Thursday, April 18, 2013

Best Pools, Best Hotels

A hotel pool is a favorite amenity among guests, sometimes it can be the main reason a guest books a stay at a certain establishment.  Regardless of age, the pool facility can be an important part of hotel and resort stay.  If the resort location is in a tropical setting, the outdoor pool is quintessential to guests looking forward to spending the day resting, and relaxing by the pool and being pampered by the poolside waiters.    If the climate is less favorable, the indoor pools are great ways to get a workout in or wash away the stress of the day.  WhatAHotel! has a large number of impressive and luxurious hotels with some pretty fantastic pools.  Let's take a look at these locations that will tempt you with their watery retreat.    

Park Hyatt Sydney in Australia
The beautiful Park Hyatt Sydney in Australia is a spectacular hotel featuring suites with floor-to-ceiling glass that shows off the views of the harbor and the iconic Sydney Opera House, commissioned artwork from local sculptors, painters and photographers and mouth-watering menu items at the restaurants and bars that are on-site.  Even with all of these amazing features, the roof-top pool stands out as truly amazing.   Heated so that it can be used even when the weather isn't warm, it also has a hot-tub, private cabanas and panoramic views of the city and harbor.  Guest at the Park Hyatt Sydney can spend the day literally on top of the world, relaxing and taking in the landscape.

The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna
Situated on one of Vienna's most elegant boulevards, The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna is made up of historic palaces and promises guests luxury in one of Europe's most beautiful cities.  This amazing hotel provides patrons with stunning decor, a culturally significant setting and  impeccable service.  It also presents guests with and indoor pool that is fabulous.  The pool is 18 meters long and seems to mix contemporary design with a traditional feel.  The other intriguing feature is that this pool has underwater music.  Swimming laps cannot get redundant when you have built-in entertainment; very state-of-the-art and very chic.

Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort in St. Lucia
Monastero Santa Rosa, Amalfi Coast
Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort in St. Lucia is a famous location and one that we just featured a few days ago.  This exclusive resort has proved itself spectacular, and so it is no surprise that it has a breathtaking pool that welcomes guests.  It also has some smaller private plunge pools that are located outside several of the elegant suites and villas.  You'll have a difficult time deciding between lounging on the beach with your toes in the sand or poolside where every need is met by the hotel's attentive staff.  Tropical paradise awaits in St. Lucia.    

Another coastal escape that is proud of their on-site pool is Monastero Santa Rosa located on the picturesque Amalfi Coast.  They have what has fast become a preferred type of pool, the infinity pool.  In fact, this fabulous hotel claims to have the most dramatic pool on the entire coast.  The pool is set seamlessly into the cliff of Monte San Pancrazio, giving the sense that it blends into the sea.  Everything at this remarkable resort is elegant and impressive, so your stay here will no doubt be amazing.  But a chance to swim in this interesting pool will be unforgettable.  This is quite simply a trip too good to be true.   

Four Seasons Shanghai, Pudong
Our last resort is a Preferred Partner with WhatAHotel!, the always fabulous Four Seasons Shanghai, Pudong.  Shanghai is a fascinating location, full of intrigue and pulse-pounding excitement.  So it really isn't a surprise that Four Seasons has created a pool for their hotel that will match the appeal of city that surrounds it.  This pool is surprising, located indoors with an infinity edge, but situated in front of full length windows so there is an unobstructed view of Shanghai's brilliant skyline.  It will prove to be completely awe-inspiring, a lot like the entire Four Seasons Shanghai, Pudong.

There is something completely fabulous about sitting poolside, relaxing with a good book or sipping on a scrumptious cocktail.  With all of the stresses that every day life brings, it is nice to get away and have nothing expected of us.  Because of this fact, hotels and resorts work tirelessly to find ways for their guests to enjoy the time they spend at the hotel and hope that they will return.  The pools are proof that hotels are listening to guests and creating places for leisure and play.  Let WhatAHotel! help you find the perfect pool for you and your travel companions to ensure your vacations is absolute perfection. 


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