From private plunge pools on the edge of wildlife reserves to infinity pools overlooking oceans and city skylines, join us as we dive into 12 of the most spectacular luxury hotel pools in the world.
Tambo del Inka, Sacred Valley, Peru
You’ll be spoiled for choice at Tambo del Inka, with both heated indoor and outdoor pools, along with whirlpools, hydromassage pools, Vichy showers, and sub-aquatic beds as part of the world-class Kallpa Spa. The pools are stunning, with elegant wooden architecture and large floor-to-ceiling windows that allow natural light to flood the pool area. You can soak in the warm water while looking out over the beautiful views of the surrounding gardens, Andes Mountains and the Urubamba River Valley. Peaceful and luxurious, this is the perfect place to unwind after a day of exploring the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu.
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Leela Palace, New Delhi, India
If you like your luxury hotel pools with a view, the Leela Palace in New Delhi has got you covered. Head to the rooftop and you’ll discover a breathtaking infinity pool overlooking the city. The pool is temperature-controlled and a great place to cool down after exploring New Delhi. After your dip, visit the sauna or the spa for some rejuvenating treatments.
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The Langtham, Sydney, Australia
This elegant Sydney hotel did not skimp on its pool. The 65-foot indoor heated pool is the crown jewel of the Day Spa by Chuan at The Langham. Head underground to discover the peaceful turquoise waters, with a unique star-dappled ceiling overhead. The twinkling, starry sky ceiling creates a magically soothing environment. Surrounded by stone columns and two gorgeous beach murals, this is a beautiful sanctuary to swim, lounge and rejuvenate.
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Quisisana Hotel, Isle of Capri, Italy
Set in Capri’s central plaza, Quisisana Hotel is surrounded by the sublime beaches and Mediterranean coastline of Capri. But its pools have their own allure. The large heated outdoor infinity-edge swimming pool comes lined in marble with whirlpool jets. You can relax in the soothing water with a cocktail overlooking the ocean, or soak in the magical whirlpool jet surrounded by lush greenery. The world-class spa also features a heated indoor pool, Turkish bath, and sauna, so take your pick of the water elements.
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Grand Hotel des Bains Kempinski, Saint Moritz, Switzerland
Set in the heart of the Swiss Alps, the Grand Hotel des Bains Kempinski dishes up one of the most spectacular luxury hotel pools in the world. The 50-foot indoor pool is surrounded by dramatic marble columns and large glass windows serving up stunning mountain views. The pool is heated to 82°F in summer 86°F winter so you can soothe tired muscles after a big day on the slopes. The pool is part of the luxurious Alpine Spa, which also has four different saunas, a steam bath, laconium, a sun terrace, a separate ladies’ spa and state-of-the-art spa treatments. You can also walk through the Kneipps stream or drink the iron-rich mineral water directly from the famous Mauritius Spring here.
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Ashford Castle, County Mayo, Ireland
Set within the beautiful bronze conservatory and overlooking Lough Corrib, Ashford Castle’s relaxation pool is simply gorgeous. With seashell chandeliers and the ‘Tree of Life’ Irish Celtic mural stretching the length of the pool, this is a unique pool experience that connects you to your destination. Relax with the pool’s seated jets or indulge in the steam room and spa, recently named the only Forbes Five-Star spa in Ireland.
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Lion Sands Tinga Lodge, Kruger National Park, South Africa
The Lion Sands Tinga Lodge is the only private game reserve in both the Sabi Sand Game Reserve and Kruger National Park, offering some of the most luxurious suites and unique pool experiences in the country. The lodge has a large infinity pool overlooking the Sabi River, where you can soak while watching for wildlife below. If you prefer a private pool experience, each lavish suite has its own private plunge pool with views of the river. It’s a truly special experience to spot wildlife drinking and bathing in the river below, all from your private pool.
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Fairmont Banff Springs, Banff, Canada
This iconic luxury hotel is home to an entire Aquatic Center, so you can choose from the heated indoor and outdoor saltwater pools, or relax in the bubbling hot tub. Enjoy a dip or swim laps, then order drinks and snacks directly to your lounge chair. Take in the awe-inspiring views of the mountains, forests and lakes of the Canadian Rockies, or indulge in the world-class spa treatments at Fairmont Banff Springs.
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Mena House Hotel, Cairo, Egypt
Imagine staring up at the Great Pyramids of Giza all from your luxurious pool. That’s the experience you’ll enjoy at Mena House Hotel. The hotel’s pool was the first swimming pool in Egypt, opened in 1980, so you’ll be swimming in a slice of history here. The large heated outdoor pool is set among its 40 acres of lush gardens and lined with sunloungers, so you can kick back with a cocktail underneath the gaze of the ancient pyramids.
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The St Regis, Toronto, Canada
The St Regis Toronto is luxurious in every way, and that doesn’t end at the pool. Head to The Spa on the 31st floor and you’ll find a 65-foot infinity-edge saltwater lap pool, whirlpool, sauna and steam room. Whether you like to swim laps or sip champagne in the water while admiring the views, this is the ultimate hotel pool sanctuary. The 31st floor also includes an ultra-luxurious spa and fitness center.
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The Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa, Cape Town, South Africa
Flanked by the Table Mountain National Park and the Twelve Apostles Mountain Range, the luxury hotel pools at The Twelve Apostles Hotel are truly divine. There’s two to choose from, starting with the heated infinity pool that looks out over the Atlantic Ocean and is lined with comfortable sun-loungers. There’s a good chance of spotting pods of dolphins or Southern Right Whales from this pool. You can also head to the gorgeous rock pools, with views of the rugged Table Mountain. Lounge service is available at both pools, with a menu of light meals and drinks. There’s even a complimentary refreshment station with sun lotion, water, fruit and magazines for you to enjoy. If you love to relax, be sure to check out the hotel’s award-winning luxury spa.
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Dunloe Hotel, County Kerry, Ireland
The Dunloe Hotel & Gardens underwent a major €19 million refurbishment in 2018, resulting in a striking and elegant hotel, designed by Swiss architects Monoplan. The swimming pool got the same treatment. The heated, indoor 82-foot pool is now the ultimate place to relax or swim laps. The pool area features poolside loungers and floor-to-ceiling glass windows with views of the lush green countryside and Macgillycuddy Reeks mountain range. There’s also an onsite spa with a steam room, sauna, and gym.
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