Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Best hotel pools

Hotels and resorts all over the world are going above and beyond to capture the imagination of their guests.  The experience that they provide needs to be remarkable inside, but it also extends to the property's overall grounds and especially to the pools.  Some pools are exotic, others are just enormous and still there are pools that are almost too good to be true. 
The Biltmore Hotel, Coral Gables, right in our backyard, is home to the largest hotel swimming pool in the continental US.  This colossal pool holds 700,000 gallons of water and is 23,000 square feet.  The Biltmore has a Mediterranean feel inside that spills outside to the area surrounding the pool.  With 10 poolside cabanas near the water and 6 large roman statues overseeing this oasis, you'll feel like you're in paradise. 
Hawaii's Big Island is home to the luxurious Four Seasons Resort Hualalai.  This resort offers a wide variety of elaborate pools from the free-form family pool to the hedonistic pool with a swim up bar.  But nothing can compare to what is called the King's Pond.  This 1.8 million gallon "pond" is home to more than 3,000 tropical fish.  Carved out of the lava rock, this open air pool/aquarium is definitely unique.  Feed a spotted eagle ray or swim with a parrot fish, with 75-plus species calling this pond home it's an opportunity of a lifetime. 

The Hotel Cipriani presents its guests with an impressive Olympic-sized pool nestled in the crowded city of Venice, Italy.  This hotel is located on the peaceful island of Giudecca which is a short boat ride from the bustling city of San Marcos. This pool is positioned to give its visitors impeccable views with a cozy feel.  Potted plants line the water's edge and vast green lawns awaken images of the countryside.  Enjoy dinner poolside in July during the Redentore festival and watch the fireworks.  This is privacy and extravagance in Venice. 

St. Regis Princeville situated in Kauai, Hawaii has an infinity pool that rivals other resorts.  This 5,000 square foot pool is beach side with views of the Hanalei Bay and waterfalls that spill from the sides of the mountain range.  Newly renovated just 3 years ago, the service by the pool is almost as memorable as the view.  Open 24 hours a day, this pool can be enjoyed during the sun filled Hawaiian days or the stunning star filled nights. 

The Montage Resort and Spa is an exclusive resort located in Laguna Beach, California.  Showcasing the only commercial pool in the state with an ornate bottom, this infinity pool has over 100,000 one foot tiles.  In a sunburst and wave design, this pool can hold it's own against the stunning beach and rock formations.  Tucked into the lush gardens and tasteful cabanas, this pool is a masterpiece.

Oberoi Udaivilas is a picture perfect luxury hotel with a picture perfect pool.  Located in Rajasthan, this pool beckons during the short boat ride across Lake Pichola.  The pool literally surrounds the resort.  Choose a suite for your stay and go for a semi-private swim.  Check out the spa that also exhibits its own lakeside pool.  This resort is a mirage during India's hottest days.

Discovering a hotel that possesses all the qualities you are looking for when you travel is fantastic. Discovering one that is all that and has an amazing pool is well, just amazing! 

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