The Most Extravagant Hotel Pools in the World
From Bordeaux to Hawaii, these are the most fabulous spots to take a dip (and capture that picture-perfect shot).
Gold Energy Pool: The St. Regis Lhasa Resort
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All that glitters is gold! And the St. Regis Lhasa Resort in Tibet has the opulent pool to prove it. Thousands of gilded tiles line the bottom, turning the water that rich color. Craving a little R&R? You’ve come to the right place. Unwind with a pampering foot massage or simply float in the salt water, which is kept at a consistent temperature of 82 to 89°F to guarantee optimal comfort and tranquility. Check out some more of the most luxurious resorts in the world.
Paradise Pool: The Arizona Biltmore, a Waldorf Astoria Resort
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Known as the “Jewel of the Desert,” the Arizona Biltmore, a Waldorf Astoria Resort is a Phoenix icon. Its centerpiece is the Paradise Pool, originally built in 1930. An oasis of epic proportions, it’s actually a combination of three separate piscines. This show-stopper also impresses with its 92-foot slide, swim-up bar, and private cabanas.
Makai Pools: The Lodge at Kukui’ula
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The Lodge at Kukui’ula on the Hawaiian island of Kaua’i offers something for all ages, and the Makai Pools are no exception. Parents can chill in the elevated vanishing-edge stunner, a series of saltwater basins and hot tubs connected by cascades are sure to keep youngsters occupied, and the whole crew will enjoy a game of volleyball in the sand-bottom lagoon. Looking for more kid-friendly vacation ideas? Check out the top family travel destinations in each state.
Swim Club: The Surfjack Hotel
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The Surfjack Hotel in Waikiki hearkens back to old-school Hawaii with 1960s-influenced bungalows and suites. Its social hub is the Instagram-famous outdoor pool (aka the “Swim Club“) with a hand-painted illustration by Honolulu-based artist Matthew Tapia that reads “wish you were here.” This is where it all goes down—concerts, cannonballs, and cocktails. These are the 11 things to know before you book that Hawaii trip.
Split-level pools: The St. Regis Deer Valley
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Whether surrounded by sun or snow, the soaking situation at the St. Regis Deer Valley in Utah is spectacular. Backed by the fabled slopes is a duo of split-level, heated infinity pools, and a Jacuzzi. The sweeping views are matched only by the serene vibe, making it sublime for year-round relaxation. And, of course, food and beverage service is a plus. P.S. Park City is one of the most romantic honeymoon spots in America.
Tropicana Pool: The Hollywood Roosevelt
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The retro-inspired Tropicana Pool at the Hollywood Roosevelt in California is advertised as “the only place on Earth where you can swim in a multi-million dollar work of art”—and rightfully so: The floor showcases a mural by acclaimed British painter David Hockney. Upping the Cali-cool ambiance are 200 palm trees.
Dean’s Blue Hole: Grand Hyatt Baha Mar
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For an action-packed getaway, look no further than the new Grand Hyatt Baha Mar in Nassau, Bahamas. Among its standouts is Dean’s Blue Hole, a man-made marvel that rivals the nearby natural wonders. Thrill-seekers will love the rush of cliff-jumping off rock walls. What’s more, there’s a secluded grotto with a trio of cascades and windows for gazing at sea turtles, sharks, and stingrays. Speaking of natural wonders, these are the most incredible natural pools you can actually swim in.
Swimming pool: Amangiri
Amangiri is a remote and relaxing retreat, tucked within 600 acres of protected Utah wilderness. The expansive swimming pool—like the rest of the property—is designed to blend in with its arid environs. Carved around a rock escarpment, it’s framed by a sunken terrace with king-size daybeds and lounge seating. And did we mention the breathtaking canyon vistas? Don’t miss these other amazing desert escapes across the country.
Jade Mountain Club Pool: Jade Mountain
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Each of the 24 suites at Jade Mountain in St. Lucia has a private plunge pool, but the pièce de résistance of this hilltop hideaway is the mesmerizing zero-edge beauty in the middle of the restaurant. Colorful glass tiles add prismatic appeal, and it also wins points for uninterrupted panoramas of the UNESCO-listed Pitons and the Caribbean Sea.
Las Lagunas: The Springs Resort & Spa
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The Springs Resort & Spa is a renowned wellness destination in Costa Rica’s Arenal Volcano National Park. Its crown jewel, Las Lagunas, comprises tiered terraces, gushing cascades, and a dozen thermal pools—eight of which are fed by hot springs. These mineral-rich waters boast a bevy of therapeutic benefits, from improving circulation to relieving stress. A soak in these gorgeous hot springs around the globe is both scenic and soothing.