The World’s Most Over-the-Top Hotel Pools


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Some hotels focus on raw numbers, boasting the “largest pool in [fill in Caribbean island here]” or “the most pools in the western hemisphere”. But there’s an art–a craft–to the perfect hotel pool. From an infinity pool high above Santorini to a two-story waterhole deep in the rainforests of Bali, here are four of the world’s sexiest, plunge-worthy hotel pools.

Grace Hotel Santorini (Greece)

If there’s one money shot of the Greek island of Santorini, it’s the photo above from Grace Hotel Santorini’s stunning infinity pool. Perched high in the island’s famous hills, the pool offers jaw-dropping, panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea. The hotel’s outdoor terrace is arguably the island’s most photographed destination and the ideal spot for grabbing a well-crafted cocktail from the onsite professional mixologists.

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Hanging Gardens Ubud (Indonesia)

In the rainforests of central Bali — at the epicenter of the island’s cultural, spiritual, and fine art roots — the five star Hanging Gardens Ubud offers something completely different. The boutique luxury resort’s two-story infinity pool overlooks some of the most serene and breathtaking scenery in all of Indonesia. If the bevy of sunbeds surrounding the main pool isn’t enough, every room at this over-the-top property offers a private plunge pool as well.

Palms Casino Resort (USA)

By the numbers, the Palms Fantasy Tower Sky Villa is stunning even by Vegas standards: 6,100 square feet of living space, 24-hour butler service, a dry sauna, a rotating king bed, a dozen big-screen TVs, and a private, blacked-out Escalade at your beck and call. But its private pool is what pushes this “room” (if you can call it that) over the top. The unique, cantilevered design extends beyond the building’s upper floors with glass-enclosed walls that provide unrestricted views of the famous Vegas Strip.

Hotel Villa Mahal (Turkey)

Of course, sometimes the sexiest design is the simplest one. Situated along Turkey’s popular Lycian coast, Hotel Villa Mahal offers a 55-foot infinity pool that strips away any extraneous architectural flourishes. Instead, the minimalist design allows for complete focus on the stunning backdrop of Kalkan Bay — one of the most beautiful and tranquil corners of the eastern Mediterranean. It’s no surprise that the hotel has several times been ranked among the most romantic in Europe.