Spa and wellness is our main domain, but when we travel, checking out the other amenities that make a resort/hotel a splash is also a favorite pastime — specifically, the swimming pool. (I don’t know about you, but when I think “vacation,” one of the first images that pops into my head is lounging poolside, refreshing drink in hand.)
Whether they boast swim-up bars, water parks for the little ones or spectacular designs, dive into our list of the world’s most interesting pools.
Here are just a few of our faves — share yours in the comments!
It’s one of the pools Prince Harry partied at, and the Encore Beach Club | Encore Las Vegas is certainly fit for royalty, with 26 cabanas, eight two-story bungalows, a restaurant, poolside craps and blackjack and the attached indoor/outdoor Surrender Nightclub.
This pool makes a splash with families for its over-the-top, 42-acre Aquaventure water park of water slides, river ride with tidal waves and pools, shark-filled lagoons, rapid-river adventures and a children’s playground.
Cool off at this adult-only lap pool, which makes an architectural statement by jutting 30 meters out into the lagoon, giving the illusion that sea and swimming pool are one (it also has a cool bubble bed at the end!).
The centerpiece of the resort, where Oprah’s paid a visit, is 23 soaking pools (accessible 24 hours!) of mineral-rich natural waters from the Great Pagosa Aquifer, arguably the world’s deepest, largest hot spring.