Best Hotel Pool

Nothing gets you hankering for a holiday faster than hotel-pool eye candy: the anticipation of weightlessness, of cool water caressing warm skin, of sun, sky and birdsong reflected across mirror-flat surfaces…

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Orlebar Brown

Smith Hotel Awards partner: Discover & Deliver

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.

Top 10

Previous winners


Monastero Santa Rosa

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.

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Eagles Nest

‘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

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Cap Estel

‘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

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Best Hotel Pool award criteria

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