What’s the most luxurious feature a room can have? We’ve heard of beachfront bungalows, butler service suites, stunning ocean views, tropical view balconies and more. But nothing quite comes close to having direct access to the resort pool at your doorstep. Below we’ve hand-selected our favourite five swim-up suites in the world; ones that allow the guest to walk straight from their room to a sun-kissed lagoon. Browse our picks below to discover features that include floating market room service, swim-up bars, private terraces and more. Now this really is luxury.
5. Anantara The Palm Jumeirah, Dubai Resort
This Thai-themed hotel on Palm Jumeirah, Dubai features stylish accommodation surrounded by a lagoon-style swimming pool. By booking the Deluxe Lagoon Access Room, you’ll be able to explore it all from your doorstep. Guests can splash, swim, or purchase cocktails from the floating-market style boats that traverse the lagoon. Or they can relax poolside on the swim-up suite’s private terrace. So whether you want to enjoy a sail-by service or walk from room to pool in seconds, Anantara The Palm Jumeirah Dubai Resort’s swim-up suites are an ideal choice. In addition, the 52 square metre room itself brings style to your next Dubai holiday, offering entertainment, a bed dressed in crisp linens and numerous upscale amenities.
4. Calabash Cove Resort & Spa, St Lucia
The swim-up suites in Calabash Cove Resort & Spa, St Lucia come with their very own Jacuzzis. If that’s not enough, you’re directly beside the resort’s infinity edge pool ‘Sweetwaters.’ This is the perfect opportunity to dip into the cooling water at leisure with unrestricted and private access from your own patio. Booking the Swim-up Junior Suite on your holiday to St Lucia also takes you close to the in-pool bar, which serves signature cocktails during happy hour. Don’t forget to have a romantic midnight swim – the pool is open around the clock – there’s no better way to enjoy a romantic getaway with your loved one.
3. Dreams Dominicus La Romana, Dominican Republic
The Dominican Republic is a lush island featuring the Caribbean’s tallest peaks, and softest sandy shores. And the swim-up suites at Dreams Dominicus La Romana are sure to complete your luxurious Caribbean experience. Pick from a partial ocean or tropical view, then relax with pool access steps from your terrace. This is luxury living at its finest. Guests booking this room have a Preferred Club option, which offers amenities like a private beach area, mini bar service, and more. With this alongside the resort’s Unlimited Luxury, guests staying at Dreams Dominicus La Romana are spoiled rotten. These are swim-up suites to die for.
2. Hyatt Zilara, Cancun, Mexico
If you’re looking for direct pool access on your holiday to Cancun, Mexico, choose Hyatt Zilara’s swim-up suites. At almost 80 square metres, this huge room features Egyptian cotton sheets, a double whirlpool tub, handcrafted furniture and modern bathrooms. As well as having a pool steps from your room, the Ocean View Swim-Up Suite King also offers a plethora of amenities – from a rotating 55” LED satellite TV, to a liquor cabinet with a selection of domestic and imported beverages to personalised concierge services and exclusive access to Chef’s Plate gourmet restaurant. Ooh la la.
1. Sandals Grande St Lucian Spa & Beach Resort, St Lucia
Our top pick is a romantic one, and a great choice for your next anniversary booking. Sandals are famous for their luxurious rooms, swim-up suites included, and Sandals Grande St Lucian Spa & Beach Resort’s Swim Up Lover’s Lagoon Honeymoon Club Level is no exception. The second St Lucia addition to our list, Sandals Grande St Lucian Spa & Beach Resort offers guests everything from a la carte dining to Club Sandals concierge service. But our highlight is that lovers on their romantic escape are able to walk directly from the room into the crystal clear lagoon pool from its patio. Guests at Sandals Resorts can spend their holiday freely with the Luxury Included basis, meaning you’ll get to make use of a lot more than just the swim-up suite. It’s no surprise Sandals have won awards across the board.
BONUS Suite: Victoria for 2, Mauritius
When our Indian Ocean holiday experts visited Victoria Beachcomber Resort in Mauritius, they were impressed with the hotel’s new adults only wing: Victoria for 2, and in particular its stunning new swim-up rooms. So much so, in fact, that we couldn’t resist adding a cheeky sixth recommendation to our list.
Behold one of the most beautiful new swim-up room categories on the Mauritius holiday scene. All clean-lined Scandi furniture and brushed wood flooring on the inside, the outside is a portal to luxury via direct swim-out access which connects guests to the resort’s 800 square-metre pool and buzzy swim-up bar, Nautil Café.
Louvered partition walls direct the interior layout and create a pleasing shadow effect in the midday sun. Large French doors bring the outside in, flooding this innovative living space with natural light. Step through the doors onto your spacious private balcony where you’ll find a cosy day bed and rustic-looking table and seating. There’s a shallow pool area with two semi-submerged sun-loungers (perfect to trail a hand in the water as you top up your tan) which in turn leads to the main swim-out area. Room to pool in seconds; just remember to kick off your flip flops.