Are you in the habit of checking out the pools at luxury hotels before making a reservation? Here is a list of the top 20 most awesome pools in the world to make your travel duties easier. From fantastic views to innovative construction to a Guinness World Record, these hotel pools have it all.
1. Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
Like a pool with a view? Then you will love the 150-metre infinity pool with a view of the Singapore skyline at Marina Bay Sands’ cantilevered rooftop, Sands Sky Park.
2. Alila Villas, Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia
The Alila Villas property, which stands atop a plateau, comprises 84 villas, each of which have a plunge pool of their own. Additionally, there is a 50-metre main swimming pool offering views of the Indian Ocean.
3. Qasr Al Sarab, Abu Dhabi
This luxury resort stands in the deserts of the Empty Quarter. Its curvy illuminated freeform pool is a jewel in Qase Al Sarab’s crown.
4. The Conrad Maldives, Rangali Island
You will have to book a seaplane to get to the Conrad Maldives. The luxury hotel that houses a wine cellar and an underwater restaurant, and features submarine tours also houses an infinity pool against the backdrop of the Bali Sea.
5. Amangiri, Canyon Point, Utah
We have heard plenty about Amangiri’s brilliant architecture, but not much has been said about its L-shaped pool. Like the rest of the luxury resort, the pool blends in with the stark surroundings. A natural rock formation stands in the centre, and sand-colored architecture and glass suites surround the pool.
6. Hotel Caruso, Ravello, Italy
The Hotel Caruso stands in a former palace along the Amalfi Coast, facing the Mediterranean. The luxury hotel is crowned by an elliptical pool. To get there, you have to walk through a path lined by rose bushes.
7. San Alfonse del Mar, Algarrobo, Chile
The pool at the San Alfonse del Mar holds a Guinness World Record for being the world’s largest. It measures in at two-thirds of a mile – encouraging not just swimmers but also boaters to make the most of this South Pacific-kissing pool. But it may not be the largest for much longer. Crystal Lagoons, which created the pool, are now working on a larger project in Egypt.
8. Perivolas, Santorini, Greece
The infinity pool at this amphitheatre-like hotel near Olia village offers guests a breathtaking view of the Aegean Sea.
9. The Joule, Dallas, Texas
This renovated, 1920s neo-Gothic luxury hotel houses a cantilevered rooftop pool that has a glass wall to allow swimmers an underwater view of the Dallas skyline.
10. Kemang Icon, Jakarta, Indonesia
The Kemang Icon has an overflow pool that is similar to the one at The Joule. You can admire the Jakarta skyline from the pool itself. Plus, there is a rooftop lounge named Edge.
11. Amankila, Bali
You have the hills and the Lombok Strait providing fantastic views at this three-tire pool in a Karangasem luxury resort.
12. Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, Cap d’Antibes, France
This 1870s property underwent a $70-million makeover and reopened this spring. The glassy pool at this hotel stands poised over the Mediterranean Sea.
13. Alila Ubud, Bali Indonesia
The pool here is almost like a mirror. Appearing to float above the Ayung River valley, the poolside offers a mix of the traditional (thatched roofs) and the modern (clean lines of concrete).
14. Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas
When in Las Vegas, check out the 1.6 million gallon wave pool that stands on an artificial beach made of 2,700 tons of sand. Waves here rise to heights of six feet.
15. Oberoi Udayvilas, Udaipur, India
Set in Rajasthan, this palace-style hotel has a semi-private swimming pool that rings the lakefront rooms on the property like a moat.
16. Orlando Marriott, Orlando, Florida
Located near Disneyland, the Orlando Marriott has a wet-and-wild main pool whose star attraction is the 106-foot waterslide. The pool is ringed with palm trees and there are waterfalls as well.
17. Amangani, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
The steamy pool at Amangani stands 7,000 feet above sea level and offers fantastic views of the Grand Teton mountains.
18. Hilton Maldives/Iru Fushi Resort & Spa, Maldives
You can’t tell where the pool ends and the Laccadive Sea begins at this Noonu Atoll property.
19. Sheraton Waikiki, Honolulu, Hawaii
Head to the infinity pool at the newly renovated Sheraton Waikiki for great views of the Pacific Ocean and the Diamond Head.
20. The Address, Dubai
This luxury hotel has a three-tier infinity pool that creates a moat around the hotel while offering views of the Dubai Fountain and the Burj Khalifa.