7 Of The World's Coolest Pools
You’ve put in the hours at the gym—here’s where to show off the results.
As a kid, a hotel pool filled you with excitement—you couldn’t change into your swimsuit fast enough. These days it takes a bit more to inspire a dip, like breathtaking views or one-of-a-kind details. And that’s just what you’ll find at these scenic resorts, where the pool is a destination in itself. Bring along an effective water workout (find our favorite here) and you’ll be racing to make a splash this summer.
Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora
Thanks to a freeform shape inspired by waves—and palm trees that appear to grow out of the surrounding deck—the infinity pool at the Four Seasons Resort in Bora Bora seamlessly blends in with the turquoise ocean just beyond it. Swim a few laps, then have one of the attendants brings you a chilled towel.
Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa
Located on a 1,000-foot stretch of private beach, this is the only year-round resort on Montauk, NY. And even if you visit during a rainy or snowy weekend, you won’t miss out on that sea swim experience: The indoor pool offers panoramic views of the Atlantic and it’s filled with ocean water.
One Aldwych Hotel, London
As if the repetitive motion of doing laps weren’t enough to melt away city stress, the 56-foot pool at London’s One Aldwych Hotel also offers mood lighting and an underwater music system. You can make a splash as early as 6:30 in the morning, then hit the steam room or sauna afterward.
InterContinental Dubai-Festival City
This hotel is all about the views, and its pool is no exception. Located on the fourth floor, the 25-meter lap pool has an infinity edge that juts out over the famed Dubai Creek below. Thanks to the glass sides and bottom, you feel like you’re floating mid-air.
Hard Rock Hotel Panama Megapolis, Panama City
Night swim, anyone? While most hotel pools shut down at sunset, this one keeps rocking until 11p.m. The infinity pool is located on the 12th floor, and overlooks the Panama City skyline.
Grace Santorini, Greece
Eighteen of this resort’s 20 suites have a private infinity plunge pool that appears to drop off into the turquoise Aegean below. While not large enough for laps, the body of water offers plenty of room for an H20-infused sculpting session or skinny dip.
Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Lake Como, Italy
Pool or beach? It’s easy to go between both here. The Grand Hotel’s famous “Water on the Water” floats on Lake Como, offering you gorgeous views of Bellagio (where the two sides of the lake meet).