13 Incredibly Cool Pools From Around the World

Dive into a swanky swim.

Go on, make a splash. You don't have to settle for an ordinary swimming pool with a slick of sunblock floating on the water. Take the plunge into one of the world's most fabulous pools instead.

Oil Nut Bay Pool

Oil Nut Bay Pool

Three pools at Oil Nut Bay overlook the sea, beach and reef.

Photo by: Oil Nut Bay

Oil Nut Bay

Three pools at Oil Nut Bay overlook the sea, beach and reef.

1. Argentina

Casa de Uco Resort Pool

Casa de Uco Resort Pool

The patios on the first floor rooms at Casa de Uco open to the pool area.

Photo by: Casa de Uco

Casa de Uco

The patios on the first floor rooms at Casa de Uco open to the pool area.

Wake up to a sunrise over the Andes Mountains at Casa de Uco, a boutique resort in Mendonza. It’s located in Uco Valley, where the soil and climate combine to produce high quality grapes for the region’s fine wines. As you float in the infinity pool in the resort lagoon, you'll have panoramic views of 790 acres of surrounding vineyards, open skies and jagged peaks.

2. Bahamas

Grand Hyatt Baha Mar Pool

Grand Hyatt Baha Mar Pool

A cave in the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar pool leads to an aquarium teeming with marine life.

Photo by: Tadeu Brunelli/Grand Hyatt Baha Mar

Tadeu Brunelli/Grand Hyatt Baha Mar

A cave in the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar pool leads to an aquarium teeming with marine life.

The blue sky blends into the blue ocean, which blends into the blue pools at the Grand Hyatt Baha Mar. This $4.2 billion resort in Nassau, the first of three properties to open at the Baha Mar Resort, the largest development in the Western Hemisphere, offers 1,800 rooms and seven pools. The main pool has its very own “blue hole,” where you can explore manmade, underwater caverns while surrounded by an aquarium-like enclosure filled with live sharks, fish and other marine life.

3. Hawaii

Hilton Hawaiian Village Pool

Hilton Hawaiian Village Pool

The beach is steps away from the HIlton Hawaiian Village pool.

Photo by: Hilton Hawaiian Village

Hilton Hawaiian Village

The beach is steps away from the HIlton Hawaiian Village pool.

Smell fragrant plumeria and gardenias in the tropical gardens and around the waterfalls and ponds at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort. Then immerse yourself in one of six pools (there's one just for kids) and stunning views of Diamond Head, once an active volcano. Later, slip over to Paradise Pool and careen down the longest waterslide in Waikiki. Guests can snorkel, surf, water bike or SUP at the resort's Duke Kahanamoku beach and five-acre saltwater lagoon, named America’s best beach in 2014 by the coastal expert known as "Dr. Beach".

4. Hungary

Aria Budapest Hotel Pool

Aria Budapest Hotel Pool

Dramatic lighting and music add atmosphere to the Aria Budapest pool.

Photo by: Darabos Gyorgy/Aria Budapest Hotel

Darabos Gyorgy/Aria Budapest Hotel

Dramatic lighting and music add atmosphere to the Aria Budapest pool.

Acclaimed the world’s #1 hotel in the 2017 TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Awards, the Aria Hotel Budapest features a musical theme. Even the 35-foot heated, indoor pool and spa have musical décor--and, of course, incredible music. Join a water fitness class to work on your cardiovascular health and strength, or ask to have an aqua bike lowered into the pool and "ride" away.

5. Costa Rica

Los Suenos Marriott Ocean Golf Resort Pool

Los Suenos Marriott Ocean Golf Resort Pool

A network of sparkling pools surround the Los Suenos Marriott in Herradura.

Photo by: Los Suenos Marriott Ocean Golf Resort

Los Suenos Marriott Ocean Golf Resort

A network of sparkling pools surround the Los Suenos Marriott in Herradura.

Dip into any of the ocean-side pools at the Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort, and explore a network of canals, islands and swim-up bars. The resort opens onto a rocky beach at Herradura Bay; it’s located in the heart of 1,100-acre tropical rainforest on Costa Rica’s Central Pacific Coast. 

6. Aruba

If your idea of pool-time is flipping the pages of a summery best-seller, head for the recently renovated Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino. You can opt for a “lively” or “quiet” pool deck, complete with a library of completely waterproof books to check out (no more soaked, bloated pages if you drop that paperback). Both decks also offer bamboo-shaded cabanas and hammocks.  Rent a cabana on the quiet deck and you'll get a refreshing fruit platter, lounge chairs and towels, and an ice cooler with bottles of water. 

7. British Virgin Islands

Splash into one of three sparkling infinity pools at Oil Nut Bay, a community of luxurious villas in Virgin Gorda, in the British Virgin Islands. The Beach Club is the social heart of the community, with a special pool for young kids. For adults, there’s a larger pool with two gently sloping “beaches” that let you walk comfortably into deeper water. There’s also an upper level adult pool with a waterfall, grotto, and in-water bar. Look for recycled glass beads, called beadcrete, around the pools. They reflect the sunlight and shimmer in ocean-like shades of blues. 

8. Puerto Rico

Hop a plane from San Juan International Airport, and step out on Vieques Island just 20 minutes later. After you unpack on this island, about 8 miles off the coast of Puerto Rico, you can plunge into the two-level, infinity WET pool at W Retreat & Spa. Then chill out while the underwater sound system cranks out tunes, and dedicated “sun butlers” deliver colorful floats, custom-crafted cocktails and a sun care bracelet, so you can monitor those UV rays.

9. Guatemala

Casa Palopo Villa Pool

Casa Palopo Villa Pool

Casa Palopo, which features a heated pool, is about a two hour drive from Guatemala City.

Photo by: Al Argueta/Casa Palopo Villa

Al Argueta/Casa Palopo Villa

Casa Palopo, which features a heated pool, is about a two hour drive from Guatemala City.


At Casa Palopo, nestled on the shores of Lake Atitlan in Guatemala, you can watch the clouds drift over three distant volcanoes. The hotel’s infinity pool is part of its exclusive two-bedroom villa, which sits atop a hill overlooking the magnificent scenery. A wood-burning fireplace is near the solar-heated pool, so you can chase off any chill when the sun goes down. 

10. Italy

Il Salviatino Pool

Il Salviatino Pool

The pool at Il Salviatino, a restored 15th century villa, is heated year-round,

Photo by: Antonio Pistillo/Il Salviatino

Antonio Pistillo/Il Salviatino

The pool at Il Salviatino, a restored 15th century villa, is heated year-round,

Il Salviatino, a resort in the rolling hills of Tuscany, boasts original frescoes, lush, organic gardens and spectacular views of Florence from its large terrace. From about May to October, its two-tiered swimming pool is open for guests. Make a 15 minute drive, and you're in the busy heart of Florence.

11. Florida

Candy Cocktail

Candy Cocktail

Guests reserve day beds for sunbathing at the W Fort Lauderdale and plunge into the pool to cool off.

Photo by: W Fort Lauderdale Hotel

W Fort Lauderdale Hotel

Guests reserve day beds for sunbathing at the W Fort Lauderdale and plunge into the pool to cool off.

South Florida is famous for its sugar-fine sands, and the W Fort Lauderdale Hotel is known for its beautiful oceanfront WET East infinity pool. Portholes and translucent walls let guests see what's happening underwater without getting wet. Stroll over to the WET West pool to watch the sun sink in the waves, or to see the boats on the intracoastal waterway.  

12. Panama

Westin Playa Bonita Pool

Westin Playa Bonita Pool

Stroll from the Westin Playa Bonita pool onto a private beach reserved for guests.

Photo by: Westin Playa Bonita

Westin Playa Bonita

Stroll from the Westin Playa Bonita pool onto a private beach reserved for guests.

Look for ships in the distance, passing through the Panama Canal while you're swimming in one of the four freshwater pools at Panama's Westin Playa Bonita. You can wade around small islands planted with rustling palm trees, lounge on a communal sofa and chat up other guests, or disappear into a private cabana (available on a first-come, first-serve basis). A jetted kids' pool burbles with fun bubbles.

13. Dominican Republic

No need to dress up when you leave your first-floor room at the AlSol Tiara Cap Cana, in Punta Canta. Just wear your swimsuit, and plunge right into the pool or ocean from the lower-level suites. If you're into boating, book a suite in front of Marina Cap Cana and watch the yachts cruise by. 

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