Is there anything better than luxuriating in your own private pool? Here is our pick of the 10 most spectacular hotel rooms in the world with private pools. The list includes Venice (did you even know you could book a hotel room with a private pool in Venice?), the Caribbean, the Maldives, Sardinia and Thailand. Take your pick and then take a dip!
1. Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort
Nusa Dua is derived from the two small islands on Bali’s eastern shoreline. Here, immaculate green manicured lawns front world-class hotels, which are nestled within this luxury enclave. Located within the exclusive and serene five-star beach resort enclave of Bali’s famous southern peninsula, Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort is a sumptuous retreat within close reach of Bali’s tranquil eastern coastline.
The pool here is an incredible ‘lazy river’, meandering under bridges and ending up at the main pool area. It is the perfect place to cool off, unless you prefer to laze on the beautiful beach which borders the resort. If you have kids, you must upgrade to a pool access room. Your kids will be able to leap straight out of bed and into the pool in these swim-up rooms. For more privacy, if you are a couple, you can instead select a private plunge pool. Yes, when it comes to pools, this resort had it all!
2. JW Marriott Venice
Venice is one of my favourite destinations. The Bond-style water taxis, the historic passageways and the views over busy waterways, There is nowhere quite like Venice. On our last trip to Venice, we fell in love with the terribly romantic Aman Canal Grande Venice, but if you are looking for your own private pool in Venice, the place to stay is the JW Marriott Venice in their “La Residenza Pool De Luxe room” which comes with its own private pool.
The room’s double doors open out onto the star attraction – your own private pool, which sports a decked area with loungers, table and chairs and a mini lawn where you can sit and enjoy your very own private view onto Venice. The pool itself was large enough for a lovely splash, complete with spa bubbles and the views beyond the pool are over the Venice lagoon.
3. Belmond Cipriani
I feel blessed to have had a swim in the beautiful pool at the Belmond Cipriani. The peaceful pool is huge and located right by one of the main waterways in Venice which means you see boat masts meander past you as you splash about. Around the pool, thickly padded loungers are served by excellent pool staff who with spritz you with Evian spritzers and bring you whatever you like. Rooms here are classic in decor and some have direct access to the pool, just open your patio doors and hop in!
4. Sandals Montego Bay Overwater Villas, Jamaica
In December, Sandals Montego Bay Overwater Villas, Jamaica unveiled its first five all-inclusive over-the-water villas in the Caribbean. These are their first honeymoon style overwater bungalows (pictured above) and each comes with a private pool, Jacuzzi, glass floors, and a personal butler. The glass panels in the villas’ floors illuminate at night and show sea life swimming underneath (see picture!). The deck boasts not only the small infinity pool but two outdoor showers, an oversized over-the-water hammock, chic white sun loungers and a shaded circular swing chair. The villas also have 24/7 room service and two dedicated butlers.
The resort’s private island, the setting for the fantastic new suites, is located moments from the shore of the main resort, and features an authentic Thai restaurant and a casual beachfront grill, a pool with a whirlpool and swim-up pool bar, along with a secluded private beach.
5. Amanyara, Turks & Caicos
Set on the beautiful island of Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos Islands, Amanyara is a secluded haven embracing the best elements of the Caribbean. It is no secret that Aman Resorts is one of my favourite luxury hotel brands and Amanyara is certainly one of the best luxury hotels in the world.
Rooms or “Pavilions” are located either inland bordered by tranquil ponds with timber sun decks over the water or they are oceanfront with views out to sea and paths down to the shoreline. Choose your inland pavilions carefully as only some feature private pools. All Pavilions have three-sided glass walls which slid away to leave the room open to cooling breezes, and feature a combined bedroom and living room separated from the bathroom area by a decorative wooden screen. You will find freestanding bathtubs in the bathrooms and a rain shower.
The pool is a great feature of this luxury hotel. Lined with timber decking, Amanyara’s infinity pool is a 50m pool that sparkles by day and becomes a star-speckled mirror by night. With views of the Atlantic (February to April, you can spot migrating humpback whales), this pool, surrounded by loungers and the perfect place to enjoy the sunset
Beyond this, the Amanyara private beach is a half-mile-long stretch of powdery soft white sands sprinkled with oversized loungers. To the South you will find rocky inlets and sandy coves.
6. Soneva Jani
Brand new and the sister hotel to Soneva Fushi Resort mentioned below, Soneva Jani is located on the island of Medhufaru in the northern Atoll of Noonu, an hour by speedboat from Soneva Fushi. It offers a huge 4 kilometers of unspoilt beach.
The new resort showcases some of the most modern approaches to eco-tourism. For example, it boasts a silent outdoor cinema, where guests will listen to movies with Bluetooth earphones, so as not to disturb the local wildlife. The resort also features 24 spacious villas, each with a private pool, as well as a private island villa for those who seek a truly exclusive retreat, with the master bedrooms boasting retractable roofs made from sustainable materials, so that guests can sleep under the stars without having to leave their beds. Some of the villas even feature a huge water slide into the Indian Ocean.
7. Soneva Fushi Resort, Maldives
Soneva Fushi Resort , is located in the stunning Baa Atoll island archipelago, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve (the same area as Milhaidoo below). Villas are hidden among dense tropical foliage and are the stuff of romantic Robinson Crusoe fantasies with many are built to resemble tree houses. All open to their own private stretch of sugar white sands, and most boast their own private seawater swimming pools. Service is provided by Mr./Ms. Friday butlers.
Activities include a Six Senses spa, private beach with water sports facilities, bikes to borrow, observatory, open-air cinema, floodlit tennis court, badminton, snooker table, group yoga and tai chi classes, jogging trail, board games, ice-cream parlour, library, stash of CDs and DVDs, free WiFi.
Amanpuri is tucked away in Surin beach, 30 minutes from Phuket Airportin Thailand. The Amanpuri beach can only be reached via the hotel or by boat, keeping it almost completely private. This hotel is beachside rather than cliffside so there are no infinity views from the black-tiled swimming pool. Instead the pool looks through swaying palms and out over the Andaman Sea. A stone staircase leads to Pansea beach, a rustic-chic restaurant, more swimming pools, a watersports centre and tennis courts. An excellent spa is tucked away on the other side of the resort, overlooking Bang Tao beach.
Amanpuri’s rooms are what is special here. The Garden Pool Pavilion plunge pools have to be the most secluded and private hotel swimming pools in Thailand. Don your bikini (or not) and splash in utter isolation. It is also worth noting that pavilions 103 and 105 have the most striking sea views.
9. Suites At the Hotel Pitrizza, Sardinia
Situated on the Italian island of Sardinia and surrounded by the white beaches of the Costa Smeralda, we love the Baki Unique Suite at Hotel Pitrizza. Surrounded by olive trees, cane apples and picturesque rocks sculpted by the wind, Baki Suite bewitches guests with a setting that transforms as the day progresses. A large and luxurious living room opens directly onto terrace with dining, lounge and of course, your own private pool.
10. Milaidhoo Island Maldives
The brand new Milaidhoo Island Maldives, opened in November 2016, is also located in the stunning Baa Atoll island archipelago, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. You can choose between 30 over-water villas and 20 additional villas among the tropical greenery along the beach. Each villa comes complete with private freshwater swimming pool and your own personal concierge.
Idyllic beaches, world-famous diving and snorkeling, fishing trips and cultural excursions are just some of the memory-making activities Milaidhoo will offer. This is a place to take it easy and take a dip with your dolphin, whale shark and manta ray neighbours within this protected marine area. Pack your bags, paradise has been found.