This week we’re scaling the highest of heights to deliver you the crème de la crème of rooftop swimming pools across the world. Whether you prefer to sit back with a cocktail overlooking an iconic skyline, or to make a splash amidst some of the world’s most knee-weakening nature, this collection of hotels with rooftop pools will certainly make your next escape unforgettable. Our experts at Kenwood Travel have put together their shortlist of the best places for a sky high swim, so dive right in – the water’s warm.
The Royalton Park Avenue
The Royalton Park Avenue’s enviable central Manhattan location affords their 20th floor heated rooftop pool with incredible views of the Empire State Building. The sprawling 1,000 square foot pool deck is a rare commodity in the concrete jungle of cosmopolitan New York City. Offering a glamorous 40-foot indoor/outdoor swimming pool surrounded by inviting seating, The Royalton Park Avenue is irresistible for jet-setters seeking an urban oasis in the Big Apple. Enjoy snapping selfies in front of the ivy wall by day, and taking in the twinkling city lights by night.
Grace Hotel Santorini, Auberge Resorts Collection
Grace Hotel’s rooftop swimming pool offers romantic vistas across Santorini’s breath-taking Caldera. Allow yourself to unwind against this surreal backdrop, taking in the views: islets emerging almost impossibly from the placid waters; technicoloured sunsets stretching the breadth of the horizon; traditional whitewashed buildings clinging to jagged cliffs. The largest infinity pool in Imerovigli at 22 metres long, the space is large enough for laps yet intimate enough to feel exclusive. Guests at the Grace Hotel Santorini can enjoy complimentary access with their stay from 6am to 7pm with cocktails and dining services at the poolside bar.
The Address Dubai Marina
Nestled in between impressive skyscrapers, The Address Dubai Marina makes the most of its prestigious surroundings with a rooftop swimming pool. Oozing class and fringed with linen-draped cabanas, the 4th floor swimming pool is definitely the jewel in this already spectacular crown. 45 metres long and with a dedicated children’s pool, there is plenty of space for each guest to absorb mind-blowing views of the world’s largest man-made marina. Take to the water as the sun sets, or sit at the sophisticated poolside lounge as sunlight glints off thousands of windows and passing dhows.
Alila Ubud, Bali
Located just 15 minutes from the cultural centre of Ubud and perched high above the Ayung River, Alila Ubud is a tropical Balinese retreat with a luxury pool to match. Appearing to hover over the lush valley below, the swimming pool gives the impression of exotic exclusion. In fact, this sky high pool is not only jaw-dropping but award-winning, ranking highly in Forbes’ list of the World’s 20 Coolest Hotel Pools, and Travel and Leisure Magazine’s list of the World’s 50 Most Beautiful Pools. Just above the emerald green pool, guests can indulge in food and drinks at the Cabana Lounge, whilst watching the mist cling delicately to the trees.
The Cromwell Las Vegas
What list of rooftop pools would be complete without an entry from Las Vegas? Home of the pool party scene, Las Vegas awaits with tepid, palm-lined waters beckoning those looking to swim off last night’s revelries in style. Head to Drai’s Pool located on the 11th floor of The Cromwell Hotel & Casino and feel a breezy altitude separating you from the buzz of the Strip below. Absorb the incredible views from a chic cabana, one of six hot tubs, or the bar at Drai’s. Hang around late on Thursdays to enjoy the sky lit up with Las Vegas lights, or watch the space transform into a club at the weekends, featuring music from top DJs.