With the first sights of spring finally here, all of us at Siren are dreaming of the days soon to come where we can grab an inflatable tube and float around staring at the beauty of summer. After all, what better way is there to take in a gorgeous view than from the comfort of a pool chair? We’ve rounded up our 12 favourite pools offering plungers the most stunning of views—from private paradises to metropolitan marvels.
Don’t forget to pack some sunscreen!
Where: St. Philip, Barbados
With five outdoor pools to choose from and private plunge pools available in guest suites, The Crane Resort offers guests a lot of pools with a lot of views. Take a dip in the cliff-side Lagoon Pool, a multi-pool complex of four different pools combined into one—including a wading pool for kids and a waterfall pool. Want something even more spectacular? Visit the iconic Crane Beach Pool, overlooking the best beach in the Caribbean.
Gansevoort Park Avenue NYC
Where: New York, United States
It’s simple: the higher you are, the better the view. And at Gansevoort Park Avenue NYC, guests can soak in the sight of the Empire State building from 20 storeys above Manhattan, while taking a lap in the mesmerising rooftop pool. Heated, and open year-round for guests to enjoy the breathtaking city views, the pool area boasts a collapsible garage door allowing passage between the interior and exterior. The view is quite exquisite underwater as well! Take a dip and say hello to Gansevoort’s mosaic 1940s pin-up temptress who loves to keep guests company while they swim.
Exclusive Resorts Villa in the Jungle
Where: Peninsula Papagayo, Costa Rica
On the North Pacific coast of Costa Rica, lush jungles and dreamy beaches long to be seen by guests of Exclusive Resorts’ Peninsula Papagayo villa. It would be hard for anyone to say no to a private infinity-edge pool overlooking the Pacific Ocean, spectacular beaches and monkey-filled canopies, hidden in a luxurious cliff-side residence with incredible members-only amenities available. It’s calling for you!
Where: Los Cabos, Mexico
One&Only Palmilla has become legendary among luxury vacationers. A haven of refined tranquility, One&Only Palmilla has built its reputation on offering an experience elevated enough for the celebrities and luxury travellers alike. Revel in the dramatic shoreline—where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez—while enjoying the new features (fresh from the re-open!) and award-winning amenities the resort is offering, including One&Only Palmilla’s multiple infinity-edge pools and the Vista Pool, featuring waterfalls and a swim-up bar.
Gansevoort Dominican Republic, Playa Imbert
Where: Sosua, Dominican Republic
Soak in the views under the DR sun while relaxing at Gansevoort Dominican Republic, Playa Imbert’s three-tiered cascading infinity pools, featuring unobstructed views of Playa Imbert’s crescent-shaped white sand beach. Named one of the best places to travel in 2015 by Travel + Leisure, Gansevoort Playa Imbert has also opened a new adults-only pool for guests to enjoy the beauty of the ocean, undisturbed.
Where: Montreal, Canada
The swimming lounge on the rooftop of the Ritz-Carlton Montreal, is the perfect escape for guests. Uniquely heated with reclaimed energy from the hotel’s kitchen, the saltwater pool is not only a relaxing way to spend an evening, but one of the Ritz-Carlton’s energy-saving initiatives as well. Stunning views of the Montreal skyline can be seen from inside or out—from the terrace—and guests can also relax inside the sauna.
Marina Bay Sands
Swim on top of the world at Marina Bay Sands SkyPark Infinity Pool, located 57 storeys above the ground. As the world’s highest infinity pool ever made, the pool stretches 150 metres across Sands SkyPark and offers the best, unobstructed views of the Singapore skyline. There’s a reason basically every photo of this pool takes your breath away.
Where: Barcelona, Spain
In the centre of Barcelona, the 74-room, 5-star Ohla Hotel entices guests with a unique glazed swimming pool and the most spectacular view of the entire city. On the top floor of the building, private cabanas and lounge chairs around the pool offer guests the chance to soak in some Spanish sun while enjoying the magic of Barcelona. With a variety of exclusive hotel amenities to be enjoyed, in the cultural mecca that is Barcelona, Ohla makes for the perfect retreat from the bustling tourist areas.
Where: Torres del Paine, Chile
Immerse yourself in the south of Chile at the Tierra Patagonia Hotel and Spa, where culture, history, authentic experiences and relaxation await. The distinct Uma Spa offers steam baths, sauna and a heated indoor pool with expansive views of the breathtaking Lake Sarmiento and the towering peaks of Torres del Paine National Park. Named a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1978, Tierra Patagonia lies just on the edge of the Park.
Where: London, United Kingdom
The Shoreditch House in London has a rooftop pool that will make you feel like royalty. Surrounded by plants and fully heated, guests are immersed in the sights of London (ahem, the Gherkin and the Shard!) from the 16-metre, blue-tiled pool—open year-round with daybeds, umbrellas and blankets available for guests. Keep calm and swim on!
Where: Puebla, Mexico
Water is essential to life, and Mexico’s La Purificadora knows this well. The hotel, located in the historic centre of Puebla, the fourth-largest city in Mexico, was built out of a late 19th-century factory used to purify water for the production of ice. Today, the terrace and remarkable infinity pool is the perfect place to soak in the view of the Church of San Francisco or the hotel’s surrounding gardens.
Where: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
With unparalleled, panoramic views of Ipanema beach (Rio de Janeiro’s sexiest stretch of sand!), Arporador, the Morro Dois Irmãos and the Corcovado Mountain—the rooftop of the Fasano Rio, part of the Mr & Mrs Smith hotel portfolio, is one of our team’s favourites. Take in the sights from the exclusive, heated marble infinity, while enjoying a wide array of fresh-squeezed juices, cocktails and al fresco dining from the rooftop bar.