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.
Odyssey: Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo
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Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo is home to Odyssey. Created by sartorial legend Karl Lagerfeld, it’s definitely the most fashionable spot to take a dip. The heated saltwater pool is surrounded by an al fresco-style glass installation, posh cabanas, and manicured gardens. During the day it’s only open to guests and members; however, at night it welcomes a well-dressed crowd of partygoers.
Lazy river: JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes
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Spanning 24,000 square feet, the lazy river pool at JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes makes a major splash. Beyond its massive size, the 700,000-gallon aquatic adventure features four waterfalls and six fountains. And there are a whopping 900 lounge chairs—perfect for basking in the Florida sun.
Bay View Infinity Pools: Marigot Bay Resort & Marina
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Marigot Bay Resort & Marina in St. Lucia flaunts double-decker infinity pools—a favorite of the social media mavens and serenity seekers alike. Guests can catch some rays on half-submerged chaises or paddle over to the swim-up bar for rum punch. Also at your fingertips? Freshly made sushi.
Piscine Spa Pool: InterContinental Bordeaux – Le Grand Hôtel
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The InterContinental Bordeaux—Le Grand Hôtel is renowned for its classic French architecture and décor. One of the most eye-catching elements is the black-tiled natatorium. Housed in the 3280-foot Piscine Spa, it’s enhanced with red columns and a gargoyle fountain. Believe it or not, airports have some pretty nice pools too—check out some of our favorites.
Main pool: Turtle Bay Resort
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Turtle Bay Resort on the North Shore of Oahu promises fun for all ages. The heart of this Hawaiian haven is the main swimming area. The sprawling saline pool is flanked by two hot tubs. There’s also a kids’ lagoon with a waterfall and 80-foot slide. Ocean vistas, bright blooms, swaying palm trees, and tropical drinks enhance the experience. For more wet and wild experiences, read up on the coolest water slides in the world.