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The World's Best Hotel Pools (PHOTOS)

Posted: 08/17/2012 7:00 am

Looking to beat the heat this summer? With July having been the hottest recorded month since 1895, the hotel price comparison site www.trivago.com presents the best hotel pools worth diving into. Each international hotel property selected received exceptional reviews from travelers and had an overall quality score ranking greater than 80 percent.

Whether overlooking the snowy peaks of Switzerland, the blue waters of the Aegean or the Singapore skyline, all of the hotels selected have one defining characteristic in common: their exceptional pools. These man-made works of art are proof that sometimes human creation can compete with the beauty of nature.

Here are the top picks...

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  • Marina Bay Sands (Singapore, Singapore)

    The five-star Marina Bay Sands hotel offers what is perhaps one of the most impressive pools ever built by man. The hotel consists of three different towers, each 55 stories high, linked together by a one-of-a-kind garden roof terrace. The "SkyPark," as it is aptly named, is quite literally a park which has been elevated into the air, an oasis of trees and a lake-like infinity pool which falls into the Singapore skyline, offering visitors a panoramic view overlooking the city. The 2,500 rooms in the hotel are each decorated using dominant colors and textures, such as black, burgundy and dark wood pieces. Before you go, don't forget to try the hotel's gourmet cuisine or visit the bustling casino. Finish the day sipping a Singapore Sling, in the sky, overlooking the city below.

  • The Cambrian Adelboden (Adelboden, Switzerland)

    The four-star Cambrian Adelboden hotel is situated in the Swiss village of Adelboden, at the foothills of the Sierra Wildstrubel. Regardless which of the 71 rooms guests choose, each will have views overlooking the rugged mountainous terrain and snowy peaks. The room decor is earthy and adorned in warm tones like coffee, cream and burgundy. The pool on the hotel's rooftop is the highlight of the property, which overlooks the mountains. It gives visitors the feeling they are completely alone in the middle of the wild.

  • The Sarojin (Khao Lak, Thailand)

    The five-star Sarojin hotel is located on the beach of Khao Lak, one of Thailand's most beautiful spots. Each of the 56 different types of accommodations available are well hidden amongst wild fruits, herbs and exotic trees. The only way to access the rooms is through the private garden terrace. Each room is simple yet luxuriously decorated using traditional Asian design, natural details and wooden furniture -- so as to give visitors the feeling of being one within nature. Relax poolside and emerge into your own personal utopia, followed by a dip in the Jacuzzi.

  • Hotel Cavo Tagoo (Mykonos, Greece)

    The five-star Cavo Tagoo hotel, Mykonos, captivates travelers with its open air, white interior and luxurious atmosphere. Slip into a lounge chair by the infinity pool and watch as the water blends into the horizon. The architecture and color palette of the hotel reflects that of the traditional Grecian style of the island. At night, minimalistic lighting effects create a beautiful, effortless atmosphere. Guests can enjoy a refreshing cocktail at the pool's bar while gazing over the sea.

  • W Retreat & Spa Maldives (Nord Ari Atoll, Maldives)

    The luxury W Retreat & Spa Maldives can be found on the private island of Fesdu, Nord Ari Atoll among the beautiful Maldivian islands. The hotel villas sit overlooking the Indian Ocean for visitors to enjoy the breathtaking views. The white sand beaches are perfectly complimented by the simple, elegant room decor with decorative elements from local tradition and culture. However as beautiful as the villas are inside, it's outside which counts -- namely, the hotel's private plunge pools with panoramic views overlooking the ocean in every direction. Don't forget to try the variety of water sports offered by the hotel, including kite surfing, water skiing, diving and trips to reef.

  • Hotel Mardan Palace Antalya (Antalya, Turkey)

    In Antalya, along the Turkish Riviera, sits the five-star hotel Mardan Palace. The hotel's breathtaking 560 palace-style rooms cover an area of ​​roughly 45 acres. Each room is adorned in rich, royal fabrics, gold-trim, lush red carpets and decorative detail. The outdoor pool is more than impressive, with an area of ​​9,700 square feet. So impressive in fact, that it falls on the list of the largest pools in the world. In the middle of the pool lies a mysterious "swimming reef" with a variety of fish and indigenous species. Hungry guests can dine in any of the hotel's 10 different restaurants or 14 bars, each offering a difference in atmosphere and taste. The resort also has a one-of-a-kind spa, by which visitors can relax and enjoy the variety of rejuvenating beauty treatments offered by the hotel.

  • Ubud Hanging Gardens (Ubud, Indonesia)

    The luxurious five-star Ubud Hanging Gardens resort is located in the beautiful province of Bali, Indonesia. Among the rice fields emerge 38 luxury villas, which become one with the tropical vegetation, orchids, lush hills and Ayung River. The tropical room decor stays true to Indonesian style, with dark furniture contrasted against colorful fabrics in shades of bright red, green and orange. The hotel's infinity pool extends over two levels and is made of anthracite which glitters in the dark. Each private guest pool, in combination with its natural-colored water and tropical surroundings, provides the perfect spot to relax, disappear and take it all in.

  • The Joule Dallas (Dallas, USA)

    The Joule Dallas hotel is located in the heart of Dallas, Texas. Just steps away from the famous Southern nightlife, this hotel is ideal for those traveling to Dallas for work and looking for a little fun. The hotel offers 121 rooms decorated in modern, minimalist style, with a color palette dominated by strong, natural tones complimented by red accents. Hotel guests looking to enjoy a bit of uptown glamour shouldn't miss the rooftop pool, which extends over the side of the building to offer even more impressive, sweeping views overlooking the bustling city below. It is also worth making a stop into the hotel's Charlie Palmer restaurant to taste the flavors of the gourmet-winning chefs.

 

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