Like epicurean dining and extravagant furnishings, hotel swimming pools are often designed to leave you with a lasting impression. This is particularly important during the summer, where outdoor pools are often the centerpiece to attract new and returning guests. But some of the world’s most prominent hotels rise to a higher level when it comes to their swimming pools. In fact, there are some hotels pools that are unlike any other. From the tallest to deepest, here are 10 of the most amazing hotel swimming pools in the world.
Burj Al Arab Jumeirah
The world’s tallest structure on a man-made island offers five dazzling outdoor and indoor swimming pools. On the ground level outdoors are the two largest. Here you will find a 612 sq. meter freshwater pool with swim-up bar and 828 sq. meter saltwater infinity swimming pool. Also part of the Burj Al Arab Terrace are 32 air-conditioned cabanas, eight Royal Cabanas and four Jacuzzis. There’s also a 100-meter (109 yd.) walkway that extends into the Arabian Gulf. If you’re traveling with children, there is complimentary access to the 12-acre Wild Wadi Waterpark. Taller than the Eiffel Tower, Burj Al Arab Jumeirah with its 24k gold interior is widely considered the world’s most luxurious hotel. Indeed, it’s often said that it’s a six-star hotel.
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Canaves Oia Hotel & Suites
84702, Oia, Santorini, Greece
On the Greek island famous for its many cave pools, Canaves Oia is arguably the best. Set along the cliffs facing the island’s impressive Caldera, the enormous complex features several five-star properties. Of particular interest to you are the airy suites with private pools, like Canaves Oia Sunday Suites. A central infinity pool is at the base hotel while additional pools are at Canaves Oia Suites and Canaves Oia Villa. The newest property, Canaves Oia Epitome, was recently named among the World’s Top 10 Hotels and the No. 1 European Resort Hotel by Travel+Leisure. Quite frankly, this is one spot that should be on your bucket list for travel.
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Fairmont Maldives – Sirru Fen Fushi
Sirru Fen Fushi
Shaviyani Atoll, 20209, Maldives
The Maldives might be the finest destination for world-class swimming pools. But the Fairmont Maldives may have the most photographed pool in this fascinating nation of islands. An all-suites resort with private infinity pools, Fairmont Maldives’ signature pool is the eye-catching 200 meter infinity pool. Each of the 120 villas have stairs leading to turquoise blue lagoon, allowing you to swim up to your room. On the Shaviyani Atoll, the Fairmont Maldives also features Coralarium, the world’s first underwater museum. Here you will discover incredible sculptures and artwork by Jason deCaires Taylor.
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Hanging Gardens of Bali
Desa Buahan, Payangan, Ubud
Bali 80571, Indonesia
The dual-level infinity pools at Hanging Gardens aren’t exceptionally large. However, designed in a manner to resemble multi-level rice paddy fields, the pools were once named the World’s Best Swimming Pool by Conde Nast Traveler. This five-star property also has private infinity pools in each of its 44 villas to add to the unique experience. Nestled deep in the rain forests of Bali, Hanging Gardens also has an award-winning spa and the acclaimed Three Elements Restaurant, winner of the 2019 World Luxury Restaurant Awards. Just one look at this five star resort and you’ll know it’s worth a stay.
Hotel Terme Millepini
Via Catrajo, 42
35036 Montegrotto Terme (PD) Italy
Located in Northern Italy, Hotel Terme Millepini is home to the world’s deepest pool. What’s more, it’s recognized by the Guinness World Records. Opened in 2014, the Y-40 thermal pool has a depth of 42.15 meters (46 yds.) and features an underwater tunnel. Y-40’s water temperature is maintained between 32-34c (89-93 degrees), which allows you to swim to the bottom without using a diving suit. However, you must be in physical shape to swim this depth. Set within the Euganean Hills Thermal Park, the wellness hotel holds three other pools pools, in addition to top flight spa service. The hotel is about 60 km west of Venice.
Via Furcia 5
Sorafurcia, 39030 Valdora
South Tyrol, Italy
With sweeping views of the Dolomites mountain range, Hubertus boasts six indoor and outdoor pools. This includes Sky Pool, which extends nearly of all its 25 meter length from the hotel. Raised 12 meters from the ground and with a glass enclosure, you are treated to a surreal aquatic experience. The four-star property also holds a larger outdoor pool, saltwater pool and whirlpool. Offering 64 rooms and suites, Hubertus is located in Sorafurcia, 146 km northeast of Trento. Just one look at the Sky Pool and you’ll quickly understand why it’s a favorite spot for selfies and sharing on Instagram.
Marina Bay Sands
10 Bayfront Ave.
Rising 200 meters above ground level and with a length of 146 meters, the infinity swimming pool at Marina Bay Sands is the world’s largest pool at that height. The signature piece of the 2.47 acre Sky Park, it’s also among the world’s most photographed pools. With spectacular views, the pool is exclusive to guests of the five-star Marina Bay Sands. In other words, you need to make a reservation to stay at this luxurious hotel. On the other hand, you can experience arguably the world’s best hotel swimming pool. The most famous landmark in Singapore, the stunning, three-towered Marina Bay Sands also features the world’s largest atrium among its many attractions.
Haridasji Ki Magri, Mulla Talai
Udaipur – 313 001, Rajasthan, India
Clearly like no other, Oberoi Udaivilas is amongst the finest and most luxurious hotels in India. The five-star resort holds two extraordinary swimming pools – the longest extending 175 meters. With sweeping views of Lake Pichola, Oberoi Udaivilas holds 86 rooms and suites, some with private pools. This year, Oberoi Hotels & Resorts was ranked third among the Top 25 Hotel Brands in the World by Travel+Leisure. As a result, you can understand why this particular hotel is so popular. You can find Rajasthan in the northern section of India. Not only is it the largest Indian state by size, it’s also the seventh most populous.
Six Senses Zil Pasyon
There isn’t a centralized swimming pool at this sprawling 652-acre resort. But each of the astonishing villas and residences at Six Senses Zil Pasyon come with innovative private pools. In particular, the residences feature plunge pools with translucent floors, allowing light to emanate on the living area below. Set on the private island of Félicité, this exclusive property also offers onsite gourmet dining, fitness center and luxury spa. In light of all this, you shouldn’t be surprised that overnight rates are quite expensive. In fact, a quick search on Booking.com reveals at rate of over $100k for a week stay.
Titanic Mardan Palace
Kundu Mah. Yasar Sobutay Bul. No: 450
1Aksu, 07710 Turkey
Situated along the Turkish Riviera, Titanic Marden Palace boasts the largest pool in the Mediterranean. Described as Europe’s most expensive hotel when it opened, Titanic Marden Palace features several swimming pools, including a stunning 9,700 sq. meter main pool. Additionally, during the summer months, the luxury resort offers an Aquapark with six slides. Titanic Marden Palace also offers a 10,000 sq. meter private beach along the breathtaking Turquoise Coast.
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