World's Top 12 Outdoor Pools

Whether you favor lounging poolside or taking the plunge, a perfect summer holiday is often played out by the water. And with their memory making views and beautiful backdrops, many of today’s outdoor pools have become destinations in themselves.

From panoramic skylines viewed from city rooftops to snow-capped mountains set high in the Alps, these pools offer the ultimate swimming experience, and we've put together a collection of our favorites here:


Best outdoor pools

Where: Cambrian Hotel, Adelboden

Set high in the Swiss Alps, this heated infinity pool boasts snow-capped mountain views across a pine-lined Alpine valley.


Best outdoor pools

Where: Chedi Muscat

Twenty one acres of landscaped gardens surround this beachfront retreat which is home to three temperature-controlled pools, including the spectacular 103m Long Pool.


Best outdoor pools

Where: Chongwe River House

Elephants, impala and kudu come to drink at the Chongwe River, which runs alongside the pool at this secluded safari lodge.


Best outdoor pools

Where: The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur

Take in the amazing sites of Udaipur while taking a dip in this majestic hotel's serene pool, sited on the banks of Lake Pichola.


Best outdoor pools

Where: Kensho, Mykonos

Overlooking Ornos Bay, this starlit infinity pool is built into the rocks at this newly opened island getaway.

Best outdoor pools

Where: Katikies Hotel, Santorini

Carved into a white cave with sea views, the Katikies Hotel's inimitable pool is filled with crystal-clear water.

Best outdoor pools

Where: Grace Santorini, Imerovigli, Santorini

Enjoy uninterrupted views across the caldera from this boutique hotel’s infinity pool, the largest of its kind on the island.


Best outdoor pools

Where: Delamore Lodge, Waiheke Island

The heated infinity pool at this cliff top hideaway in Auckland has otherworldly views across Owhanake Bay.


Best outdoor pools

Where: Bondi Icebergs, Sydney

Open all year round, this 50m saltwater pool at the southern end of Bondi Beach has been a local landmark for over 100 years.


Best outdoor pools

Where: Marina Bay Sands

Part of everyone's Instagram bucket list, this awe-inspiring roof top infinity pool is the world's largest at 150m long.


Best outdoor pools

Where: Hotel Splendido, Portofino

Set along one of the most picturesque stretches of coastline, the saltwater pool at the area's iconic hotel has photo-worthy views across the harbour.


Best outdoor pools

Where: The Library, Koh Samui

Multicolored mosaic tiles give this beachfront hotel’s signature Red Pool its dramatic crimson shade.