Great Hotel Pools of the World

by Jim Harrington

Hearst Castle
Hearst Castle pool

Boutique Hotels and Resorts have the best swimming pools!  Since the 1930’s pool manufacturers have been using hotel pools to showcase their new luxury swimming pool designs to prospective buyers. Whether you are in the market for a new pool or not please feel free to visit your favorite hotel and swim in a fabulous pool just like the 1%!  Sadly, not everyone is going to be invited to splash around in the opulent pools at the Hearst Castle.

Today’s pool manufacturers have found ways to lower costs and increase sales by selling more pools to more ‘income diverse’ people. Not surprisingly regular folks want to see a pool before they own it. What better way to show off the latest and best in pool design than at a hotel?

Even if you can’t afford to buy the pool now you can check in and indulge for a weekend of luxury. Step into fluid spaces that aesthetically soothe your soul and sensuously caress and comfort your skin. If you won a tour of a dozen hotel pools around the world which ones should you check out?  Besides staying here at the Best Western Plus Boulder Inn consider soaking in these:

1. Marina Bay Sands Hotel

pool at The Marina Bay Sands Hotel - Singapore
pool at The Marina Bay Sands Hotel – Singapore

Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands Hotel has one of the largest infinity rooftop pools in the world. And at 57 stories up, it is one of the highest too offering one of the best views of the city below.

2. Park Hyatt Tokyo

Park Hyatt Tokyo pool
Park Hyatt Tokyo pool

This hotel pool may look familiar due to its appearance in Sofia Coppola’s film “Lost in Translation”. Away from the metropolis below one can swim laps through the subtly shining blue basin mixing with the color of the sky while enjoying the view of the bustling city below while enjoying Zen like peaceful tranquility.

3. Gran Hotel La Florida Barcelona Spain

Gran Hotel La Florida
Gran Hotel La Florida

Float from the cool dark shade of the slate clad spa area to the infinity edge of this 37 meter stainless steel pool. The water mirages into the pale blue sky overlooking Barcelona and the Mediterranean Sea. The Miramar outdoor bar awaits your drink order.

4. Lefe Gallery Athens Greece Boutique Hotels

Lefe Gallery Athens
Lefe Gallery Athens

In a spectacular manner glass is used throughout this hotel located in Ekali a northern suburb of Athens Greece. Swimming pool guests can be seen through this transparent material both above and below the pool surface.

5. Banyan Tre Seychelles Mahe

Banyan Tre Seychelles Mahe
Banyan Tre Seychelles Mahe

Enjoy postcardesque views of the rainforest or the beach below. Indulge in your own private suite pool or the main pool which is a freestanding cube perched on a steep slope. You can swim to look out upon three sides of this infinity edged pool and take in panoramic views of the rainforest or the Indian Ocean. Swimming here is like swimming off into the far distant oceanic horizon while still being able to step outside the pool and have a revitalizing cool drink a the pool bar.

6. Four seasons resort Bali at Sayan Bali Indonesia

Four seasons resort Bali at Sayan Bali Indonesia
Four seasons resort Bali at Sayan Bali Indonesia

Blends well into the green terraced landscape near Ubud but also seems very futuristic. From afar the pool in the uppermost hotel extension appears to be a UFO, a former flying saucer tipped over  after landing and filled up with rain water that now mirrors the blueness of the sky. The top most pool is for decoration only however there is also a two level swimming pool that cuddle into the natural form of the rocks. Over the pools edge one can see the course of the Ayung river which seems to act as a continuation of the hotel pool.

7. Alila Ubud Bali Indonesia

Alila Ubud Bali Indonesia
Alila Ubud Bali Indonesia

A simple dark emerald green rectangular pool is reflecting the tropical sun in the dramatic landscape of central Bali. Built in 1996 when infinity pools were still a surprise this is Travel & Leisure magazines top 50 pools winner. The closeness to nature is tantalizing as the infinity edge of the pool seems to lap up against the jungle itself.

8. Adelphi Melbourne Australia

Adelphi Melbourne Australia
Adelphi Melbourne Australia

The Adelphi Hotel is a converted warehouse with a breathtaking roof top pool. The pool looms a little bit over the building and end in free space over Finders lane below. With glass bottom at the end of the pool swimmers feel the abyss of the building canyon below while pedestrians enjoy the visual splash of swimmers above them in the sky.

9. Shompole Amboseli Kenya

Shompole Amboseli Kenya
Shompole Amboseli Kenya

Shompole means “brown land’ and these accommodations are located in the middle of the desert between Kenya and Tanzania and provide for incredible views with a cool breeze.  Guests not accustomed to the hot climate can find protection from the sun under tall straw roofs with a design inspired by Massai craftsmanship that also partially cover the outdoor curved pools from the searing sun.

10. Las Ventanas al paraiso Los Cabos Mexico

Las Ventanas al paraiso Los Cabos Mexico
Las Ventanas al paraiso Los Cabos Mexico

You decide. You can swim curved laps around the centrally landscaped infinity pool, enjoy sitting on a submerged barroom stool sipping a Margarita delivered by the pool butler and/or enjoy your own private pool suite shielded away from view of other guests.

11. One Aldwych London UK

One Aldwych London UK
One Aldwych London UK

This building was not meant to be a hotel. Over a hundred years ago it was home to the newspaper “The Morning Post”. It is not easy to integrate a swimming pool into an existing building. The One Aldwych does a fine job adding an 18 meter pool in the basement with underwater music, serene large screen natural projections, extensive use of glass to provide lightness, and yellow walls to give it an almost sunny atmosphere. The old riveted steel beams reveal the true history of the building.

12. Hotel villa Honegg

Hotel villa Honegg
Hotel villa Honegg

A magnificently luxurious private mansion, epitome of luxury, converted into the  Hotel villa Honegg is a haven with fabulous views onto a breathtaking scenery across Lake Lucerne. The Villa Honegg is a unique 5-star superior establishment in the heart of Switzerland on mount Bürgenstock.