Whether it’s an infinity pool overlooking the skyline of a megalopolis, a pool perched on the cliffs of a mountain, or a pool tucked deep in a lush, exotic jungle, taking in the scenery from a world-class pool can make all the difference during your vacation. They’re spots to soak up the sun after seeing the sights, or even the place to relax at for the entire day.
To kick off 2023, GSTP has rounded up our list of the 80 best and most beautiful pools in the world, which are all destinations in their own right.
1. Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
Located on the 57th floor of the luxury Marina Bay Sands hotel, guests can marvel at the downtown Singapore skyline from the world’s largest, rooftop infinity pool.
2. Aureum Palace Hotel, Bagan, Myanmar
Set within the Archaeological Preservation Zone, Aureum Palace Hotel is in a unique location amongst the ancient temples of Bagan.
From the Aureum Palace Hotel’s infinity pool, you’ll be able to take in views of a handful of the more than 3,000 pagodas and temples of Bagan, which date back to the 9th to 13th centuries.
3. TWA Hotel, New York City
This one is of for the #avgeeks! There is nothing — and I mean nothing! — like the combo of the nostalgia of the Golden Age of travel, plus the ability to watch jumbo jets take off and land at one of the busiest international airports. No matter the weather, this rooftop infinity pool is heated to 95 degrees Fahrenheit or 35 degrees Celsius every day!
4. Belmond Splendido, Portofino, Italy
Live like silver-screen royalty at this glamorous heated, salt water infinity pool. Hemmed by lush jasmine gardens and commanding sensational views of the Ligurian Sea, you’ll never want to leave this slice of Italian Riviera paradise.
5. Aqua Dome, Tirol, Austria
Nestled in the breathtaking Ötztal valley, Aqua Dome is surrounded by serene, majestic mountains, which creates an atmosphere that takes wellness to a whole new level.
6. Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Lake Como, Italy
Dip your toes into this unique pool that floats on the lake! Surrounded by beautiful scenery and staggering mountains, this pool is one-of-a-kind, and offers sun, sand and luxury all in one.
7. Address Sky View, Dubai, UAE
The Address Sky View’s 54th floor infinity pool puts swimmers face-to-face with the recording-breaking Burj Khalifa tower.
8. Four Seasons Serengeti, Tanzania
At this luxury safari lodge in Tanzania, guests can swim next to African wildlife in their natural habitat. The 82 feet, free-form infinity-edge pool overlooks the famous Serengeti plains, showcasing front-row views of a local watering hole where herds of elephants, giraffes, zebras and more spend lazy afternoons.
9. Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur, India
Fondly known as the “City of Lakes”, Udaipur is synonymous with vast hilltop forts, palaces, temples and gardens, which serve as reminders of its majestic history. And at the Oberoi Udaivilas, the hotel’s temperature controlled pool embraces the history of the city with its Mughal inspired design features.
10. COMO Laucala, Fiji
COMO Laucala’s massive lagoon-style pool comes complete with a picture-perfect, Instagrammable 82-foot raised glass cube pool.
11. La Mamounia, Marrakech, Morocco
Fans of Netflix’s Inventing Anna will remember La Mamounia’s cameo in the series. La Mamounia has long been the epitome of luxury Moroccan hospitality, and has stood as a beacon of the golden age of grand hotels.
12. Hanging Gardens, Ubud, Bali
You will become one with nature at Hanging Gardens Ubud, located in the heart of the Balinese jungle. This hotel’s twin-tiered, cascading infinity pool is world-famous, since it has a nearly 360 degree view of never-ending acres of lush rainforest.
13. Al Bustan Palace Ritz Carlton, Muscat, Oman
Originally built as the Sultan of Oman’s guesthouse, the Al Bustan Palace’s infinity pool is literally fit for a king.
14. InterContinental Hayman Islands, Australia
Immerse yourself in the breathtaking natural beauty of the Whitsundays, on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. At this iconic private island resort, you’ll experience sacred moments of connection with your family and friends, nature and yourself.
15. Tierra Patagonia, Chile
The Torres del Paine Massif’s silhouette serves as a backdrop for Uma Spa at the Tierra Patagonia. Encased in tall glass walls, you’ll feel effortlessly connected to the region, all the while enjoying the pool, spa and wellness facilities.
16. Amangiri, Utah, USA
Surrounded by 600 acres of undeveloped land in the desert of Utah, the 50-foot-long infinity pool at Amangiri wraps around an expansive stone jutting out from the landscape.
17. Le Sirenuse, Positano, Italy
Le Sirenuse is a fabulous place from which to enjoy the simple pleasures of the dazzling Amalfi Coast. John Steinbeck, who visited in 1953, wrote “Positano bites deep. It is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone.”
18. Hotel du Cap Eden Roc, Cap d’Antibes, France
Every summer for the past 150 years, the tip of Cap d’Antibes has been the mythical destination where the global jet set gather to soak up the sun and the fragrant Mediterranean air in an atmosphere that is the epitome of élégance.
19. Habitas AlUla, Saudia Arabia
Ancient desert serves as the mesmerizing backdrop for Habitas AlUla, Saudi Arabia’s newest luxury resort.
20. Fairmont Mayakoba, Mexico
Fairmont Mayakoba just underwent a major, multi-million dollar renovation of its sprawling 240 hectare property, and the resort is perfectly picturesque and luxurious. Designed to preserve the native mangrove forest and pristine white-sand beaches, this environmentally conscious resort is thoughtfully built in and around the jungle and sea.
21. Beverly Hills Hotel, Los Angeles, California
For over a century, The Beverly Hills Hotel has been the spot for Hollywood’s brightest lights, the ultimate beacon of glamor. She greets you like a movie star from the moment you pass the iconic signage, step onto the signature red carpet and jump into the Instagrammable pool of this vibrant “Pink Palace.”
22. Kasbah Tamadot, Morocco
Situated in the spectacular Atlas Mountains in Morocco, the award-winning Kasbah Tamadot was bought by Sir Richard Branson during one of his famous ballooning expeditions. Each of the 28 rooms and suites has been individually decorated to reflect the beautiful architecture of the castle and features antiques from all over the world.
23. Belmond Hotel Caruso, Ravello, Italy
Between impossibly blue sea and sky sits Caruso, an 11th-century palace and the crown jewel of Ravello. It’s like a fairytale, where original frescoes and vaulted ceilings converse with contemporary Italian flair. A place where Amalfi culture is alive, and new ideas are formed. Here, guests savor aperitifs and fine dining, soundtracked to enchanting music and enhanced with charming company. Paradise was never lost — it’s been hiding at Caruso all along.
24. Retreat at Blue Lagoon, Iceland
Enjoy a private and more secluded way to commune with the storied waters of the Blue Lagoon. At the Retreat, you’ll float through the lava canyons and become one with the mineral-rich warmth of the volcanic earth.
25. St Regis Lhasa, Tibet
The indoor gold energy pool at The St. Regis Lhasa Resort in Tibet is lined with thousands of tiles plated in real gold. Heated to between 82 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit, the pool contains therapeutic saltwater and provides guests with lovely vistas of the resort’s lake.
26. Rabot Hotel by Hotel Chocolate, St. Lucia
You’ll enjoy an incredible view of St Lucia’s staggering Pitons from the infinity pool at Rabot Hotel.
27. Grace Santorini, Greece
The Grace Hotel’s 22 meter pool is the largest on Santorini. It overlooks the volcanic caldera and provides blissful views of the Aegean.
28. Manon Les Suites, Copenhagen, Denmark
An Instagram wonderland of umbrellas, tiles, dangling fish light fixtures, and plants sprouting from terracotta pots. This pool hooks guests right from the get-go.
29. Bondi Icebergs Club, Sydney, Australia
Open to the public year round, the famous Iceberg Baths have been a historical landmark of Bondi Beach for over 100 years.
30. Hotel Indigo, Hong Kong
Hotel Indigo Hong Kong’s dramatic, cantilevered glass-bottomed infinity pool and Skybar are perfect spots to take in the jaw-dropping views of the bustling city. Located on the 29th floor, part of the pool hangs over the edge of the hotel allowing swimmers to look down on the streets of Wan Chai below.
31. Amangani, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, USA
This heated, outdoor 35-meter pool with hot tub has ethereal views of Grand Teton National Park.
32. Belmond Cap Juluca, Anguilla
In this gem of the Caribbean, you’ll find the Moroccan pool at Belmond Cap Juluca, which is the perfect place to take in views of the sparkling sea.
33. Regent Pudong, Shanghai, China
A dimming sunset slowly cascades through a wall of windows, peeking through the ever-expanding Shanghai skyline. The glowing city lights bounce gracefully off marbled surfaces, creating a rhythmic sense of calm amid a bustling city. The sights and symphonies of the city are awaiting to be discovered, yet the hotel’s sky-high infinity pool on the 41st floor looks ever so indulging.
34. Cambrian Hotel, Adelboden, Switzerland
Amid the majestic scenery of the Swiss Alps, the Cambrian offers idyllic views in every direction, including from its heated, outdoor infinity pool.
35. Omaanda by Zannier Hotels, Namibia
Every day in Namibia is an immersion into the exotic. From your chaise at the Omaanda infinity pool, you’ll watch wildlife drink at the nearby watering hole all while taking in otherworldly landscapes.
36. Belmond La Residence d’Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Siem Reap offers an explosion of color, flavor and mystical intrigue to satisfy the most intrepid traveller. Tour intricate Angkor temples, cycle through emerald-hued countryside, explore local gastronomy or ascend the sacred Phnom Kulen mountain range with expert guides. After your adventures, you can retreat to this lovely salt-water pool, and feel at one with the Cambodian jungle.
37. Enchantment Resort, Arizona, USA
Sedona is a spiritual mecca, and the pool at the Enchantment Resort is blessed with this transcendent energy. Swim under the desert sun surrounded by the gorgeous red rock mountains—or book an appointment at the on-site spa where treatments are all inspired by Native American traditions.
38. The Oyster Box, Durban, South Africa
One of South Africa’s most famous and most cherished hotels, The Oyster Box stands majestically on Umhlanga’s beachfront, overlooking the Indian Ocean and the iconic red lighthouse.
39. Tierra Atacama, Chile
Outside, you can bathe in the waters of an al fresco hot tub while admiring the Licancabur Volcano. Or, you can enjoy a dip in the infinity pool, surrounded by the hotel gardens, before having a rest on one of the wicker sun loungers and taking in the miraculous views of Atacama.
40. Gellert Thermal Baths, Budapest, Hungary
Whether you’re a local or a tourist, soaking in the warm, mineral-rich waters of a thermal bath is a quintessential Hungarian experience. An Art Nouveau architectural masterpiece built early last century, it’s hard to believe that such a grand building could be a mere public bathing house, and not the remnants of a former Hungarian prince’s palace.
41. Hoshi Onsen Chojukan, Minakami, Japan
Hidden in the depths of the Joshinetsu Kogen National Park, the 140-year-old Hoshi is a Meiji-period onsen featuring six baths under an awe-inspiring vaulted wooden ceiling. The architecture echoes the railway boom of the 19th century and its beauty has earned it status as a protected, historic landmark.
42. Park Hyatt Bangkok, Thailand
A spectacular garden terrace flanks this 40-metre saltwater pool, which is located on the 9th floor of the hotel and offers views of Bangkok’s burgeoning skyline.
43. Four Seasons San Domenico Palace, Taormina, Italy
Fans of HBO’s White Lotus will undoubtedly recognize the Four Seasons San Domenico Palace in Taormina, Sicily. The property, which serves as a backdrop for Season 2 of the dark comedy, features stunning views from its 69-foot infinity pool. If you’re looking to splurge, you can book the Royal Suite, which has its own private plunge pool with vistas of the Ionian Sea and views of Taormina’s famous, ancient Greek theater.
44. 1 Hotel Brooklyn, New York City, USA
Located directly across the East River from downtown Manhattan, 1 Hotel’s uniquely shaped pool serves up one of the best views in all of New York City.
45. Amanjiwo, Java, Indonesia
Named “Peaceful Soul” for the serenity of its setting in Central Java’s cultural heartland, Amanjiwo overlooks the Unesco World Heritage Site of Borobudur. Perfectly placed for exploring the region’s historic and natural attractions, or for simply relaxing in blissful surroundings, the resort cascades from a lofty rotunda down the hillside to its magnificent pool.
46. Colony Hotel, Palm Beach, Florida
Know affectionately as the “Pink Paradise,” The Colony celebrated its 75th birthday in 2022 with a new design inspired by the joyful spirit of Palm Beach. This iconic destination is beloved for its bold-colored brand of luxe, and has been a smart second home for statesmen and stars, as well as for the town’s chicest residents. From this exclusive address, in the heart of Palm Beach, guests can cruise to the ocean or to Worth Avenue, which boasts some of the world’s best restaurants and boutiques.
47. Library Koh Samui, Thailand
The pool at The Library features orange, yellow and deep-red mosaic tiles that reflect underneath the water’s surface, which gives it its unique, fiery red hue.
48. Hubertus Alpin Panorama, Dolomites, Italy
Between heaven and earth, in a picturesque place amidst the Dolomites, lies this unique hotel in Olang. The hotel’s 12-metre-high and 25-metre-long Sky Pool is heated all year round to 33°Celsius. This infinity pool is an architectural masterpiece that floats over the alpine meadows, touches the horizon and gives you an incomparable feeling of freedom.
49. Parker Palm Springs, California
The entire hotel is an Instagrammer’s delight, but the pool at the Parker is the picture-perfect backdrop to snap amongst the sprawling Palm Spring’s desert.
50. One and Only Reethi Rah, Maldives
One and Only Reethi Rah is literally heaven on earth, and the pool here is no exception. Plus, the hotel has recently launched a pop-up Missoni Resort Club in collaboration with the fashion house. Inspired by the vivid palette of this Indian Ocean hideaway, Missoni has emblazoned the resort spaces and selected villas in its signature zigzag motifs, showcasing a vibrant spectrum of blues, greens and turquoise that echo the idyllic landscape.
51. San Alfonso Del Mar, Algarrobo, Chile
San Alfonso Del Mar is the world’s largest swimming pool, clocking in at an awe-inspiring one kilometer long and holding a ginormous 250 million liters or 66 million gallons of filtered ocean water.
The pool directly overlooks the Pacific Ocean is big enough for sailing, kayaking, scuba-diving instruction, all manner of aqua-fitness classes, and more. And should you encounter a day of less-than-blissfully-perfect weather, it even has South America’s only “roofed beach,” housed in a glass pyramid-shaped pavilion, with temperate-controlled water and heated sand.
52. The Brando, French Polynesia
The Brando is a unique luxury resort on French Polynesia’s breathtakingly beautiful private island of Tetiaroa – an atoll composed of a dozen small islands surrounding a sparkling lagoon, which is 30 miles northeast of Tahiti.
The resort is named after Hollywood actor Marlon Brando, who owned the island and once called it his home. Brando first came to Tetiaroa while filming Mutiny on the Bounty, and he was immediately enchanted by the island’s rare beauty and the sense it gave him of being closer to paradise. Enthralled by the Polynesian way of life – and the leading lady Tarita, the love of his life – he resolved to find a way to purchase this piece of paradise and succeeded in his goal in 1967.
53. Hacienda Uayamon, Mexico
Built in 1700, Hacienda Uayamon, a Marriott Luxury Collection Hotel, reflects a sophisticated vibe surrounded by the natural beauty of enchanting Campeche. Part of the original working buildings of the 18th century hacienda have been turned into a unique swimming pool, complete with original pillars.
54. Six Senses Zighy Bay, Oman
Arguably the best hotel in the country, this resort is nestled in Oman’s dramatic Musandam Peninsula, where rugged mountains converge with the vibrant emerald waters of the sea. At Zighy Bay, you’ll not only be able to dig your toes into powdery, white-sand beaches, but you’ll experience the culture of Oman and the serenity it bears through unique experiences and encounters, such as diving, hiking, biking or the aah of the spa.
55. Albatroz Madeira, Portugal
This cliffside pool sits right on top of the Atlantic and has 400 meters total of sea front.
56. Faena, Miami, Florida
Perched overlooking spectacular white sand and turquoise waters, Faena Miami Beach boasts decadent design, luxe amenities, and legendary service, making each and every guest feel like a star.
Plus, how many pools do you know of that have a gilded woolly-mammoth-in-residence? This three-meter tall skeleton coated in 24-karat gold and designed by British artist Damien Hirst is on display in the pool garden — it makes for a pretty epic selfie if you ask me!
57. Four Seasons, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Nestled among emerald rice fields, Four Seasons Chiang Mai is a sanctuary of well-being, perfect for unwinding and recharging. The resort’s two infinity-edge pools overlook the tranquil terraces of the Mae Rim Valley, providing a picture perfect backdrop.
58. Six Senses Zil Pasyon, Seychelles
Discover the ecological jewel of Seychelles and the private-island home to Six Senses Zil Pasyon. Coral-fringed beaches and massive granite rocks create an air of drama and beauty in this haven of perpetual summer. Step in tune with nature, swim with turtles, and enjoy an intimate destination that is a tropical ode to well-being and absolute comfort.
59. The Joule, Dallas, Texas, USA
The Joule hotel’s rooftop pool extends 8 feet beyond the building, so that guests can float over the streets of downtown Dallas. Heated year-round, the pool is outfitted with a plexiglass window that offers guests incredible views of the city.
60. The Silo, Cape Town, South Africa
This architectural masterpiece towers above the V&A Waterfront and is offers panoramic views of Table Mountain, Lion’s Head, The Harbour, the Atlantic Ocean and the city. It makes this pool one of the best rooftop pools in all of Cape Town — if not the best!
61. Mulia Bali, Indonesia
Mulia Bali’s Oasis Pool is a divine infinity pool that is only steps from the Indian Ocean. Flanking this large pool are signature Balinese-inspired statues of ladies harvesting rice, which in Balinese culture signifies prosperity and wealth.
62. Golden Nugget, Las Vegas, Nevada
Given Sin City’s love of excess, almost any Vegas could make this list. But The Tank at the Golden Nugget has a little something special — a shark tank. Thanks to a recent, $30 million renovation, you can swim right up to this 200,000-gallon tank and snap a selfie with the sharks, or take a ride through the center of the tank via a raucous waterslide.
63. Le Meridien Pyramids, Cairo, Egypt
Five words… Ancient Egyptian Pyramids of Giza — enough said! :O
64. Four Seasons Maui, Hawaii, USA
Celebrate the wonders of Maui in at this open-air beachfront resort – and allow the staff to pamper you in the spirit of Aloha. During your stay, you’ll iInhale the fragrance of plumeria, as you dip into this fabulous adults-only infinity pool.
65. Shangri La London, England
Located in the famous Shard building in the center or London, the pool floats 52 stories above the city. Knows as the “Sky Pool,” it’s the highest hotel pool in Western Europe, and offers guests a wellness oasis with unparalleled views.
66. Tortuga, Mustique
Decorated with Italian fabrics and furnishings, this four-bedroom villa sits comfortably on slopes high above the sea, surrounded by lush gardens with mesmerizing views of Britannia Bay and neighboring Caribbean islands.
67. Las Grutas Tolantongo, Hidalgo, Mexico
Las Grutas Tolantongo is a collection of natural hot spring pools perched along a cliff in Hidalgo. The epitome of a bucket-list destination, you’ll find these pools three to four hours northeast of Mexico City in a picturesque canyon.
68. Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona, Spain
Mandarin Oriental Barcelona is an exclusive hotel located on Passeig de Gràcia, the most famous shopping boulevard in the heart of the city and home to historical modernist sights and Gaudi’s architectural gems. On the 9th floor rooftop deck of the hotel, you’ll find this gorgeous pool with one of the most epic, bird’s eye views of any major European city.
69. Dorado Beach, a Ritz Carlton Reserve, Puerto Rico
First developed as a pineapple, grapefruit, and coconut plantation in the early 1900s, Dorado Beach didn’t become a resort until 1958, when tycoon Laurance Rockefeller developed it as a hotel and nature preserve. In 2012, Ritz-Carlton purchased the property and transformed it into its first exclusive Reserve property in the Americas.
70. Le Reserve de Beaulieu, Cote d’Azur, France
La Réserve de Beaulieu is an exceptional place for a luxurious stay combining relaxation and luxury in a breathtaking setting. An icon of the French Riviera since the Belle Epoque, La Réserve de Beaulieu has kept its excellent reputation in the eyes of the global jet set who’ve fallen for the charm of this luxury hotel in pursuit of the good life.
71. Canvas Suites, Santorini, Greece
Canvas Suites in the famous village of Oia, Santorini, offers minimalist-style, elegant accommodation surrounded by the world-famous breathtaking views of the island and caldera.
72. Cap Rocat, Mallorca, Spain
Located in a fortress built for the surveillance of the Bay of Palma, Cap Rocat posed a great challenge in terms of its restoration and renovation, which involved transforming the facilities into a hotel as well as complying with the strict regulations governing a building declared a Heritage Asset and listed as a National Monument. The fortress lies within a Protected Natural Area and blends perfectly into the striking natural landscape.
73. Four Seasons The Nam Hai, Hoi An, Vietnam
With an idyllic location on Vietnam’s culturally rich central coast, The Nam Hai offers a portal to three extraordinary UNESCO World Heritage sites and a breezy respite on the country’s most celebrated beach. You’ll have a chance to reconnect with your loved ones – whether you take to the East Sea by kayak, explore the glory of the imperial city of Hue, or simply savor quiet moments at the resort’s picturesque infinity pool.
74. Neptuno, Laguna del Sauce, Uruguay
This rockstar hideaway is a private villa located in the Punta del Este region of Uruguay, which is an A-list celebrity paradise.
75. Belmond Reid’s Palace, Madeira, Portugal
Surrounded by lush subtropical gardens, Reid’s Palace perches above picture-perfect Funchal Harbor. Having welcomed guests for 130 years, the hotel has perfected the art of indulgence. Anticipate gorgeous panoramic views, innovative cuisine and the superb service of a bygone era— it’s so incredible you may never want to leave!
76. Aman Sveti Stefan, Montenegro
A country famed for its beauty, Montenegro’s most iconic destination is the tiny islet of Sveti Stefan overlooked by Villa Miločer, a graceful stone residence set on a pink sand beach. The former summer residence of Queen Marija Karađorđević, Villa Miločer offers several elegant suites, while the island provides accommodation in 15th-century stone cottages.
77. Rosas y Xocolate, Mérida, Mexico
Rosas y Xocolate boutique hotel is two exquisite, restored, French-style mansions on Paseo Montejo, in the heart of Mérida.
78. Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle, Thailand
Welcome to the adventure of a lifetime in the natural surroundings of northern Thailand, bordering Myanmar and Laos. Interact with rescued elephants, explore spectacular mountain trails or bamboo jungles and unwind in luxury tents. Let the adventurer’s spirit in you come to life – while enjoying signature hospitality and all-inclusive experiences, all in the heart of the Golden Triangle jungle.
79. Al Maha Desert Resort, Dubai, UAE
Al Maha, a Marriott Luxury Collection hotel, is a private, guest-only oasis nestled among the lush palm groves, emerald canopies and iconic sand dunes of the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. This 5 star hotel offers secluded tranquility and iconic vistas of the sweeping plains and Hajar Mountain massif. This luxury hotel boasts private swimming pools from each room with majestic dune and desert views.
80. Belmond Hotel Cipriani, Venice, Italy
Cipriani gazes across the lagoon at St Mark’s Square, enjoying all the intimacy of its island perch. With Michelin-star dining and unrivaled views of Venice, this is indulgence that knows no bounds. By day, take in the poolside scene while enjoying a Bellini, or find calm in nature, as you wander through the sprawling private gardens. A serene home-from-home, a careful blend of relaxation and artistry is why this Venice hotel is a true legend.
Which pool do you think is the best or most beautiful? Drop us a comment below with your pick or let us know if your favorite pool didn’t make our list!
How does the pool at the Burgenstock resort on lake Lucern not make the list
A good one for us to keep in mind for the next time we update this list. Thanks for sharing!
Koloa Landing Kauai
Another good one for us to keep in mind for the next time we update this list. Thanks for sharing!
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