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Summer’s almost upon us, and in most areas of the world, that means heat! There’s really no better way to enjoy warm weather than a refreshing pool experience, so to make sure we stay cool, TPG Contributor Lori Zaino leads us to some of the most incredible hotel pools around the world. Make sure to check out her round-up of Best Hotel Pools Around the US, too!
The Hanging Gardens — Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
This free-form, split-level infinity pool sits high above the Bali jungle, making you feel as if you’re floating through canopies of palm trees, vibrant jungle flowers and tropical plants. The pool itself was created from Batu Chandi stone and is walled with solidified volcanic ash, and it was designed to imitate Bali’s famous rice paddy terraces. June rates start at $378 per night.
Fasano Hotel — Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
The Philippe Starck-designed Fasano Hotel boosts a glorious rooftop space dedicated to a glass-walled infinity pool made of white marble. You can enjoy breathtaking views of Two Brothers Mountain, Ipanema Beach, the Rio de Janeiro skyline and the massive ocean below. June rates start at $467 per night.
Marina Bay Sands — Singapore
The Sands SkyPark Infinity Pool is arguably the most famous swimming pool on Earth. Located on the 57th-floor rooftop of the Marina Bay Sands hotel, this Moshe Safdie-designed pool is the world’s largest at this height, measuring 150 meters (about three times the length of an Olympic sized-pool) and holding 376,000 gallons of water. If you aren’t feeling brave enough to swim to the edge and enjoy the views, though, know that there are plenty of safe, stable sun loungers available. You must be a hotel guest to enter this pool, so be prepared to spend at least $270 per night in June.
Villa D’Este — Lake Como, Italy
The Floating Pool at the Villa D’Este on Lake Como wins big points for originality. Dipping into the lake itself just doesn’t scream luxury, so a floating pool and jacuzzi were both built into a pontoon that floats along the lake for the utmost opulence. Swimmers and loungers can enjoy transcendent views of the surrounding lake, mountains and forest greenery. Luxury doesn’t come cheap, however. June rates start at $800 per night.
St. Regis Lhasa — Tibet
The awe-inspiring gold energy pool at the St. Regis Lhasa is is actually dyed gold, but its lack of karats won’t keep you from having a deeply relaxing experience. Floating and wading are encouraged, whereas diving isn’t allowed; the saltwater pool water is good for the skin, but not recommended for open eyes. This is a Starwood property, so if you’ve got some Starpoints sitting in your account, you’re halfway to your personal zen. This SPG Category 6 property starts at just $125 per night or 20,000 Starpoints.
Four Seasons Serengeti — Tanzania
Although the private villas at this resort come with their own swimming pool, the main infinity pool is really the place to be. Overlooking an active watering hole for local wildlife, this pool enables you to sip Champagne in a beach lounger or simply float around, all while viewing elephants and other wild animals doing their thing. June rates at this Amex Fine Hotel & Resorts ( Amex FHR) property start at $1,590 per night.
Banyan Tree Seychelles — Mahe, Seychelles
Set in the tropical paradise of Seychelles, this large infinity pool overlooks the magnificent, indigo-blue Indian Ocean. While the villas also offer private pools or jacuzzis with breathtaking views, there are none more panoramic or spectacular than those you’ll see from this main pool. The hotel is part of both the Visa Signature Hotels program and the Amex Fine Hotels & Resorts program, and June room rates start at about $900.
San Alfonso Del Mar — Algarrobo, Chile
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, this apartment-style hotel features the world’s largest crystalline water pool — roughly two-thirds of a mile long and able to hold 66 million gallons of water. One of the most striking features of the pool (well, after you take its enormous size into account) is its intense, transparent turquoise color, developed by collecting ocean water and keeping it in perfect condition. The pool is heated to about 79 degrees Fahrenheit, which is more than 15 degrees warmer than the bordering ocean temperature. The pool has a small indoor section and there is also a deck with lounge chairs and a jacuzzi. June rates start at $70 per night.
Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong — Hong Kong
This is the only entirely indoor swimming pool on our list, and with good reason. While not out in the fresh air, this indoor infinity pool does offer absolutely amazing views of the city skyline of Hong Kong from its “pool-to-ceiling” windows. Adding to the high-end ambience, there are 144 LED screens on the ceiling and an outdoor jacuzzi on the same floor. June rates at this Amex FHR property start at $493 or 70,000 Reward points per night.
Qasr Al Sarab Resort by Anantara — Abu Dhabi, UAE
If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to discover an oasis in the Bedouin desert, here’s your chance to find out. This free-form, curving pool sits in the middle of the dry, red sands of Abu Dhabi. Just be prepared for temperatures that rise above 100 degrees Fahrenheit. June rates at this Visa Signature Hotels property start at $273.
The Grace Santorini — Santorini, Greece
The Grace features the largest infinity pool on the Greek island of Santorini, and the white-and-blue, Cycladic decor makes it a gorgeous, romantic spot to enjoy uninterrupted views across the Aegean Sea. Meals are also served poolside at any time of day. June rates at this Visa Signature property start at about $900.
Playa Vik — José Ignacio, Uruguay
This unique design retreat offers a 75-foot granite infinity pool with a special quirk: There’s a fiber-optic-lit celestial map of the Southern hemisphere illuminating the pool floor. The edge of the pool dangles 32 feet over the gardens and beach below, and you can enjoy gorgeous views of the ocean and beach out to Punta Este. Room rates start at about $900.
Have you ever floated around in any of these amazing pools? Do you have any favorite hotel pools outside of the US? Please feel free to comment in the section below.