Looking for the perfect poolside retreat? We’ve searched far and wide for the most unique pools that you’ll definitely want to plunge 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 that comprise of more than 2500 hotel rooms and suites. While swimming in this stunning pool, you can take in a bird’s eye view of Singapore listening to chilled out house music played by local DJs, and sipping on a Singapore Sling. Talk about a pool with a view!
2. Sheraton Waikiki, Hawaii
The Sheraton Waikiki features Waikiki’s first Infinity Edge Pool, which overlooks the beautiful blue ocean and a view of Diamond Head in the backdrop. The resort is known for its breathtaking ocean-front views offered from 80% of its guest rooms and suites, a first-of-its-kind resort “super-pool” and adult-only infinity pool. This is the perfect place to enjoy a drink and witness a beautiful Hawaaiin sunset.
3. Alila Uluwatu, Bali
Located on a cliff top plateau along the southern coastline of Bali, the calm, emerald-green swimming pool appears to be floating above the Ayung River valley. This pool can be found at Alila Udubu resort in Payangan, which is a traditional Balinese hill village, near Ubud. The view from the pool is nothing less than picture-perfect.
4. San Alfonso del Mar, Algarrobo, Chile
Holding the Guinness world record for the world’s largest crystalline pool, this impressive body of water is one kilometer in length and contains 250 million litres of water. Apart from it’s sheer size, this is not the only attraction in this tourist complex: the intense turquoise colour of the water has been reached because of an advanced technology pumping the water from the Pacific Ocean, filtering it and then supplying it to the pool. The result? The feeling of a Caribbean Sea at the Chilean central coast.
5. Villa Katikies, Santorini Island
Dreaming of a Greek Island escape? If the picture hasn’t already sold you, we promise you will fall in love with Villa Katikies. The private villas are set high on the most westerly point of Oia on Santorini Island, offering incredible views across the Caldera basin. The pool and sunbathing deck on the rooftop has a brilliant outlook and lavish decor that you’ll feel like a celebrity. Some of the rooms have private Jacuzzis! If you can’t get into these villas, try their stylish sister property Katikies Hotel, which was awarded the most famous Small Luxury Hotels in Greece.
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. Dreams Resort, Cancun
Awarded one of the top ten resorts in Mexico by Conde Nast reader’s, Dreams Cancun Resort & Spa is an Unlimited-Luxury resort combining traditional Mayan and contemporary Mexican architecture. Exclusively situated at the shore point known as Punta Cancun, this is the only resort surrounded on three sides by the brilliant turquoise Caribbean and i’s also the first resort in Mexico with a dolphinarium on site!
8. Sandals La Toc, St. Lucia
Perched majestically atop a cascading hill with breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea and rugged St. Lucia hillside, these dramatically beautiful suites offer over 1000 sq. ft. of pure extravagance. This private pool sanctuary can be found in the Sunset Bluff Millionaire Butler Villas Suite.
“The most glamorous of the resorts I visited in St. Lucia was the Sandals Regency La Toc, which took my breath away with its gorgeous hillside suites and beautiful grounds.” –Ravena Small, Flight Centre Travel Consultant.
9. Shangri-La Mactan, Cebu Philippines
Looking for tropical paradise? We’ve found it! Tucked in lush tropical landscape and 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 13 hectares 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 sand beach and a turquoise lagoon. The hotel boasts an elegant and refined architecture in perfect harmony with its environment.