Take the Plunge

Best Hotel Pools

These Leading Hotels boast some of the world's greatest hotel pools, featuring incredible views, amenities and destination-specific style.
Admire the surrounding rainforest and find your bliss in the pool at this minimalist-chic resort on Antigua's southern coast.
Enjoy adult swim time while your children are being entertained at the stellar kids club of this family-friendly Crete resort.
Take a Dip
Take a Dip in this infinity pool on the Dalmatian Coast before indulging in a relaxation treatment in the property's 65,000-square-foot spa.
Admire how the pool perfectly reflects the snow-capped mountains at this century-old castle hotel, which benefits from the Bavarian Alps' cool breezes.
Luxuriate in Jerusalem's largest pool in this grande dame's oasis garden, filled with lush greenery.
Marvel at the architectural feat of the cantilevered pool suspended at the 25th floor of this modern, all-glass Bangkok hotel. The pool has extended hours so guests can swim from sun-up until stars ...
Float in the nearly 10,000-square-foot pool that is the centerpiece of the Johannesburg property where Nelson Mandela edited his memoir Long Walk to Freedom.
When most travelers think of the perfect beach, they envision Southeast Asia, Mexico's Rivieras or a Caribbean island. But in fact some of the world's most incredible sandy extravaganzas are found in the United States. Here are four of the best and the Leading Hotels of the World that cater to them.

Leading Golf Fisher Island Hotel and Resort

Fisher Island, United States

Fisher Island Hotel & Resort, located within the luxurious, private residential island community of Fisher Island, offers guests the ultimate exclusive vacation. Accessible only by auto-ferry or yacht, the 216-acre resort features a private beach and beach club, nine-hole professional golf course, world class tennis center, marina, seven dining options, 4,000 square-feet of meetings space and a full-service spa. Complimentary golf carts are provided to guests for island transportation, as well as in-room Wi-Fi high speed Internet service and a 24-hour dedicated concierge.

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Leading Spa Halekulani

Honolulu, United States

Nestled on five acres of lush gardens fronting Gray’s Beach, the Halekulani (“house befitting heaven”) has long been synonymous with gracious Hawaiian hospitality. From humble beginnings a century ago, the hotel grew into a sophisticated destination for discerning guests like Clark Gable and Doris Duke and has remained the standard for polished service. Guests can lounge by the freshwater pool, which shimmers with a mosaic of 1.2 million pieces of blue South African glass, indulge in a traditional Lomi Lomi massage and dine at La Mer, the hotel’s much-praised French restaurant. The rooms, most with ocean views, are located in five buildings connected by courtyards.

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Market Pavilion Hotel

Charleston, United States

Brimming with antebellum homes and true southern charm, the city of Charleston captures a slice of American history. Located just steps from the Waterfront Park in the epicenter Historic District, the elegant 19th-century style Market Pavilion Hotel is built on land formerly below sea level and many of the artifacts on display, including Revolutionary War-era bottles and historic artwork, were uncovered on the seabed. They now adorn the guest rooms and public areas and are beautifully merged with contemporary works. The cascading rooftop pool, unique in the city and the Pavilion Bar draw a stylish crowd who admire the unobstructed view of the harbor and city skyline, while those with a taste for fine dining enjoy the award-winning Grill 225 Prime Steakhouse, just off the hotel lobby.

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The Brazilian Court Hotel

Palm Beach, United States

Old-world glamour and Palm Beach-style reign at the Brazilian Court Hotel, which occupies a Mediterranean style villa, complete with lushly landscaped courtyards and flexible meeting and event space. Set in a historic neighborhood just three blocks from Worth Avenue’s boutiques and two blocks from the Atlantic Ocean, the Brazilian Court is the perfect getaway for those seeking an exclusive in-town location and maximum pampering. The hotel boasts both a Frédéric Fekkai Salon and an outpost of Daniel Boulud’s Café Boulud. Spacious guestrooms and suites are uniquely decorated, all featuring splendid mahogany millwork and imported fabrics. A nice touch is the warm welcome the hotel extends to pets, even offering a special pet package, complete with amenities and complimentary town car service to a local pet boutique.

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Some urban hotels feel more like resorts thanks to such amenities as spas, pools and lounges. Staying at one of these Leading Hotels of the World is a perfect way to introduce a sense of leisure-or to extend summer-even if you're in town for business

Gran Hotel La Florida

Barcelona, Spain

From its location at one of the highest points of Barcelona, high atop Mount Tibiabo, the Gran Hotel La Florida offers sweeping views of Barcelona and the Mediterranean. Like its location, the hotel’s history is dramatic. It was built in 1925 by prestigious Noucentista architect Ramon Raventos, but closed during the Civil War and was converted into a military hospital in 1939. Reborn as a luxury property in the 1950’s, La Florida was restored combining traditional and avant-garde styles, both inside and out. The setting is perfect for romantics who appreciate the spaciously elegant rooms, lovely restaurant L’Orangerie, serving Catalan fare, and one of the city’s sexiest pools. This is the ultimate getaway to combine easy access to buzzing Barcelona and tranquil relaxation after sightseeing.

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Hotel Granduca Houston

Houston, United States

Houston is second only to New York in Fortune 500 companies and home to the world’s largest medical center. Hardly all-work-and-no-play, it boasts important collections of modern art, including the Menil Collection and the Montrose gallery district. Drawing on this mix of business and culture, Hotel Granduca Houston offers a luxurious base for both traveling executives and leisure guests. The Italian-style architecture pays homage to owner Giorgio Borlenghi’s native country. Wrought-iron chandeliers and rich tapestries evoke old-world splendor, while the spacious guestrooms, with original artwork and fully-equipped kitchens, are old world in style, yet state-of-the-art in luxury. Ristorante Cavour serves Northern Italian cuisine, including homemade pasta and an excellent selection of Tuscan wines.

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Paradise Hotel & Casino, Busan

Busan, Korea

The port city of Busan is South Korea’s second-largest metropolis, but its coastal location and beautiful beaches make it a popular retreat. Among the most favorite beaches is Haeundae, a twelve-kilometer stretch overlooking the Korea Strait, which is home to the Paradise Hotel & Casino. The hotel’s offerings are extensive, with pursuits from oceanic outdoor hot springs that use only abundant spa waters to an oriental spa treatment and ten acclaimed restaurants. Guests shouldn’t miss the microbrew at the quintessential British bar, Charlie’s Pub. The natural beauty of the mountain-meets-ocean landscape beckons. The sweeping vistas, including the mysterious Oryuk Islands, are admired from the hotel’s outdoor pools.

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Pestana Palace Hotel & National Monument

Lisbon, Portugal

The Pestana Palace Hotel & National Monument, located in Lisbon, is a charming and historical capital with 800 years of cultural influences that mingle with modern trends and lifestyles to create spectacular contrasts. The Valle Flôr Palace, its construction ordered by the Marquis de Valle Flôr in the late-19th century, is surrounded by imposing tropical gardens that include the original lake and a superb pavilion with a series of paths that is the place for encounters of lovers and intrigue. As the Marquis also had a palace in Paris, it influenced his choice of decoration and selection of styles in the Valle -Flôr Palace. Frescoes, hand-painted tiles, marble and vintage design details are some of the valuable pieces of art that can be found in today’s Palace. It is classified as a National Monument and is an icon of excellence.

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