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Amazing Hotel Pools You MUST See

From an 80-person hot tub in Miami to the Golden Nugget's waterslide through a shark tank (yep!), these 15 hotel pools have set the bar high—some of them literally hovering several stories over major cities! Well, what are you "wading" for? Jump in!

  1. The guest-only outdoor pool at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc was dynamited out of the adjacent cliff face on the Côte d'Azur.

    (Courtesy Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc)
  2. At the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d'Antibes, France, guests swim in seawater heated to a temperate 82°F and have a perfect view over the infinity edge of the Mediterranean.

    (Courtesy Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc)
  3. Order a prickly-pear margarita to enhance the desert flavor during the day while you swim in the pool at Amangiri in Canyon Point, Utah.

    (Courtesy of Amanresorts)
  4. Amangiri, in Sanskrit, means "peaceful mountain"—and the most peaceful of those found here may be the 80-foot- high, Jurassic-period sandstone escarpment that rises from the middle of the resort’s U-shaped pool.

    (Courtesy of Amanresorts)
  5. Test the tranquil waters any time of night: Amangiri's pool is open 24 hours.

    (Courtesy of Amanresorts)
  6. At Amangiri, guests can kick back in one of the lounges or king-size daybeds and take in the views of Utah's dramatic mesas.

    (Courtesy of Amanresorts)
  7. The guest-only infinity pool at Hotel Chocolat in St. Lucia is lined with black quartz tiles.

    (Courtesy Hotel Chocolat)
  8. Ten lounge chairs line the poolside pine deck, pretty much assuring time by the pool for every guest of the 14 cottages and cabins at the Hotel Chocolat.

    (Courtesy Hotel Chocolat)
  9. From your lounge at the Hotel Chocolat, you can request poolside service of chocolaty treats, like a Bellini infused with fresh cacao pulp from the company's nearby groves.

    (Courtesy Hotel Chocolat)
  10. This $9 million infinity pool at the Four Seasons Resort Maui in Wailea seems to roll out in Wailea Bay 53 feet below.

    (Don Riddle)
  11. The fountain pool at the Four Seasons in Wailea, the southwestern shore of Maui.

    (Peter Vitale)
  12. Open only to guests who are 21 plus, this 120-foot-long saltwater pool has four inlets that perpetually bubble, and its swim-up bar delivers thirst-quenching treats like vodka mojitos.

    (Kyle Rothenborg)
  13. The amoeba-shaped pool at Qasr Al Sarab in Abu Dhabi rivals a football field in sheer size.

    (Courtesy Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas)
  14. Guests at Qasr Al Sarab often stand in the shallow end of the curvy oasis, next to the bar, and observe the pool butlers bringing cold towels, iced fruit popsicles, and other treats to sun-worshippers on the 140 chaise lounges that line the sandstone patio.

    (Courtesy Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas)
  15. The Park Hyatt Tokyo's sleek, 47th-floor swimming pool has jaw-dropping vistas of Tokyo and even venerable Mount Fuji.

    (Courtesy Park Hyatt Tokyo)
  16. The 65-foot-long, four-lane pool at the Park Hyatt Tokyo is striking at night, when the city outside comes to life.

    (Courtesy Park Hyatt Tokyo)
  17. You can take small sailboats out on the saltwater pool at San Alfonso del Mar, in Algarrobo, Chile. The pool measures two-thirds of a mile in length—Guinness World Records calls it the largest in the world.

    (Courtesy San Alfonso del Mar)
  18. For nighttime swimming at San Alfonso del Mar, head to the temperature-controlled beach inside the pool's centrally located glass pyramid—the water and the sand are heated.

    (Courtesy San Alfonso del Mar)
  19. The Hotel Caruso Belvedere is set at the highest point in the sun-splashed Amalfi Coast town of Ravello, Italy, so the open-air infinity pool offers unobstructed, panoramic views of one of the world's most dramatic coastlines—and the sea beyond.

    (Courtesy Hotel Caruso Belvedere)
  20. Inside the massive, 347-room Umaid Bhawan Palace, this serene, temperature-controlled swimming basin takes advantage of natural candlelight.

    (Courtesy Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces)
  21. The two-acre pool deck at the Viceroy Miami features Japanese blueberry trees, swanky chaise lounges and beds, and three types of pools: an 80-person hot tub, a wading pool, and a football-field-size swimming pool.

    (Courtesy Viceroy Miami)
  22. The Viceroy Miami's pool is 15 floors above the street, with in-the-middle-of-it-all views of downtown Miami and glimpses of Biscayne Bay in the distance.

    (Courtesy Viceroy Miami)
  23. Set on the third floor of the InterContinental Hong Kong, the hotel's three pools—two hot and one cold, but all with underwater music piped in—give the almost unnerving illusion that you're floating in Victoria Harbor.

    (Courtesy InterContinental Hong Kong)
  24. You'll swim with five species of sharks (16 sharks in all!) at the Golden Nugget's $30 million pool complex in Las Vegas.

    (Courtesy Golden Nugget)
  25. Take a waterslide straight through the Golden Nugget's 200,000-gallon shark tank. You'll see stingrays, massive Queensland grouper, and silvery jack crevalle, too.

    (Courtesy Golden Nugget)
  26. The Quincy Hotel's pool suspends swimmers 12 floors above Singapore's passing cars and pedestrians at street level.

    (Courtesy Quincy Hotel)
  27. The Al Bustan Palace InterContinental Muscat in Oman has a spacious, 164-foot-long infinity pool flanked by shady, palm-studded islands. The water is temperature controlled, so it's always an oasis-like 84 degrees.

    (Courtesy Al Bustan Palace InterContinental Muscat)
  28. You look straight out into the Gulf of Thailand from the Anantara Bophut Resort & Spa's 98-foot-long infinity pool at this stylish resort on the island of Samui.

    (Courtesy Anantara Koh Samui Resort & Spa)
  29. If the views at the Anantara Bophut Resort & Spa aren't soothing enough, order a stiff drink at the swim-up bar and laugh it off with the comical, spitting monkey statues along the pool's perimeter.

    (Courtesy Anantara Koh Samui Resort & Spa)

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