10 jaw-dropping hotel swimming pools
Whether they’re skyscraper-high, unfathomably huge, fish-filled, or ultra-private, hotels put their stamp of imagination—and ambition—on their signature waterworlds. From Florida to California, and from Italy to Bali, these pools break the mold.
The Biltmore, Coral Gables, Miami, Fla.
For: Roman Wannabes
They just don’t build ‘em like they used to. This is simply the biggest hotel swimming pool in the continental United States. The stats: 23,000 square feet. 700,000 gallons of water. This Mediterranean-style hotel and its massive, colonnaded pool date from 1926, but the experience of being there makes guests of many ages feel nostalgic for giddy, Jazz Age excess. In case you missed the point of just how ambitious a swimming pool can be, six imposing Roman-style statues stand guard at the water’s edge to appraise your backstroke. The 10 private cabanas, set within poolside gardens and outfitted with teak-wood chaises and outdoor rain showers, are for emperors in training.
Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong
For: High Rollers
Not for those with vertigo issues, this indoor infinity pool is located near the top of the city’s tallest building—the International Commerce Center. The 118th floor, to be exact. The ICC is also the fourth-tallest building in the world, and because it’s located in Kowloon, lap-swimming guests can enjoy skyline views of Hong Kong’s main island and the red-sailed junks of Victoria Harbor. But if you need more visual inspiration, the ceiling above the pool projects videos on 144 LED screens that show different images at different times of the day.
Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, Hawaii
For: Families of Snorkelers