Take the plunge on your next holiday into a deep end that is suspended 24-floors above Shanghai's traffic jams or an aquarium full of sharks in a Las Vegas casino. Design hotels and luxury resorts with impressive pools have boosted their occupancy rates and popularity, simply by providing guests with a phenomenal poolside experience. Flight Centre's team of seasoned travellers has compiled a list of the world's most inspiring resort pools to provide holidaymakers with a heads-up on the hottest poolside retreats.
|Holiday Inn Shanghai Pudong Kangqiao, Shanghai
Anyone who is afraid of heights should avoid the deep-end of the pool at Holiday Inn Shanghai Pudong Kangqiao. The deep end is suspended 24 floors above the ground, with nothing but a pane of glass separating you from a very big drop. The length of the pool is 30m, with part of the pool indoors and the other part, hovering 100 metres above Shanghai's traffic.
|Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
Voted in the top 10 hotel rooftop pools by The Huffington Post, the pool at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore is literally one of the world's best. The Sands SkyPark infinity pool is perched 57 storeys above the ground, sitting flat on the top three towers that comprise of more than 2500 hotel rooms and suites. Many people say it looks like a giant surfboard. From the rooftop observation deck, you can take in a bird's eye view of Singapore and beyond, while you listen to chilled out house music played by local DJs and sip on an authentic Singapore Sling.
|Villa Katikies, Santorini Island
Those dreaming of a Greek Island escape will fall in love with Villa Katikies. The private villas are set high on the most westerly point of Oia on Santorini Island, offering sublime views across the Caldera basin. The pool and sunbathing deck on the rooftop has a brilliant outlook and the décor if lavish, so you'll naturally feel like a celebrity. Plus, some of the rooms have individual 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.
|W Retreat Koh Samui, Koh Samui
Sip on bubbles as you relax on spacious daybeds at Thailand's popular W Retreat and Spa in Koh Samui. The resort has an inviting infinity edge pool, known as WET, which overlooks the ocean and offers guests energizing drinks, gourmet snacks and healthy dishes. If that's not enough, take a dip in the dazzling waters of the W Beach, where you will have your very own Beach Ambassador to attend to your every need.
|Palazzo Versace, Gold Coast
Palazzo Versace is everything you would expect from a luxury fashion-brand hotel and more. It's waterfront setting, Italian furnishings and extravagant architecture create a glamourous ambience. The resort's lagoon-style pool and its Water Salon takes poolside lounging to a whole new level. Cool cabanas offer a private oasis for guests that wish to slip behind breezy sheer curtains, while a pool bar menu makes it a delight to order refreshments. The resort is home to three award-winning restaurants, famed day spa, a Fitness & Wellbeing Centre, a private marina and more.
|Hayman, Whitsunday Islands
When it comes to pools, Hayman's oasis is seven times an Olympic-size pool, plus if you stay in a pool access room, you can enter the water from your private balcony.The 5-star private island resort is positioned in the Whitsundays, in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. Naturally, there is an abundance of water sports available, from windsurfing, catamaran sailing and paddle skiing to diving, fishing and snorkelling. For a more indulgent experience, join a cruise, seaplane and helicopter trip.
|Golden Nugget, Las Vegas
If you have ever dreamed of swimming with sharks, here is your chance. The swimming pool at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas is attached to a live shark aquarium, known as The Tank. During the day, you can take underwater tours with the resident sharks and zip past sea creatures down a three-storey waterslide. After your swim, dry off in the poolside cabanas and sip on a cocktail at the H2O Bar, as you watch the sharks and other marine life go by. The resort offers 2345 deluxe rooms and suites, as well as a high energy casino with video poker, table games, world-class restaurants and a luxury spa.