Pools with Great Views


Pools with Great Views

If you’re going to swim (or lounge)

InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown | Los Angeles, CA

Grazing the sky at 1,100 feet and 73 stories, InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown forever changed the Los Angeles skyline as the tallest building west of Chicago and largest InterContinental hotel in the Americas since opening last June 2017. Offering some of the best cityscape views from the Pacific Ocean to the Hollywood sign, the property’s seventh floor outdoor pool deck is no exception. Flanked by chic cabanas, lounge chairs and umbrellas, guests can take in views of 7th & Figueroa Street (the same street Spiderman swung from in his blockbuster movie) while sipping on refreshing libations from the cleverly named No Dive Bar.


Hotel Californian | Santa Barbara, CA

Located on top of the Californian building is the 1,300 square foot rooftop deck and pool, offering guests 360-degree unparalleled views of the Pacific coastline and Santa Ynez mountains. Guests are surrounded by cozy, plush lounge chairs and large umbrellas to relax and gaze out towards unforgettable views.


Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa | Montauk, NY   

Situated on Montauk’s most pristine stretch of oceanfront real estate, Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa is a Hampton’s institution and the only four-season resort in Montauk. The 30,000 sq. ft. Seawater Spa boasts the world-famous indoor, ocean-fed seawater pool with panoramic views of the Atlantic is a must for guests as it’s the only pool of its kind in North America using seawater that has been drawn from Montauk’s coast, sand-filtered, and warmed to the perfect temperature for relaxation and exercise. Not to mention, through an exclusive partnership with Paddle Diva, Gurney’s guests looking for a challenge while on vacation can do stand-up paddle board yoga in the indoor pool.


The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale | Fort Lauderdale, FL

Evoking the feeling guests are on a cruise ship, The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale is a sleek, luxe hotel with the only beachfront, full service spa in Fort Lauderdale and an incredible pool deck. From the 7th floor pool deck, guests feel as though their sailing oversee and can enjoy endless views of the Atlantic Ocean from the 29,000-square-foot tropical pool deck. Guests can bask in the sun and tropical breeze in this heated infinity pool that’s seemingly suspended over the Atlantic Ocean.


The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee | Greensboro, GA

The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee, set along 30 acres of shoreline and cradled by the Georgia pines, is a peaceful lakeside resort with strong sense of exploration and connection. The resort’s stunning infinity pool lends uninterrupted views of peaceful Lake Oconee – perfect for cooling off in the water or lounging on the pool deck taking in the beautiful backdrop. 

The Osprey, A RockResort | Beaver Creek, Colo.

Beaver Creek’s luxury boutique hotel, The Osprey, A RockResort, welcomes guests with a sophisticated, alpine-chic ambience. With ski-in/ski-out access to the mountain just 26 feet away, an on-call ski valet and fast track lift access, The Osprey is dedicated to going above and beyond the luxury experience. The Osprey at Beaver Creek offers 45 luxurious accommodations and two penthouse residences, sophisticated alpine-chic décor, a premier après scene, and posh, yet playful services and amenities, in additional to a gorgeous, heated outdoor pool area with a toasty warm hot tub — all offering a direct view to the slopes.

The Arrabelle, A RockResort | Vail, Colo.

As the only rooftop pool deck in charming Vail Village, The Arrabelle’s scenic pool area offers unrivaled 360 degree views of the quaint town and the slopes — both in the summer and winter. As the preeminent European style ski village in the U.S., Vail is known for it’s stylish sophistication paired with rustic charm. With top-notch service, the hotel pool deck offers its guests an unrivaled vantage point of one of Colorado’s most beloved Rocky Mountain town.


The Springs | Keystone, Colo.

The Springs, located within earshot of the River Run Gondola, this hot tub and pool area is a fan favorite amongst guests, complete with a water slide, waterfall and amazing views of the River Run ski trail.

One Ski Hill Place, A RockResort | Breckenridge, Colo.

One Ski Hill Place, A RockResort is a luxe mountain lodge boasting panoramic views of the surrounding peaks. With no shortage of non-ski activities, the property offers a two-lane bowling alley (“The Mine Shaft”), two movie lounges, a game room, a Rejuvenation Center Spa and standout indoor pool with floor to ceiling windows boasting mountain views.

One Ski Hill Place

Mountain Shadows | Paradise Valley, Ariz.

Guest of Mountain Shadows can laze under the palms by the two 75-foot pools connected by a modern waterfall feature. Plush chaise lounges, refreshing cocktails and light bites set the tone for a leisurely afternoon admiring dramatic views of Camelback Mountain and the surrounding desert beauty.


Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort | Maui, HI

Situated on Maui’s stunning southwestern coastline along Mokapu Beach, the 15-acre beachfront LEED-Silver certified Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort & Spa blends a vibrant yet laid back atmosphere with genuine hospitality, unparalleled style, lavish amenities and incredible service to offer a true luxury Hawaiian escape. Offering breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort features three cascading outdoor infinity pools that overflow to lava rock waterfalls in between.  Each of the oceanfront pools are also tiered, boasting stunning views of the island’s magical sunsets. Year round, guests set their pace to “island time” and relax by the lagoon-style pools with locally-inspired dishes and cocktails from the signature Bumbye Beach Bar, such as a lobster grilled cheese with roasted garlic bread and white cheddar, paired alongside a Wailea Spritz with lillet rose and grapefruit.



The Mulia & Mulia Villas | Bali, Indonesia

Located on the majestic coastline of Nusa Dua, The Mulia & Mulia Villas is home to two ultra-luxurious properties that epitomize extravagance and opulence combined with genuine hospitality and incredible service. Offering both private and secluded pools throughout the resort, The Mulia & Mulia Villas features a stunning, oceanfront infinity Oasis Pool that allows guests to experience the beauty of Bali while taking in the breathtaking views of the turquoise Indian Ocean and neighboring local temple atop a hill. The Oasis pool is also flanked by beautifully crafted Balinese statues that reflect the way in which Balinese women carry goods or the daily offerings on their heads, a tradition that goes back thousands of years.


Thompson Playa del Carmen | Playa del Carmen, MX

Thompson Playa del Carmen is a luxury lifestyle hotel located on the famed La Quinta Avenida – Playa’s two-mile, pedestrian-only shopping and dining district – and Calle 12, which boasts the trendiest bars and nightclubs in Riviera Maya. The property features a 30,000-square-foot rooftop playground complete with an infinity pool, swim-up bar, panoramic ocean views, luxury cabanas and two restaurants including NYC’s wildly popular culinary concept CATCH. As the highest point in Playa, the Thompson Rooftop boasts breathtaking views of the city as well as hosts a variety of nightlife activations.

Thompson Playa del Carmen


Marquis Los Cabos | Baja California, Mexico

With three stunning pools on property, Marquis Los Cabos has plenty of sunbathing for everyone. The two infinity-edge pools, named the Sunrise and Sunset pools, offer spectacular views of the sun’s path throughout the day. The infinity-edge pools also overlook the beach and further out the Sea of Cortés. The main pool is at the base of a three-story tiered waterfall with the newly whitewashed resort as its backdrop. With renowned sculptures by Latin American artists framing the pool, the views of palm trees and manicured gardens complement the relaxing vibe throughout the property.


Burj Al Arab Jumeirah | Dubai, UAE

Known as the world’s most luxurious hotel, the opulent Burj Al Arab is the iconic symbol of Dubai. It is no wonder that the hotel boasts not one but several pools offering breathtaking views of the Arabian Gulf.

1) Perched nearly 500 feet in the sky above the Arabian Gulf the hotel’s sky infinity pool offers a luxury oasis experience all of it own with breathtaking views of the Arabian Gulf. Indulge in this perfect escape bathed in natural sunlight and even create a personalized and unforgettable experience such as a romantic moonlight swim with your loved one.

2) The Terrace – Opened in Summer 2016, The Terrace is a private 100,000+ sq. ft. outdoor luxury leisure facility with two stunning pools (one fresh water and one saltwater), four Jacuzzis, 24 dedicated butler-serviced air conditioned cabanas, and a beach area with 1,000 tons of white sand and luxury day and sunbeams stretching 328 feet over the ocean.  The Terrace’s cabanas offer unparalleled views of Palm Jumeirah and the Dubai skyline, while Scape Restaurant & Bar and the pools offer stunning views of the Arabian Gulf.


Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta | Nuevo Vallarta, MX

A leader in hospitality, Vidanta, offers a collection of luxury resorts located along beautiful beaches in Mexico’s top destinations. The new Grand Luxxe Towers which opened in December in Nuevo Vallarta debuted a luxury rooftop pool – the Sky Lounge pool – offering spectacular 360 degree views of the Pacific ocean and Ameca River, along with beach club amenities. The stunning infinity pool located on the rooftop of the new luxury hotel towers overlooks the ocean with never ending blue between the pool, ocean and clear sky and also sits beside airy cabanas, lounge seating, exquisite poolside dining, and guests can enjoy personal amenities like fresh-made poolside popsicles. Images here.

Grand Hotel Tremezzo | Lake Como, Italy

The family-owned hotel is one of Lake’s historic resorts, a five-star lakeside property that provides unparalleled views of Bellagio and the stunning Gringe mountains. Built in 1910, Grand Hotel Tremezzo provides a sense of mellow luxury and authentic warm, Italian hospitality. Guests can experience a swim like no other in the property’s WOW pool — featuring a swimming pool set on top of Lake Como. This pool provides an endless water on water view, looking out from the crystal clear pool to the sparkling oasis body of water surrounding the floating pool, resting on the lake’s surface. A clear as day swimming pool set in the blue of the lake — creates an unforgettable bathing experience looking over at Bellagio.


The Palms | Turks & Caicos

Relax by one of he best pools in the Caribbean, lying at the heart of The Palms Turks and Caicos luxury resort, the superbly sculpted serpentine infinity pool is the perfect place to cool off after soaking up the sun’s warmth with views that speak volumes to the feeling of being on “island time.” Watch as the ocean waves crash and the sun sets on the endless horizon. Poolside amenities invite guests to enjoy complimentary amenities including poolside Wi-Fi, sun pods with signature umbrellas, hot tub island, loungers covered in invitingly-soft terry fabric, chilled towels, fresh fruit kabobs each afternoon, and poolside and beachfront service. The Palms’ popular Plunge pool bar and restaurant offers the opportunity to combine a relaxing dip with a tempting, Caribbean-inspired menu that ranges from salads to full meals. Images here.

Grace Santorini | Santorini, Greece

Grace Santorini enjoys magical views from a clifftop location in one of Greece’s most picturesque islands. This beautiful property offers an exquisite infinity pool overlooking the Aegean Sea and the largest of its kind in Santorini. Guests can lounge in the pool while enjoying stunning, uninterrupted views across the Caldera, Skaros Rock and breathtaking Aegean sunsets.

The Resort at Pedregal | Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

The majestic Resort at Pedregal offers multiple ocean view pools featuring unmatched views of the sparkling Pacific Ocean with a swim up bar, in-water seats and lounge chairs and vast, pristine sandy beach and towering cliffs of Pedregal Mountain. The resort also boasts a private plunge pool in every room on each patio.

Four Seasons Resort Lanai | Lanai City, HI

With no stop lights, fast food chain stores or malls, the secluded 90,000-acre island paradise of Lanai offers a glimpse of Hawaii as it used to be. For a luxurious alternative to the ocean and beach, Four Seasons Resort Lanai offers guests picturesque views of the sparkling Pacific at the lagoon-style, free-form central pool, featuring a cascading waterfall and two spas, or stunning views of Hulopoe Bay at the adults-only retreat, whose waterfalls and lava rock grottos echo Lanai’s iconic cliffs and provide secluded bliss. Nestled in the lush pool gardens, the resort’s luxurious intimate sanctuaries offer additional privacy, comfortable couches, oversized lounge chairs, spa treatments and a variety of experiences. To enhance a day in paradise, pool attendants offer Evian spritzes, chilled towels, sunglass cleanings, a selection of magazines and personal sunscreen, in addition to frozen coffee shots, popsicle carts and personal water coolers.

Cala De Mar Resort & Spa Ixtapa | Ixtapa, Mexico

Set alongside the stunning rock cliffs of Mexico’s lush Sierra Madre mountainside with endless picturesque views of the Pacific Ocean lies the secluded and exclusive Cala de Mar Resort & Spa Ixtapa. Plunge with a view in an individual infinity edge plunge pool overlooking the sparkling ocean waters, lush cliffside and outlying rock formations. An open-air private terrace complete with a plunge pool and oversized lounge chairs is obligatory for each guest no matter what room type they’ve checked into. In addition, the resort features two main freshwater infinity pools with private cabanas and panoramic views of the surrounding oasis. Relax and refresh with complimentary poolside amenities, including fruity popsicles, fresh margaritas, chilled veggies topped with chili powder and more.

Rancho Pescadero | Todos Santos, Mexico

Nestled on a pristine beach of the Pacific Ocean just an hour north of Cabo San Lucas and a world away from traffic, stress and constant information, Rancho Pescadero is an oceanfront boutique resort, of 28 suites set amidst the natural beauty of swaying palms and a backdrop of soaring mountain peaks. The resort embraces its natural ambience with its main pool overlooking a palm grove and the Pacific Ocean.

Andronis Exclusive | Santorini, Greece

Andronis Exclusive is a luxurious collection of six boutique properties across Greece. With rooms taking inspiration from authentic cave dwellings on Santorini, Andronis Boutique Hotel in the village of Oia has reflected this in its suites which also follow a traditional style. The 40m2 Cave Pool Suite has a magical outdoor cave swimming pool, overlooking the volcano that shaped Santorini.

The Infinity Pool Suite at Andronis Luxury Suites of more than 80m2 features a wide veranda with private infinity pool, Jacuzzi and sun loungers; the perfect space to unwind and enjoy the vast Aegean panorama. Other suites, such as the Sunset Villa Socrates – named after the acclaimed Philosopher, also boasts an infinity pool.

Andronis Concept, a wellness resort that uniquely caters to families through group cooking classes and ‘yoga for the young’ also has 25 luxury pool suites facing the ancient volcanic caldera. Located in the village of Imerovigli, the famous sunsets are known as “balcony to the Aegean”.




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