Whether you’re an avid swimmer or a lounge chair aficionado, there’s no denying that a spectacular pool can be the best part of your hotel stay. There’s something about having a cool, refreshing place to rest after a long day of sightseeing that just can’t be beat. Check out our roundup of 6 hotel pools so awesome that they may just be the highlight of your holiday.
The Tank (Las Vegas, Nevada)
Want to swim with the sharks but not quite down with the risks involved? Head to The Tank, a $30 million facility that includes a 3 story water slide and majestic shark tank. Call ahead to reserve a luxury poolside cabana includes a flatscreen TV, bottled water, fresh fruit, and a food and beverage credit. Once you’ve gotten your fill of fancy amenities, take a tour of the shark tank- you get a commemorative shark tooth at the end.
Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc (Antibes, France)
For those seeking the ultimate luxe experience, head to the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc where you can be a part of history just by dipping your toes in the hotel’s fabled pool. Dynamited out of basalt in 1914, the pool has become the place to spend long summer days, sipping custom cocktails or taking private swimming lessons. Don’t worry, les enfants will be just as happy as the adults thanks to the hotel’s ice cream bar and kids club programme.
Dream Downtown (New York, New York)
The ultimate city escape awaits you at the Dream Downtown, situated in the heart of New York City’s Meatpacking District. This tiny treasure is a perfect place to work on your “oh, I’ve just returned from Antigua” glow without having to leave the island of Manhattan. Beach cabanas and loungers ensure that you’re able to truly relax but the real piece de resistance are the glass portholes on the pool’s floor, affording swimmers a bird’s eye view of the hotel’s lobby.
Holiday Inn (Shanghai, China)
This ain’t your typical airport Holiday Inn. At least, the pool certainly isn’t. Conveniently located in the centre of Pudong New District, this well appointed hotel has taken the swimming pool to brand new heights…literally. 24 stories above the sidewalk, the hotel’s swimming pool juts out and features a glass bottom, giving daring swimmers the impression that they’re floating mid-air. Sufferers of vertigo may want to sit this one out.
Four Seasons Safari Lodge (Tanzania)
If you’re on the hunt for a truly unforgettable safari experience, the Four Seasons’s Tanzanian pool is just the spot for you. The crystalline waters of the expansive infinity pool offer an unparalleled view of a popular watering hole frequented by local wildlife. This is your chance to watch elephants frolic while sipping on cocktails, beating the heat in a beautiful pool. Can it really get any better than that?
Amangiri Spa and Resort (Canyon Point, Utah)
Located in the Utah desert, the stunning oasis that is Amangiri’s pool should absolutely not be missed. Seamlessly integrated into the awe-inspiring landscape, the pool epitomizes serene luxury and isn’t afraid to show it. Comfortable poolside beds practically beg you to take an afternoon nap, shaded by white umbrellas and bolstered by cozy pillows. What’s most impressive, however, is the rock that the pool appears to have been built around, allowing bathers to truly immerse themselves in the stunning natural surroundings.
Who is Kate Walker? She’s a freelance writer, yoga addict, and citizen of the concrete jungle. When not on the mat, Kate can be found at the dog park or on the dock in Muskoka. She is also pretty fond of running, skiing, and Settlers of Catan.