Ten of the Best Pools from Around the World

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With the arrival of some much needed Summer weather, this week The Edit explores the best hotel swimming pools around the world. From edgeless infinity pools on rooftops to glittering lagoon pools in tropical jungles, read on for our favourite places to cool off.

 

The Cambrian Adelboden

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Offering the most spectacular 360° views of the Swiss Alps is The Cambrian Adelboden. Whether skiing down the pristine slopes, relaxing in the award-winning spa or enjoying a mouth-watering meal in the gourmet restaurant, this hotel is at the top of its class. The sophisticated alpine design ensures that visitors feel at home, whilst the unrivalled service allows guests to focus on rejuvinating and regenerating themselves before returning back to their busy lives. Undoubtedly, the most sought-after spot at The Cambrian is the heated outdoor swimming pool. Take in the panoramic views of the snow-capped mountains, breathe in the clear, crisp alpine air and simply sit back and unwind in the jacuzzi pool – pure Swiss Bliss.

Dorfstrasse 7 CH-3715 Adelboden

 

Monastero Santa Rosa

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Perched on the edge of a steep cliff, high above the famous Amalfi Coast, lies the beautiful Monastero Santa Rosa. The interior design evokes timeless elegance and is complemented by the classic Italian antique pieces. In contrast, the outside is characterised by its tropical gardens that cascade over multiple levels, each ground presenting a range of comfortable lounge areas to soak up the therapeutic botanical aromas. On reaching the last leg of the journey through the gardens, guests arrive at the pièce de résistance of Santa Rosa – the infinity pool. Sculpted into the precipitous rocks, the vanished edges of the pool cause it to blend into the azure horizon making it the most spectacular spot on the Amalfi Coast.

Via Roma, 2, 84010 Conca dei Marini SA, Italy

 

Grace Santorini

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Grace Santorini is an idyllic boutique hotel situated just above the world-famous Caldera. It has a contemporary design with a traditional feel, boasting extraordinary views from both the award-winning Mediterranean-fusion restaurant, as well as from the new ‘363’ Champagne Lounge. The most breath-taking view however can be enjoyed from the tiered infinity pool, dramatically set overlooking the Caldera. The turquoise water of the pool seems to merge with the glittering waves of the Aegean Sea and yet it sits high above sea level, allowing for sweeping views of the Greek sunset.

Imerovigli, Thira 847 00, Greece

 

Hanging Gardens of Bali

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Nestled within the depths of the Balinese rainforest, this 7* resort is one like no other. The Hanging Gardens of Bali has been meticulously designed to incorporate fundamental native lifestyle values and crafted using traditional materials to offer its guests a unique, immersive experience. Each of the 44 contemporary private villas are adorned with locally-spun silks and have been arranged according to Feng Shui principles to ensure ultimate peace and serenity. The private terraces offer enchanting views of the nearby Ayung River with its crashing waterfalls and lead onto the Hanging Gardens’ world-famous infinity pool. This pool is not only one of the most photographed in the world, but has also been named ‘The World’s Best Swimming Pool’ by Condé Nast Traveller – and for good reason. When taking a dip in the multi-level pool, guests can take in the tranquility of the jungle whilst having the tremendous sensation of floating high above the dense treetops.

Desa Buahan, Payangan, Bali 80571, Indonesia

 

Hotel Indigo Hong Kong Island

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Hotel Indigo Hong Kong Island is a glistening tower in Hong Kong’s cityscape and proud winner of a major architectural award due to its exterior coating of solar panels. The clean oriental design features are juxtaposed with colourful wall mosaics and bright lanterns dotted around the corridors. The rooms are fitted with floor-to-ceiling windows, allowing for a grand view of the hectic city. Another spot offering panoramic views is the rooftop Skybar on the 29th floor, offering an escape from the busy street views. Here lies the dramatic glass-bottomed swimming pool that extends beyond the building, giving swimmers the sensation they could drift right off the edge and float above the city.

246 Queen’s Road East, Wanchai, Hong Kong

 

Singita Boudlers Lodge

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For an exclusive safari escape, the Singita Boulders Lodge surpasses all others. Offering an all-round engulfing experience with glass walls and open-air areas, the wildlife and breath-taking landscapes can be admired from all angles. Set right on the boulders of the Sand River banks in South Africa, each of the rustic suites blend raw African beauty with luxurious high-end design, guaranteeing guests maximum comfort whilst allowing them to immerse themselves in the safari life. Presenting an oasis in the hot African land is the idyllic swimming pool and deck, which at night is bejewelled with lanterns, creating a romantic dinner atmosphere. Additionally, each suite has its own private heated pool with a viewing deck, perfect for spotting animals and taking in the tranquil natural surroundings.

Sabi Sands Game Reserve, Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga, Hazyview, 1242, South Africa

 

The Silo

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Fittingly situated atop the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art is The Silo – a luxury hotel in Cape Town that exudes style, art and timeless glamour. Each of the suites have been individually designed by ‘The Royal Portfolio’s’ Liz Biden, giving the sleek, industrial architecture a vibrant and ecclectic edge. The hotel comprises a gym and a sauna for guests to unwind in, as well as an indulgent spa that offers the latest therapeutic treatments. When it comes to dining however, The Silo surpasses all expectations, offering 3 seperate restaurants to accommodate each guests individual style preference. Perched on the 6th floor is The Silo Rooftop, which offers a classic cocktail menu, bar treats such as fresh oysters and finally, the world-class rooftop pool. Guests can sip on champagne and enjoy the sweeping views of Cape Town whilst taking a cool dip in the irresistible pool.

Silo Square, V&A Waterfront, 8001, Cape Town

 

Laucala

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This private island retreat is a haven of unparalleled luxury set in the clear waters of the South Pacific. Laucala’s 25 stunning Fijian-style villas are spread over 1,400 hectares of tropical jungle that boasts deserted white sand beaches, volcanic mountains, coral reefs and its very own coconut plantation. Taking a self-sustainable approach, Laucala’s guests enjoy delicious organic food all year round, as well as traditional spa treatments using fresh herbs, flowers and fruits. Whilst offering its guests maximum privacy and relaxation, the resort also offers plenty of activities such as golf, water sports, snorkeling and horseback riding. The ultimate spot to unwind on this island is, without a doubt, the 2000 square-metre pool that resembles a natural lagoon, surrounded by atmospheric tiki torches and with an additional 25 metre-long glass cube pool sitting at the heart of it.

 

Grand Hotel Tremezzo

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With over 100 years under its belt, the Grand Hotel Tremezzo has become an iconic Art Nouveau landmark on the banks of Lake Como. With its majestic appearance and sheer elegance, the hotel is referred to as The Palace, comprising a grand dining hall, a library and a music salon fit for royalty. The luxuriant park stretches over 5 acres of land and features romantic, winding paths along the colourful flowerbeds, as well as a tennis court perfect for a leisurely afternoon. Boasting the most exquisite view on the whole of Lake Como, the Grand Hotel Tremezzo offers its guests the perfect spot to spectate from – the pool. This pool is fittingly referred to as Water on the Water, as it floats within the lake, presenting a glittering palet of crystal blues to complement the beautiful view of Bellagio in the distance.

Via Provinciale Regina, 8, 22016 Tremezzo CO, Italy

 

Fasano Hotel Rio de Janeiro

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Experience pure design decadence at the Fasano Hotel Rio de Janeiro. Luxurious marble, sleek wooden accents and elegant, contemporary furniture characterise this glamorous beach hotel. Home to the Wallpaper magazine’s ‘Best Hotel Bar in the World’, Fasano serves award-winning cocktails, as well as gourmet Mediterranean food in the seafood restaurant. The main attraction, however, is high up on the 8th floor, where the exclusive rooftop infinity pool lies. With its still light blue water, the glass walls that surround it and the calm beach down below, it creates a mirrored illusion of endless blue that complements the stunning tranquil panorama.

Av. Vieira Souto, 80 – Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 22420-000, Brazil

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