If you’re the type of traveller who wouldn’t mind spending a wee bit more for comfort, choosing the right hotel for your trip is of utmost importance. There are some folks who are very particular about the hotels they stay in.
For those who like staying in the hotel rather than exploring the city, the pool is a big factor in your choice. If you like lapping in luxury, so to speak, here are some “over-the-top” pools that can convince you to book at these hotels. Of course, they come with a hefty price tag, but hey, if the pool and its accompanying view is worth it, who’s scrimping?
12 Harbour Grand, Hong Kong
The Hong Kong harbor is undoubtedly one of the country’s most breathtaking assets. And what better way to experience it than by swimming in a pool that seems to be flowing into it? The infinity pool at the Harbour Grand contains one side that’s made solely of glass. This means you can see what’s going on underwater with the folks who are inside the pool. Scant privacy, but definitely aesthetic and worth the experience as far as rooftop pools go.
11 Thompson Toronto
Yes, the Great White North makes it to the list of countries that has an insane rooftop pool—during warmer months, obviously. Toronto has an amazing skyline and what better way to view it than on the rooftop pool of the Thompson Toronto? Though the infinity pool is small, it provides a spectacular view of the city. And no, the pool is nothing close to death-defying—there’s a three-foot walkway between the pool and the edge of the rooftop.
10 Hilton Molino Stucky, Venice
If you’re not up for a gondola ride through the Grand Canal, you can still get the Venetian canal experience by staying at the Hilton Molino Stucky. The hotel’s rooftop pool overlooks the best sites of the city and practically sits atop the Grand Canal. It sits as close to the edge as it can without falling off the building, giving one the illusion of being able to flow straight into the canal if there were no glass panels lining the pool.
9 Hotel the Vine, Funchal Madeira
Who would have thought a boutique hotel could have a spectacular rooftop pool? Awarded “the world’s leading design hotel,” The Vine in Madeira, Portugal boasts of a panoramic pool and a 20-metre long jacuzzi too! Both the hot tub and the infinity pool overlook Fort Sao Joao and the mountains behind it. Right beside the pool is a bunch of cabanas, where a massage is the next order of business!
8 Hotel Arts, Barcelona
Known for housing the beautiful works of its most revered architect Antoni Gaudi, it’s but fitting that Barcelona would have an art-themed hotel. The Hotel Arts overlooks the Mediterranean Sea and its rooftop pool gives guests the chance to sunbathe and swim against the backdrop of one of the city’s most famous works of modern art: a massive goldfish-esque sculpture by Frank Gehry, a work of art created for the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.
7 Hotel Fasano, Rio de Janeiro
Beaches like Ipanema and Copacabana put Brazil in the tourism map by leaps and bounds. But the downside to such commercialized attractions is you don’t get to appreciate them because of the hordes of people crowding the places. Hotel Fasano provides a great alternative to these beaches with an amazing rooftop infinity pool that overlooks the breathtaking Rio De Janeiro skyline. It’s a very private and exclusive spot, so you don’t have to worry about warding off throngs of other tourists.
6 Athens Ledra Marriott Hotel, Athens
Without a doubt, Greece is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, rich in history and resplendent in culture. The Athens Ledra Marriott Hotel in the Greek capital city is considered a hot spot in terms of accommodations. The pool and deck chairs are very run-of-the-mill, but what makes the rooftop unique is that it offers its guests a 360-degree view of the famous Acropolis and on a clear, warm night, you might also be able to see a lighted-up Parthenon in the background.
5 Hotel Udai Kothi, Udaipur
India is known for its exotic cuisine and culture, so if you’re there to experience both, it’s best to round up the experience with the country’s historical charm. A stay at the Hotel Udai Kothi will definitely do the trick, with its modern facilities housed in old-world architecture. The hotel’s lovely rooftop pool is surrounded by pillars and arcs that are in theme with the rest of the hotel’s façade and the waters overlook the city, which looks most breathtaking at night when illuminated.
4 Hotel Habita, Monterrey City
There’s nothing like boutique hotels that provide you with the luxury yet homey feeling to make your stay unforgettable. Hotel Habita in Mexico gives its guests exactly that feeling. Nestled within the confines of Monterrey, Habita gives off that modern-contemporary ambience. Its rooftop bar is flanked by two infinity pools that wrap around it, providing a 360-degree view of the city. Who wouldn’t want to soak in these relaxing pools?
3 The Golden Nugget Las Vegas
You don’t have to go to some far-flung location to claim that you’ve swam with the sharks. The Golden Nugget Las Vegas provides sin city tourists the opportunity to be centimeters away from sharks through the hotel pool’s shark tank. The pool boasts of a three-story water slide that leaves you barreling through a shark tank, which is of course, air tight and secure. But if you’re not up for the thrill, you can just lounge on the chairs built into the pool and just watch the sharks swim by.
2 Sky Bar, Kuala Lumpur
The fact that it’s a rooftop pool within a rooftop bar makes it one of the most unique in the world. Sky Bar is located atop the Traders Hotel in Malaysia’s capital city and it offers quite the view of the Petronas Towers as well as the rest of the well-lit city. The pool runs through the middle of the chairs and tables of the bar and at night, the pool provides ambient lighting. If you’re wondering if you can take a dip while downing some drinks, the answer is not likely. But some guests swim in it during the day when the bar is closed!
1 Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
It’s only fitting that the world’s most expensive building also has the most uniquely breathtaking infinity pools ever. Since it opened in 2010, Marina Bay Sands has dramatically altered Singapore’s tourism and skyline--and how. The infinity pool is longer than what the Eiffel Tower would be if it were lying horizontally and spans across the hotel’s three towers. If you’re scared of heights, the seeming drop of the pool into the side of the building will render you queasy. But if you love the feeling of soaring, then this pool’s for you.