After a long winter of quarantine, most of us can’t wait for a change of scenery – perhaps even a splurge-worthy one. If there was ever a time to take the luxurious route with a five-star hotel, it’s right now, when there’s so much lost travel time to make up for. And – while you can’t judge a book by its cover – you can most definitely judge a hotel by its swimming pool(s). The crown jewel of most hotels and resorts, an unforgettable swimming pool can complete a vacation. Whether you’re swimming laps or lounging in a cabana poolside, these are some of the most stunning hotel pools in the world.
The Four Seasons Safari Lodge; Tanzania
The stunning free-form infinity pool at the unforgettable Four Seasons Safari Lodge overlooks the celebrated and untamed landscape of the Serengeti plains. Frequent wildlife sightings – including the Big Five; the elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, and rhinoceros – are all part of a dip in this dreamy swimming pool.
Grace Hotel; Santorini
The pool at Grace hotel on the island of Santorini is straight from a wanderlust-inducing and quintessential Greece postcard. The impeccable infinity pool seems to blend seamlessly into the Mediterranean Sea, offering unmatched views of its endless beauty – especially at sunset (with a cocktail in hand).
The Lake Argyle Resort; Australia
Western Australia’s off-the-beaten-path The Lake Argyle Resort is a luxurious nature lover’s paradise. Here, an endless mountainous landscape and vast tortoise and crocodile-filled lake are best enjoyed from a pristine 115-foot infinity-edge saltwater pool.
Amangiri; Canyon Point; Utah
The magnificent swimming pool at Utah’s Amangiri hotel shines in the one-of-a-kind department. Surrounded by a dramatic sandstone desert, this photo-worthy swimming hole is built around a massive 165-million-year-old(!) rock.
Marina Bay Sands; Singapore
Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands hotel’s famous pool – perhaps best recognized from the final scene of Crazy Rich Asians – offers some of the most stunning city views and is an experience in itself. As the world’s largest rooftop infinity pool, this nearly 500-ft-long, futuristic swimming pool spans the 57th floor of the hotel.
The Joule; Dallas
In addition to the celebrated cuisine and interior design at The Joule in Dallas, the conversation-provoking 10th-floor swimming pool is a major draw of the sleek hotel. The pool cantilevers eight-feet over the street below and features a glass wall offering a dose of adrenaline for swimmers brave enough to stand on the edge.
The Mulia; Bali
The unforgettably artful Oasis Pool at The Mulia in Bali sits just steps from the dreamy Indian Ocean. Here, your pool day comes with a side of visual appeal (and inevitable photo ops) thanks to signature Balinese statues that flank the infinity pool – and the never-ending ocean, naturally.
Grand Hotel Tremezzo; Lake Como, Italy
Lake Como, Italy’s Grand Hotel Tremezzo offers incredible views from its water-on-water swimming pool. Set on the famous scenic lake, surrounded by the breathtaking Grigne Mountains, the floating pool sits on water pontoons and also features a wide wood deck for sunning.
The Cambrian; Adelboden, Switzerland
Located in Adelboden, Switzerland, The Cambrian offers a wellness-filled year-round escape for skiers and spa-seekers. In addition to its mood-elevating and award-winning spa, its breathtaking infinity swimming pool soothes the soul with unmatched views of the Swiss Alps.
Bel Air Collection Resort & Spa; Cancun
A more tranquil alternative to Cancun’s sprawling mega-resorts, the adults-only Bel Air Collection Resort & Spa features a large and peaceful infinity pool that seems to flow into the ocean. The well-designed space also features a whirlpool and swim-up bar.
Wildflower Hall; Shimla in the Himalayas
Wildflower Hall’s heated indoor pool (famously known for its chandelier), with its scenic outdoor deck, and infinity-edge outdoor whirlpool, offers a chance to immerse oneself in the bountiful nature that surrounds this view-filled hotel.
Featured Image: Four Seasons Lodge Serengeti