Dive into some of the world’s most luxurious pools


As temperatures across the country drop through peak winter season, many Canadians can’t help but daydream about sunny skies, coatless clothing, and warm waters. Booking.com, the global leader in connecting travellers with the widest choice of incredible places to stay, delved into its more than 28 million accommodation listings to find seven beautiful accommodations worth booking for their stunning swimming pools alone. Combining the ultimate in design with views to die for, these jaw- dropping pools will make your much-needed winter getaway stay unforgettable.

Male City, Maldives

Imagine a luxurious beachfront and over-water accommodation with uninterrupted ocean views, where it is hard to tell where the pool ends and the ocean begins. Situated a 25-minute speedboat ride from Malé International Airport, Velassaru Maldives is a perfect place for complete rest and relaxation, while enjoying the sounds of the waves from the privacy of your villa or its stunning infinity pool.

Santorini, Greece

Swimming under the sunny Mediterranean sky while enjoying the uninterrupted views of the Aegean Sea on the world famous island of Santorini can be a lifetime experience. Grace Santorini is an exclusive boutique hotel with stylish rooms and an infinity pool overlooking the sea. Put on some sunscreen, order your favourite cocktail at the hotel’s pool bar and get ready to spend a relaxing holiday soaking in the warm waters of Grace’s gorgeous and refreshing pool.

Marina Bay, Singapore

Possibly one of the most famous hotel pools in the world, the swimming pool at the Marina Bay Sands is the world’s largest rooftop infinity pool, overlooking the Singapore skyline. The iconic pool, which is 57 levels above the ground, offers breathtaking views of the city stretching for miles and is open only to the guests of the hotel. If you are not in the mood to swim, you can always just sunbathe on one of the luxurious poolside loungers before exploring the bustling capital.

Oneroa, New Zealand

Boasting panoramic views of the Hauraki Gulf, Delamore Lodge’s pool is the best place to unwind after a day at the beach or exploring the Waiheke Island. Following the stairway at the lodge’s courtyard, guests will find themselves at a tropical pool with a waterfall, a cave-like spa pool and sauna. Delamore Lodge has spacious suites with floor-to-ceiling windows and a private patio, as well as its own wine cellar showcasing award-winning local wines.

Ko Yao Noi, Thailand

Spread over 24 acres of beautiful natural environment, Six Senses Yao Noi is a quiet retreat surrounded by water and unique landscapes away from the city. Overlooking Phang Nga Bay, the spacious villas all come with a private, beautiful outdoor pool, sun loungers and personalized butler service. Guests at the retreat have the opportunity to choose from a variety of exclusive activities, including Thai cooking classes, wine tasting sessions, and outdoor movie screenings at the private beach, perfect for the more than half (52%) of Canadian travellers who value experiences higher than material possessions when on holiday.

Payangan, Indonesia

Overlooking the Ayung River, the luxurious Hanging Gardens of Bali offers spacious villas with private infinity-edged pools. Surrounded by beautiful lush vegetation, this exclusive property is the perfect spot to lazily relax while enjoying the sounds of the birds and plenty of fresh air. Visitors can also enjoy a taste of a fine selection of gourmet dishes in a romantic setting by the pool.

Adelboden, Switzerland

Home to a 700 m² spa area and an outdoor pool overlooking the Swiss Alps, The Cambrian is a great place to relax with a fine glass of wine while floating in the heated waters of its spectacular infinity pool – an accommodation highlight that more than a quarter (27%) of Canadian travellers look for when selecting a stylish stay for their travel accommodations. Guests can enjoy unique views of mountains and waterfalls from the sun terrace and lounge, which features a fireplace. No matter the weather, the inviting waters of the hotel’s outdoor hot pool are waiting for you to jump in!


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James Chung

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