The Best Hotel Pools (and Over-the-Top Suites), According to Travel Experts

From former palaces in Portugal to remote lodges in Tanzania, experts weigh in on their favorite places to stay.

Aerial view of Royal Mansour's Grand Riad private terrace with pool and lounge areas
The Grand Riad Suite at the Royal Mansour in Marrakech includes a private terrace with swimming pool. Photo: Courtesy of Royal Mansour

Let's all agree: There are hotels worth traveling for. We asked Travel + Leisure's A-List of travel advisors to share their favorite pools and suites — from the cozy rooms at the Royal Crescent Hotel in the historic town of Bath to the ornate, three-story riads hidden behind the red walls of Marrakech.

Ciragan Palace Kempinski
Ciragan Palace Kempinski overlooks the Bosphorus Strait in Turkey. Courtesy of Ciragan Palace Kempinski


"I like the pool of Ciragan Palace Kempinski in Istanbul. You feel as if you’re swimming in the Bosphorus Strait." — Engin Kadaster, Turkey At Its Best


"As far as suites go, I was impressed with the amazing Ludovice Prestige Suite at the new Ludovice Palace Wine Hotel in Lisbon, which was once the home of royal architect João Ludovice. The modern, comfortable furniture contrasts with the 18th-century, blue-and-white glazed tiles on the walls, while a massive king-size bed sits in the center of the room. You can look out of the panoramic windows and see the old rooftops, including the Castle of St. George and one of the most well know funiculars in the city." — Gonçalo Correia, Tours for You

Mwiba Wildlife Reserve, Tanzania

"It would be harder to pick a more spectacular setting for a safari lodge than the hilltop chosen for Mwiba Lodge. Nestled among giant boulders between acacia and coral trees, it offers commanding views down to the rocky Arugusinyai River far below. The surrounding Mwiba Wildlife Reserve is home to Tanzanian tribes still maintaining traditional lifestyles, which means you can also immerse yourself in a sustainable Serengeti way of life." — Susan Neva, Alluring Africa

Exterior view of Mwiba Lodge
The secluded Mwiba Lodge in Tanzania. Courtesy of Mwiba Lodge

Berkshire, England

“I love the Lady Astor Suite at Cliveden House just outside London. This is Lady Astor's former bedroom, and it is just as decadent and plush as you would imagine, with antique furnishings and original pieces of art.” — Rachel Shoemaker, Louisa White


“The pool at Cheval Blanc in Paris is absolutely beautiful. The design and visual details (flying birds on the walls) make it a stand-out. It is so peaceful and a true haven in the middle of the city.” — Judy Stein, Ovation Travel

The pool at Cheval Blanc
The Cheval Blanc Paris swimming pool. Matthieu Salvaing For Parfums Christian Dior


“My all-time favorite hotel suite is one of the three-story riads at the Royal Mansour Marrakech. Another would be the Jonquil Suite at Cap Juluca in Anguilla, steps from the beach, with a private pool and hammock so dreamy I could live there.” — Kendra Thornton, Royal Travel 

Bath, England

“The suites at the Royal Crescent Hotel in Bath are classic and gorgeous: a roaring fire, comfy sofas. You feel like you’re in a Jane Austen novel.” — Kathy Stewart, Butterfield and Robinson

Lake Lucerne, Switzerland

“There are many amazing pools around the world, but my favorite (so far) is at the Burgenstock Resort in Lake Lucerne. There’s nothing like a cold winter night and enjoying a beautiful warm pool of the hillside above the lake – then maybe ducking inside for a hot sauna.” — Steve Orens, Plaza Travel

Canyon Point, Utah

Amangiri on the Utah/Arizona border has the best suites. The property sits right on the rocks of a giant canyon, and guests can take part in fascinating excavation excursions.” — Betsy Donley, Camelback Travel

Amangiri Resort in Canyon Point, Utah
A terrace at Amangiri in Utah. Courtesy of Aman Hotels & Resorts

Londolozi Game Reserve, South Africa

“The Private Granite Suites at Londolozi Game Reserve overlook the Sand River. Watching a herd of elephants walk from your private swimming pool is hard to beat.” — Malaka Hilton, Admiral Travel

Ravello, Italy

"The infinity pool at the Belmond Hotel Caruso, which itself is an historic, 11th century palace, hangs 1,000 feet above Ravello. The view is unparalleled, overlooking the sparkling Amalfi coast." — John Clifford, International Travel Management

Seville, Spain

“In the Premium Suites at Hotel Alfonso XIII in Seville, oversized windows invite daylight to stream in, illuminating interiors decorated in Castilian or Andalusian style. The crystal chandeliers, marble floors, and modern and traditional furniture blend harmoniously to create a unique style.” — Marco Palermo, Authentic Explorations

Lanai City, Hawaii

“My favorite suites are at Four Seasons Resort Lanai: elegant Hawaiian furnishings, beautiful artwork, open-concept living and dining spaces, large open-air balconies, and amazing views of Hulopo’e Bay, where, if you’re lucky, you’ll see spinner dolphins.” — Marilyn Clark, Lighthouse Travel

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