Top 10 Pools Worth Drooling Over
Looking for the perfect poolside retreat? We’ve searched far and wide for the most unique pools that you’ll definitely want to dive into on your next holiday. Whether you prefer infinity, salt water, or a private plunge pool to call your own, we’ve rounded it down to ten of our favourites:
1. Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
This infinity pool located 57 stories up in the Marina Bay Sands Hotel was recently voted in the top 10 hotel rooftop pools by The Huffington Post – and it’s easy to see why. This pool sits flat on the top three towers, which are comprised of more than 2,500 hotel rooms and suites. While swimming in this stunning pool, you can take in a bird’s eye view of Singapore while listening to chilled out house music played by local DJs, and sipping on a Singapore Sling. Talk about a pool with a view!
2. qualia, Hamilton Island, Australia
qualia features not one, but two swimming pools, both with infinity edges, allowing them to blend seamlessly with their gorgeous Whitsunday Island surrounds. One makes a great lunching spot too, while the other is the place for evening cocktails. qualia doesn’t accept guests under the age of 16, so peace and quiet is practically guaranteed here. Soak it all up from one of the 60 luxury pavilions, all of which face the impossibly blue water.
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3. Alila Villas Uluwatu, Bali
Located on a clifftop plateau along the southern coastline of Bali, this calm, shimmering swimming pool appears to be floating above the ocean below. See it for yourself at the Alila Villas Uluwatu - if you can tear yourself away from your own private pool, that is. Here, the view is nothing short of picture-perfect, especially at sunset.
4. Six Senses Yao Noi, Thailand
The first time you lay eyes on the pool at Six Senses Yao Noi will be from your helicopter as you transfer to this secluded island. Once on terra firma, take a dip in the pool and gaze out across karst peaks that tower before you across the reflective waters of Phang Nga Bay. Alternatively, choose a Pool Villa, and get those views, and the pool, all to yourself…
5. Mykonos Grand Hotel & Resort, Mykonos, Greece
Dreaming of a Greek Island escape? If the picture hasn’t already sold you, we promise you will fall in love with Mykonos Grand Hotel & Resort. Found right on the sand, this elegant resort offers an inviting pool surrounded by sun loungers and chaise lounges, the perfect spot to while away a sunny afternoon with a refreshing drink or two before watching the sun sink below the horizon. Some suites boast private, heated pools which merge effortlessly with the blue sea beyond.
6. InterContinental Resort, Tahiti
The InterContinental Tahiti Resort has long been rated the top hotel on the island of Tahiti. Located alongside the lagoon with a view of Tahiti’s sister island, Moorea, the hotel is located on over 30 acres of flush, full gardens and contains not one, but two superb infinity pools (one being a fresh water sand-bottom pool). Imagine yourself sitting here and enjoying a poolside lunch of the typically Tahitian dish of poisson cru: raw tuna marinated in lemon and coconut milk.
7. Lion Sands Tinga Lodge, Kruger National Park, South Africa
With just nine suites, Tinga Lodge commands a secluded spot by the river in the Lion Sands Game Reserve. Each room boasts its own private plunge pool, so you can admire Kruger National Park’s sensational sunsets in the comfort of your own space. Meanwhile the communal pool looks out over the river, allowing you to watch the water meander by and, if you’re lucky, the wildlife coming down to drink.
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8. Jade Mountain Resort, St Lucia
Jade Mountain Resort’s infinity pool looks straight across to the Pitons, a cluster of volcanic mountains that rise up from the surrounding sea. You'll also be able to soak up the view from your suite, which is missing a wall, letting all the light flood in. When not floating in the pool or admiring the views, sign up to the hotel's Chocolate Lab session, which shows you how the hotel's own cocoa trees are used to make chocolate treats. Best of all, you can taste some too!
9. Shangri-La Mactan, Cebu, Philippines
Looking for tropical paradise? We’ve found it! Tucked in amongst a lush tropical landscape with a crystalline coastline, Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa, Cebu, is the premier, award-winning deluxe resort in the Philippines. The resort offers two swimming pools amid 32 acres of landscaped gardens.
10. Hotel Kia Ora Resort and Spa, Rangiroa
Located on the northwest part of the atoll of Rangiroa, this pool is nestled in the heart of a magnificent coconut plantation, bordered by a white sandy beach and a turquoise lagoon. The hotel boasts elegant and refined architecture in perfect harmony with its environment.