World’s Most Interesting Pools
Spa and wellness is our main domain, but when we travel, checking out the other amenities that make a resort/hotel a splash is also a favorite pastime — specifically, the swimming pool. (I don’t know about you, but when I think “vacation,” one of the first images that pops into my head is lounging poolside, refreshing drink in hand.)
Whether they boast swim-up bars, water parks for the little ones or spectacular designs, dive into our list of the world’s most interesting pools.
Here are just a few of our faves — share yours in the comments!
Fit for Royalty: Encore Beach Club, Las Vegas, NV
It’s one of the pools Prince Harry partied at, and the Encore Beach Club | Encore Las Vegas is certainly fit for royalty, with 26 cabanas, eight two-story bungalows, a restaurant, poolside craps and blackjack and the attached indoor/outdoor Surrender Nightclub.
Unparalleled View: Ubud Hanging Gardens, Luxury Spa Resort, Bali, Indonesia
Have you seen the picture of this two-level, rainforest-enveloped pool? Enough said.
1.2 Million Little Pieces: SpaHalekulani, Honolulu, HI
Encrusted at the bottom of the freshwater pool are 1.2 million pieces of imported South African glass tile in the shape of a Cattleya orchid.
Peeping Tom: Hilton Auckland Hotel, Auckland, New Zealand
An underwater viewing window found at the end of the outdoor heated lap pool affords sparkling harbor vistas.
Playground Paradise: Atlantis The Palm, Dubai, UAE
This pool makes a splash with families for its over-the-top, 42-acre Aquaventure water park of water slides, river ride with tidal waves and pools, shark-filled lagoons, rapid-river adventures and a children’s playground.
Show Us the Money: The Langham, London, UK
Initially a bank, Chuan Spa at The Langham, London, has preserved some of the building’s original architecture, modeling a mosaic-tiled pool in the original bank vault.
Crystal Sky: Sparkling Hill Resort and Wellness Centre, BC, Canada
This indoor saltwater pool is made all the more stylish with a starry Swarovski crystal sky overhead.
Optical Illusion: One&Only Reethi Rah, Maldives
Cool off at this adult-only lap pool, which makes an architectural statement by jutting 30 meters out into the lagoon, giving the illusion that sea and swimming pool are one (it also has a cool bubble bed at the end!).
A First: Omni Bedford Springs Resort & Spa, Bedford, PA
At the Omni Bedford historical resort, you can swim in one of the country’s first indoor pools, which has been restored since its 1905 debut.
Living Large: San Alfonso del Mar Resort, Chile
You can’t comprise a list like this and not include San Alfonso del Mar Resort: It boasts the largest outdoor swimming pool in the world.
Whimsy + Water: Eau Spa at The Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach, FL
The whimsical Eau Spa design is a refreshing one, made all the more fanciful with birdcage-inspired chairs suspended above reflecting pools so you can swing and dip your toes in the water.
Naturally Hot: Springs Resort & Spa, Pagosa Springs, CO
The centerpiece of the resort, where Oprah’s paid a visit, is 23 soaking pools (accessible 24 hours!) of mineral-rich natural waters from the Great Pagosa Aquifer, arguably the world’s deepest, largest hot spring.