The Best Hotel Pool is the first thing you want to test when you check in – and every day after. Swimmers, sunbathers, scenery lovers and sundown drinkers:
this award’s for you.
Infinity pools are rarely more stunning than the high-rise heated one here. Set into the terraced clifftop with jaw-dropping views, it more resembles a length of shoreline melting into the azure, Amalfi horizon than a swim spot. Its beach-like edge offers the perfect perch to enjoy an unfettered panorama from Ravello to Positano.
‘A dream destination if you want to get away from it all. Take the day as it comes and gaze across the Bay of Islands’
Adam Brown, photographer and Orlebar Brown founder
‘This indulgent French Riviera mansion on secluded grounds offers an exclusive saltwater infinity pool with breathtaking views overlooking the Mediterranean’
Penny Klein, co-founder Heidi Klein
We’re not just talking turquoise oblongs with a few sunbeds here: the world’s Best Hotel Pool is a charismatic, architecturally sympathetic, eye-catching patch of perfection. It’s photogenic, alluring, beautifully set and looks good enough to drink.
Is it big enough and deep enough? Does it blend beautifully with its surroundings? Offer seclusion, or provide somewhere to make a swaggering entrance? Are the edges sensually undulating stone or crisply modern marble? Can I order a cocktail without leaving my lounger? Where’s my complimentary sun hat?
A truly great pool is one that hangs out in great company: among branches in the rainforest canopy, above a volcanic caldera, across a riverine valley. Perhaps it’s visited by swallows, toucans or even elephants. But a soul-stirring swim spot doesn’t have to come with a natural backdrop: some see the great and the good gather to sip, socialise and sunbathe. Cocktails, DJs and iconic city skylines all make a splash in this category.
Maybe this pool’s slate-lined, naturally filtered or teak-decked. Changing cabanas, perfectly soft towels, jaunty striped parasols, swim-up bars, romantic day beds for two… Creature comforts count.