Prepare yourself for serious wanderlust.
Imagine this: You’ve had a long day hiking through breathtaking waterfalls and ancient villages dotting the rainforest, and all you can think about, with the exception of that coconut rum punch you’re going to drink when you get back to your hotel, is that pristinely cool plunge pool that’s just sitting there waiting for you. And not just any plunge pool. Your private plunge pool. The one that’s on the back patio of your suite. No matter where you go in the world, en-suite plunge pools are upping the ante at luxury hotels. Dive in to the 23 most beautiful hotel room plunge pools around the world.
Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore
WHERE: Santa Barbara
If a private outdoor terrace replete with your own private heated plunge pool and fire pits sounds like your idea of heaven, Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara has you covered. The hotel’s four Bungalow Suites with Plunge Pools are a new addition to the historic property. Accessible via privately gated entries and French doors that open onto a private outdoor terrace, these suites can connect to a second, third, and fourth bedroom, making them the ideal for families or groups of friends traveling together, or for those looking for a little extra space to unwind.
The Lodge at Feline Fields
Nestled within the beautiful Kalahari wilderness in the northwest corner of Botswana, The Lodge at Feline Fields Kalahari is as luxurious and remote as it is beautiful. With a total of six rooms to choose from, this safari hotel features three pool suites, each designed with exclusivity in mind. Lay out on a sun bed in the privacy of a hand-carved teak patio, or cool off in the pool as you stare out into the wild.
INSIDER TIPThe three tent suites are may lack a private pool but do feature a luxurious outside ‘star’ bath.
The Resort at Pedregal
WHERE: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
If you’re looking for some chips and guac to go with your late-night dip, look no further than The Resort at Pedregal. This 24-acre cliff-side locale located on the southernmost tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula in Cabo San Lucas is every bit of as beautiful as it special. And of course, with private plunge pools on the outside terraces of every room (all of which offer resplendent views over the glistening Pacific), this premier resort is an experience not to be missed.
Banyan Tree Cabo Marques
WHERE: Acapulco, Mexico
Set on one of the most picturesque bluffs in Acapulco Mexico, Banyan Tree Cabo Marques is the ultimate getaway for all things tranquility, romance, and adventure. Just don’t forget to set plenty of time aside for relaxing roomside in your own private plunge pool. With 45 private villas, each with its own pool, this breathtaking hillside retreat features mountain views coupled with the beautiful blues of the Pacific Ocean. With a harmonious mix of Mexican culture and subtle Asian finishes, no detail is here goes overlooked.
INSIDER TIPCheck out the Banyan Tree Mayakoba, in the Riviera Maya, for more plunge pools in paradise.
Sandals Royal Caribbean
WHERE: Montego Bay, Jamaica
The Caribbean’s first ever over-the-water villas opened at Sandals Royal Caribbean in Montego Bay, Jamaica last year, and from the floating day beds to the glass bottom floors and private butler service, each Tahitian-style suite is made all the better with its very own private outdoor plunge pool. With a total of 5 Villas and 12 Bungalows, each designed with a theme of one of the four elements, these overwater beauties are only accessible by a non-motorized boat called The Royal Duffy on a private island.
Six Senses Ninh Van Bay
Sitting on a secluded bay in Southcentral Vietnam, Six Senses Ninh Van Bay is a family-friendly resort featuring 59 villas each with its own private plunge pool, garden terrace, and sundeck. It really is a feast for the senses here and you can choose from a variety of room types—whether it be directly on the beach, over the water, between the rocks, or on a mountain slope. No matter what you choose, every pool offers panoramic views of the ocean and in-house wellness experiences, including spa treatments and exercise regiments.
WHERE: Hong Kong
Located on the banks of Victoria Harbor and overlooking Hong Kong’s city expansive skyline, the InterContinental Hong Kong features a 7000 square foot Presidential Suite equipped with a 2,500 square foot rooftop terrace complete with its own infinity pool and jacuzzi, both of which are completely outfitted in black mosaic. It’s as swanky and elegant as it is expensive, fetching nearly $13,000 per night including roundtrip car service to and from the airport, breakfast buffet, afternoon tea, cocktail hour, and wifi. The Intercon’s two other specialty suites, the CEO Suite and The Terrace Suite, both offer private terraces with outdoor Jacuzzis overlooking Victoria Harbor.
Belmond Las Casitas
Nestled within the confines of Peru’s Colca Canyon, each of the 20 bungalows at Belmond Las Casitas comes with its own private terrace and heated plunge pool, marble bathrooms, and indoor and outdoor showers. It’s an oasis in an otherwise arid landscape and the perfect place to unwind after a day exploring the nearby terrain—which happens to be the second largest gorge in the world and nearly twice the height of the Grand Canyon.
La Reserve Ramatuelle Hotel & Spa
With olive trees and private gardens overlooking the Mediterranean sea, La Reserve Ramatuelle Hotel & Spa is a secluded piece of paradise along the Côte d’Azur in the south of France. Located in the hilltop town of Ramatuelle, each of the 14 villas here comes equipped with its own private pool, however perched at the top of the estate, Villa No. 2, which opened last summer, is set within a 20,000 square-foot garden and the perfect place to enjoy the panoramic views of Escalat Cove and Cape Taillat in total and utter privacy.
Andaz Mayakoba Resort
WHERE: Rivera Maya, Mexico
Just north of Playa del Carmen along the beautiful Riviera Maya, the Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya features 214 rooms including 41 luxury suites with their own private plunge pool. Surrounded by tranquil lagoons and lush vegetation, the resort is heavily inspired by the natural beauty of the area and each of the rooms has an open layout and color palette that reflects stone, sand, and water.
There’s no such thing as a regular room or suite at the Royal Mansour Marrakesh. With a total of 53 Riads (private residences) each featuring a private rooftop plunge pool, complete with fireplace, a sun deck, and shaded lounge tent, these palatial spaces are the best way to relax like royalty after a day exploring this mystical city.
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Hotel Punta Islita
WHERE: Costa Rica
Set in a secluded cove along the Nicoya Peninsula in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, Hotel Punta Islita features an array of Junior Suites and private villas each equipped with their own private plunge pools. This off-the-beaten-path eco-friendly resort is a destination in its own right. From art classes and cooking lessons to horseback riding and zip-lining, there’s a little something for everybody here. But at the end of the day, there’s nothing like hopping into your own private plunge pool watching that epic Costa Rican sunset.
Anantara Veli Maldives Resort
Located on a private island accessible only by speedboat, Anantara Veli Maldives Resort is nicely nestled amongst beautiful tropical islands along the equator. With 67 overwater bungalows to choose from ranging from Superior to Deluxe, the seven Ocean Pool Bungalow’s each offer a plunge pool with beach and lagoon access only a stone’s throw away.
A private island retreat off the southwestern coast of Viti Levu in Fiji, each of the 16 guestrooms (or “vale,” meaning “home” in Fijian) at the Royal Davui Island Resort features a plunge pool overlooking Beqa Lagoon and the Pacific Ocean. These eco-suites are built to model modern tree houses, with pitched thatched roofs, natural wood, local artwork, and mosquito net-draped beds that face floor-to-ceiling glass doors all leading out to wraparound balconies overlooking the beautiful South Pacific.
Nihi Sumba Island
WHERE: Sumba, Indonesia
One of the most remote and luxurious destinations in the world, Nihi Sumba Island in eastern Indonesia features 33 thatched-roof villas each constructed using sustainable materials. The villas all feature their own private plunge pools with panoramic views of the ocean. The ultra-luxe eco-friendly resort sits on nearly 600 acres of tropical jungle.
Mahekal Beach Resort
WHERE: Playa Del Carmen, Mexico
Mahekal means magical in ancient Mayan, a fitting name for Mahekal Beach Resort in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. With 196 private, palapa-style bungalows nestled between the dense Riviera Maya jungle and the ocean, the hotel’s two-story Beach Houses and Ocean Front casitas just steps from the Pacific Ocean offer personal plunge pools.
WHERE: Costa Rica
Adjacent to the 30,000-acre Arenal Volcano National Park deep within Costa Rica’s tropical rainforest, Nayara Springs offers 35 luxury villas each with its own secluded outdoor garden and private plunge pool fed by mineral hot springs and an outdoor shower. An ultra-exclusive adults-only boutique hotel, Nayara is truly a special place you’ll never want to leave.
Known as the “nature island,” due to its abundance of natural landscape (75% rainforest, 365 rivers, volcanoes, mountains, waterfalls, hot springs, and black and white sand beaches) Dominica is easily one of the most remote and beautiful places the Caribbean. Which is what makes Secret Bay one of the greatest hidden gems of all time. The most exclusive resort in Dominica, this rustic, luxe locale is actually tucked into the cliffside amongst the rainforest. Each of the villas (with the exception of two bungalows) at Secret Bay features its very own plunge pool situated on the villa’s deck, which was designed with romance and seclusion in mind.
WHERE: Las Vegas, Nevada
Undoubtedly the hottest hotel on the Las Vegas strip, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas features 10 Bungalow suites with private plunge pools on the private rooftop of each one. These 3-story “party suites” each overlooking the pool deck of popular Marquee Dayclub are designed with entertaining large groups in mind.
WHERE: Santorini, Greece
Between the cobblestone pathways, whitewashed houses, and powder blue rooftops and shutters, Santorini is always ranked among the most beautiful places in the world. Resting atop the medieval village of Pyrgos, Carpe Diem is comprised of a collection of luxury adults-only suites. Each room comes with its own private pool, and the hotel’s Champagne Bar is the perfect place to indulge in some of the best European spirits while lounging in the exclusive heated plunge pool that’s built into the volcanic stone exterior.
Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort
One of the most unique resorts in the Middle East, Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort is nestled within a canyon in the Saiq Plateau on Oman’s Green Mountain. Perfect for those seeking a bit of romance and adventure, this relaxing hotel has private plunge pools with views of rugged cliffs and romantic canyon sunsets.
Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort
WHERE: Sri Lanka
Like something out of a dream, the villa suites at Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort are perfectly positioned along the rocky shoreline on the southernmost point of Sri Lanka. Enjoy a refreshing dip in your own private plunge pool before sunbathing on the deck. Just steps away, the resort’s secluded crescent-shaped beach is ideal for a leisurely stroll on soft golden sands along the Indian Ocean.
COMO Uma Ubud
One of Bali’s most luxurious retreats, COMO Uma Ubud features 46 beautiful sun-filled suites and villas including four pool suites each with their own sundeck and a plunge pool surrounded by lush garden views. The restaurants, Kemiri and Uma Cucina, incorporate world-class cuisine while COMO Shambhala Retreat at Uma Ubud focuses on holistic wellness, with activities ranging from temple visits to biking and trekking in the neighboring villages.