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Lots of vacationers like to take a dip in the pool when they stay at a new hotel. But just because you’ve seen a few hotel pools, don’t think you’ve seen them all! Some hotels pools around the world are famous for their unique and imaginative shape that do much more than just cool you off on a hot day. Some pools showcase stunning natural landscapes, offer healing mineral waters, and transform the way we think about travel destinations.
Here are some of our favorite inspiring and memorable hotel pools around the world. There are so many amazing hotels to choose from if you love pools, but these are a good place to start!
The Greek Islands are a very magical place for tourists to explore, and Grace Santorini offers some of the best views a traveler could hope for. One of the best hotels in Santorini, here you’ll get vast views of the Mediterranean Sea from the hotel’s infinity pool on the terrace. In the distance, you can also see the Kameni, Nea, Palaia, and Thirasia Islands. This is a place where you can a cocktail or even dinner as well as you watch the sun set over the sea. This ultra-chic boutique hotel offers daily complimentary yoga classes and is a favorite among honeymooning couples. Santoro is the onsite open-air restaurant, and don’t miss out on trying the Grace cocktail from mixologist Salvatore Calabrese. It’s a delicious mix of apple juice, pear puree, premium vodka, lemon juice, and lemongrass.
El Ganzo is a boutique hotel in San Jose del Cabo that has only been open for a little while now. A big draw here is the infinity-edge pool that spans over 2,000 square feet in size and has a hot tub with glass walls. Here you’ll also find tropical daybeds, a bar, a sushi restaurant, and unique music mixes. Come here for a hip pool and an edgy vibe on your vacation to Mexico. Live music performances and visual art exhibits will spark your creativity while staying in one of the stylish rooms and appreciating the natural beauty of the Sea of Cortez. El Ganzo is changing the way that travelers experience San Jose del Cabo, from the pool scene and beyond.
To experience the countryside and lush jungles of Cambodia from a place of luxury, consider staying at the Phum Baitang in Siem Reap. Not only is this a nice home base to explore Angkor Wat nearby, but there’s a 164-foot infinity pool that’s definitely worth checking out. At this top resort in Cambodia, you’ll find a huge pool that is fun to lounge around in and very scenic. For a more intimate experience, there are also private plunge pools near each of the villas.
An architect designed the infinity pool at Heritance Kandalama Hotel that’s nothing short of impressive. The pool gives the illusion of almost flowing into Kandalama Lake with this stunning view. The pool has often featured live, soothing music of the traditional style for guests to enjoy. And for a change of pace, you can check out the hotel’s other two pools too. The largest one is even equipped for water polo and other water sports. When you stay here, you’ll be close to Minneriya/Kaudulla National Park, the Dambulla Cave Temple, the Sigiriya rock fortress, and the cradle of Buddhist civilization known as Anuradhapura. Various room and suite options, as well as onsite dining and cocktail offerings, are available for guests. Heritance is also an ideal spot for a yoga, wellness, or detox retreat.
One of the best hotels in Turks and Caicos, Amanyara is located on the island of Providenciales and has dozens of guest pavilions along the coast. Here you’ll find a black volcanic rock pool with daybeds that practically beg you to come to relax and take in the views. Jean-Michel Gathy designed the pool and has become known as one of the most influential pool designers of our time. Come here to experience a nature lover’s paradise that’s right by the well-preserved reefs of Northwest Point Marine National Park. The open-air villas and pavilions are simplistic in design to let guests really enjoy the dramatic landscape that surrounds them. There’s an onsite restaurant with an ocean view that focuses on Asian, Mediterranean, and seafood dishes, and there’s a spa with four pavilions set out by the reflecting pond.
Kruger National Park is a great place to come for an African Safari, and there’s a lodge here that’s undergone extensive renovations to offer one of the most memorable pools in the world. There’s an 82-foot lap pool, as well as three pools that are located over the river. The lodge has spacious suites and one private villa that overlooks the park and the N’Wanetsi River. Other favorite parts of a stay at this lodge are the wine studio, rooftop terrace, multimedia room, help-yourself deli, and espresso bar. Popular things to do outside of the lodge are game drives, visits to local communities, and stargazing. This is a highly-rated vacation destination that has lots to offer in addition to the excellent pools!
Many travelers define themselves as either beach people or pool people. At the Sarojin in Khao Lak, you can have the best of both worlds and never feel like you’re missing out. The pools feature lovely cabanas that seem to float on top of the water, but the crashing ocean waves are nearby and totally in earshot. This five-star luxury boutique resort opened in 2005 and has been wowing visitors ever since. Pool lovers will enjoy the one-bed residences, outdoor pool with shaded Thai gardens, and pavilions in a tropical setting. There’s also a spacious two-bedroom pool residence that’s perfect for families.
Infinity pools are always among the most impressive installations at hotels, and there’s an awesome one to check out in Oman. The Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara has a large and lovely infinity that stretches along the beach. There are private pool villas here, so it’s easy to enjoy a pool scene that’s all your own. There’s also a private 820-foot beach at Al Baleed Resort Salalah. You can visit the nearby Al Baleed Archaeological Park, grand mosque ruins, and the Museum of Frankincense when you stay at this resort. For kids, there’s a children’s pool, gaming room, and kids and teens club that they can join for fun.
Hong Kong has an impressive city skyline, and one of the best places to take it in is at the InterContinental Hong Kong Hotel. There is a trio of infinity swimming pools with unbelievable views of Victoria Harbor and hot tubs for guests to use. The presidential suite is one of the most impressive rooms in all of Asia and has its own infinity pool that overlooks Hong Kong and Victoria Harbor. This is also an ideal place to stay for foodies because there are Michelin star restaurants here.
*InterContinental Hong Kong is now closed, with the hotel reopening as the Regent Hong Kong in 2022.