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Ten of the Best Pools in the World

Pools that stretch out to infinity, ocean views, city roof tops and pool party days…here are my top ten best pools in the world….

Alila Villas Uluwatu, Bali 

As soon as you arrive at Alila Villas Uluwatu the first thing that you lay your eyes on is a wide expanse of blue…DSC_8245
As a central water feature leads to the gorgeous fifty metre high cliff top pool which seems to merge with the ocean beyond. A stunning patchwork of beautiful blues to enjoy in the Balinese sun. DSC_8597
Perched at the end of the pool is the Sunset Cabana, an incredible design feature, with comfortable cushions to recline on with a cocktail in hand whilst watching the sunset over the Indian Ocean.

Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur, California

Post Ranch Inn has to be one of my favourite hotels of all time, located 1,200 feet high along a Californian cliff just off the Pacific Coast Highway, the hotel has breathtaking views and world-class service and food. With a wood-burning fire place and hot tub in our room, a super zen spa and opportunities for star-gazing it was the perfect place for romance while we were on honeymoon.
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There are two heated infinity spa pools located on the property which just seem to hang over the cliff edge with a view out to the ocean.

The Library, Koh Samui, Thailand

I stayed at The Library hotel the first time that I visited Thailand about eight years ago. I loved that fact that the modern, design hotel was themed around books with interesting artwork, a huge library of books and a restaurant called The Page.
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But the most stand out feature of the hotel is the blood-red pool, contrasting to the clean white lines of the hotel and the pristine sandy beach beyond. KS300
The pool is lined with mosaic tiles in orange, yellow and red giving it a deep and glittering effect, perfect to sit by and watch the sunset whilst sipping on a Bloody Mary…

Gansevoort Hotel, Meatpacking District, New York

Cool pools aren’t all about ocean views.
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Mr S and I loved the high rise pool on the roof of the Gansevoort Hotel with the view over the Meatpacking District.DSC06272
During the day it was a relaxed oasis away from the busy city but as the sun dipped the adjacent bar starts to liven up, the perfect place for a few drinks before a night out in the city that never sleeps.

Hanging Gardens, Ubud, Bali

One of the most architecturally stunning pools I’ve ever seen was the twin-tiered pool at the Hanging Gardens Hotel in Bali. DSC_8214
The first tier juts out from the hotel bar and cascades in a waterfall down to a larger pool which appears to float right in the middle of the Balinese jungle.DSC_8108
The pool is the central feature to the unique hotel which has been built on a 45 degree angle using principles of Feng Shui to create a totally breathtaking effect.

Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Often photographed and frequently appearing in lists of the world’s coolest pools, the rooftop pool at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore is the largest and highest pool in the world. DSC_9323
Perched aloft the famous trio of towers and seemingly hanging over the edge of the precipice, when you swim in the pool you feel like you’re on top of the world. The pool is 57 floors up and below the busy streets and towers of Singapore seem like they’re totally miles away. However, you can only swim in the pool if you’re staying at the hotel and in my opinion it’s not really worth it as the pool was so crowded. Better just to get a drink at the Ce la Vi bar and enjoy the panoramic view.

The Beverly Hills Hotel, Los Angeles

For me The Beverly Hills Hotel epitomised old-school Hollywood glamour and one of the highlights of the beautiful property was the glamorous pool area…DSC08883
With the beautiful pink cabanas and adjacent Cabana Cafe, I loved enjoying the sunshine and imagining the days when stars such as Rita Hayworth, Faye Dunaway and Lucille Ball used to relax there.

Jade Mountain, St Lucia

The incredible sanctuaries at Jade Mountain in St Lucia have only three walls and in place of the fourth is the most beautiful infinity pool, varying in size depending on which room category that you stay in.
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Our Galaxy suite had an incredible view of the Pitons and scenery that was so beautiful it was almost unreal. DSC_1142
The pools themselves are lined with bespoke glass tiles, created especially for Jade Mountain, and each room has a unique colour scheme of glittering, iridescent glass. By night the pool is illuminated by fibre optics and guests can cycle through the range of colours in the system. DSC_1451

Singita Boulders, Sabi Sands, South Africa

Every one of the 12 suites at luxury safari lodge, Singita Boulders, has its own private plunge pool.  DSC_8228
I loved the fact that you had your own private decking and seating area with the most glorious view out into the wilderness….DSC_8635
Plus you never know who might stop by…
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The Encore, Las Vegas

It’s total extravagant opulence whilst still maintaining class, Mr S and I loved the pool at the Encore Hotel. Though there are several pools, the European, adult’s only pool is our favourite. DSC09335
There’s a casino in the centre of the pool and you can leap out of the pool and grab a drink at the bar before a round of roulette. If you want a bit of shade from the harsh desert sun, than there are cabanas available to rent with your own TV, fridge and snacks. If you want to truly go wild, head to the Encore Beach club for a day of hedonism, great drinks and world-class DJs.

What is the best pool you’ve ever seen? Do you prefer an infinity lagoon or a dip rooftop pool with a view of the city? 

 

  • As someone who’s a bit pool-obsessed, I LOVED this post! The Jade Mountain one looks especially idyllic. I definitely prefer an infinity lagoon-style pool over a more standard one, or a rooftop one, but I think the most important part is the view from the pool. I swam in my 3 favourite pools in the world when we were on the Amalfi Coast and I can’t wait to write about them.

    Polly xx
    Follow Your Sunshine

    • I’m with you, Polly – total pool addict here! I love the idea of The Library Hotel! I’ve wanted to go to Thailand for quite a long time now; I’ll get there one day! xxx

      • The Library is awesome, right on the beach and in all the action of Koh Samui.

    • Some of those pool on the Amalfi are just incredible! Several of them appear in the top tens of the world.

  • I’m definitely California dreamin’ and wishing I could be poolside at the moment!! xxx

  • I love that red pool! But all of these look absolutely amazing!

  • wow! great pools!

  • Yey, I’ve been to one of these at least!! Loved the Marina Bay Sands – you feel like you’re on top of the world. But Post Ranch Inn is now top of my list – it just looks idyllic. A road trip down the west coast is a trip I’d love to make soon. Great post! xx

  • Charlie Elliott

    The blood red one in Thailand looks amazing!
    Cx
    http://www.charliedistracted.com

    • Isn’t it incredible! I don’t think I’ve seen anything else like that.

  • Waaa this makes me want to go Jade Mountain so bad!!! Great wanderlust post 😉 Lots of love, Andrea xxx

    Andrea’s Passions

  • Pools with wild animals for the win. Much better than screaming children XD

  • Oh Angie, your posts always make me want to leave work immediately, grab my passport and head straight to the airport! These all look amazing! Your photos are brilliant. x

    • I’m so glad that you enjoyed it! You should definitely be grabbing that passport 🙂

  • Sara

    Wow these are some epic pools! Amazing that you’ve been to all of them as well.

  • These are some amazing pools. I really need to find some more good ones on my travels!!

    Jasmin Charlotte

  • Wow! All these pools are amazing! Definitely makes me want to visit them!

    xx
    Merritt
    The Style Scribe

  • For me it is all about the infinity pool view of the ocean. Heaven. The trouble as we visit more the bar rises!!

  • I love the one in Bali!

    Heba xx || The Heba

  • Wow! Evidently I need to start choosing hotels based on their pools! My family and I have been to a hotel in Limone, Lake Garda a couple of times with a pool out on the hillside so you have views of the lake and surrounding mountains from the water. Plus it’s a decent length/depth to actually do some proper swimming in which is always a plus 🙂 xxx

    Lucy @ La Lingua | Travel, Food, Italy

  • Oh gosh these all look so divine! I can imagine myself slipping into one one right now. Any one will do 🙂

  • I love the blood red pool at the Library, Thailand. I’d definitely add the pool at Monastero Santa Rosa to this list, it’s fantastic

  • Oh wow, I want to visilt them ALL! The one’s in Bali would be the top of my list right now but to be honest, any would be lovely right now! 🙂

  • I have never sat in one of those pools with the drop views. They look like the kind of place I could spend all of my time! Although, in reality I am pretty water aversive and normally find even the pools in the hottest countries cold! But I wish I didn’t get so cold in water because it looks so relaxing and wonderful!

  • I would love to sip some wine and relax all day in the Jade Mountain pool.

  • Carmen B

    The most epic one for me, Aureum Palace in Bagan, Myanmar, overlooking the Buddhist temples. Check out how to enjoy it without staying at the resort:
    http://bonatravels.com/2015/05/26/exploring-the-temples-of-bagan-by-bike/