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25 Best Hotel Pools in the World

Do you want to make a stylish splash during your vacation? Then dive into our list of the 25 best hotel pools in the world. From swimming in the mountains to splashing in the canyons, ocean views to jungle vibes, we’ve got something for everyone, no matter what your pool preference.

25 Best Hotel Pools in the World

1. Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Lake Como, Italy

The Grand Hotel Tremezzo is situated on Lake Como in Italy. It is home to the iconic water-on-the-water pool that looks like it is floating on the lake. As you dip in the azure blue pool you are surrounded by the darker water of the lake. The scenery of the Grigne mountains shimmers in the background. This is a hotel pool that makes you feel like you are bathing in the wild! The hotel also has another fabulous pool tucked away in a secluded nook of its palace park.

grand hotel tremezzo

2. The Lake Argyle Resort, Western Australia

In the far north of Western Australia, in the remote Kimberley region lies Australia’s second-largest, freshwater man-made reservoir. This nature lovers’ Eden is nestled in the rugged billion-year-old landscape. The resort’s 35-meter (114-foot) infinity pool is spectacular and overlooks some of the most awe-inspiring scenery in Australia. It is at its most magical at sunset. This is when the kaleidoscopic sky reflects in the water and the landscape and pool seem to merge.

The Lake Argyle Resort, Australia

3. The Silo Hotel, South Africa

Located in Cape Town on the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, the Silo Hotel occupies the grain elevator portion of a historic grain silo complex above the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA). The hotel bills itself as “a celebration of art, style, architecture and design”. Its spectacular rooftop pool has glass sides and unrivalled views of Table Mountain and Lion’s Head as well as the Atlantic Ocean and city skyline. Sunsets from here are mesmerising and memorable.

The Silo, South Africa

4. Four Seasons Safari Lodge, Tanzania

Deep in the heart of Tanzania in the celebrated Serengeti wildlife reserve lies The Four Seasons Safari Lodge. When you’ve finished your safari adventure admiring the Big Five – lions, leopards, buffalos, elephants and rhinoceros – refresh yourself with a soak in the hotel’s pool. This free-form infinity pool affords astonishing views of the untamed landscape of the Serengeti plains. Not only that but the pool is located close to a waterhole where many animals come to refresh. You can watch families of elephants enjoy their morning drink as you enjoy a morning swim. No need to go on a safari when you can experience exciting wildlife gatherings poolside!

Four Seasons Safari Lodge, Tanzania

5. Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, France

Hotel de Cap-Eden-Roc is located in Antibes, a resort town between Cannes and Nice on the Côte d’Azur (French Riviera). It is a very popular hotel with the rich and famous. In 1974, the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc blasted the basalt cliffside with dynamite and built a piscine. This organically shaped saltwater infinity pool juts out beyond the rocks and looks like it is part of the Mediterranean Sea. With its cliff-hugging location and celebrities splashing around, this hotel pool is one of the most glamourous in the world.

Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, France

6. St Regis Lhasa Resort, Tibet

St Regis Lhasa Resort describes itself as “standing on the roof of the world” due to its location in the Himalayas. Surrounded by towering mountain peaks, the hotel also looks out onto the jaw-dropping Potala Palace. The hotel comprises guest rooms, villas and suites. It is also home to the first-ever fine-dining restaurant in Tibet. However, apart from its location, one of the most spectacular attractions of the hotel is its “Golden Energy Pool”. The indoor pool is full of therapeutic saltwater. This is heated to a blissful 28-32°C (82-90° F). Its golden glow is due to the thousands of gold plated tiles that line the bottom and sides.

St. Regis Lhasa Resort – Tibet

7. Viceroy Los Cabos, Mexico

Viceroy is located in San José del Cabo in Baja California Sur. The luxury resort features cinematic views and striking architecture around every turn. Miguel Angel Aragonés designed this hotel to celebrate the concept of water. In fact, water wraps around the resort buildings making them look like they are floating. There is a collection of five curvilinear pools or “water mirrors” that stretch out to the open sea and distant horizon. Perhaps the most dazzling are the infinity-edge beachfront pools with custom-made solid teak sun loungers. It is just visually stunning.


8. Marina Bay Sands Hotel, Singapore

The Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore is the most expensive hotel ever built. The hotel looks like it is on stilts as it comprises three 55-storey towers containing over 2500 luxury rooms and suites. It is here, some 200 metres (656 feet) in the sky where you’ll find the world’s largest rooftop infinity pool. Take the elevator 57 floors up and you can sunbathe, lounge, splish and splash in the 150-meter (492-foot) infinity-edged pool whilst soaking in the views of the sparkling Singapore skyline. The Sands SkyPark, as it is known, features a public observatory deck, blooming gardens and many restaurants for a memorable sky-high experience.


9. Amangiri, Utah, USA

Amangiri is located in Utah in the Southwest of America. The wilderness resort blends seamlessly into its desert surroundings and feels like it is built into the rock formations. The luxury resort has a remarkable swimming pool. It is set within a sunken courtyard and framed by a rock escarpment. It is the most extraordinary pool in which to take a dip to escape the desert heat. This doesn’t feel like a hotel pool. It feels like you are swimming in a natural waterhole.

Best hotel pools in the world

10. Delamore Lodge, Waiheke Island, New Zealand

Delamore Lodge is located on the secluded Waiheke Island in the Hauraki Gulf of New Zealand. On the grounds of this luxurious resort-style boutique hotel, you’ll find New Zealand’s most famous infinity pool. The heated clifftop infinity pool is very photogenic, and from here you have unrivalled views of Owhanake Bay. It is an idyllic place for relaxation and romance.

Best hotel pools in the world

11. Laucala Island, Fiji

Laucala Island is an exclusive, private island resort in Fiji. It is where you’ll find one of the most picturesque pools in the world. Situated in the middle of a huge lush lagoon-style pool is a glass-walled lap pool. You are literally doing laps in luxury. The pool area also features a shell-like bar for swim-up cocktails. With its soaring palm trees and colourful flowers, this really is a tropical fantasy island.

Laucala Island, Fiji

12. Belmond Hotel Caruso, Amalfi Coast, Italy

The Belmond Hotel Caruso on the picturesque Amalfi Coast, one of Italy’s top luxury spa hotels. This 11th-century hotel is located at the highest point above the town of Ravello. Because of this location, when you see the spectacular infinity pool it looks like it is suspended in the clouds. It really is an architectural masterpiece. As you float along you can soak up the sweeping views of the coastline below. The pool also has a concierge service and you can order a Kindle with a selection of reading material. However, the surroundings will distract you too much to be able to concentrate on reading.

Best hotel pools in the world

13. Ashford Castle, Mayo, Ireland

Ashford Castle is evocative of an elegant and bygone age. This feeling also extends to its sublime pool. French architect Phillipe Bonino designed the pool which is housed in a bronze conservatory. As you float along, you are surrounded by opulence and views of Lough Corrib. You can gaze up at the three seashell chandeliers and admire the ‘Tree of Life’ mosaic. South African artist Jane Du Rand created the mosaic which stretches across an entire wall. The pool room is like a grand drawing-room and very fitting for a castle.

Best hotel pools in the world

14. Alva Park Costa Brava, Girona, Spain

This five-star hotel close to the Spanish city of Girona has a strong Asian theme throughout. Think Buddhas, Indian prints and scented orchards. The theme also extends to its beautiful outdoor pool. It is fringed by palm trees and has a wooden deck with very comfortable loungers. Chilling out in this pool you get lovely views of Alva Park. The pool is particularly charming at nighttime when it is lit by candlelight.

Best hotel pools in the world

15. Wildflower Hall, Shimla in the Himalayas, India

Wildflower Hall is a five-star hotel in Shimla. It once was the residence of Lord Kitchener, erstwhile commander in chief of the British army. The hotel rests atop the Himalayas at 2514.6 meters (8,250 feet) high. It is surrounded by cedar forests within the Shimla Reserve Forest Sanctuary. This region is famed for its flora and fauna and vibrant birdlife. When you relax in the hotel’s infinity-edge outdoor pool you feel like you are above the clouds. High in the sky. The bright yellow loungers and parasols mimic the sun, which at this altitude, feels closer than ever.

wildflower hall

16. Aqua Dome Spa and Hotel, Oberlängenfeld, Austria

The Aqua Dome Spa and Hotel is home to the only thermal spring in Western Austria. Located in the heart of the Ötztal mountains, the hotel has 12 heated pools. With both indoor and outdoor options, there’s a perfect pool for everyone. However, the three bowl-shaped outdoor pools, surrounded by the might peaks are the most striking. One of the best times to enjoy these outdoor pools is when it is snowing.

Best hotel pools in the world

17. Capella, Ubud, Indonesia

This luxury tented camp is nestled in the heart of lush green forests. Architect Bill Bensley designed it to capture the spirit of adventure. Each tent has its own beautiful pool. However, the 30-metre (98-foot) long outdoor rainforest pool is worth leaving your room for. It is dubbed ‘the Cistern’. Its eye-catching zigzag sides and striped interior are mesmerising and the pool is flanked by tall palms and lush vegetation. Swimming here is an incredibly serene experience.

Best hotel pools in the world

18. Amanera, Dominican Republic

The Amanera is a luxury resort in the Caribbean jungle that overlooks the ocean. John Heah designed the architecturally striking resort and he added a lot of water features, including pools throughout. Whilst all beautiful, the 130-foot infinity-edge main pool is particularly inviting. Immense and curvaceous, as you swim you see the most glorious panoramas of the verdant cliff and mountains, as the waves of the Atlantic lap the golden sands below.

Best hotel pools in the world

19. Hacienda Uayamon, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

Hacienda Uayamon is a restored mansion house that dates back to the 17th-century. You’ll find its remarkable pool in what once was the machine room. The surrounding walls are authentic and attractive with trees growing out of them. Rising up out of the water are two old columns. It’s such a striking scene and floating by you feel a wave of peacefulness wash over you.

Hacienda Uayamon

20. Grace Hotel, Santorini, Greece

Grace Santorini is a beautiful boutique hotel located high above Santorini’s world-famous caldera. As you can imagine, the views from up here are sweeping and spectacular. The hotel has a minimalist vibe with lots of pristine white walls and decor. The blues match the surrounding sea. Speaking of which, the views of the sea from the contemporary infinity pool are simply splendid. This pool is the island’s largest infinity pool and as you swim you have uninterrupted vistas across the caldera.

Grace Hotel

21. One & Only Reethi Rah, Malé, Maldives

One & Only Reethi Rah is located in Maldives’ North Male Atoll. This luxurious five-star hotel has three sensational swimming pools, each with its own tropical setting and fabulous features. Our favourite is the adults-only lap pool. This pool juts out into the lagoon and has an infinity edge. It looks like it’s dropping right off into the sea. If that wasn’t enough, inside the pool you’ll find a jetted water feature and carved stone bed at one end.

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22. The Berkeley Hotel, London, England

The Berkely Hotel is in London’s swanky Knightsbridge neighbourhood. It is home to one of only two semi-public rooftop pools in London. This luxury swimming pool is located on the seventh floor. From here, you can enjoy terrific city views as you lounge or do a few laps. Gold-coloured mosaic tiles stud the pool floor and sides and there is a pretty cloistered area with loungers. The rooftop pool is a world away from the chaotic city below.

the berkeley

23. Altira Hotel, Macau

Located in Macau, China, the Altira Hotel is a casino and resort in the tallest building on Taipa. Its indoor infinity pool is simply beautiful and as you relax you can listen to music underwater. The star of the show though is the floor-to-ceiling windows with sweeping views of the Macau Peninsula. No wonder this hotel pool is constantly ranked as one of the best in the world.

Best hotel pools in the world

24. The Mulia, Bali, Indonesia

This Bali resort has one of the most photogenic and Instagramable pools we have ever seen. Called the Oasis Pool, this infinity pool is mere steps from the Indian Ocean. Curvacious, 6-meter (20-foot) Balinese inspired statues of ladies harvesting rice line the sides. These signify prosperity and wealth, both of which you need to stay in such luxurious surroundings. To signify your wealth, spend time poolside lounging in one of the private cabanas.

The Mulia, Mulia Resort & Villas, Bali

25. Hotel Indigo Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong

The Hotel Indigo in Hong Kong has an incredible looking glass-bottomed infinity pool. It juts out from the 29th floor of the hotel building. As you practice your laps you can see straight down into the street below. The pedestrians can see right up to you! It’s no wonder that the hotel won an award for its architecture. It is an incredibly bold design.

Hotel Indigo Hong Kong Island

Melanie May

Melanie is an intrepid solo traveller, endlessly curious about people, places and food. She is a fan of slow travel and loves exploring the world by mouth, discovering a culture through its food. Having backpacked her way around the world she turned her wanderlust into a career and is now a full-time travel writer.

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