We don’t know about you, but all of this cold weather has us dreaming of summer. We’re miles away at Margaritaville soaking up the sun, drinking a cold Pina Colada, and our toes in the cool water while it’s snowing outside. We’re also thinking of how nice it would feel to sit poolside with the smell of barbeque wafting through the air while our favorite summer jams play in the background.
While it’s definitely too early still in the year to think about going outside for a swim (seriously don’t), it’s never too early to start planning your summer vacation. And if you’re anything like us, the swimming area is important. Whether you’re hitting up the beach or planning to spend some quality time at the resort pool, you want to make sure it’s worth.
Vacation lists usually focus around luxury resorts, exciting activities, and lakes/beaches, but we figured we would switch it up. Instead of featuring the world’s most luxurious beaches, we decided to highlight some of the world’s best swimming pools. We know it might sound kind of odd to plan your vacation around a swimming pool, but trust us once you see some of the ones on our list you’ll completely understand.
Also if you’re looking to up your Insta game, any of the pools on this list will do the trick!
1. Padma Resort Ubud Infinity Pool
When it comes to pools, one of the biggest draws are infinity pools hands down. There’s nothing like being in a pool that has no discernible edge and allows you to immerse yourself in the scenery. And as far as infinity pools are concerned, the Padma Resort Ubud swimming oasis is one of our favorites.
One look at the picture will show you why this beautiful pool takes our number one spot. The multi-level pool is surrounded by palm trees, natural rocks, and enveloped in a dense jungle forest. Sitting on the edge of this pool will make you feel as if you’re in your own private paradise.
Views are also breathtaking regardless of what time of day you come out. Early morning is really enchanting because you’ll catch the jungle mists as the day warms up. Fancy a night swim? Float on your back and stare up at the infinite amount of stars in the sky.
It probably comes as no surprise that this beautiful pool oasis is located in Bali. After all, the country is infamous for its pristine pools, beautiful scenery, and of course their commitment to making infinity pools a staple.
2. One and Only Reethi Rah
We’ll be the first to admit that the name is rather pretentious and assuming; but one visit to the One and Only Reethi Rah and you’ll quickly understand why. Or if you simply plug the hotel into your search engine, you’ll be swarmed with a number of drool worthy images that might make you pack your things and set off for the hotel immediately.
Admittedly, it was difficult picking just one picture to represent this beautiful pool; especially since the hotel has many. However, we settled for their main pool as it’s just so overwhelmingly beautiful. The infinity pool overlooks the hotel’s pristine beaches and you can relax poolside and soak up the salty ocean air.
Craving a little privacy? The backside of the pool (and edges since it’s shaped like a lagoon) are surrounded by dense palm trees that offer some much needed respite from the hot Caribbean sun and will make you feel as if you’re on your own private island.
One look at the picture and you can probably tell right away that this beautiful swimming pool is located in the Maldives. And despite the hotel’s reputation (it’s always hosting a ton of guests year round), we found the grounds, pool, and beach to be very quiet. There wasn’t a lot of loud noise and because of the large size of the beach and pool, we never felt cramped.
3. Grand Wailea
For starters, we deserve an award for narrowing down the images to show you to just one. There are a ton of this amazing pool and they’re all gorgeous!
Grand Wailea isn’t just a pool; it’s an epic water adventure that offers fun for the whole family. This hotel “pool” offers around 2,400 square meters of water activity fun and once you take a deeper look at the hotel’s pool, you’ll wonder why it isn’t considered a water park.
Here you can float along a series of rivers that connect to nine pools (these rivers also have lazy currents and even whiterwater rapids), slide down one of their four waterslides, rope swing into a Tarzan themed pool, swim through waterfalls, or relax in one of their three Jacuzzis.
The coolest featured of this pool (and yes, we know it’s going to be hard to beat all the activities offered) is definitely the water elevator. It’s the world’s first of its kind and as an added bonus, it’s been built into a volcano.
You’ll find this family paradise in Maui, Hawaii. And despite the description, it is still technically the hotel’s pool although we like to think of it as a mini water park.
4. Floating Pool Lake Como
Pictures simply don’t do this unique location justice. Floating on the waters of Lake Como, this beautiful pool features pristine waters and an unbridled view of the beautiful Lake Como and its dense forests and mountains enveloping it. It’s really a magical looking place and if you’re looking for an out of the norm swimming experience, then the floating pool is a must-visit.
You’ll make your way onto the platform from the hotel where you’ll leave behind stunning Italian architecture and stone/marble work that will really solidify the fact that you’re in Italy. Once on the deck, you’ll feel the gentle sway of the water waves below you and enjoy the cool waters of the pool that offer a much-needed break from the sun.
So while it may look “gimmicky” at first, we can promise you that the Floating Pool of Lake Como is one of those experiences that needs to be on your bucket list.
If you want a dip in this truly unique location, you’ll need to pack your bags and head out to Lake Como, Italy. So you’ll need your passport and you’ll also want to be prepared for a long flight. However, this pool is definitely worth it.
These pools are winter friendly and open year round. Because the pools are heated, they’re excellent for soaking sore muscles after a long day of being in the cold and working your body on the slopes.
Located on the edge of a 2,130-meter butte, this outdoor pool offers some of the most beautiful views in the United States. You’ll be able to see the vistas of the Grand Tetons and admire the Snake River below you. During your stay, you can see the snow capped peaks in the distance and still stay warm in the waters as snow falls around you. Romantic, right?
Worried about sharing the space with others? Don’t be! This pool is 35 meters so you won’t feel cramped regardless of how many people are enjoying the waters with you. There’s also a 10 square meter whirlpool if that’s your thing so you can really take advantage of soaking your sore muscles to prepare for another day of winter activities.
No passport needed for this one! You’ll find these warm pools located in Jackson, Wyoming. So if you’ve got winter on your mind still but want to enjoy a dip in warm water, then this is the perfect vacation destination for you.
Similar to number five (though mostly in name), Amangiri is a unique pool that’s designed to immerse you into the landscape. The goal is to make you feel like you’re miles away from civilization and in our opinion, they’ve done just that. However, you won’t have to worry about making a dash to the pool in the cold since it’s located in the desert.
Both the pool and hotel were designed to blend seamlessly into the lush desert landscape and one look at the picture and you’ll completely agree that they’ve accomplished their goal. The resort itself is rather secluded too so if you’re looking for a true getaway that takes you away from civilization (but keeps you close enough for modern conveniences), then this is your kind of place.
The pool has been carefully cut around a 24-meter high natural stone escarpment. The real kicker? The escarpment is more than 165 million years old so you’ll be swimming right next to history!
Looking for views? Both the hotel and the pool offer breathtaking views of the Grand Staircase-Escala and the beautiful desert landscape. At night you can hear coyotes howling and gaze up at the Milky Way and millions of stars.
This is another United States destination that won’t require you to break your passport. Simply hop aboard a plane and head out to Canyon Point, Utah for this treat.
7. Domus Civita Cave Pool
You’ll find this gorgeous gem located in the medieval village of Domus Civita. And while there’s tons to do and see in Domus Civita (think medieval artwork, ancient caves and tunnels), the biggest draw is definitely the cave pool.
The cave pool has been built into the caverns and is very intimate. As you can probably tell from the photo, it’s pretty small. In fact, only 8 people can slip into the beautiful waters at a given time. It also features a hot tub that you can relax in.
Because of its limited space, the cave pools have earned an exclusive reputation meaning that you’ll want to plan ahead and come early if you want to slip into the waters. While we didn’t have much of a wait to dip our toes in, it was a wait nonetheless so if you’re looking to dive right in you’ll want to pick days where the cave pools don’t receive many visitors. And while that probably seems like a hassle, trust us once you step foot into this magical oasis you’ll understand why people from all over the world flock to it.
Like most of the pools on our list, you’ll need your passport for this one. Domus Civita is located in Italy. It’s 62 miles from the Rome Airport so you’ll also want to be prepared for a bit of a drive.
8. Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge
While all of the pools on our list are definitely great, Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge may have one of the coolest. The resort is enveloped by African rondavels and the pool sits in the middle of it all.
While the pool is definitely smaller than most on our list (except the cave pools), it’s definitely one of the most immersive. The infinity edge offers unbridled views of the rich, dense Tanzanian forests and the mountain peaks in the background offer some of the best views. And because you’re elevated high above the forest floor, you’re offer panorama views of the area that will definitely take your breath away.
Because of the weather, the pool is open nearly year round so regardless of when you’re planning a getaway, you can definitely expect to enjoy the Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge pool.
Located in the heart of Tanzania, this pristine pool is definitely a must visit. And we also highly recommend staying at the resort for your entire trip. The resort is truly unique in appearance; it’s definitely not constructed like the usual chain hotels and will give you a unique Tanzanian experience. You’ll feel as if you’re truly part of the area.
Ready to make a splash?
Regardless of whether you’re traveling in winter or planning a summer getaway, these pools are guaranteed to meet your needs while offering some of the best views in the world. Whether it’s a winter getaway to a tropical destination or you’re looking for some warm water to chill out in after spending a day on the slopes, you’ll find the perfect place on our list.
So which ones appeal to you the most? Did we leave out your favorite pool destination? If so, we’d love to hear all about it and add it to our list!