11 Sky-High Hotel Pools That Make a SplashBy Kimberley Lovato
When it comes to hot places to cool off, it’s tough to beat the allure of rooftop pool decks. Not only are they far removed from the street noise below, they also raise the bar (literally) for refreshing escapes with a side of stunning views (and a few cocktails).
Whether you sip and savor city views from a sunken lounger, swan dive in front of historic sites or elevate your tanning game, from Melbourne to Malta to Miami, these 11 rooftop pools add just the right dash of splash to your party. You may never swim at sea level again!
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The St. Regis Dubai, The Palm
Making the most of its spectacular location inside the posh Palm Tower in the heart of the Palm Jumeirah, the ultramodern The St. Regis Dubai, The Palm knows a thing or two about making a splash, especially at this infinity pool perched 656 feet up in the air, where stunning views of the Dubai skyline and Persian Gulf look almost unreal.
The 15th-floor pool and surrounding WET Deck at the W Miami are the epitome of urban oasis.
You’ll not only be impressed by the 295-foot-long pool, but you’ll also be awed by the sparkling views of Biscayne Bay and the Miami skyline — both of which pair quite well with the menu of cocktails and bites that encourages stay-all-day attitudes.
W Hong Kong
If sitting by a pool overlooking one of the world’s most iconic skylines isn’t on your bucket list, the W Hong Kong suggests you add it, stat!
As one of the highest outdoor swimming pools in the world, this sparkler wows from the 76th floor with breathtaking views of Hong Kong beyond its infinity edge. The people-watching and cocktail sipping are also worthwhile.
Los Seises Sevilla, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel
With more than 310 sunny days per year in Sevilla, Spain, it’s easy to say “sí!” to a swan-dive kind of day at Los Seises Sevilla, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel, where afternoon cooldowns and sizzling summer nights come with views of the historic city center, including La Giralda, the bell tower of the cathedral and Sevilla’s most emblematic monument.
Renaissance New York Chelsea Hotel
Start spreading the news … the pool at the Renaissance New York Chelsea Hotel is as enticing as the Big Apple itself, especially during the summer when the 39th-floor oasis becomes a beat-the-heat spot for sunbathers and view seekers looking to soak up cool water along with Manhattan skyline vistas, including views of the top of the Empire State Building.
Melbourne Marriott Hotel Docklands
The toughest choice you’ll have to make at the Melbourne Marriott Hotel Docklands‘ 92-foot infinity pool is deciding which part of it you like best — the sunken loungers and cocktail service? The impeccable views of Port Phillip Bay and the Bolte Bridge? Or lounging in the Sunset House pool bar at dusk with a cocktail or camera in hand.
JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa
Mamma Mia! The views from the JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa are as dreamy as they come, especially from the rooftop infinity pool, which has sweeping panoramas of the floating city of Venice and its world-famous lagoon.
Moxy Miami South Beach
If “see and be seen” is your scene, the Moxy Miami South Beach knows how to steal the show thanks to buzzy vibes, a 72-foot pool with swanky private cabanas and an eighth-floor rooftop shallow lounging pool from which you can enjoy 360-degree views of the Atlantic Ocean and the downtown Miami skyline.
Malta Marriott Hotel & Spa
The luxurious yet relaxed Malta Marriott Hotel & Spa is well situated to explore Balluta Bay and the seafront promenade of bustling St. Julian’s town.
But when your vacation calls for a daycation, the hotel’s delightful rooftop pool is the place to sip, sunbathe and savor the sunny Mediterranean setting without moving a muscle.
Aloft Bangkok Sukhumvit 11
Located in one of Bangkok’s busiest neighborhoods, the Aloft Bangkok Sukhumvit 11 hides a sky-high haven where relaxing in day beds, reading in loungers and snapping pictures in front of the cityscape is just the respite you need from Bangkok’s exhilarating energy 10 floors below.
Austin Marriott Downtown
Austin’s official nickname is the “Live Music Capital of the World,” and where else would you stay but at the Austin Marriott Downtown, where urban chicness beats large, loud and proud thanks to its more than 600 rooms and suites, not to mention an applauseworthy seventh-floor rooftop pool deck with skyline views, plush cabanas and an island-inspired pool bar worth singing about.