25 Rooftop Pools to Dream About While You Sit in the Office
There’s nothing better than relaxing in an outdoor pool in a new destination, especially when there’s a great view.
Some of the best rooftop pools and spas around the world offer the ultimate in relaxation: Imagine peacefully floating in a crystalline pool and letting every care in the world melt away.
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And, of course, it's also a great way to up your intake of Vitamin D.
From a new hotel with rooftop pool that looks out to Table Mountain in sunny Cape Town, to an all-suite luxury hotel with a hot tub open year-round high above Montreal, here are 25 rooftop pools and spas around the world to visit on your next vacation.
The Old Clare Hotel — Sydney, Australia
Set in an expanded 19th-century pub, The Old Clare Hotel is a boutique property of vintage furnishings mixed with contemporary decor. With bird’s eye views of this small inner-city suburb of Sydney, the rooftop terrace has a bar, loungers, and a heated pool.
Hotel Le Crystal — Montréal, Canada
Located in downtown Montréal, which celebrates its 375th anniversary this year, the five-star Hotel Le Crystal has an outdoor hot tub on the 12th floor that is open all year. On the same level as the rooftop hot tub, there’s an indoor saltwater pool and the Amerispa, which offers panoramic views of the city skyline.
Thompson Toronto — Toronto, Canada
With breathtaking 360-degree views of the downtown Toronto skyline and Lake Ontario, the Thompson Toronto’s premier rooftop bar retreat on the 16th floor has a heated infinity pool.
Holiday Inn Old Sydney — Sydney, Australia
Located in The Rocks waterfront district, the Holiday Inn Old Sydney’s iconic rooftop deck and pool are more than Insta-worthy for the views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House.
The Norman — Tel Aviv, Israel
Housed in 1920s buildings, this luxury boutique hotel offers a rooftop terrace in the main building with an infinity pool that overlooks the city and the property’s garden courtyard filled with orange trees.
W Santiago — Santiago, Chile
In the financial district of Santiago, Chile, the W has a rooftop terrace with an outdoor pool. Views of the city and the Andes mountains can be enjoyed while swimming laps or lounging around the rooftop.
Mandarin Oriental — Barcelona, Spain
Offering both an indoor and outdoor pool, the outdoor pool is the one to choose at this hotel. Located on the rooftop at hotel’s Terrat venue, guests can enjoy 360-degree views of the city from the dipping pool or the loungers.
Brown TLV Urban Hotel — Tel Aviv, Israel
This fashion-forward boutique hotel has a popular rooftop terrace that has a cozy outdoor jacuzzi, lounge chairs and a spa room.
Hilton Tokyo Odaiba — Tokyo, Japan
Set on the Tokyo Bay waterfront, the five-star Hilton Tokyo Odaiba has a couple different rooftop heated water features that both look overlook the river with skyline views that include the Tokyo Tower and Rainbow Bridge. At the spa, along with an indoor pool and whirlpool, there’s a outdoor rooftop whirlpool that’s right over the Tokyo Statue of Liberty and pedestrian walkways of Odaiba. Then the King Terrace Suite has an outdoor terrace that has an open-air whirlpool.
Rome Cavalieri, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel — Rome, Italy
Guests who book a stay in the Planetarium or Penthouse Suites at this luxurious hotel are rewarded with breathtaking Rome views from their own private rooftop gardens with a Jacuzzi that overlooks the St. Peter’s Basilica.
The Silo Hotel — Cape Town, South Africa
Just opened in March and towering above the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, The Silo Hotel has a rooftop area with a pool a simple concrete structure framing the views of the city, waters and Table Mountain. While the pool is for guests only, the rooftop is open to the public and has a bar and restaurant space.
Udai Kothi — Udaipur, India
Need a rooftop pool that feels as if you are swimming in a palace? Look no further than the modern Udai Kothi hotel in Udaipur, India.
Hilton Barra Rio de Janeiro — Rio, Brazil
Located right Rio’s business district of Barra da Tijuca, the contemporary hotel has an inviting rooftop infinity pool. Guests can admire the views of the city’s lakes and mountains from here.
Hotel Unique — São Paulo, Brazil
Designed with red mosaic tiles, the rooftop pool at the Hotel Unique in São Paulo gives the appearance of have crimson waters. The pool is equipped with an underwater sound system, and the area offers views of the city’s skyline.
InterContinental Hong Kong — Hong Kong
Also on the Victoria Harbour, the IC Hong Kong has been noted for its its large outdoor swimming pool and infinity hot tubs at the spa that make it feels as if you are in the harbor itself.
The Ritz-Carlton — Hong Kong
Located on the 116th floor of Hong Kong’s highest skyscraper (and one of the tallest buildings in the world), The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong is home to the world’s highest swimming pool and outdoor hot tub. Surrounded by unrivaled views of the Victoria Harbour and the Hong Kong Island skyline, guests could easily forget they are still indoors.
Marina Bay Sands — Singapore
Fifty-seven floors above Singapore is the massive infinity pool at Marina Bay Sands’ SkyPark, noted to be among the longest pools in the world at nearly 500 feet. If that wasn’t enough, the complex also as its own observation deck on the same level for more views.
Okura Prestige Hotel — Bangkok, Thailand
Located on the 25th floor of the Okura Prestige HotelOkura Prestige Hotel is the luxury hotel's 82-foot-long infinity pool. Swimmers can peak from the pool’s edge out to the urban jungle.
Grande Centre Point Ratchadamri — Bangkok, Thailand
While not as massive, the outdoor pool and whirlpool terrace at this upscale hotel in Siam Square is surrounded by a lush garden for a relaxation while above the bustling Bangkok.
L’Apogée Courchevel — France
This five-star hotel in the French Alps ski resort town has a penthouse with a hot tub on its roof terrace that offers views of the beautiful mountains and valley.
Hilton Molino Stucky Venice — Venice, Italy
Offering stunning views of Venice from its rooftop pool, the Hilton Molino Stucky Venice is housed in a reformed flour-mill.
Perivolas Hotel — Santorini, Greece
Overlooking the Aegean Sea, this five-star hotel has a rooftop infinity pool that make it feels as if you are on the sea itself. Some of the upgraded suites also have their own private pools to enjoy the ambiance in a more secluded manner.
Live Aqua Boutique Hotel — Playa del Carmen, Mexico
On Playa del Carmen’s 5th Avenue, the freshly rebranded Live Aqua Boutique Hotel adults-only boutique resort offering guests subtle luxury and sophistication through its minimalistic design. On the rooftop, the hotel has an expansive, spacious terrace with an infinity pool, a bar and restaurant, and panoramic views of the coast and city.
NH Collection Mexico City Reforma — Mexico City, Mexico
In the heart of the upscale Zona Rosa neighborhood of Mexico City, the NH Collection Mexico City Reforma has a heated outdoor pool in a chic sun terrace. The pool gives the illusion of having crimson water due to red tiling.
Four Seasons DIFC — Dubai
On the seventh floor rooftop at the Four Seasons Dubai International Financial Centre, is an an above-ground, aquarium-like pool. At night it shimmers like a cerulean gem through internal lighting.