Time for a splash in the best and the top hotel pools members of The Leading Hotels of the World which have over 430 unique hotels over the world. From the ruins of Perugia, Italy to the quieter side of Istanbul. Whether you are a swimmer or not, these pools are not to be missed.
The Okura Prestige, Bangkok
The heart of bustling Bangkok may seem an odd place for a truly spectacular swimming pool, but that is just where one of the newest hotels in town has come about. Located from the side of the building on the 25th floor, The Okura Prestige Bangkok’s 25-meter swimming pool makes a dramatic impression high above the city streets. As a striking architectural statement, the pool area also provides the perfect atmosphere to unwind for both sunbathers and stargazers.
Hotel Brufani Palace, Perugia, Italy
This astounding underground pool at the Hotel Brufani Palace in Perugia, Italy is sheltered amid medieval vaulting beneath the hotel. The Sirenuse Club Spa boasts as its centerpiece a glass-bottomed swimming pool built atop Etruscan ruins and the remains of the 16th century Rocca Paolina fortress built by Pope Paul III, which were discovered during a renovation program in the late 1980s. Guests need do nothing more strenuous than take a dip to get close to the ancient history of this culturally rich city and region. Its not only one of the top hotel pools in the world but also one of the most historic.
The Greenwich Hotel, New York
Summer and winter guests alike can take advantage of another similarly well-kept urban secret, hidden beneath The Greenwich Hotel in Manhattan’s Tribeca. A 250-year-old bamboo Kyoto farmhouse was meticulously dismantled and reconstructed by skilled Japanese craftsmen to surround and cover the hotel’s serene and dramatically lit subterranean azure-blue pool. Settling into a lounge chair in the lantern-lit area surrounding the pool, one could easily forget that the non-stop hustle and bustle of New York City is just upstairs and outside.
Grace Bay Club, Turks and Caicos Islands
Grace Bay Club, one of the Caribbean’s premier resorts, takes swimming serenity a step further with its adults-only, glass-edge, infinity pool and bar experience. Conceived and created by Miami-based design firm Siskind, Carlson Partners, the recent renovation of the resort’s signature pool area has brought guests an enchanting and private sanctuary with the added flair of contemporary art and design. The new resort focal point is anchored by a twelve-foot glass wall facing the turquoise water of Grace Bay, creating an almost aquarium-type experience.
Halekulani, Honululu, Hawaii
Lush palms define the borders of the signature Orchid pool at Halekulani in Honululu. The heated 46-by-82 foot fresh-water pool overlooking Waikiki Beach is one of the hotel’s most talked-about landmarks. On the bottom of the pool is a stunning mosaic of a Cattleya orchid, comprised of 1.2 million pieces of imported South African glass tiles. This museum-caliber work-of-art pool is just one more example of how Halekulani always goes the extra mile.
Ciragan Palace Kempinski, Istanbul
There aren’t many hotels in the world where you can lounge by a pool on one continent and gaze across an expanse of water upon the shores of another, but that is just what one can do at the Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul can do. Incorporating a former royal residence of the Ottoman sultans, the hotel enjoys a spectacular setting on the European edge of the Bosphorus Strait. And from the infinity pool on the broad terrace, swimmers can look across to Asia and watch ships plying their way between the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara.
Villa d’Este, Tivoli, Italy
As if a summer holiday on Lake Como isn’t dreamy enough, the legendary Villa d’Este takes the idea of “floating away on happiness” one step further. Surrounded by a magnificent wooden deck built into a pontoon that floats on the 28-mile lake, the hotel’s spectacular pool is the centerpiece of a stunning watercourse. The backdrop of cloud-topped mountains, with flowing streams and grottoes along the lake’s shores, completes the romantic setting. When the weather turns cool, the indoor pool at the sporting club welcomes off-season swimmers.
Hotel Le Bristo, Paris
Set in a brass-trimmed teak deck, surrounded by wood-framed glass panels, the rooftop pool at Hotel Le Bristol in Paris gives guests the impression that they are sailing aboard a handsome 19th-century yacht into the harbor at Cap d’Antibes. Classic ocean-liner-style deck chairs and a trompe l’oeil painting on the wall at one end of the enclosed area add to the pleasant illusion. However, swimmers need only glance left and right out the windows, to vistas of the EiffelTower and Sacré Coeur atop the hill of Montmartre to know they are right in the heart of the City of Light, and not on the Mediterranean.
Banyan Tree Mayakoba, Playa Carmen, Mexico
At the pristine coast of Mexico’s Riviera Maya, Banyan Tree Mayakoba offers visitors very individualized swimming experiences. All of the 132 accommodations at this all-villa resort feature private pools measuring at least 323 square feet, as well as outdoor heated jet-pools or sunken baths, massage beds, and steam rooms. Guests wanting to venture outside of their private accommodations can dive in to the large freeform pool at the center of the resort along with a children’s pool area. For a swim with a view, they can head down to the Beach Club, which features an infinity pool looking out over the crystal blue waters of the Caribbean Sea. Continuing the resort’s commitment to protecting and enhancing the lush environment within which it is located, the property uses only ecologically friendly products with which to filter and test the water for all of its pools. Truly one of the top hotel pools.
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