Luxury hotels the world over has a way of drawing the best and most well-heeled clientele. They vie with one another to offer the best services to their elite guests, be it from the best and most varied cuisine, to the most sophisticated and modern amenities such as tennis courts, spas and the latest security and safety arrangements.
Of course, no hotel would ever be complete without a poolside and an accompanying bar. This gives the esteemed guests to unwind and cool off after a stressful board meeting, a conference or simply a diversion from the hustle and bustle of touring. With clear water, deck chairs, recliners and food and beverage counters, the hotel pool is the most popular part of the hotel.
Here is a selection of some of the finest hotel pools in the world, each with their own unique characteristics, for your touring pleasure:
Hanging Gardens, Ubud Bali, Indonesia
You should definitely head to the island of Bali if you're looking for some South-East Asian spice! This lovely hotel pool is situated in Ubud Bali, atop a mountain. The beautiful water cascading down, in the backdrop of the mountains, is truly a spectacle to behold. Relax as the waters wash down and watch the mountains in the distance, as you sip a lovely, chilled drink. The hotel is well-equipped with the best amenities, such as bar cum restaurant with lounges, and the rooms feature climate controlled air-conditioning. There is also wireless internet access for guests, along with DVD players.
This is situated close to other major Balinese attractions such as the Puri Lukisan Museum, the Gaya Art Space, Neka Art Museum and the Blanco Museum.
Amangiri Big Water, Utah, USA
Amangiri means “peaceful mountain” in the local parlance. This peaceful and serene resort is located within a valley in Utah, and getting there involves crossing a winding road that criss-crosses the valley. Once, you get there, you will no longer think about the road or the remote location.
The Amangiri central pool has a breathtaking view of the entire valley from the pool. You can relax and enjoy the atmosphere in the pool, which is built to blend with the environment with naturally coloured tiles. This is accompanied by some of the best possible amenities, including a floatation therapy unit, a sauna, a step pool, a steam room and a cold plunge.
Hotel du Cap- Roc Antibes, France
For a slice of European history, head to Hotel du Cap Roc, tucked away just behind the Aleppines Mountains in France. This was originally built by Napoleon himself, for artists and intellectuals, but has now become a haunt of the socially elite of the world. Featuring a calm, serene atmosphere with some delectable food and drink, together with an arty atmosphere, this is truly a treat to the artistically inclined. And, if you're lucky, you may also get to rub shoulders with a film-star, given that this pool is frequented by them especially during the Cannes Film Festival.
Semiramis Hotel, Greece
Looking for some classical flavours? Need a little Mediterranean sunrise to get you going? Then head to the Semiramis Hotel in Athens, Greece. Situated over the sea, the pool offers you an unforgettable panoramic view of the Athenian skyline, together with the beauty of the sun over clear, blue waters.
One and Only Reethi Rah, North Atoll, Maldives
The Maldives is really a jewel in the Indian Ocean, and there is no better place to appreciate it's beauty than the One and Only Reethi Rah, a picturesque beach-side resort in the Maldives. Beautiful water, white sand, and private spas- all this and more.
The poolside is of course, amazing. Complementary iced tea and ice creams are served every hour, while you relax and bask in the sun, listening to gentle waves breaking on the beach. The rooms come with complimentary wireless internet access, i-Pod docking ports and flatscreen television sets.
The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur, India
To get a taste of India, you must definitely head to the Oberoi Udaivilas hotel in Udaipur, located in the state of Rajasthan in North-west India. The outdoor pools and spas located in this luxurious hotel is inspired by the art and architecture of the royalty of Rajasthan. Exquisite rugs, paintings, carvings and other stunning architecture adorn this hotel. The poolside offers visitors an assortment of food and beverages, both continental and Indian.
There are an amazing variety of things to do in the Oberoi Udaivilas hotel. Learn traditional Indian cooking from a trained chef, watch and learn traditional Rajasthani folk dance, listen to Rajasthani folk music, go on camel or horse rides or entertain yourself with a selection of the latest and classic Indian movies available on request. You will be treated to an amazing array of delectable Indian as well as Continental food in the restaurant. You also have the option of in-house dining, which you can avail of 24 hours a day.