A city beak means busy schedules and achy feet. But where’s the pool for some much-needed downtime? Say goodbye to the dull, dark basement pool of yesterday – cue the super stylish, rooftop pool with dreamy views of the city we’ve just fallen in love with. Dive in…
Park Hyatt, Tokyo
There’s no doubt about it – Park Hyatt Tokyo is the place to stay in the heart of this bustling city. It’s a timeless classic, with all the mod-cons and facilities you could imagine and more. And it’s rooftop pool is a total dream. With its stunning floor-to-ceiling feature window, you can watch the city turn from day to night as you glide through the water. You’ll feel on top of the world.
Andaz, West Hollywood
What’s Hollywood without the luxe lifestyle that comes with it? A favourite with VIPs and celebrities alike, the Andaz West Hollywood rooftop pool is perfect for soaking up the sun with a cocktail in hand. Set in a lush Hollywood neighbourhood, it’s the ultimate retreat.
AVANI Riverside Bangkok Hotel, Bangkok
This infinity pool tops the list for undisturbed city views. Downtime at its very finest – you can relax and rise above the city with a drink in one hand and a book in the other. The AVANI Riverside Bangkok Hotel is the perfect spot for a city retreat. Go on, you deserve it!
The Berkeley, London
London has one of our favourite rooftop pools. The Berkeley in ultra-luxe Knightsbridge, satisfies all the needs of the modern traveller. Breathtaking suites, Michelin-starred dining, a luxury spa and a rooftop pool with views overlooking Hyde Park, it’s the ultimate city retreat. This swimming pool in the sky is the perfect end to a day of serious shopping at nearby Harrods and Harvey Nichols.
Fasano, Rio de Janeiro
This one’s not just a pool with a view. It’s a pristine pool with a breathtakingly beautiful view. This infinity pool overlooks the busy beach and the lush mountains in the distance, making for the perfect backdrop as you lay back, unwind and take in all the delights of Rio de Janeiro.
Hilton Molino Stucky, Venice
It’s all about the water in Venice. But surprisingly, swimming pools aren’t easy to come by – unless you’re staying in the top hotels, of course. This is one of them. And instead of settling for a ground-level pool area, the Hilton have cranked it up a level, boasting a brilliant rooftop pool with views of the canals and beyond. So if you’re in for a ‘resting the feet’ kind of day, you won’t feel like you’re missing out – with stunning views of this magical city from your sun lounger.
Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
A city-break isn’t always about chasing the crowds to see the sights – particularly if you’re 650 ft up and can sightsee from this breathtaking spot. A bucket-list infinity pool if there ever was one. Complete with uber-comfy sun loungers, champagne cocktails, palm trees and far-reaching views of the sparkling Singapore skyline, where else would you rather be?
Park Hyatt, Sydney
Combining traditional touches with comfort, style and class, Park Hyatt Sydney is the finest hotel for a relaxing getaway in the centre of it all. You’ll be able to relax by the pool while taking in the stunning surrounds and feeling like you’re in the centre of Sydney’s suave goings-on. Designed to make you feel cool, calm and crazy in love with this fabulous city.
Soho House, New York
Stroll through Manhattan’s Meatpacking District and you’ll come by this cool converted warehouse. But it’s not just any old house – it’s Soho House. Restaurants, bars, a library, drawing room, 30 interior designed bedrooms and a rooftop swimming pool – what’s not to love? Take a day out from your busy schedule and enjoy a morning in the Cowshed spa, followed by an afternoon high above the city, swimming and sipping cocktails atop Soho House NYC’s rooftop pool. With views of Downtown Manhattan – it’s the ultimate Gilmore Girls moment.
The Line Hotel, LA
This is a fond favourite of mine. The Line Hotel, situated in the Koreatown district of LA, is a true gem. With the coolest, warehouse-style interiors and the finest east-meets-west dining, it’s the perfect spot to stay in, explore the city or enjoy all the trendy places on its doorstop. What’s more? It has this super swish rooftop pool – taking luxe living to the next level. Unwind with a drink and a bite to eat as you enjoy a bit of downtime in Downtown LA.