Different travel publications have published lists or ranks of the top swimming pools around the globe. Here is a sample of ten of the best of each list.
1. Alila Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia
This spectacular cliff-top infinity pool appears to float in space. The scary-looking cage at the end is actually a user-friendly cabana designed for gazing out over the horizon in comfort.
Wonder why the water is empty? Lovely as this 50-meter beauty is, guests are probably using one of the private pools that come with each of the 84 villas.
Alila Villas Uluwatu, Jl Belimbing Sari,Banjar Tambiyak, Desa Pecatu, Bali, Indonesia; +62 361 848 2166; www.alilahotels.com/uluwatu
6. The Standard, Los Angeles, United States
From a rooftop 12 stories up, this pool offers panoramic views of the City of Angels. The turquoise water contrasts dramatically with the deep red Astroturf of the surrounding sundeck, where there are also bright red water-bed canopies accommodating up to 10 poseurs apiece.
At night the pool becomes an entertainment space, with an open fireplace, dance floor and bar.
The Standard, 550 S. Flower St., Los Angeles, California, United States; +1 213 892 8080; www.designhotels.com
May 08, 2013
BEST EDGY BEACH RETREAT: EL GANZO
San Jose del Cabo, Mexico
Be among the first to lounge on the rooftop sanctuary at El Ganzo, a recently opened 72-room boutique hotel in San Jose del Cabo. Featuring a 2,013-square-foot infinity edge pool with a glass-walled hot tub, the terrace also has an intimate sushi restaurant, Balinese daybeds, and an indy music mix, some of it recorded in the hotel’s subterranean studio. Rooms from $193/night.
BEST ADRENALINE RUSH: HOLIDAY INN SHANGHAI
Guests swimming laps in this distinctive 98-foot-long pool at the 390-room Holiday Inn Shanghai Pudong Kangqiao are in for an unexpected view: nothing but air as the glass-bottomed pool cantilevers out over the street 24 stories up! Clearly this is not the Shanghaipool for travelers with a fear of heights. Rooms from $96/night.
July 29, 2014
AMANGIRI RESORT – Canyon Point, UT
Amangiri resort in Utah built its unique pool around the Canyon landscape.
THE NAM HAI – Hoi Ann, Vietnam
At The Nam Hai in Vietnam, you’ll hardly have to choose between the pool and the beach considering the extravagant pool leads right to the sand.
#1. Infinity pool in Singapore at Marina Bay Sands resort
#11. The pool at the Cambrian in Switzerland
#28. Purobeach Porto Montenegro’s pool which sits in Montenegro’s dramatic Bay of Kotor
#31. Blue Lagoon Geothermal Resort pool in Grindavík, Iceland