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Asia’s 10 Best Hotel Pools

We travel from Bangkok to Beijing in search of the continent’s top swimming pools.

The Library, Koh Samui

The pool at The Library has one defining feature: it’s bright red. The effect is actually created by a mosaic of red, orange and yellow tiles, which makes the water itself look crimson.

Hanging Gardens of Bali

Nestled in the rainforest above the town of Ubud, the Hanging Gardens of Bali resort offers guests the opportunity to completely immerse themselves in nature. The hotel’s infinity pools jut off the hillside and allow guests to feel as if they’re swimming above the treetops. 

Pangkor Laut Resort, Malaysia

Located on a private island in Malaysia, the Pangkor Laut Resort provides a quiet retreat for guests looking to escape from it all. The hotel’s infinity pool is perched right on the beach, so from behind your sunglasses it can seem like the pool flows right into the ocean.

Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort, Thailand

Set deep in the lush jungles of Chiang Rai, the Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort overlooks the hills of Myanmar and Laos. The infinity pool is perched on a hilltop overlooking the Mekong Valley, and we’d recommend diving straight in after a day elephant trekking.

The Lalu Sun Moon Lake, Yuchi, Taiwan

The pool at the Lalu Sun Moon Lake resort may be the largest in Taiwan, but that only helps create the zen-like atmosphere. All that space for laps and nobody to bump into!

The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur, India

Anyone looking to be pampered in palatial surroundings should clear their calendars and book a stay at The Oberoi Udaivilas in Udaipur, India. Spread across 50 acres, it’s no surprise that the hotel includes a grand pool that offers breathtaking views of Lake Pichola.

Parkroyal on Pickering, Singapore

The Parkroyal on Pickering is an oasis in the heart of the city. The hotel’s pool is surrounded by multicoloured cabanas and overlooks the bustling metropolis below. If you can, grab the cabana that seems to hang off the side of the building.

Rosewood Beijing

The pool at the Rosewood Beijing was designed partly by Thai firm PLandscape, and it takes plenty of design cues from the Southeast Asian resorts that the firm normally works on. Covered by a soaring glass canopy, the pool is completely insulated from the chaos of the Chinese capital.

The Okura Prestige, Bangkok

The infinity pool on the 25th floor of The Okura Prestige in the Thai capital dramatically protrudes off the side of the hotel, giving guests sweeping views of the city below.

Hotel Indigo, Hong Kong

Far from being a typical skyscraper infinity pool that offers prerequisite stunning views of the city, the cantilevered pool at the Hotel Indigo has a twist: a glass-bottom. So as well as letting swimmers look down on the city, the pool allows unsuspecting passersby to glance up at swimmers.