As beautiful as they are refreshing, these hotel pools are worth a dip for the views alone. Journalist Kelsey Ogletree (@kbogletree) tracked down five of the most memorable.
One&Only Mandarina (Mexico):If you dare to swim to the end of the west-facing infinity pool adjacent this Riviera Nayarit resort’s Alma restaurant, you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking views overlooking the Pacific Ocean and the manmade jetty below. Then hop over to The Treetop outdoor bar steps away, one of the most spectacular spots to watch the sun sink over the water.
Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa (Italy):An early morning dip in the pool at this remote property calls to mind an acoustic version of “Into the Mystic.” Van Morrison could have been describing the magical fog that hovers over the Serchio Valley each morning. After your swim, enjoy an espresso on the patio to soak up more views before the air clears, revealing the idyllic town of Barga.
Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti (Tanzania):There are few places on earth where you can take in elephants, buffalo, zebras, impalas, giraffes, and even lions while wearing a bikini; this Four Seasons resort in Serengeti National Park is one of them. The infinity pool overlooks an animal watering hole in the heart of the park, where it’s unbelievably peaceful to watch animals stop for a morning drink.
Portillo (Chile):South America’s first ski resort has been frequented by powder hounds since the 1930s — and the outdoor pool, overlooking the Lake of the Incas and surrounding peaks of the Andes, has long been a favorite spot to relax post-turns. Kept around 90 degrees year-round, the pool is a prime spot for sunset watching at this all-inclusive property.
Park Hyatt Bangkok (Thailand):Though it’s located in the center of a city of more than 10 million, this pool feels both calm and peaceful — a world of its own on the ninth floor of the luxurious Park Hyatt in the chic Phloen Chit neighborhood. Take in the skyline from the 40-meter saltwater infinity-edge rooftop pool, or retreat to the terraced garden to find your Zen.