Friday, July 17, 2009

The Best Hotel Pools

Those of us who regularly stay at luxury hotels are accustomed to seeing pools of the caliber we recently uncovered in an article of the "Most Amazing Hotel Pools". In fact, some of the pools mentioned in the article are at properties one will find in our collection at

But for those who haven't stayed at their fair share of luxury hotels & resorts we'll cite a couple where one can get to-die-for scenery, roving poolside waiters, and that infinity pool scenario. So here we go—it's time for a dip, some sunning, some playing, and some rejuvenating! Isn't it about time?

Park Hyatt Tokyo
If you like star style, the Park Hyatt Tokyo is for you. Bill Murray took a swim in this pool in “Lost in Translation,” but that's not all that draws the tourists for more than one swim during their stay. The swimming pool in this quality hotel is located on the 47th floor and affords some of the most beautiful poolside views in the world. Not only will you see the glittering buildings of Tokyo, but you will also see far-off Mount Fuji looking over the city. Steel and glass pyramids add plenty of natural light to the already stunning space, and just when you think they can't surprise you more, you can go to the pool at night and see one of the most beautiful views of city skyscrapers in the world. What about the hotel itself? The ultra-modern location is located in West Shinjuku on the 39th to 52nd floors of Kenzo Tange's Shinjuku Park Tower, and its granite and glass gorgeousness is a nod to Japanese modernity and innovation. All of the spacious rooms have original artwork and amazing views, and you can always take a soak in their deep tub after your pool touring. If you think the view is amazing from the pool, then your room's view will also rate right up there.

InterContinental Hong Kong
The pools on the third floor of the InterContinental Hong Kong are gorgeous, but that's not what makes them special! When you take a dip or lazy soak in the hot or cold pools, you'll quickly realize that the hotel makes the experience extra-special with underwater tunes piped into the hotel. Due to the layout and positioning of the hotel, you'll almost feel as though you're floating away in Victoria Harbour. Poolside cabanas complete the fun hotel atmosphere and let you spend time looking at the Hong Kong skyline. Since the hotel's multi-million dollar refurbishment, this hotel is routinely on the “best-dressed” list in the city, with feng shui inspiration and popular artist design collaborations and concepts. If views are your thing, you might want to book one of their 92 harborview suites, with flatscreen TVs, internet access, and iPod docks. Throw a 24-hour concierge service into the mix, and who could complain?

Who's up for a dip?

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