11 Most Spectacular New Hotel Pools
Make a splash on your next vacation with a stay at one of these 11 hotels, each with a pool so amazing you may make it your room.
The San Juan Water Beach Club, Puerto Rico
Small space with a rocking vibe
Revamped with a multimillion-dollar renovation, the popular rooftop pool at The Water Club has been renamed the Mist Rooftop Bar + Lounge, and is once again the place to be in San Juan. The pool itself is small, but the view of the sandy shores and lapping waves is big. Take advantage of the teak lounge chairs and sofas with plush white cushions and catch some rays from el sol. The scene heats up as the day goes on, with a DJ spinning reggaeton and rum flowing into the wee hours. 2 Tartak St., San Juan, Puerto Rico, 888/265-6699, waterbeachhotel.com. Double rooms from $239 per night.
The Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
Thrill-seeking from 656 feet up
The outdoor infinity swimming pool at this mega resort (which opened in 2010) is considered the world's largest. Located a staggering 656 feet above Singapore and 492 feet long (roughly three times Olympic-pool length), it's a thrill-seeker's delight. The pool not only spans three of the hotel's 55-story towers, but the Plexiglas sides give the stomach-churning illusion of no end point in sight. In addition to the adrenaline rush, the pool's location is visual mayhem, with awesome views of the city skyline. 10 Bayfront Ave., Singapore, 011-65/6688-8868, marinabaysands.com. Double rooms from $359 per night.
Thompson Toronto, Canada
Exclusive views you can't get anywhere else
This is the city's only rooftop lounge with an infinity pool and it's an exclusive hotspot—only hotel guests and members have access. It's a hot ticket, too, thanks to the views of Lake Ontario and the Toronto skyline (including the CN Tower, of course). If you dare, swim right up to the edge to see the city coming to life at sundown. Then sip a mojito with the well-heeled crowd lounging on the striped couches in the lounge. 550 Wellington St. West, Toronto, Ontario, 888/550-8368, thompsonhotels.com. Double rooms from $225.
Paresa Resort, Phuket, Thailand
Healing energy overlooking the Andaman Sea
The focus at this secluded resort high on a hillside is rejuvenation. The two main pools are crafted right into the face of the cliff overlooking the Andaman sea. The infinity pool is especially transfixing after dark, when it is lit with fiber optics that imitate the stars above. The other is the Energy Floatation Pool, said to have healing properties thanks to an eight-pound obelisk of rose quartz that hangs overhead. Some believe that the stone has calming and romance-enhancing energies, as well as recharging and vitalization qualities. Whether you buy into that or not, try to think of the last time you saw someone come out of a pool angry. 49 Moo 6, Layi-Nakalay Rd., Kamala, Phuket, Thailand, 011-66/76-302000, paresaresorts.com. Double rooms from $382 per night.
Westin Playa Bonita, Panama
Perfect location in a new hotspot
Panama's hotel scene is hot (5,000 hotel rooms have been in the works over the past couple of years), with lots of competition for prime beachfront locations and the most exciting amenities. The Westin Playa Bonita opened in January 2012 in an enviable spot—there is a rain forest on one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other. In terms of amenities, the hotel has three freshwater infinity pools steps from the sand. The swimming areas have loads of cabanas if you need privacy (but get there early—it's first come, first served). After you are done taking a dip, watch the ships lining up to enter the Panama Canal's Miraflores Locks. Km 6 Camnino a Veracruz, Panama City, Panama, 011-507/304-6600, starwoodhotels.com. Double rooms from $195 per night.
Revel Atlantic City, New Jersey
A glam new pool above the historic boardwalk
Atlantic City's Revel opened in May 2012 with 14 restaurants, a 13,000-square-foot casino, and a 20,000-plant rooftop garden. Oh, and 10 pools. The showstopper is the InOut pool—a large heated pool that starts inside and winds its way outdoors (if it's too chilly outside, the indoor section has floor-to-ceiling windows so you won't miss a thing going on outside). In the center is an island, where guests can see and be seen while taking in the view of the Atlantic Ocean. 500 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, New Jersey, 855/348-0500, revelresorts.com. Double rooms from $239 per night.