I am a self-declared, hopeless pool with a view fanatic. You know those ads that have people sipping drinks by a stunning infinity pool, with a beautiful scenery behind? Well, they most certainly work on me! I proceed by actively searching up the place, saving it to my destination bucket list, and voila, I’m a converted future guest. Here’s a list of the best pools with a view I’ve taken a dip in (in no particular order). Tried and tested!
THE UNGASAN CLIFFTOP RESORT
Bali, Indonesia (cover photo)
You read that right. This panoramic resort is located on top of a cliff, with infinity pools stretching by the edge. The views are unbeatable and the place is located far away from the hustle and bustle of Kuta Beach. Get a day pass for the Sunday Beach Club and check it out for yourself!
If your pocket affords, check out the private villas too! Stunning, eh?
CONSTANCE EPHELIA RESORT
The resort is situated on a quiet end of the island, and boasts a massive property with multiple beaches, trails, and even a waterfall nearby! I love how well they managed to strike a harmony between nature and the built environment; the pools are all surrounded by lush vegetation and are steps away from the beach!
And an exclusive sneak peek of the private pool located within the grounds of the Presidential Suite! Check out that view!
SOFITEL SO BANGKOK
This iconic hotel located at the corner of Lumphini Park, in the heart of central Bangkok, not only hosts regular pool parties, but also provides a stunning vantage point to observe the beautiful skyline of the city. I’ve also stopped by the spa for a massage and was not disappointed!
Relaxation, far away from the city bustle!
We took a flight, a car, then a boat, followed by another car transfer to get here, but boy was it worth it! This resort, located on a picturesque hill, has a stunning infinity pool right at the top! The views are so breathtaking that I actually found myself sketching what I saw in my travel notebook – and this doesn’t happen often! Don’t believe me? Go on and see for yourself!
BAB AL SHAMS DESERT RESORT & SPA
If this is the meaning of a desert oasis, I’m game any day! Bab Al Shams offers a much needed city escape, with an infinity pool stretching towards the sand dunes, with nothing in sight (except the occasional camel passing by)! Much recommended for a day trip (or weekend gateway) from Dubai!
Blue Mountain & Whistler, Canada
I absolutely love this spa! So much, that whenever I’m in either one of the two locations, I go pay it a visit. If you arrive at the right time (hint: mornings, weekdays), it’s always so peaceful that it feels you have the whole place to yourself! Did I mention there’s only nature, as far as your eyes can see? Hello relaxation!
FAIRMONT THE PALM
Probably among my favourite hotel pools in Dubai, given the stunning views of Dubai Marina and the always-quiet nearby beach, Fairmont The Palm definitely sits at the top of the list for best dips with a view in the city!
Oh, did I mention the sunsets are always pretty heavenly, guaranteed?
For year-round swimming and stunning mountain views, head to Belvedere, located on a quiet valley in the lake town of Spiez. Check out my full review here.
SHANDRANI RESORT & SPA
Blue Bay, Mauritius
Located conveniently just a short distance from the international airport, this resort (with its stunning lush gardens) surely makes you feel like you’re close to anything but. The massive pool, located at the centre of the property, is surrounded by beautiful palm trees framing pretty spectacular views! This is what screensavers are made of!
OKURA PRESTIGE HOTEL
This hotel’s stunning suspended pool will make you feel like you’re floating above the city! I stayed three nights here and most of my time was spent by the pool (I wish I was kidding). The views (especially at sunset) are addictive!
Yes, that suspended bit to the left is where the pool is located! Need I say more?
I don’t blame you if you decide to go on a pool-only vacation next! Your secret’s safe ;).