Vacation doesn’t truly feel like vacation until you’re sitting poolside sipping a cocktail. But we’re not the types to settle for any old swimming hole. Here, we’ve gathered some of the most breathtaking hotel pools in the world, from an indoor pool in the Himalayas lined with gold tiles to an infinity pool suspended high above the Amalfi Coast.
#1. St. Regis Lhasa
Where: Lhasa, Tibet
Why We Love It: Lined with thousands of gold tiles and “guarded” by a black and white sea serpent, the Gold Energy Pool at the St. Regis Lhasa proves that indoor pools can be just as luxe as an outdoor infinity pool.
#2. La Mamounia
Why We Love It: La Mamounia has both indoor and outdoor pools for you to pick from that are maintained at a relaxing temperature of 82.4 degrees throughout the year.
#3. Surfjack Hotel
Where: Honolulu, Hawaii
Why We Love It: The hand-painted illustration at the bottom of the Surfjack Hotel‘s pool that spells out “Wish you were here” is just begging to be Instagrammed. When you’re ready to hit the sand, Waikiki Beach is just a 10-minute walk away.
#4. Marina Bay Sands Hotel
Why We Love It: For some of the best views of Singapore’s skyline, check in to the Marina Bay Sands Hotel and take a dip at their infinity pool located 57 stories above street level.
#5. Hotel Villa Honegg
Where: Ennetbürgen, Switzerland
Why We Love It: Brave souls can enjoy the views high above Lake Lucerne—even in winter—from the heated outdoor pool at Hotel Villa Honegg.
#6. Four Seasons Safari Lodge
Where: Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Why We Love It: You can cool off and observe the local wildlife all at the same time in the Four Seasons Safari Lodge‘s free-form infinity pool located right above a watering hole frequented by elephants.
#7. Hanging Gardens of Bali
Where: Bali, Indonesia
Why We Love It: The tiered infinity pools at the Hanging Gardens of Bali—located north of Ubud—give swimmers the feeling that they are floating high above the rainforest.
#8. Belmond Hotel Caruso