The best hotel swimming pools are those where the same attention to detail and luxurious flourishes seen in the room decor are reflected in the exterior design. There are certain city-based sojourns where you can just about manage without a place to dip your toes, but largely, a hotel pool is a prerequisite, whether you’re staying in Britain or somewhere balmier. Who better to shortlist the best pools that the world has to offer than tailor-made travel experts, Winged Boots. Their knowledge of the finest resorts from continent to continent in conjunction with their experienced team of personal travel managers allow Winged Boots to create bespoke itineraries for its roster of discerning clients. Read on for their round-up of the top ten hotel swimming pools around the world and what makes them stand-out.
Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
This luxury resort opened in 2010 and was reported to be the world’s most expensive casino. Inside, there’s more than 2,000 rooms, a museum, two theatres, a shopping mall, a restaurant recognised for its celebrity chefs and of course, an impressive casino. It’s also known for boasting one of the best infinity pools in existence, not only does Marina Bay Sands have the world’s largest infinity pool, but surely must be rivalled to have one of the most impressive in terms of design.
Winged Boots says: “Located above the city, Marina Bay Sand’s iconic rooftop infinity pool looks as if it’s balancing atop the hotel’s three towers. A vertigo-inducing 57 storeys above the bustling city, it’s the ideal spot for an Instagram snap when in Singapore.”
Jade Mountain, St. Lucia
One of the Caribbean’s most mesmerising hotels, all thanks to its intimacy with nature, its proximity to the Petit and Gros Piton mountains, and its captivating layout – the resort is connected by a series of bridges. But thanks is also due to its infinity swimming pools – 24 of its 29 suites each has its own – which simply have to make Jade Mountain one of the best hotels with private pools in the world.
Winged Boots says: “Jade Mountain’s 24 infinity pool sanctuaries are cleverly designed to offer unobstructed views of the famous Pitons. Ranging from 400 to 900 square feet, each pool is unique in form to flawlessly fit with the shape of the suite and to offer the most glorious vistas from every angle.”
Six Senses Zil Pasyon, Seychelles
Jet off to your very own private island, swim with turtles, walk along coral-fringed beaches and lap up pure luxury at the Six Senses Zil Pasyon. As far as hotels with private pools go, this one scores highly as all 30 of its villas has been designed with at least one outdoor pool. Yes, it’s multi-room residences have two infinity pools – one for upstairs and one for downstairs. So it’s a resort that scores just as highly on the hotels with an infinity pool chart too.
Winged Boots says: “With multiple pool suite options, at Six Senses Zil Pasyon you’re spoilt for choice. However, for that wow-factor dip, be sure to visit the spa pool that’s amongst the island’s iconic boulders overlooking the glistening Indian Ocean.”
Viceroy Los Cabos, Los Cabos
This is a lesson in how hotels with outdoor pools should always look. What makes this one of the best hotel swimming pools is how soothingly sculpted it is in shape and how it connects with the series of other smaller pools and ponds around the resort. You feel at one with the water in this jewel of a resort in Mexico’s crown.
Winged Boots says: “Featuring a maze of water that’s laced with deluxe loungers and umbrellas, the pool at Viceroy Los Cabos is an architectural dream. Spacious, creative and a great view from your room or suite, there couldn’t be a better way to cool off from the Mexican heat.”
The Chedi Muscat, Oman
Five-star resorts with a pool more tempting than the ocean is one thing, but five-star hotels with pools – plural – is when the luxury is elevated to an even higher plane. Such is the case at this sublime hotel on the Gulf of Oman where three blissful areas of water await as well as a 21-acre garden oasis.
Winged Boots says: “With three outdoor temperature-controlled pools to choose from, at The Chedi Muscat, the Middle Eastern heat certainly isn’t a problem. To find refuge in the shade, head to The Serai Pool which comes complete with canopies across the water, or instead take a dip in the region’s longest swimming pool – the aptly named Long Pool – that offers oversized comfortable beds for all guests over the age of 16.”
Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti, Tanzania
Who’s for a hotel with a pool in the room? Stay in the Terrace Suite or one of the resort’s villas and you’ll have just that. Beyond the doors and onto your private veranda, this African hotel’s infinity pool looks out onto the savannah. Though that’s not the only option for a dip. This Tanzanian getaway also has a crystal clear blue infinity pool for all hotel guests to enjoy.
Winged Boots says: “Overlooking an elephant’s watering hole, the pool at Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti is the ideal way to begin, or end, your safari experience. Be sure to always have your camera to hand, as you never know what animals may pop by during your morning laps.”
The Oberoi Udaivilas, India
Sometimes, the best hotel pools are those with a setting that transcends paradise, such as at this palatial getaway in India’s Udaipur region which is known as ‘the city of lakes’. When slowly swimming or reclining at the side of the resort’s pool, know that you’re in the company of 40 acres of landscaped gardens, perched on the banks of unspoilt Lake Pichola.
Winged Boots says: “Inspired by traditional Indian palaces, we’re sure that after just one night’s stay at The Oberoi Udaivilas you’ll feel like a King or Queen. With backdrops of the resort’s intricate domes, arches and maze-like corridors, the tranquil pool is a great spot to take respite from the bustling city.”
Hanging Gardens of Bali, Bali
Nestled in the depths of Indonesia’s Ubud jungle hides this magnificent treehouse-inspired Balinese resort. The food is exquisite, the decor is divine, and its stance is tall and strong, but it’s the suspended rooftop swimming pool that truly deserves applause. If you thought one rooftop pool was enough, think again. Because of the hotel’s architecture, the roof is split on two levels, meaning there’s an excuse to have just one more.
Winged Boots says: “Whether you choose to lay horizontal in the partially submerged sunbeds, or hang on the edge of the infinity pool overlooking Bali’s stunning rainforest, the remarkable swimming pool at Hanging Gardens of Bali has to be experienced to be truly appreciated.”
Belmond Hotel Splendido, Italy
An Instagram-worthy gem of an Italian residence within a 16th-century monastery, the Belmond Hotel Splendido is perched on the cliffside, surrounded by terraced gardens, overlooking the breathtaking Portofino bay. Add to that its interior design of marble meets antiques meets a calming neutral palette and the joys of the outdoor saltwater infinity pool, and it’s clear that this hotel delivers inside and out.
Winged Boots says: “Quaint coffee shops run by generations of friendly locals, yachts and fishing boats bobbing atop the azure waves, and cliffs adorned with pastel painted houses – Portofino’s breath-taking scenery is like stepping into a fairytale. And the best spot to soak it up is from Belmond Hotel Splendido’s pool.”
Caesars Palace, Las Vegas
This legendary resort in Nevada is synonymous with pomp and splendour. Greco-Romanesque in design, Caesars Palace isn’t all about the casino and Colosseum concert venue. It has numerous outdoor swimming pools decorated with statues of Greek and Roman gods – aptly named the Garden of the Gods pool complex – so you can cover playtime, party time and poolside time.
Winged Boots says: “A slight curveball, however where else can you play blackjack in your speedos than in the city of sin, Las Vegas. Caesars Palace’s Fortuna Pool has swim-up tables with waist-high water that will cater to daytime gamblers looking to try their luck under the blazing Nevada sun.”