10 Splash-worthy hotels pools around the world
Ready to get wet? We hope so because we've rounded up some of the best hotel pools across the country -- and beyond. From Beverly Hills and Dallas to Turks and Caicos and Fiji, cool off with our picks for 10 fabulous places to make a splash, chill out and relax poolside with an expertly crafted cocktail.
Pool on top of SkyPark Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
If you want to feel like you're swimming on top of the world, this pool is for you. The SkyPark is home to the world's longest elevated swimming pool, perched nearly 627 feet above the ground with a 478 foot "vanishing edge" that makes it look like you can backstroke right off the edge (but don't worry, you can't). The stunning pool is made up of 422,000 pounds of stainless steel and can hold 376,500 gallons of water.
Lagoon pool on Laucala Island, Fiji
Who hasn't dreamed of having their own island paradise? Now you can, with a trip to this unforgettable island resort in Fiji. Their naturalistic saltwater lagoon pool is said to be the largest in the southern hemisphere, and boasts walk-in beaches, secret coves and tropical sundecks, all laid out in the center of the resort. The giant expanse of water is subdivided into three areas, including in the center, an 82-foot-long glass cube filled with water that acts as a lap pool, plus secluded areas for lounging in the water. Slender coconut palm trees and floral white umbrellas provide shade for your post-swim beverage.
Pool at the Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai
We were instantly smitten with this elegantly designed infinity-edge adults-only pool overlooking rice paddies for a truly picturesque experience. Just an hour's flight from bustling Bangkok, Chiang Mai (known as Thailand's cultural capital) is the perfect getaway. Packed with temples, art galleries and Northern Thai restaurants, it offers something for every type of traveler. The pool at the Four Seasons Chiang Mai offers a tranquil escape with gorgeous views that are hard to beat.
The Mirage Pool at The Mirage Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
This cool pool at the Mirage Hotel transports guests to an island-inspired paradise complete with towering palm trees, lush flowers, lagoons and a gorgeous cascading waterfall. Basking in the tropical atmosphere also includes sounds from the jungle (courtesy of neighboring Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat), an experience guests won't find anywhere else. Pool rafts are available for rent should you prefer to float rather than swim in the crystal clear water.
Photo credit: MGM Resorts International
The pool at The Avalon, Beverly Hills
We love the pool at The Avalon in Beverly Hills for its ultra-chic, vintage hourglass shape. Nestled in the hotel courtyard, between the lobby and the restaurant, the pool mixes elegance with a fun, retro vibe. Restaurant and bar service are available poolside, and the equally chic pool deck offers comfortable lounge spots and private cabanas for social events. The cabanas are decorated with Cippolino blue-green marble, custom Italian ceramic columns and geometric wall graphics, appointed with candles and comfortable cushioned banquettes.
Pool at The St. Regis, Atlanta
The St. Regis Atlanta's 40,000-square foot Pool Piazza is well worth a visit (and a dip). Guests can unwind in the upscale urban setting and enjoy the cascading waterfall and Jacuzzi, all surrounded by lush landscapes. When you're not in or relaxing by the pool, take advantage of poolside butler service, the poolside bar and cafe, not to mention hourly amenities such as a fresh fruit smoothie sampler, chilled towels, an iced cappuccino sampler, frozen fruit skewer, iced coconut water and frozen red and green grapes. Adjacent to the pool, the Grand Terrace features an expansive lawn area with games such as bocce ball, badminton and table tennis.
Infinity Jade Pool at Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur
Rated one of the top U.S. luxury resorts, Post Ranch Inn is tucked away on the rugged cliffs of Big Sur, California, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. While the resort itself is a must-visit, the impressive infinity jade pool really caught our eye. Swim or soak as you enjoy expansive views that seem to go on forever (you almost don't know where the pool ends and the ocean begins!) Kept at a constant 104 degrees, the pool is not only relaxing, but offers a great spot to take in the panoramic natural beauty of Big Sur.
Photo credit: Kodiak Greenwood
The Poule at The Joule Hotel, Dallas
Get ready to be awed by this 10th floor rooftop pool at the Joule Hotel that cantilevers out over Downtown Dallas's Main Street, extending 8 feet beyond the hotel's structure (complete with a clear Plexiglass wall). As if that's not enough, the Poule is also a hot spot for evening cocktails, relaxing (nonguests can reserve a limited number of cabana beds on weekends during the summer months) and exclusive events (Foster the People recently DJ'ed a private set). Poolside amenities include full bar service, menu selections from the hotel's Charlie Palmer restaurant, cabana beds and personal tanning butlers.
Pool at Grace Bay Club, Turks and Caicos
The alluring adults-only, glass-edge infinity pool at Grace Bay Club in Turks and Caicos will make you want to move into the equally exquisite resort for good. The beautiful pool combines cutting-edge design with luxury service. More than twice the size of the original pool (they renovated in 2010), the new model features a 12-foot glass wall facing the brilliant turquoise water of Grace Bay, creating an almost aquarium-like experience. The ultra-modern design features only a sleek translucent glass barrier between guests and the resort's 1,100-foot view of beach frontage, the largest of any resort on Turks and Caicos.
The rooftop pool at the Adelphi Hotel, Melbourne
This rooftop pool at the Adelphi is the home of the world famous glass bottomed pool. Often-photographed and never replicated, the 82-foot, heated saltwater pool is cantilevered over Flinders Lane, allowing a unique view (from nine stories up) of the streetscape below through the clear Perspex pool floor. You can actually see people walking below you as you swim!