Truly spectacular design leaves an impression, and swimming pools are no different: they are the center of action of every luxury hotel. Whether you seek a refreshing relief from the intense summer sun, a tranquil place to lounge or an exciting evening social scene, this is the place to see and be seen.
As originality becomes more valued, properties are getting ever more creative with them. To separate themselves from the competition, some extraordinary luxury hotels and resorts around the world have taken their delightful deep ends to new heights:
Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
Not only does Marina Bay Sands have the world’s largest infinity pool, but surely must be rivalled to have one of the most impressive in terms of design. If you can take the dizzying height, this nearly 500-foot-long outdoor pool rewards you with breathtaking Singapore’s awe-inspiring city skyline views—especially at sunset.
This is the most expensive hotel ever built, it boasts 2560 luxury rooms and suites and 18 different room types.
Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, France
Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc is the quintessential Riviera playground, with a stretch of private shore, parkland, pool and pontoon. This luxurious hotel has hosted those in search of the Riviera’s rare and delicious pleasures every season since 1870.
It’s a place to enjoy unrivalled panoramas from a luxurious collection of rooms, suites and villas, all discretely set among vast acres of pine trees and pristine coastline.
Amangiri, Canyon Point, Utah
Amangiri (peaceful mountain) is a remote hideaway tucked within the luminous canyons of the American Southwest. A 600-acre sanctuary of wilderness and isolation, located in a protected valley with sweeping views.
Amangiri offers both adrenaline-fuelled adventure and a peaceful retreat, and it boasts a marvellous swimming pool is built around an enormous 165-million-year-old rock.
The Lake Argyle Resort, Australia
On the edge of Western Australia’s border with the Northern Territory lies an out-of-the-way Eden for nature lovers—think crocodiles, freshwater tortoises, mountains, and a vast lake—that sets the ultimate scene for soaking in a 115-foot infinity-edge pool.
With accommodation ranging from caravan & camping sites, to cabins & Lake View Grand Villas, Lake Argyle Resort has everything you need for your break in paradise.
The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur, India
Fondly known as the “City of Lakes”, Udaipur, the erstwhile capital of the Kingdom of Mewar, is resplendent with vast hilltop forts, palaces, temples and gardens that serve as reminders of its majestic history.
Falling in love with the charm of the “City of Lakes” is easy when you are staying at The Oberoi Udaivilas. Located on the banks of Lake Pichola, this 5 star hotel is spread over 30 acres of luxuriant gardens, with an intricate layout of interconnecting domes and corridors that reflect the layout of Udaipur itself, and it is surrounded by two magnificent swimming pools.
Laucala Island, Fiji
Laucala is a paradise of lavish pampering, and a forward-thinking property of environmental and cultural sensitivity.
Set upon 3,500 exclusive acres, this island resort is set amidst coconut plantations, sandy beaches, rich green mountains and breathtaking natural beauty. True luxury is appreciated in the privacy of the resort’s villas widely spread on the northern tip of the island. Seamless transition from indoor to outdoor living creates an inspiringly relaxed yet luxurious atmosphere.
The resort prides itself on an integral philosophy, incorporating elements of the entire island into each guest’s experience, and offering products and ingredients raised and grown on the island.
Jade Mountain, St. Lucia, Caribbean
Rising majestically above the 600 acre beach front resort of Anse Chastanet, Jade Mountain Resort on St. Lucia’s south-western Caribbean coastline is a cornucopia of organic architecture celebrating St. Lucia’s stunning scenic beauty
Expect grand sweeping spaces where bedroom, living area and an extravagant private infinity pool glide into one another to form extraordinary platforms floating out into nature. With the fourth wall entirely absent, Jade Mountain’s sanctuaries are stage-like settings from which to embrace the full glory of St. Lucia’s Pitons World Heritage Site, and of course, the eternal Caribbean Sea.
Six Senses Zil Pasyon, Seychelles
Discover the ecological jewel of Seychelles: Six Senses Zil Pasyon. Coral-fringed beaches and massive granite rocks create an air of drama and beauty in this haven of perpetual summer. Step in tune with nature, swim with turtles and enjoy an intimate destination that is a tropical ode to well-being and absolute comfort.
With multiple pool suite options, at Six Senses Zil Pasyon you’re spoilt for choice.
The Silo Hotel, South Africa
The Silo Hotel sets a new standard for luxury Cape Town accommodation. A magical, five-star premium hotel towering above the V&A Waterfront surrounded by the natural wonder of South Africa’s Mother City, boasting a breathtaking 360-degree views.
Its multi-faceted structures glisten like diamonds during the day while at night the building transforms into a glowing beacon in the Table Bay harbour: a celebration of art, style, architecture and design.
Post Ranch Inn, California
Perched on a cliff 1,200 feet above the Pacific Ocean overlooking Big Sur’s rugged coastline, Post Ranch Inn is a romantic hideaway tucked along 100 redwood-filled acres.
Designed to blend with the Santa Lucia Mountains, the buildings resemble sophisticated treehouses made of reclaimed wood, steel and stone. Each of the 41 guest rooms and private houses has a mesmerizing ocean or mountain view.