Everyone loves a luxurious swimming pool, not least for their photo worthy potential and we’ve put together our top ten picks of the world’s most amazing pools.
1.Swissôtel Kolkata, India
Boasting a prime position overlooking the city, this breathtaking infinity pool has proven to be a major draw for celebrities as well as hotel guests alike, with truly stunning views. This monumental view also serves as a backdrop to Splash, a funky outdoor bar complementing the rooftop pool with its soothing lounge music and billowing white curtains.
2.Raffles Seychelles, Praslin
One of the world’s most notable hotels, nestled deep in the Indian Ocean and offering well-healed guests not one but two, 45-meter-long infinity pools just perfect for relaxing and sunbathing around. For the sheer tropical beauty of the Seychelles this hotel pool is a serious contender in the view stakes.
3.Fairmont Mayakoba, Riviera Maya
This hotel, located in its own luxury gated community near holiday-hotspot Playa del Carmen, features a total of five freshwater pools for guests to enjoy whilst taking in the distinct ecosystems that thrive in this mystical Mayan land; Beachfront, jungle, tropical forest and navigable water canals are just some of the views available. There is an adult’s only pool and a fun children’s pool complete with obligatory waterslide.
4.Fairmont Le Château Montebello, Quebec
Another Fairmont property, but this time entirely different. This hotel’s pool has a rich history, built in 1931 for the private use of the Seigniory Club – whose elite membership included reputed Canadian businessmen, politicians, foreign dignitaries and international celebrities and at 75-foot-long, this pool is the largest indoor hotel pool in Canada. Inspired by the châteaux of the Swiss Alps, the resort and the pool were built using the same roughhewn log construction that made the property famous. An artistic coffered hand-painted wooden ceiling with colorful motives of sea horses, scorpions and flowers in tones of burgundy, green and white adds to the rustic vibe of the pool.
5.San Alfonso del Mar, Chile
Known around the world for its vast swimming pool, San Alfonso del Mar boasts the world’s second largest swimming pool (recently overtaken by a property in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt) but at 1,013m (3,323 ft) long and containing 250 million litres of seawater, this swimming pool is quite the talking point. The water itself is pumped from the Pacific Ocean before being filtered and treated, safe for guests to float away the day. Literally.
7. Four Seasons Shanghai, China
Once given the title of the ‘World’s sexiest hotel pool’, couples can book exclusive access to the 41st floor pool. Your private dip can even be accompanied by champagne, canapes and a romantic soundtrack, all to the backdrop of jaw-dropping views out across the city.
7. Park Hyatt Sydney, Australia
This hotel screams stylish opulence and no where more so than from it’s organic rooftop pool. Enjoy a refreshing morning dip as you gaze out towards the Sydney Opera House and the curves of the Harbour Bridge. For sheer wow factor, this hotel wins hands down!
8. Shangri-La at The Shard, London
High-up on level 52 of the UK’s tallest building, in the world-renowned Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, you can escape the weather by submerging yourself in The Skypool. Facing west across the City, the 11×4 metre heated pool features beautiful views of landmarks such as St Paul’s Cathedral, the London Eye and The Houses of Parliment, providing the perfect spot to enjoy the iconic vista. Come night fall, the area transforms itself, merging with neighbouring Gong cocktail bar.
9. The Intercontinental Dubai Festival City, United Arab Emirates
This hotel not only has a great location for both business and leisure travellers but its 25-metre infinity pool which hangs precariously over the edge of the building is a must for thrill-seekers. Extending onto a balcony that offers panoramic views of Dubai, the pool at the Intercontinental is an attraction for those both swimming in it and those watching from the terrace below. It’s even enclosed in a curved glass wall so swimmers get unrivalled views of the skyline.