9 Hotels with Amazing Private Plunge Pools (Some Are Actually Affordable)
As far as hotel perks go, infinity pools just aren’t that impressive; despite how gorgeous a pool that seems to go on forever may seem, you still gotta share it with others. On the other hand, a hotel room with a private plunge pool is a thousand times more luxurious because it’s entirely yours, freeing you to engage in whatever waterborne activity you see fit. They tend to be shallow, making them perfect for nice, in-room lounging. You don’t need to share them, except maybe with your travel partner. And some rooms with plunge pools are actually affordable, as in under a hundred bucks a night.
Here, we dive into the world’s best private plunges, depending on your price range:
A beauty of a boutique hotel that’s nestled in the heart of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Blue Lime offers gauzy, canopy-trussed bedded rooms. Four of them feature oversized private plunge pools, each surrounded by lush flora, for less than a $100 a night. They even throw in a continental breakfast and unlimited Internet.
Pavilions and Pools, U.S. Virgin Islands
To really have the whole I-live-here-and-have-a-pool kind of vibe, Pavilions and Pools Villa Hotel in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands offers 25 affordable, one-bedroom condos that come equipped with a private pool, deck, kitchen, and grill. Each villa is privately owned, and therefore uniquely decorated (some a bit more rustic than others), but all feel like your own private beach bungalow for less than $300/night. Bonus: The property’s short stroll to Sapphire Bay.
St. Thomas’ Pavilions and Pools Villa Hotel lives up to its name with 25 pool-equipped units (Photo: Pavilions and Pools Villa Hotel)
An Lam Villas, Vietnam
Reachable only by boat, An Lam Villas in Ninh Van Bay, Vietnam encompasses 35 rooms, each with 24-hour butler service and bathrooms bigger than most New York City apartments. The one-bedroom villa with all-wood construction feels like bunking up in a luxury tree house, complete with a private pool, for about $300/night. The two-bedroom beachside suites feature party-sized pools made of Vietnamese black stone set in a palatial wooden deck, with beach loungers and views of the South China Sea.