We love swimming in the sea, but sometimes plunging into the perfect pool can elevate your hotel experience to the next level. Lounge beside it, have a candle-lit dinner around it, or dive right in to cool off from the afternoon sun. From the largest to the highest, featuring infinity pools and beyond, here are five hotel pools worth planning your trip around.
Grace Santorini, Greece
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Santorini certainly knows stunning views. The scenic Greek island consistently ranks among the most desired honeymoon destinations for good reason - its postcard-like landscape and dramatic sunsets are truly unforgettable. Perched high atop the caldera cliff in the quiet village of Imerovigli, the Grace’s infinity pool is the best place to soak in those Aegean shades of blue right in front of you. The largest pool of its kind on the island, this is a body of water you’ll never want to leave, and with the hotel’s elegant restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner right beside it, you may never have to.
Four Seasons Serengeti, Tanzania
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This pool is best for travelers looking to lounge poolside without missing out on the local land’s sights and sounds. If afternoon safari excursions and other Tanzanian explorations exhaust you, hang guilt-free at this hotel pool and let the animals come to you. Located in the heart of Serengeti National Park, this incredible infinity pool overlooks the savanna, where wild elephants, zebras, gazelle and more roam free.
Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
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The world’s highest and longest infinity pool is a marvel in engineering, and completely worth visiting Singapore just to behold. Over 400 feet wide and 57 stories high, the pool juts across and hangs over the hotel, offering unprecedented views of Singapore’s skyline below.
Being the star attraction in a hotel with 2,500 guest rooms, 60 restaurants, 2 cinemas, a river running through its shopping complex, and one of Southeast Asia’s largest casinos should clue you in to this pool’s massive appeal. It’s been featured on television shows, is consistently trending on social media platforms, and undeniably one of the most photogenic swimming pools on the planet.
San Alfonso del Mar Resort, Chile
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Located in Algarrobo, about an hour from capital city Santiago, is this behemoth beachfront pool. At over half a mile in length (0.62 to be exact) and reaching depths of 115 feet, this is the largest hotel pool in the world. Not only the perfect spot to swim and relax, guests can even sail and kayak in the pool -- a perfect way to mix some exercise into your vacation’s relaxation.
Sri Panwa Phuket, Thailand
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Situated high atop Phuket’s Cape Panwa peninsula, the Sri Panwa is an oasis of calm, and its sea view rooftop infinity pool fits right into the theme. The 75-foot pool offers breathtaking views of surrounding islands and the Adaman Sea down below. The hotel is comprised of 52 villas, each luxuriously furnished to feel like the home of your dreams and complete with their own private pool, but with its centerpiece island featuring comfy seating and full bar access this pool is the place to be.