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Top Ten of the World’s Best Hotels with Private Pools

Is there any greater luxury than having your own private pool in your hotel room? The perfect place to cool off from the hot sun, just steps away from where you’re sleeping. Here my top ten of the world’s best hotels with private pools.

1. Jade Mountain, St Lucia 

One of the most unique private pools we’ve ever had was at remarkably designed Jade Mountain in St Lucia. Our Galaxy Sanctuary, a huge plunge pool and every private pool in the hotel is different, unique in size, shape and colour

The pool actually replaces the fourth wall of the room meaning that there’s is an uninterrupted view of the glorious Pitons, the iconic peaks of St Lucia. Totally open to the elements, nature floods into the room through sunshine, bird song and the feeling that you are floating right on the sea!

There was a shallow end for sitting or your could sit could chill at the edge with a glass of wine in hand from the hotel’s all-inclusive wine list.

Additionally each pool is surfaced with one of a kind glass tiles which have been created especially for the hotel, a beautiful iridescent surface on one side and smooth on the other.

There’s also the option of illuminating the pool at night with a range of colours created by fibre optics.

2. Four Seasons Chiang Mai, Thailand

In the private pool villa at Four Seasons Chiang Mai, there’s not only a full length pool but also a glorious water garden! 
Mini pools on the side of the main pool give the feeling that you are surrounded by water in this lush tropical setting. There’s also a private dining sala and deck where you can bask in the glorious Thai sunshine. At 400 metres squared, the living area is huge! So big you actually never have to leave.

3. Wolgan Valley, Australia

Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley is an incredible luxury lodge in the Blue Mountains, around three hours from Sydney. Set between two national parks with a private wild life reserve for kangeroos, wallabys and possums, this hotel in the Australian Bush really is one of a kind. As well as the incredible setting, Mr S and I were blown away by the beautiful rooms which were pretty much like having your own bungalow….
But best of all was the adjacent indoor pool.
Seven metres long and with its own private pool deck it really was something very special. And if you’re lucky, you may even see a kangeroo hopping around outside!

4. Alila Villas Uluwatu, Bali 

There were many beautiful design aspects of the Alila Villas Uluwatu resort in Bali created by award-winning architectural firm WOHA. In particular are the stunning wood-slatted cabanas that characterise the hotel that have now become a rather iconic design element. The cabanas are featured throughout the hotel’s public areas but they also feature in every room as a shady respite from the Balinese sunshine.
Each of the 65 pool villas are designed to have an indoor / outdoor feel and open plan design so that the guest feels at one with the ebb and a flow of nature. 
Including the stunning veranda with a large plunge pool and that famous cabana with view stretching out to the Indian Ocean.

5. Singita Boulders, South Africa

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Singita Boulders in Sabi Sands, South Africa is the best hotel that we’ve ever stayed in. From our amazing, once-in-life-time safari experiences, to the wonderful service and our unparalleled room, we were totally blown away by this luxury lodge. 
Indoors and outdoors blend seamlessly in this incredible room and the bathroom appeared to flow into the huge wrap around terrace. 
Our huge pool had an incredible view of the wilderness surrounding the hotel and there was even the chance of making a new friend as you enjoyed the sunshine. 
6. Trisara, Thailand

There’s something about South East Asia and totally exquisite accommodation that is also excellent value for money. When we stayed at Trisara, in Phuket in Thailand our beautiful room led out on to a floating deck with a 10 metre private pool reaching out towards infinity…
As well as pool that you could actually swim laps in, it was the ideal spot for a barbecue.
One night we had our own private chef cook for us right outside our room with a view of the pool and the ocean beyond.

7. Sasaab, Kenya

Owned by The Safari Collection, Sasaab in Samburu in Kenya is the ultimate in luxury glamping. In fact the Moroccan themed tent is so luxurious it even boasts its own private plunge pool.

The pool was the perfect place to cool off after a hot and dusty safari…
And we could enjoy the view of Ewasu river with few adult beverages.

8. Viceroy, Bali

Every single room at Viceroy Bali has a private pool but when we arrived at the hotel in Ubud, an upgrade meant that we would be staying in one their largest villas with a very generous sized pool.

Leading straight from the room, and with a beautiful terrace, the pool had a view of the Petanu river valley. 
The perfect place to make this tropical paradise your home.

9. Four Seasons Koh Samui, Thailand

It’s around eight years ago that I stayed at Four Seasons Koh Samui but it still remains lodged in my memory as one of my all time favourite hotels. Especially for our gorgeous pool villa perched high on the hillside.

The beautiful pool forms part of an expansive outdoor living area with day beds, dining table and chairs and sun loungers, surrounded by beautiful tropical trees and with a view of the Gulf of Siam.

10. Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay, Bali

Speaking of which, the rooms at Four Seasons Resort at Jimbaran Bay are amazing but the outdoor living area takes it to another level!
There’s an entire pavilion with a dedicated dining area, day bed, and even a mini bar! 
The luxurious plunge pool is heated and fringe with a garden of exotic flowers.

Which one is your favourite?


  • Dreamy!!!!

  • Photos of Four Seasons Koh Samui makes me want to book the trip NOW. Alas, I’ll have to wait till 2018.

  • I do love a good private pool – it’s the only way to sunbathe without tan lines, if you know what I mean…! ?

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    • Ha!!! Honestly I never thought of that. I always thought I have easy access to air conditioning.

  • They are all just so perfect that it’s impossible to pick a favourite! x

  • Gary J Berry

    WOW! I think if I had to pick it would be Singita Boulders in South Africa. It looks like utter heaven!!

  • Melissa Beare

    I have gotten spoiled by private plunge pools too. What a beautiful list. We’re planning a trip to Asia in 2018 and I am so torn b/w Thailand and Vietnam. The Four Seasons opened a new beach resort in Vietnam (the Nam Hai) and their pool villas are to die for based on website photos! Choosing between that and Koh Samui is tough!!

    • I bet the FS in Vietnam is wonderful. Koh Samui take some beating.

  • AHHH Angie now I have alllll the pool envy! Definitely saving this post!

  • I love your pool posts! These are all very much on my wishlist, but I particularly love the indoor pool in the Australian lodge – I’d love to have one like that in my future house. Private pools are ideal, mainly because as soon as I see a pool, I’m in my Speedo with a swimming cap on and goggles ready to fit a training session in haha, not quite as relaxing for the other guests!! xxx
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    • Wouldn’t it be amazing to have that pool in your house. That’s brilliant that you’re already in your goggles!

  • I would love to try them all!

  • THESE POOLS!!! My God you’ve stayed in some god awful places haven’t you 😛 hehehe. The South Africa ones and Bali ones are just OUTRAGEOUS!!! Get me there now! Love AP xo

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  • Binny Shah-Patel

    OH GAWDDD now I want to be lying next to one sunbathing! Love the look of the one in South Africa

  • All of these look fabulous but Sasaab Kenya must have been so refreshing in particular

  • Miu

    My favourites are 4, 6 and 10 🙂

  • Oh my goodness!!!!! Singita looks insane! I HAVE to go there – this was one of my fave posts I have read all year, such a good idea, I love to swim, I always check out the pools in hotels before I book them x


  • Evie Jones

    Hi Angie, I’m so glad I’ve come across your blog, I can’t believe how gorgeous your website is. I’m so so jealous you’ve tried all of these pools, it’s every person’s dream to do what you do! I hope you don’t mind me asking but I’ve actually been looking for some places to visit on our honeymoon as I’m getting married next year. I’ve been looking at this Luxury Brand website called berkeleytravel.co.uk and they specialise in luxury hotels. Have you been on a holiday or worked with them before? I’d love to know before we book as I’m always sceptical of luxury services until someone else has tried it. Thanks for sharing this blog post, I’m definitely telling the hubby we have to try all of these at some point 😉

    • Hi Evie, I’m glad you’ve found me! I don’t know much about them but feel free to email me with any questions you have for honeymoon planning 🙂