The smell of chlorine always takes me back to my summers as a kid. I was fortunate enough to have a pool during my teen years, and I was out there everyday during the summer. Whether you had a pool in your own backyard or you spent summer afternoons at the neighbors or the local pool, there is nothing quite like splashing into those refreshing blue depths on a hot summer afternoon. Something about a pool instigates that playful behavior we often leave behind in adulthood. Even now, when I see a pool I have the urge to run and jump off the side cannonball-ing right into the middle.
However, I am happy to say that as an adult now I can visit some of the most awesome pools around the world that are meant to please the inner child in all of us and still maintain the peaceful, serene resort feel that we deserve after all that hard work during the year. Check out one of these spectacular pools on your next vacation and cool off in luxury.
The Golden Nugget – Las Vegas, NV
There is no place like Vegas so of course there would be an over the top pool to please the sense as well as entertain. At the Golden Nugget you can stay in one of the 2,419 rooms and suites in the four towers. During your stay, dive into this pool that features a shark tank, a three story waterslide, and fifteen private cabanas for poolside lounging. The $30 million upgrade has made this an incredible feature of the hotel that will make a trip to the pool fun for all ages. Rooms start as low as $60 per night depending on the room and the day of the week that you stay.
Velassaru Maldives Resort
This resort has bungalows and villas located on the beach, on the water, with private pools, and some on the water with pools that spill right into the ocean. The cheapest rooms start at $500 per night depending on the season and villas with their own personal infinity pools start around $1,300 per night. You won’t want to leave poolside with views like these.
Oberoi Hotels and Resorts – Udaipur, India
This hotel is designed as a traditional Indian Palace with royal architecture and embellished interiors plucked from the majestic halls of royalty. Enjoy a semi-private pool just outside your room starting at around $700 per night. Gardens and verandas with reflection pools offer a rich environment for rejuvenation. The hotel sits in front of the tranquil waters of Lake Pichola. If you happen to get bored of the pool right outside your own personal balcony, you can take a boat ride across Lake Pichola and explore the scenery around the hotel.
Ubud Hanging Gardens – Bali, Indonesia
In the rainforest of Bali, the Hanging Gardens Ubud Resort has 38 private suites and individual villas. The gardens on the estate produce chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, jackfruit, coconut, and lemongrass all of which are used in the recipes at the five star gourmet restaurant at the hotel. However, the best feature by far is the granite infinity pool that spills over into the depths of the jungle below. Rooms start as low as $600 per night and go up depending on the view from the suite and the size.
Mes Amis, St. Martin Villa
Located on the cliffside of Falaise des Oiseaux, this resort stretches across seven acres of the coastline with a front row view of the ocean and the island of Anguilla. Situated on the cliffside is the heated infinity pool as well as a Jacuzzi. Swim up to the pool side bar or enjoy poolside dining and seating as you gaze upon the sapphire waves. Call 800-298-0900 for prices and booking details.
The Library Boutique Design Hotel – Koh Samui, Thailand
This minimalist hotel is a new concept resort that prides itself on its collection of over 1,300 books available for rent or to buy. The whole idea behind the hotel is to return to the simple things to make you happy. Its motto is “Real happiness is not complicated at all”, and it is meant to remind visitors that we decide how to spend out time on earth and how we want to live our lives. Its signature Red Pool with clean lines and a view of Chaweng Beach is the best place to relax and take advantage of all those books. Rooms start at around $400 per night and go up depending on the season and availability.
The Cambrian Hotel – Switzerland
This hotel is among the top 20 wellness hotels in Switzerland and features both indoor and outdoor heated pools like the one below as well as a multitude of lavish spa treatments. You can relax in the warm waters of the pool and gaze out on the Swiss Alps. Rooms start around $300 per night and depend on the room and season.
Delamore Lodge – Waiheke Island, New Zealand
Overlooking the Hauraki Gulf of New Zealand, this five star lodge offers airy private rooms to watch the sunrise from the comfort of your bed. There are four suites and a two-bedroom apartment for accommodations and the lodge offers a variety of packages depending on the vacation you desire. One night packages start around $650 and go up depending on the package selected and the number of nights you want to stay. Prices are valid for a limited time visit their booking page for package details. The heated infinity pool looks out on Owhaneke Bay and is open to all guests. It is a beautiful way to capture the natural awe of New Zealand without having to even leave the hotel.
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