Some hotels are as famous for their spectacular pools as they are for their staggering service, amazing accommodation and enthralling experiences – bodies of water so fantastical they take infinity and beyond to a whole other level. So, if you fancy floating 57 floors above a sea of urban chaos; taking a leap of faith down a nine-storey-high, near vertical waterslide into the waters of Europe and the Middle East's number one waterpark, or simply slipping into dreamy azure waters that seemingly drift into the idyllic Indian Ocean, our list of the world's coolest pools has all this and more. Go on, dive in!


All prices include round-trip economy class flights. Transfers excluded unless otherwise specified.

1/ PER AQUUM Huvafen Fushi



By day it's impressive enough, but this infinity pool really comes into its own by night. Romantically lit with fibre-optic lights, it's also the place to be for a private, toes-in-the-water dinner beneath the stars.

7 nights from £2695 per person in a Beach Bungalow with Pool, including half board and round-trip transfers.


4/ The Oberoi Udaivilas
Udaipur, India​



A haven of serenity, the semi-private 50-metre-long pool here enjoys an irresistibly-dramatic setting on the banks of Lake Pichola, sweeping views of Udaipur City’s Palace and – best of all – is accessible only from its suites.

4 nights from £1275 per person in a Premier Room Garden View, room only.


7/ Belmond Hotel Caruso
Ravello, Italy​



With its lofty views over the Amalfi Coast, Belmond Hotel Caruso's spectacular heated infinity pool is an architectural masterpiece, set at the highest point above Ravello, and seemingly suspended in the clouds.

7 nights from £1150 per person in a Village View Room, including breakfast.


10/ Atlantis, The Palm


Overflowing with 17 fun-filled hectares of adrenaline-pumping rides and slides the whole family can enjoy, there are so many pools at the watery wonderland that is Atlantis, The Palm, it’s hard to know where to begin. 

7 nights from £1575 per person in a Deluxe Room, including half board.

2/ Sandy Lane


Cascading waterfalls. Lush tropical gardens. Seventy-five-hundred square feet of glistening aquatic loveliness. And attendants on hand to make sure every need is taken care of. Poolside lounging doesn't get any better than this.

7 nights from £3095 per person in an Orchid Room, including breakfast and round-trip transfers.


5/ Marina Bay Sands


Not ideal for acrophobics, this vertigo-inducing rooftop infinity pool – longer than the Eiffel Tower laid flat, its platform spanning all three towers of the hotel – delivers heartstopping views and envy-inducing photo opportunities from every angle.

4 nights from £1125 per person in a Deluxe Room, including breakfast.


8/ Villa d'Este
Lake Como, Italy


Sitting on a platform on Lake Como itself – one of Hollywood elite's most-beloved holiday spots – this fabulous floating pool comes complete with a built-in Jacuzzi and one-of-a-kind, eye-poppingly-gorgeous 360-degree views of the lake. Bellissima!

4 nights from £850 per person in a Deluxe Courtyard View Room, including breakfast.

3/ San Alfonso del Mar
Valparaiso, Chile​



Guinness World Record holder of the largest pool on earth (over one kilometre long, with a deep end of three metres), swimming a few lengths of this crystalline lagoon could be compared to swimming the Channel… albeit in a much more exotic locale.

7 nights from £1395 per person in a One Bedroom Apartment, room only.


6/ Hanging Gardens
Ubud, Bali​


Without a doubt the most photogenic and photographed pool around the globe, this stunning split-level masterpiece appears to float high over its setting, deep in the heart of Ubud's rich tropical rainforest.

7 nights from £2275 per person in a Grand Executive/Garden Suite, including breakfast.

9/ The Library Koh Samui
Koh Samui, Thailand



Unwind by The Library’s signature crimson pool – rated one of the world’s most spectacular by CNN and TripAdvisor – and soak up the dazzling spectacle of brilliant colour and sophisticated style, all just steps from Chaweng Beach.

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