Just like being a kid on holidays, sometimes all it takes is spotting the hotel pool to know you’ve hit the jackpot. Except, instead of a slide being the holy grail, as an adult it becomes all about the luxe surrounds you can admire from the stillness of the water. Immerse yourself in the destination with a dip in these hotel pools flaunting some of the best views in the world.
Imbali Safari Lodge, South Africa
Like your panoramas au natural? Jump in and soak up the peace and quiet in the company of the local wildlife at Imbali Safari Lodge. This beautiful 5-star private game lodge stands set amidst a beautiful canopy of Jackalberry and Tamboti trees in Kruger National Park - the perfect spot to catch glimpse of creatures big and small.
Hanging Gardens, Bali
It’s one of the Bali's most iconic infinity pools and is consistently rated a world-class swimming spot. The twin-tiered cascading pool at Hanging Gardens sits on the edge of a spectacular valley overlooking the surrounding lush rainforest. Swim while also floating above the treetops in complete, serene beauty.
The Peninsula, Hong Kong
Hong Kong astounds with its spectacular shimmering skyline from any angle. But there's no denying the allure of the contrast when admired during a dip at The Peninsula. With its beautiful 8th-floor pool sidelined by floor to ceiling windows, you'll feel far enough from the chaos to find peace but close enough to feel the buzz at any time of day, or night.
Hermitage Bay, Antigua
Want to truly escape it all? Soak up the Carribean vibes and undeniable coastal beauty of Antigua. In a Hillside Pool Suite at Hermitage Bay, the crystal-clear seas in your outlook are as perfectly blue as the pool you'll find yourself floating in. Nestled in lush foliage and with covered wrap-around decks, both those mesmerising views - and privacy - come maximised for comfort.
Andronis Boutique Hotel, Greece
It’s pretty easy to come by awe-worthy pools with dazzling views dotted across the many insatiable islands of Greece. In Santorini, with its dramatic volcanic calderas and famous sunsets, that goes without saying. Andronis Boutique Hotel is a prime example. Why join the crowds flocking to Oia for a glimpse when you can soak it all from your hotel in your bathers?
Boscolo Exedra Roma, Rome
The summers in Rome can be long and hot. Thankfully, this gorgeous Marriot Autograph Collection hotel will be your saviour. Encircling the picturesque and central Piazza della Repubblica, the Boscolo Exedra Roma also touts a rooftop pool overlooking the cascading rooftops of the Eternal City. To top it off, the bar and restaurnt serves food and drinks to complement the all-out luxe experience.
Orpheus Island, Queensland
After dips in the ocean to get up close to the Great Barrier Reef, retreat back to the calm coolness of a relaxed swim at Orpheus Island Resort, which sits immersed in gorgeous green patches of national park. Overlooking the sandy shores, swaying palms and ocean blues, post a pic to Instagram and see the likes come flooding in.
It's certainly a unique location for a pool (not that we're complaining!). Swim admist the lush treetops in one of the stunning Bird's Nest Pool Villas at Keemala Hotel in Phuket. Here you can truly enjoy the best of both worlds, because the salty embrace of the beach is never far away either!
Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
Singapore doesn’t get any better than it does from 57 floors above the action, cocktail in hand. With unbeatable views over the glittering skyline, the iconic Marina Bay Sands flaunts the world’s largest rooftop infinity pool. To say the panoramas are jaw-dropping would be an understatement. This is one swim you will never forget.
Trinity Wharf Tauranga, New Zealand
Set on and over the beautiful waters of Tauranga Harbour, this lovely 4.5-star Bay of Plenty hotel is where pool meets sea meets sky. While it may be a bit chilly in the winter, it sure is a not-to-be-missed opportunity on a sunny summer's day.