The World’s Top 10 Hotel Pools
Where to Make a Splash
It looks like it’s the start of bikini season, and we’ve got summer fever daydreaming about soaking up the sun next to the most amazing pools in the world—with stunning views to match. Come along and hang poolside when you check out VIE’s list of Top 10 Outdoor Hotel Pools! Caution: This list may cause spontaneous trip booking, but be sure to review the whole list before making your final decision, because these pools each offer a unique experience that is just magnificent as the next!
Kensho Mykonos in Mykonos, Greece
Enjoy a dip around a starlit pool from this new five-star boutique hotel on the Greek party island of Mykonos, and enjoy the waterfront view! We love how the pool blends into the night sky. And that’s not all! In addition to this glamorous pool, each guest room comes with its own private outdoor pool for the ultimate relaxation.
&Beyond Homestead in South Africa
Enjoy all the things you love about the outdoor pool life—drinks by the water, a luxurious lounging area, stunning views, and—the company of African elephants? Yes, please! Located on the 23,000-hectare Phinda Private Game Reserve on the coast of KwaZulu-Natal Province in South Africa, the &Beyond Homestead offers guests a one-of-a-kind experience where majesty meets paradise.
Sri Pawna Resort in Phuket, Thailand
Phuket itself is an extraordinary sight to behold. Add ultra-chic pools at the Sri Pawna Resort and you have the most incredible vacation one could ask for. The Sri Pawna Resort features two incredible pools: an Olympic-size waterfall pool enveloped within a perfectly landscaped water garden blends in beautifully with the natural surroundings at the main ground of the Habita Suite, and a poolside adventure that takes guests to new heights as they head up to the Baba Nest rooftop bar. Swimsuits are encouraged at the bar, as what could be considered one of the best infinity pools in the world wraps around the floating deck, accompanied by an exceptional vista.
The Chedi in Muscat, Oman
Looking for an over-the-top luxurious experience? Vacation in style at The Chedi in Muscat, Oman. The retreat rises amid an elegantly landscaped twenty-one-acre garden oasis overlooking the grand Al Hajar Mountains. Aside from its spectacular amenities including a 700-square-meter health club, exceptional spa and wellness services, and rooms with panoramic views of the gardens or Gulf of Oman, the resort is equipped with three breathtaking outdoor temperature-controlled pools that reflect the area’s gorgeous architecture and landscape.
One&Only Reethi Rah in Maldives
The ultimate getaway to paradise starts at the exclusive oasis of serenity and beauty known as One&Only Reethi Rah in the Maldives. The secluded resort offers you more than just the pleasure of unplugging from the stress and bustle from everyday life, but also a captivating waterfront view that defines the real meaning of paradise. The resort boasts private villa pools, an adults-only lap pool, lagoon-style infinity pool, and the Kids Only pool complete with waterslide and lifeguards on duty. We couldn’t pick just one!
La Résidence D’Ankor in Cambodia
Serene, tranquil, and sophisticated-chic are understatements, but what else would you expect from a Belmond property? La Résidence D’Ankor is full of finesse while providing an authentic Cambodian experience. The centrally located hotel showcasing traditional Khmer style is an ideal base to explore the surrounding area; but be sure to head back to check out their pool, because it’s an experience you’ll want to take advantage of. With Zen-inspired landscaping and foliage, this is the place to catch up on some R&R.
Purobeach Porto Montenegro
If you’re looking for a romantic getaway, look no further than Purobeach Porto Montenegro. The irresistibly charming waterfront property in Tivat was designed by Parisian designer Tino Zervudachi and comprises a mix of hotel rooms and private residences. The terracotta-roofed building gets its classic appeal from the design inspired by countless Italianate palazzo around the Boka Bay, a tribute to the area’s 400 years under Venetian rule. Though there is a beautifully crafted indoor pool, the sleek and hip outdoor pool overlooking the Mediterranean and the mountains takes the cake.
The Yeatman in Portugal
The best views aren’t always made of mountains, beaches, and tropical plants. If you’re a big-city type of person or have an appreciation for the art of architectural landscapes, the rooftop pool at The Yeatman Hotel in Portugal will be the apple of your eye. Located at the heart of the historic Vila Nova de Gaia district of Porto, the rooftop pool overlooks the UNESCO World Heritage site of Old Town and the Douro River. With a view like this, you’ll want to take your camera to get in your best city shots; talk about an Instagram-worthy photo op!
The Enchantment Resort in Sedona, Arizona
A resort that lives up to its name, the Enchantment Resort in Sedona, Arizona, proves you don’t always have to travel outside the US for a stellar vacation experience—and that paradise isn’t only found at the beach. Enclosed by an arena of vibrant hues from Boyton Canyon, the exclusivity of the five-star resort provides an intimate setting perfect for your week or weekend of TLC. With activities such as archaeology tours, scenic Jeep tours, hot-air ballooning, relaxing spa services, and more, the Enchantment offers something for everyone. One of the activities everyone can all agree on is taking a dip poolside at the resort’s main pool. The views of the turquoise pool against the orange-red rock formations and blue skies are phenomenal, not to mention the starlit sky at night. You’ll understand what they mean when they say, “To get lost here is to be found.”
Belmond Hotel Caruso in Amalfi Coast, Italy
One tour around the Belmond Hotel Caruso along Italy’s Amalfi Coast, and you’ll be left asking yourself, “Is this a dream or is this heaven?” The indescribable views will have your heart skipping a beat or two. Seriously, there’s not an eyesore in sight. The luxurious décor, the natural surroundings, and the cityscapes are more than enough reason to pack up your bags ASAP, but the jaw-dropping pool hovering over the Mediterranean Sea should seal the deal. If this doesn’t spark a rush of excitement, you need to check your pulse. It’s pure luxury!
This list may narrow down some of the best outdoor pools out there, but with all the unique views, it’s still hard to narrow down which one to explore first. The good news is you can’t go wrong with any of these options for your next vacation.