Hotel pools: take a dip in the world’s best!

By Lachlan Probyn,

A luxury hotel experience is not quite complete without a dreamy swimming pool to match. Whether it’s a secluded candle-lit pool in the tranquility of a garden, or a dramatic infinity pool overlooking the ocean, a refreshing dunk is exactly what a summer holiday is all about.

From Bali to the Gold Coast, we’ve sourced some of the world’s hottest hotel pools to cool down in, and we can assure you, these are the type of pools that will make you want to bring out the swimsuit straight away. Time to dip in!

Uma by COMO – Ubud, Bali

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The adage “water for health, for healing, for life” definitely holds true when it comes to Uma by COMO. This blissful hotel located in the lush town of Ubud offers a large communal swimming pool, as well as private plunge pools in several of the villas. This is definitely the kind of place that can ensure a rejuvenated new-you.

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12 of the 46 rooms have private pools with views of the Balinese Tjampuhan Valley. To find your inner Zen, why not make use of the resort’s free daily yoga sessions or guided nature walks?

Marriot Resort & Spa – Surfers Paradise, Australia

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If Bali is just that little bit too far, why not lap it up in a stunning pool that’s right at home? Surfers Paradise Marriot Resort & Spa has invested $8 million into an aquatic playground that simulates an open-ocean snorkelling experience, except in the comfort of a contained pool.

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The five-metre deep saltwater lagoon houses an artificial coral reef and more than 400 fish, meaning you can snorkel amongst colourful schools and even meet eyes with the real life Nemo! The playground also features cascading waterfalls, dreamy spas, and rock grottos. With all of this fun would you ever feel the need to leave?

Alila Villas – Ulutatu, Bali

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When it comes to offering luxury accommodation, Singapore hotel group, Alila Hotels and Resorts is at the helm of the scene. Fortunately the ultra-luxurious Alila Villas Uluwatu in Bali is no exception to the rule. Dramatically positioned on a hillside, overlooking the ocean, Alila offers a range of different villas which come in one-, two-, and three-bedroom configurations.

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While each villa offers a private pool, the two bedroom is the only one which comes with a dreamy infinity pool. The villas are contemporary in design, featuring an open-plan, flat-screen TVs, and Alila’s signature bathroom amenities. If  you want to learn more about magical Uluwatu, check out our guide to Bali, and discover more!

Como Shambhala Estate – Ubud, Bali

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Como Shambhala Estate is the equally glamourous step-sister of Uma by COMO, and from the looks of it, this family means business when it comes to luxurious hotel accommodation. If you’re hoping to unwind and forget the stress of everyday life, Como Shambhala Estate is your ideal sanctuary.

This five-star wellness retreat offers massage therapists, an aurvedic doctor, yoga instructors, and an in-house dietitian. Talk about surrendering yourself to capable hands!

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If you’re hoping to make the most of your time here, the hotel offers a range of guided treks throughout the region. Otherwise, if you’d rather stay put, you join up-to six classes a day including aqua therapy in the hotel’s heated pool.

Four Seasons Resort – Koh Samui, Thailand

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If you’re hoping to channel your inner Ian Thorpe while on holiday, you’ll love the fact that the Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui has an Olympic-size, infinity pool. And what’s even better is that the view’s pretty decent too!

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The luxurious resort boasts 12 different types of villas, including the family villa which can welcome two adults and two children. If you’re planning to celebrate a big event with all your mates, you can’t go past the five-bedroom residence villa which can house up to 15 people. Looks like it’s time to get the party started!

Hacienda Uayamon – Campeche, Mexico

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Swim among the Mayan gods in the most spectacular of Mexico’s pools. Hello Hacienda Uayamon! This coveted five-star resort is located in the Campeche state of Mexico, and truly means business when it comes to its pools. Live like royalty in your very own villa, or otherwise go just a tad more humble and lounge the day away in a suite. 12 guest rooms are available, but if you’re looking for your own pool, go for one of the Casitas rooms.

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Housed in a building which dates back to 1700 and situated on 200 hectares of land, Hacienda Uayamon makes for your very own playing field. The Luxury Collection Hotel is within easy reach of the Campeche International Airport and just a 30-minute drive from the Maya archaeological sites Edzná and Calakmul.

If your idea of a holiday instead involves lounging around the pool, recline in one of the handwoven, cotton hammocks!

ION Luxury Adventure Hotel – Selfoss, Iceland

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If you’re looking for a one-to-one kind of experience with nature, you can’t surpass ION Luxury Adventure Hotel. Located in the town of Hveragerði, just 45 minutes from Iceland’s capital Reykjavik, this hotel is nestled between mountainous lava fields, ancient glaciers, and icy rivers. Could it get any more Icelandic!

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While Iceland may not initially evoke thoughts of lounging in an outdoor pool, fear not! ION boasts a heated pool and a volcanic hot spring. While both pools are outside, you can enjoy uninterrupted panoramic views of the Nordic landscape from the steamy waters.

If you choose the right time, you might even catch a glimpse of the morning northern lights. Want to discover more of Iceland? Take a look at our Iceland post here.

Boucan by Hotel Chocolat – Souffriere, Saint Lucia

Ever dreamed of floating in an infinity pool, basking in panoramic views of a Saint Lucia’s famous Pitons volcanoes? Fortunately the super luxe, Boucan by Hotel Chocolat has got it covered.  Set on a former chocolate plantation, the name of this four-star hotel didn’t come by chance. The idyllic locale for chocolate lovers and luxurious travellers alike, Boucan is unquestionably the type of place in which to lap up some indulgence.

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The 14 rooms are tasteful in design, featuring private balconies or patios, dreamy rainfall showers, and complimentary toiletries by REN. Let’s face it though, a trip to Saint Lucia means spending your time outside, so why not benefit from the hotel’s spectacular swimming pool and drift away for the afternoon? If you’d rather venture out and explore some of the island’s hidden gems, scenic Diamond Falls is a just a short drive away.

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