palms, flourishing tropical greenery, the cerulean South Pacific and an immaculate beach.

The Berkeley

On the seventh floor of London’s iconic The Berkeley, is the beloved hotel’s pool alongside a flourishing rooftop garden. With panoramic views across Hyde Park, this refined retreat in affluent Knightsbridge will have you feeling as if you’ve left the city for the countryside. The epitome of modern British luxury, the hotel boasts gorgeous interiors by revered designers, afternoon tea delights with a twist and impeccable service that will leave you beaming.

Villa d’Este

This emblematic Lake Como masterpiece hotel has a history that extends back to the 1500s when it was built as a cardinal’s residence. Stately and truly spectacular, this lavish hotel ticks all the boxes. Front and center is the hotel’s picture-perfect floating pool. Framed neatly by pool loungers, and anchored in the water of Lake Como, this truly unique and much-loved pool is a statement on its own.

The Silo Hotel

A design statement in Cape Town’s most picturesque neighborhood, The Silo wows with views on views on views. With Table Mountain on one side and the epochal Victoria & Alfred Waterfront on the other, the hotel’s glass-encased, T-shaped rooftop pool could not have a more idyllic backdrop. The hotel itself – which is built on a historic granary silo – is as exclusive as they come. With only 28-rooms, outstanding service and unwavering privacy are what can be expected.

Grace Hotel

Greece has its fair share of snap-worthy pools that look onto the Aegan, but the Auberge Resorts Collection’s Grace Hotel in Santorini is something special. The hotel is home to the island’s largest infinity pool which sits just shy of 1000 feet above the Caldera. Its view is peppered with white-washed houses and the iridescent sea, and with only fourteen poolside lounge chairs available, its a very exclusive spot to spend your day.

Hotel Hubertus

Sweeping views across the Dolomites are met with striking design at this exquisite South Tyrolean hotel, whose pool sits center stage. The hotel’s pool terrace is the largest in the area, and is the ideal place from which to marvel at the surrounding UNESCO World Heritage Site. A hotel built for wellness, hiking and skiing, adventurers will feel right at home here, especially when exploring the Hubertus water world with its six indoor and outdoor pools.

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