Hotel amenities are often a traveler’s afterthought rather than a determining factor in booking, but there are a few hotels that offer pools so stunning and unbelievable that they might be the main attraction.
From tropical Infinity pools with exceptional views to rooftop plunges that will take you over the edge of city streets, these 13 hotel pools blow all other competition out of the water. Take a tour of the world’s most incredible hotel pools and start saving for your overnight stay.
The term “safari” conjures images of jeeps and jungles, but you won’t need to trek far from this hotel to see wildlife up close. Just beyond the edge of the Four Seasons’ infinity pool is a shallow pit of water that draws animals, giving swimmers an unforgettable view. Catch a glimpse of elephants, buffalo and maybe a lion or leopard from the comfort of the cool water. This westward facing pool also offers a great view of the sunset.
Set in the heart of Manhattan, the Park Avenue Gansevoort is just minutes from some of the best known attractions in the city, but guests who find the pool have a hard time leaving the hotel. The heated rooftop pool 20 stories above the city street offers an unbelievable view of the Empire State Building and features a Mosaic 1940’s pin up art piece on the pool floor. The pool is open year round and has a garage door to block out the elements when the harsh New York winter arrives.
This 11th century palace set on cliffs above the Amalfi Coast is rich in history, art and amazing views of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Float at the edge of the gently heated infinity pool, high above of the town of Ravello, and soak up the unobstructed view of the coastline.
The view from this pool is unprecedented but that’s not its only breathtaking feature. Set 24 stories up—more than 320 feet above the ground—the totally enclosed pool gives swimmers quite the adrenaline rush.
Home to two freshwater infinity pools and a lagoonarium, a guest of the Intercontinental Tahiti might wonder why they would need a beach. Travelers can watch tropical fish feeding and snorkel in the lagoonarium or they can enjoy the cool water and cascades of the enormous 13,000-square-foot Te Tiare pool (pictured left). As if one could ask for more, the other freshwater pool features a sand floor and a swim-up bar.
This Four Seasons Resort located on the Big Island features seven pools—each more stunning and unique than the one before. King’s Pond (pictured left) is among the most imaginative “pools” in the world. This 1.8-million gallon aquarium-pool was carved out of natural lava rock and features a fusion of freshwater and saltwater, from subterranean channels. Home to more than 3,000 tropical fish (75+ species); King’s Pond is full of color and open to guests. The hotel has snorkel gear available—and that includes waterproof fish ID cards.
Asheville’s Grove Park Inn features both an indoor and outdoor pool open to all guests free of charge but you’ll find the real aquatic gem within the cavernous walls of their award winning spa. Open to Spa guests only, the rock-lined grotto features 10 mineral-based pools, complete with underwater music, waterfalls and 6,500 fiber-optic stars lining the ceiling.
Dark blue tile and the warm water of the main infinity pool serves as a perfect perch for daydreaming with palm trees swaying overhead. Take in the panoramic view of white sand meeting the Indian Ocean and sailboats drifting along while you sip on an island-inspired cocktail.
This all-season mountain resort sits 7,000 feet above the Snake River Valley in Jackson Hole with the Grand Tetons as a remarkable backdrop. Regardless of the season, the 115-foot long outdoor pool is kept at 80 degrees and the whirlpool attached to the pool is even warmer, making Amangani the perfect escape after a long day in the mountains.
Set in Udaipur on the bank of Lake Pichola, this palatial resort affords every guest the chance to live like a king. The 50-acre property features a wildlife sanctuary, pristine gardens and only 87 total rooms and suites. Each of the outdoor pools has fantastic views, temperate water and a relaxing atmosphere.
Private pools aren’t hard to come by and stunning views are a common feature at high-end resorts but Jade Mountain combines these features seamlessly and the experience is jaw-dropping. Each of the 25 open-air suites leads out into a secluded infinity pool with unparalleled views of the Pitons and the Caribbean Sea. Each suite is completely private and was designed as its own work of art.
Built in the 16th century, on the shore of Lake Como, Villa D’Este ranks among the finest resorts in Italy. The resort maintains three pools, the most remarkable of which floats on the lake, supported by a pontoon. The floating pool is only open in the summer, but features a Jacuzzi and one-of-a-kind 360-degree views.
Twin level cascading infinity pools suspended above a tropical rainforest are just the beginning at this award-winning resort in Bali—each of the 38 private villas and suites features its own granite-lined infinity pool, as well. Despite the abundance of private pools, the main pool is still popular among photographers and is often used for wedding ceremonies. After the ceremony couples can make their way through the jungle for a blessing at the ancient temple, which happens to be visible from the main pool.