Getting the travel bug again? For a bit of inspo, discover some of our favorite pools at hotels and resorts across the globe. Get excited to visit one (or all!) of these warm-weather destinations in 2021 or 2022.
Anguilla’s boutique hotel boasts a signature, oceanfront infinity pool that features an underwater window facing the beach. Overlook the white sand beaches of Shoal Bay East and the glittering Atlantic Ocean after a day of sunbathing and drinking hand-picked Caribbean rums.
For travelers who desire to vacation like a celebrity, Anguilla’s hidden gem, Altamer Resort is the perfect oasis to do so. Guests are welcome to stay at Antilles Pearl, Altamer’s 10,800 square-foot luxurious villa, complete with 5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, a 50-foot skywalk, along with a heated swimming pool and spacious pool deck with chase lounges, umbrellas and a hammock offering 360 degree views of the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and St. Martin. The pool is the ideal escape for those looking to enjoy the indoor/outdoor space, unwind and relax without having to leave their private villa.
A short walk from the Mediterranean Sea, Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo’s swanky outdoor concept, ODYSSEY, was designed by Karl Lagerfield exclusively for the hotel. ODYSSEY features a Mediterranean-inspired pool area complete with a heated salt-water pool, private cabanas, and terrace gardens. Paying homage to the ancient Grecian epic, Lagerfield conceptualized an 18-paneled LED-adorned mural portraying the journey of Ulysses complemented by modern images of models superimposed onto original photos from Lagerfeld’s archives taken of the Greek coastline between the 1850s and 1860s, creating a luxurious and intimate atmosphere right in the heart of Monte-Carlo.
Providenciales, Turks & Caicos
Opening this fall, Mediterranean-inspired luxury residential resort Rock House will boast an oversized, 100-foot infinity pool built into a 25-foot limestone cliff, the largest of its kind in Turks & Caicos. The infinity pool will add to the Mediterranean feel and offer soaring views of the glistening Atlantic Ocean and surrounding archipelago, and will be surrounded by luxe, serviced chaise lounges for ultimate relaxation.
Hyatt Regency Grand Reserve
Rio Grande, Puerto Rico
Famed against the backdrop of the nation’s only tropical rainforest, Hyatt Regency Grand Reserve Puerto Rico is home to three pools throughout the 72 acre resort, one of which is Puerto Rico’s largest lagoon-style pool. A guest favorite is the poolside Dominoes Master who sets up domino tables with branded domino sets, a popular family game on the island and an integral part of social gatherings, while hosting games, sharing pro tips and teaching guests the art of the game. The property also just launched Puerto Rico’s first-ever floating waterpark in the ocean, a fun course for kids and adults of all ages (life jackets required). Travelers can enter Puerto Rico with the convenience of travel-without-a-passport.
Riviera Maya’s most exclusive five-star eco resort, Banyan Tree Mayakoba, recently underwent a $50 million renovation, debuting 34 newly built beachfront pool suites and a chic Sands Beach Club with an expansive infinity pool like no other. Designed by renowned architectural firm Sordo Madaleno with the goal of developing a 360º experience for guests, swimmers can enjoy pristine views of the Riviera Maya coastline and turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea while the chef passes out plates of homemade Paella for guests to enjoy while lounging in their poolside cabanas. The pool’s surroundings achieve a balance with the nature that surrounds it, giving a whole new meaning to the concept of barefoot luxury.
Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda
Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda is the very first operating resort in the undiscovered region of Michès, a secluded paradise located on the northeast coast of the Dominican Republic. Upon entry, the eco-chic luxury resort welcomes guests with a long-reaching walk-in pool, featuring turquoise blue water and private poolside cabanas, surrounded by native flora and lush green, towering palm trees. The pool is the entryway to just one of the resort’s private beachfronts, allowing guests to relax or take a few laps in the water before heading over to the shore to test the waters of the Atlantic. Hop in for a swim to watch the sunset on the oceanside horizon for the ultimate, wow-worthy poolside experience.
This oceanfront oasis is situated along the sun-soaked white sand beaches of Nassau’s Cable Beach, boasting 1,000 acres of ample outdoor spaces, 40+ international dining options, a Jack Nicklaus Signature Design golf course, the Caribbean’s first and only luxury ESPA spa, and 1,800 spacious rooms with waterfront views. Home to seven elaborate pools with luxurious private cabanas surrounded by swim-up bars, aquariums, cliff jumps, and an underwater marine cavern inspired by one of the world’s deepest salt water sinkhole, Dean’s Blue Hole, each guest is sure to find their picture perfect pool experience whether they prefer waterfalls, a little poolside rain or a swim with the turtles.
W South Beach
After 10 years as arguably Miami’s most scene-y celeb hotspot and Art Basel social center, W South Beach has reopened after a $30 million renovation.The iconic W South Beach pool, WET, was re-skinned and is sporting new plush cabanas complete with lounges, flat-screen TVs, and on-demand bartenders. Adjacent to the pool is the fan-favorite WET Bar & Grille with tropical cocktails and light bites. Guests can indulge in a true tropical poolside oasis just steps from the beach.
The retro and playful oceanfront oasis in Miami Beach’s popular mid-beach neighborhood, The Confidante Miami Beach offers two oceanfront pools, one for adults only, just steps from the Atlantic Ocean. Guests can lounge poolside in the Confidante’s signature colorful cabanas and bungalows while enjoying craft popsicles from local Cielito Artisan Pops, drinks served in fresh Confidante branded coconuts and decadent bites from the hotel’s iconic pool and lounge space, The Backyard. Also available for guests are games, pool floaties for the kids and occasional evening poolside movies.
Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club
Hawaii’s most sought-after and photographed pool is at The Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club, a retro-inspired boutique hotel set in the heart of Waikiki and only moments away from the iconic Waikiki Beach. At the center of the property is the hotel’s striking “Wish You Were Here” turquoise blue pool which was exclusively designed by local artist Matthew Tapia. The pool is also the center of the Surfjack’s much sought-after collection of experiences. There, guests can participate in Aqua Zumba and Salas & Carnitas Monday during the day. At night they’ll gaze upon the stars as they sway to live local music or embark on the Old School by the Pool Silent Disco event.
Cape Coral, Florida
The Westin Cape Coral Resort, which recently underwent a $15 million renovation, serves as a tropical Floridian escape for travelers seeking a luxury open-air retreat. With enchanting waterfront views overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, sun bums can choose to lounge at one of four exceptional resort pools throughout their stay (a different pool for every day or mood!). Guests seeking to skip the sunrays can relax pool-side, cocktail in hand, with the resort’s bookable private cabanas, or lay out under an onsite palm tree listening to the waves of the local waterways. Following a day in the sun, guests can recharge with the resort’s elevated Fridge-Fill program, providing guests with ingredient baskets for restaurant-quality, ready-made meals to prepare and enjoy from the comfort of a spacious, apartment-style suite.