With the promise of warmer weather just around the corner, here are some stunning swimming pools at luxury properties from across the globe to get travelers in the mood for summer:
Forestis (pictured above):
Located in the Italian Dolomites at 5,900 feet above sea level, FORESTIS is a conceptual 5* mountain retreat celebrating simplicity. Pools at FORESTIS embrace the Plose spring water, one of the purest and lightest waters in the world, providing ideal conditions for regeneration and healing. Extending over an area of 21,500 ft², the spa showcases an indoor pool connected to an outdoor pool, allowing guests to take a relaxing swim while facing breathtaking views. In each of the two outer towers, a two-story 2,150 ft² penthouse suite displays its own private plunge pool and a spruce wood sauna with unique views of the UNESCO World Natural Heritage Dolomites.
Faena Hotel Miami Beach
Set on a gorgeous stretch of beach, Faena Hotel Miami Beach showcases design that recalls the glamour of the 1950s with stunning Art Deco appeal. The hotel is home to Los Fuegos by Francis Mallmann, Pao by Paul Qui, the 3,000 square-square-foot Faena Theater, and Tierra Santa Healing House, a one-of-a-kind South American-inspired spa. As part of Faena’s commitment to transforming the ordinary to the extraordinary, the hotel features remarkable works by artists Damien Hirst, Gonzalo Fuenmayor, Manuel Ameztoy, Juan Gatti, and more. The hotel’s stunning pool is located just to the left of Damien Hirst’s iconic Gone But Not Forgotten, a 24 carat gilded skeleton of a woolly mammoth in a monolithic steel and glass vitrine. Offering an idyllic backdrop to soak in the Miami sun, the pool is not only chic but inviting and is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy the locale while absorbing views of art, innovative design, and the delightful Florida palm trees.
Zadún, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve
Zadún, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve is an idyllic haven tucked along the rolling dunes and dramatic coastline of Puerto Los Cabos Mexico, with striking views out across the Sea of Cortes. Part of the Ritz-Carlton Reserve portfolio, Zadún was created for the most discerning travelers in search of a meaningful, personalized escape. All elements of the resort were created as a celebration of the destination, encouraging guests to enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings. With a set of stunning pools boasting uninterrupted views out across the pristine sands and turquoise waters, as well as a beautiful pool nestled within the privacy of the spa, there is truly no better place to relax and revitalize.
The Maybourne Beverly Hills
The Maybourne Beverly Hills, situated within Beverly Hills’ famous Golden Triangle, overlooks the fragrant foliage of Beverly Cañon Gardens. With artfully designed guestrooms and suites, the hotel showcases bright, spacious interiors with bespoke furniture and a soothing Californian pastel palette with a European flair. The Maybourne Beverly Hills is home to a growing and vibrant collection of culinary experiences, from The Terrace, the hotel’s buzzing all day restaurant, to The Maybourne Café, a European style café. The hotel is also home to a picturesque rooftop pool. Here guests are invited to unwind with incredible views out across the city and Hollywood Hills. With a choice of a chaise lounge, a private cabana, or a table in the shade, guests can sit waterside while sipping on freshly-squeeze juices or a chilly glass of rosé with a selection of snacks and bites.
The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort
Ideally located on a former coconut plantation and nestled between the El Yunque rainforest and the tranquil waters of the Espiritu Santo River, The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort is the ideal escape for travelers seeking sun, relaxation, and culture in one of the world’s most beautiful destinations. The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort’s features include private bird sanctuaries; an on-site “green team” led by a marine biologist; multiple dining outlets to suit any occasion or taste; The St. Regis Bar, a warm gathering space that overlooks the ocean and invites guests to simply relax and take in the view, as well as experience the brand’s champagne sabering ritual; St. Regis’ legendary Butler Service; an ocean-front golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr.; and an Iridium Spa. Guests of the resort can relax by the pool or sunbathe on the beach, while more active travelers can choose from activities such as kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, wind surfing, fishing, nature walks, hiking, biking, tennis and much more.
Estancia Vik, José Ignacio, Uruguay
Estancia Vik is located in the bohemian chic fishing village of José Ignacio, Uruguay. The private retreat is romantic and rustic, paying homage to the culture and history of Uruguay. Situated on 4,000 acres of rolling hills, Estancia Vik is a traditional Spanish colonial structure with 12 uniquely designed suites and an incredible collection of Uruguayan art. Guests can sit by the pool during the day, admiring the rolling hills of the countryside and the natural flora and fauna. At night, the bottom of the pool is illuminated with fiber optic lights which mirror the constellations above.
Al Maha, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa, Dubai
Imagined and built following the principles of environmentally sustainable development, Al Maha, a Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa is designed to recreate a Bedouin encampment spread across the vast dunes, featuring 42 secluded suites with tented roofs, floor-to-ceiling windows, marbled bathrooms, private deck and pool. Guests looking to cool off from the desert sun are invited to take a refreshing dip into the infinity pool and be inspired by the panoramic views across the golden sand dunes. Surrounded by some of the region’s most spectacular landscape, rich with protected wildlife and filled with experiences of traditional Bedouin pastimes, the resort offers a sophisticated, yet simple and serene experience to its guests.
The Berkeley, London
Nestled between bustling Knightsbridge and leafy Belgravia, The Berkeley is the essence of contemporary chic and innovative luxury. With stunning rooms and suites, world-class cuisine, a fashion favorite afternoon tea at Prêt-à-Portea, The Berkeley Bar & Terrace, and The Berkeley Health Club & Spa, The Berkeley continues to surprise and enchant. Within The Berkeley’s Health Club & Spa, is the newly debuted rooftop pool. With cool shares and natural furnishings, the this is the perfect spot for a relaxing summer day. Take a dip in the heated pool and take in views of Hyde Park and central London, before cooling down with a tropical smoothie or seasonal spritz from the pool bar.
The St. Regis Lhasa Resort’s Gold Energy Pool
The St. Regis Lhasa Resort’s Gold Energy Pool is the focal point of the 11,700 sq. ft. spa’s stunning Iridium Room. The ornate and extravagant heated gold-tiled pool is guarded by an elaborate black and white sea serpent, crafted with tiles by a local artist. The pool building features high, vaulted ceilings interwoven with massive, rich dark wood beams. The Gold Energy Pool’s salt water is kept at a constant water temperature of 28-32℃ to guarantee comfort for guests who like to refresh, relax, or simply float in a bejeweled pool like no other. Guests may enjoy a reviving foot massage and specially created food and drinks poolside on comfortable cabana-style seating. Views of the resort's lake and the Himalaya Palace add to the ambiance.
The Singular Santiago: The Singular Rooftop Bar at The Singular Santiago is considered one of the best terraces in all of Santiago. With a privileged view of the San Cristobal and Mount Santa Lucia and a bar with 115 liquors to choose from, the Rooftop Bar is focused on preparing signature drinks, with a team of bartenders who take care of every detail to make time spent in this space special and unique. During the summer months, the Singular Rooftop also opens its fantastic rooftop pool to guests. The open-air oasis features a 26 ft marble bar, outdoor dining tables, and chaise lounges to soak up some city sun or take in the awe-inspiring views of Santiago below.
Tschuggen Grand Hotel: A member of Swiss Deluxe Hotels, the Tschuggen Grand Hotel, a luxury resort set in the spectacular Alpine region of Arosa at an altitude of over 5,900 feet, features four amazing pools at their Tschuggen Bergoase Spa. Complete with massage jets, hydro-jets and a recliner bench, the Tschuggen Bergoase’s indoor/outdoor relaxation pool is the perfect retreat after a day on the mountains. Designed by Mario Botta, the Tschuggen Bergoase brings the outdoors in, combining nature, warmth, light, water, and rock to create a one-of-a-kind spa and pool area.
The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui: The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui, a tropical paradise set against the natural beauty of the Gulf of Thailand, features a stunning infinity pool at their Spa Village Koh Samui. The one of a kind spa pool cascades down and is surrounded by the property’s open-air treatment pavilions. Occupying its very own section of the resort, guests can take a dip and lay out in the luxury cabanas after their treatments for undisturbed relaxation time.
Singita Pamushana Lodge: Located in the 130,000 acre Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve in South Eastern Zimbabwe, Pamushana Lodge sits perched high against the sandstone hills, set amidst manicured lawns and affords breathtaking views across the bushveld peppered with magnificent Baobab trees and the Malilangwe Dam below. An expansive infinity pool at the main lodge area extends above the shimmering Malilangwe Dam—providing unmatched views of hippos, terrapins, crocodiles, and a variety of other wildlife. Each of the eight elegant and secluded suites have their own private plunge pools to take in Pamushana’s complete tranquility.
Singita Sasakwa Lodge: Sasakwa Lodge is located on a private concession of 347,000 acres bordering the Serengeti National Park. Set atop Sasakwa Hill, guests are afforded endless views of the Serengeti plains from an expansive main swimming pool as the greatest show on Earth takes place. The main pool is slate-tiled inside with hand-cut stone edging up to grassed terraces, featuring an 82 feet infinite edge expanding out into the Serengeti plains. The lodge is built in the style of an Edwardian manor house and is composed of nine secluded cottages and one private retreat, each with private infinity pools for compete immersion with nature.
Jack’s Camp: Situated in the middle of the lunar-like Makgadikgadi Pans and the Kalahari Desert in Botswana, the pool at Jack’s Camp is a traveler’s oasis. Surrounded by polished wooden planks, the stunning pool is shaded overhead by an elegant canvas—providing respite in the middle of this desert destination. It is said to reflect the sprinkling of nearby palm trees, setting the destination apart from the ever-shifting sands. The pool is slightly elevated to allow guests to gaze out over the endless grass plains of the Makgadikgadi and during wet season, swimmers and sunbathers have the opportunity to spot some spectacular views of the zebra and wildebeest migrations that move into the area.
Hotel Lou Pinet: Hôtel Lou Pinet, a luxury hideaway in the French Rivera’s legendary town of Saint-Tropez features one of the largest hotel pools in the iconic coastal village. The pool takes a majestic center stage on the terrace and garden, which presents a chic design to the property’s outdoor space and completes the grounds by connecting the three houses that make up the hotel. Hidden from view, the turquoise-tiled pool blends in seamlessly with elegant design of the hotel and is tucked away inside a Mediterranean style garden. Enclosing the pool are stylish sunbeds with white cushions and sun umbrellas with a colorful red trim, adding to the overall charming aesthetic of the carefully planned outdoor area and a quaint space to lounge poolside.
The Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa
The expansive infinity pool at The Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa in Johannesburg is the central point of the hotel as it bleeds into the serene landscape of the Saxon and can be appreciated from several vantage points. Surrounded by the magnificent indigenous gardens of the property, the infinity pool provides peaceful and tranquil views stretching out into the distance. Ideal for relaxation, the seemingly never-ending pool and terrace is a great spot to relax, watch the sunset and admire the nearby well-stocked Koi pond.
Tswalu Kalahari: Located in South Africa’s Northern Cape Province on the southernmost edge of the Kalahari lies Tswalu: South Africa's Largest Private Game Reserve. Home to the newly renovated Motse, which boasts 6 luxury legae and 3 luxury family legae. The main building offers guests a massive outdoor infinity swimming pool that boasts spectacular views of the wildlife on the property. The pool, located next to the Motse’s dining area, expands outwards into the Kalahari, so guests can truly embrace the landscape when taking a swim.